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5 Ways You Still Can't Get Ebola


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Ebola Can Be Cleaned From Surfaces
Two German doctors stand in a disinfection chamber after cleaning their protective suits at the quarantine station for patients with infectious diseases at the Charite hospital in Berlin on Aug. 11, 2014. © THOMAS PETER/Reuters/Corbis
Two German doctors stand in a disinfection chamber after cleaning their protective suits at the quarantine station for patients with infectious diseases at the Charite hospital in Berlin on Aug. 11, 2014. © THOMAS PETER/Reuters/Corbis

Ebola is scary. And it's a frightening to think about touching something that was previously contaminated with the virus. After all, a drop of Ebola-laden blood can remain contagious outside the body with the virus surviving for days or even weeks, depending on the environment [source: Poon]. Cooler temperatures and humidity will keep it active for longer.

But if there's 100 percent certainty that a surface has been decontaminated with hospital grade disinfectants like bleach, then you can't get the virus by coming in contact with that surface. And if the surface has never even seen the likes of Ebola, then there's definitely no danger. So there's no need to fear goods from Africa that are shipped abroad.

As with all infectious diseases, it's important to think about good hygiene practices. Ebola and more common diseases like the flu can all be kept at bay by simply taking good care to wash your hands.


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