The news has been abuzz lately with concerns about world health and disease outbreaks. Much of the hysteria is unwarranted, say healthcare experts. In fact, the odds of becoming very ill with influenza is vastly more likely than contracting ebola or enterovirus D68.
Still, parents are understandably concerned. Here’s what you need to know about current world health issues and how to keep your family safe.
World Health Concerns
The current major world health concerns are ebola and enterovius D68. The current ebola outbreak originated in Africa. While the origination of enterovirus D68 hasn’t been pinned down, it’s been speculated that it began in Latin America.
The risk of death for both illnesses is low in the Unites States. Children with asthma and other underlying health conditions have a higher risk of complications from both viruses.
The main issue is that there is no cure for either disease, as they are both viruses. The best way to contain outbreaks is to minimize the spread of the diseases by those who are infected.
Safe on the Home Front
Protecting your family from global diseases is not much different than what you would normally do to keep your family safe from regular illnesses. Important to consider, also, is how you’ll contain these infections to protect others if anyone in your family is infected. Here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t live in fear. Know that your odds of dying or losing a child to either of these illnesses is very low, though you wouldn’t always know it from the media. Not only will living in fear diminish your relationships, the stress of doing so debilitates your immune system, too!
- Wash your hands - often! Use soap and warm water to wash your hands before eating, and after coming home from being in public. Don’t touch your face if your hands aren’t clean.
- We track millions of microbes and toxins into our homes everyday. Keep the nasties out by placing Dr. Doormat at your entrances – Wiping your shoes at least twice helps trap and remove up to 90% of debris, including fungi and bacteria.
- Maintain wellness – even if you do become infected, studies are confirming that good underlying nutrition and hydration are key in avoiding complications and death from these viruses. Eat well and stay hydrated.
- Stay informed. The World Health Organization offers information – just the facts – on the activity of these diseases. Talk to your kids about what’s going on, too.
- Keep your home well-stocked. In the event that a major outbreak does hit your area, you may not want to be travelling to the store too often. Keep your home well-stocked with healthy non-perishables (rice, oats, frozen fruits and veggies, and whole-food protein powders are a few choices to consider.) will help you stay healthy if you have to hunker down! Don’t forget toilet paper and other hygienic supplies, too.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!