People are concerned about Ebola. In West Africa it has a 70% mortality rate. And because our world is so connected today, it took just a plane ride for the virus to reach America. Should you be worried? Probably not. Ebola is not transmitted thru the air. It’s usually caught by close contact with a sick patient’s body fluids. The virus can live for several hours on contaminated surfaces but the risk of catching it that way is low. It’s easily killed with disinfection.
Let’s put things in perspective. Your chances of getting sick or dying from the flu or pneumonia are much greater. Did you know that in middle-aged people getting a flu shot decreases the risk of having a heart attack by 50%?
Pneumonia is serious. In 2012, 52,294 Americans died from pneumonia. Those numbers are real. A lot of people don’t even know you can get a pneumonia shot.
Here’s what else you can do to increase your immunity and decrease your chances of getting sick:
- You’ve heard it before. Wash your hands with soap and water. For 60 seconds. Hands that are slightly wet are more likely to transfer viruses and bacteria. Be sure your hands are dry. Really dry.
- Eat nutritious food. A nutritional deficiency can negatively affect your immune function..
- Engage in moderate exercise. A study found that women who walked briskly for about a half hour five days a week had about half the sick days as their sedentary counterparts.
- Limit the amount of fat in your diet. Not only will this help control your calories, but a study at Tufts University found that those with a lower than average dietary fat intake had better T-cell function, a measure of immunity. A diet lower in simple sugars may also help.
- Get some sleep. People that get less than 7 hours of sleep at night are three times more likely to get sick from things like the common cold.
- In addition to your flu and pneumonia shots, stay current on other vaccines.
So, you can wring your hands and worry about Ebola or you can go wash your hands and decrease your chances of a much more real threat, the flu.
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From Dr. Heider and the team at Ultimate Smile Dental, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.