You've heard it, we've heard it. We've all seen it play out on 24-hour news cycle after news cycle. "The Ebola threat is real," right? As planners of international travel, we've definitely heard the hype. And since the first cases in West Africa were publicized, you can trust that we've kept ourselves educated on the issue as much as possible.
For the record, this blog post is not meant to play down the danger of the very real Ebola outbreak, nor the hardship that the people of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali and Liberia are enduring. Its goal is to educate international travelers on the actual dangers they face, and to quench fears of a largely avoidable threat.
Why You Won't Catch Ebola
The Ebola virus is spread through the direct contact
of an infected person's bodily fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) with your eyes, nose, mouth, or open wound. According the the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, "there is no evidence indicating that Ebola virus is spread by coughing or sneezing." Unless you've directly rubbed an infected person's bodily fluids on your person, there is little chance that you have Ebola.