The CDC in "Guidance for airline cleaning personnel" claims "Clean hands with soap and water immediately after gloves are removed or when changing gloves. (When soap is not available, use waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.) Use only soap and water if hands are visibly dirty."
The same CDC who says the US cannot enact a travel ban because the CDC director Frieden claims “above all, do no harm” is his guiding principle and banning travel out of the affected areas would make it harder to stop the epidemic there without any further explanation even when pressed to reply.
Q: Are PURELLŪ products effective against Ebola?
A: Ebola viruses are high risk pathogens that must be contained and are not readily available for laboratory testing. As of today, we are not aware of any hand sanitizers that have been tested against Ebola viruses, including PURELLŪ Hand Sanitizer. However, it is important to note that the Ebola virus is an enveloped virus. Enveloped viruses in general are easily killed or inactivated by alcohol. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a preventive measure during this outbreak.
Imagine an epidemic in the U.S.? Andrea mentioned the fall of the stock market. Today if fell "only" 200 points with 1 new case. If all 130 people on that Frontier flight contracted Ebola and the market fell 100 points for each of those infected the market would fall 13,000 points.
There's no direct correlation between ebola and the market. What we're seeing is a market correction (expected) due to a number of economic and geopolitical factors.
Fear creates market run-offs... not disease.
The deaths in North America from influenza far exceed projected mortality rates from contracting ebola. Flu shots are essential particularly in the 65+ demographic that are usually the hardest hit by flu-related deaths.
The order of magnitude for deaths resulting from influenza is a guesstimate by the CDC but it's literally in the thousands.
Wash you hands frequently, avoid touching your face, get a flu shot... Stay healthy!
My girlfriend does the same thing when she flys, wipes down everything ...she got sick after a flight once and swears that it was from the unclean condition of the aircraft. I agree with her about wiping down the food trays since I have seen all kinds of weird things being done on those trays........
I have asthma and after a flight earlier in the year I was at my hotel and woke up in the middle of the night from shortness of breath and a feeling of apnea....ended up in ER and the doctor told me I had bronchitis and the flight with the "dirty" air probably contributed to the problem....I did not have any problems before the flight, perfectly healthy the day before, so it makes you wonder how well the air systems or cleaned or maintained on those planes......