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5 Ways You Still Can't Get Ebola


A registered nurse demonstrates putting on personal protective equipment (PPE) during an Ebola educational session for health care workers in New York on Oct. 21, 2014. © MIKE SEGAR/Reuters/Corbis

Just the idea of a virus like Ebola gives people the heebie-jeebies. The thought of something so powerful that it can infect and kill its victims within weeks is enough to make you want to hide out and not have contact with anyone.

In reality, that's a bit extreme. Sure, the virus is scary and certainly a threat to be taken seriously as it arises, but the more we can understand about this fast-acting killer, the better prepared we will be in our fight against it.

Like other viruses, Ebola hangs out in the environment somewhere waiting to infect a host cell that may be passing through. But unlike some other viruses, Ebola is only transmitted through human-to-human direct contact via bodily fluids, and only if the person with the virus is showing symptoms. As long you stay clear of known outbreak areas and don't come in contact with infected people, you should be fine.

Just in case you are still feeling a little wary, let's explore five ways you still can't get Ebola.


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