With the recent news of the return of our American citizens who are infected with the Ebola virus, and one who has returned without infection, but who has isolated himself to be safe, many of us are feeling extremely nervous. Understandably so. This is the first time anyone with a confirmed Ebola virus infection has entered the US. We are breaking new ground involving a very scary condition.
I don’t know about you, but I saw the movie Outbreak – the very words “Ebola virus” give me the shivers. But what are the basics about this virus and how can we build up our immune systems now to be sure we have a strong defense system against this virus and others we may be exposed to?
In this series, the Misner Plan will look at common sense things you can do to avoid viral infections of all types and to build up your immune system.
Before we get into the steps you can take to make sure your body can fight viruses well, let’s talk about this particular virus and dispel some of your fears:
First of all, Ebola virus disease (EVD) is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person. Basically, in order for these two doctors to pose a threat to you, their bodily fluids would have to make it into your own body somehow. The doctors treating them are taking every precaution to not come in direct contact with their bodily fluids, as well, to protect themselves. Ebola virus is not airborne.
When you read about the 90% fatality rate for people who contract EVD, keep in mind that the only known outbreaks have been in countries where the medical care is not like ours here in the US (thus the need to transport our citizens back here). The population where the largest outbreaks have happened do not have access to the quality of clean water, hygienic living conditions, vegetables, fruits and supplements that we do. Often they have severely depressed immune systems due to malnourishment to start with.
That being said, there are many of us in the US and many other developed nations who also have depressed immune systems due to malnourishment of a different sort. We eat far too much “fake food” – highly processed food that is calorie dense and nutritionless, fatty fried foods, way too much sugar, caffeine and alcohol. And although we have access to fresh, safe water, we drink far too little of it.
Our series will take you through some very basic, common sense things you can begin doing right away to be sure you are healthy and that your immune system is ready to move into action whenever any virus is present. We pray you will never have to deal with EVD, and at the very least, if you incorporate some of these immune-system-fortifier steps into your life, you will be sick less often and may even avoid other catastrophic health conditions.
For more information on EVD, please go to the WHO Website.