The Ebola virus has become an epidemic in West Africa, but a growing number of people are living with the virus.
While that might seem a daunting task, it’s one we can all do to help the spread.
Here’s how to help prevent the spread, even in your own home.
The CDC’s National Public Health Strategy outlines some simple steps you can take to prevent the transmission of Ebola: 1.
Limit your exposure to people who are symptomatic, or who have been diagnosed with Ebola.
You should avoid contact with anyone who has been diagnosed.
Limit or prevent outdoor activities that could be considered a “public health risk,” such as outdoor concerts, soccer matches, sporting events, and the like.
Limit outdoor gatherings, including family gatherings, weddings, and other special events.
Keep your pets indoors.
Do not leave your home unattended for more than a few hours a day.
Make sure your pets are vaccinated, which is especially important for pets who are already living with Ebola in a new home.
Take steps to keep your home clean.
Make a public health plan for your household.
Get tested if you think you might have Ebola.
Know your neighbors and social distancing.
The CDC is also working to get more people tested for Ebola, and it’s encouraging people to call their doctor if they have symptoms of the virus and are concerned about getting the virus in their home.
And, of course, all of these steps will help reduce the spread and reduce the risk of transmission.
But there’s more you can do to protect yourself and your family from Ebola.1.
Avoid touching people who have had Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than half of the 1.7 million people in West African countries who have tested positive for Ebola have come into contact with someone who is symptomatic.
The virus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected person, and a person infected with Ebola can transmit the virus to others by direct contact.