There is an Ebola virus outbreak going on in Africa right now. A terrible thing. It starts with a fever, throat pain, muscle aches and headaches. Often times it affects the liver and kidneys. People have trouble with bleeding. Little can be done for it except supportive care and hope that the body's immune system can overcome it. It has up to a 90% fatality rate.
There has been recent news of medical professionals there dying after getting the virus. Recently a man travelling in Africa who was a citizen of this country died over there.
Its a scary thing. The chances of it coming here are probably remote. It gives me pause though.. We are trained to deal with disasters, including disease outbreaks and how we would handle them. Biological warfare. Gas attacks. I learned about all of this in detail in the military. I have to say that if there was an outbreak of some kind o a chemical or gas attack, biological warfare,
I won't be the one caring for people.
That might sound selfish. Hey you are a medical professional and you work in the ER, you are supposed to take care of us during these events. Maybe....but I am not willing to sacrifice possibly exposing my family to something I could bring home. Simple as that.
What are your thoughts?