Dr. Oz: How Does Ebola Spread?
Dr. Oz knew people were worried about Ebola, so he asked his audience members to put their questions into a box. The first question was from Melissa and she wondered how the nurse contracted Ebola when she wore the proper gloves and shield mask. She wondered if she was safe.
Dr. Oz found Melissa in the audience. He said that it’s a little strange the nurse got it and that doctors in Africa get it from time to time. Doctors aren’t sure why. But Dr. Oz said Melissa shouldn’t be worried because she’s not going to be going into ICUs and exposing herself to Ebola. Dr. Oz said the common ways for Ebola to spread is for it to get into your body directly, either through a cut or a scratch or by touching your face after touching something with the Ebola virus on it. But it’s not that easy to transmit.
Dr. Oz: Ebola Is A Dumb Virus
Dr. Oz demonstrated this by spraying shaving cream on a surface and asking Melissa to put her finger in it. If that was a virus and she touched her face, she might spread it to herself. The average person touches their face four times a minute.
Luckily, Ebola isn’t like shaving cream. It’s more like when you spray cooking spray, where it goes on thick and rapidly melts away. Dr. Oz said Ebola is a “dumb virus” because if it was smart, it wouldn’t kill its host and it would want to stick around for a long time.
“It’ll never be able to spread the way the common flu does,” Dr. Oz said.
Dr. Oz: Should We Be Worried About Ebola On Airplanes?
Another woman was planning a trip to Europe and she was very concerned about Ebola. She said her daughter is worrying her by talking about taking precautions. Dr. Oz said that Ebola isn’t that contagious. If someone coughs next to her with Ebola, it won’t infect her unless someone coughs on her hands and she immediately puts them on her face.
Dr. Oz: Is the Media Scaring Us?
Jennifer in the audience wondered if the media is just scaring us or if it’s something people should be worried about. Dr. Oz said it’s the right reaction, because there’s going to be plenty of other viruses. Ebola is just a big one right now.
Dr. Oz: Is Ebola the New AIDS?
Samantha in the audience said she heard that Ebola is “the new AIDS” and she was really scared about it. She didn’t know what to make of this statement. Dr. Oz said the purpose of that statement might have been that Ebola is going to be around a long time. But we’re going to develop treatments for it that works and vaccines that wore.