By Ivanna Carlos |Staff Writer|
But do we really know what Ebola is?
“Most people are not well educated about the disease, and if they were this wouldn’t be a big issue like everyone is making it out to be,” said student Raymond Aguirre.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa.
“I think this is a very much scary disease. The way they show on the news and social media how one day one person is tested positive for Ebola but then that one person has to retrace their steps just to try and figure out how many other people they put at risk,” said student Claudia Vizcara.
This just goes to show us that the media is hyping up the issue and can have a negative effect on its viewers.
“I am worried because no matter how many precautions we, doctors, nurses, hospitals etc. take, it has been proven that Ebola will find its way somehow. Whether it is because they did not have on their protective gear the right way or simply because they misread the signs or had similar side effects,” continued Vizcara.
Here in the U.S., Ebola is still rare since there have only been three reported cases.
To most, Ebola is just a disease that they have brushed off.
“I think Ebola is falsely blown out of proportion by the media to better their ratings. It has no effect on us,” said student Nathan Runyan.
“I am definitely not worried about it. It’s not as threatening as people make it out to be and I do not think it is an issue compared to many other diseases and wars going on now,” continued Runyan.
Because Ebola is mainly affecting multiple countries in West Africa, most of us in the U.S. are not too worried about having to take any cautionary or safety measures.
“At the moment, I’m not doing anything out of the normal, until the day it hits close to home, as in the state that I live In, then I will prepare myself, but as for now I’m just keeping up with updates on the news,” said student Claudia Vizcara.
Others don’t see it being an issue ever.
“I’m not doing anything at all to stay safe from it. I don’t think it will ever reach me,” said student Suna Haddad.
Although Ebola may not affect us as deeply as those in West Africa, we should keep in mind the means in which it is contracted.
One must avoid direct contact with the blood and other body fluids of an infected person.
Fortunately, as of now, it does not spread through air, water, or food.
Unfortunately, we can not predict the future.
Our current safety guidelines have so far been effective, but may not be enough to prevent an epidemic–so it is important to be knowledgeable just in case.