We now have 2 reported cases of the Ebola virus that was caught in the United States, many Americans have become concerned about the Ebola Virus and certainly the risk of travel.
Should we shy away from traveling, or do we become aware of the Ebola virus and learn how we can reduce the risk of catching this awful virus? SanServe Janitorial would like to share some facts about Ebola and offer tips for staying healthy while traveling.
The worse of the Ebola outbreak is in West Africa and the CDC has issued travel warnings in effect for Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. It is highly encouraged to avoid nonessential travel to these nations.
Since Ebola is not a casual contact-acquired infection, you are not at risk for Ebola infection unless you are in straight contact with bodily fluids of someone that has symptoms of Ebola such as fever, vomiting, and cough.
The United States practice a very strict infection control with all public workers which helps control the spread and outbreak that we see over in Africa. With these practices in place, the chance that you will become exposed to Ebola is very slim.
It’s obvious that no one enjoys being sick during or after travel but with the recent Ebola victim, you really have no idea how could be carrying this fatal illness. I read an article in the New York Times that said Ms. Vinson called the CDC prior to her travels and I am shocked that they actually let her board that flight, putting all of the passengers at risk of catching Ebola. So since we really have no idea who could be carrying the Ebola virus, we think it is extremely important to take extra steps to avoid coming into contact with Ebola, especially while you are traveling. SanServe Janitoral would like to share some tips for preventing Ebola and some of the more common travel illnesses.
Wash and keep on washing! While traveling, you absolutely cannot wash or sanitize your hands enough. Touching your face with these nasty germs on your hands is the quickest way to infect yourself!
Be careful with what you put in your mouth. If you are traveling out of the United States, especially to higher-risk areas like Africa, Mexico and the Caribbean, the food and water can easily be contaminated. Stick with foods that are freshly cooked and super-hot. I would even be cautious of the ice or ice cubes in your drinks – and use bottled water only (even to rinse when you brush)!
A shot of Pepto anyone? Although I would never recommended going overboard, taking a shot of Pepto everyday can actually help the start of the usual traveler stomach bugs.
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water but don’t stop there – use a saline nasal solution. The dry cabin air can make the membrane lining of your nose more vulnerable to illnesses.
Avoid a sick seatmate. If you find your neighboring passenger to be a germ dispenser, try asking the flight attendant if it would be possible to move. Of course this isn’t always an option, so I would recommend traveling with a face mask — you can find those at any drug store.
Be a germaphobe! Load your carry-on or handbag with disinfectant wipes and use them to wipe down remote control devices, tray tables, seat arms and TV touch screens. Pretend that everything is contaminated with Ebola and disinfect everything. I always say, traveling is a good time to give in to your inner germaphobe tendencies!!
While we are trying not to panic over Ebola Outbreak, by following these steps will tremendously reduce the risk of coming in contact with the Ebola Virus or any other illness while traveling.
Keep in mind, SanServe Janitorial would be more than happy to keep your business clean while you are away! Call us today for a free quote 1-800-274-8464
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