Monday, December 19, 2016

Are you prepared for a widespread disease or epidemic?

How to Reduce Your Risk During an Epidemic

A woman washes her hands
In 2014, the Ebola virus spread rapidly throughout West Africa, making headlines around the world. 
  • A presentation
    How did you help people to understand the danger they faced?
    We sought to dispel fear and confusion by making special presentations at public places. In those presentations, we explained how the virus spreads and warned against unsafe practices.
  • Washing hands
    What practical steps were taken?
    We used infrared thermometers to check the temperature of those arriving for meetings at our places of worship. Everyone carefully avoided unnecessary physical contact, such as shaking hands or hugging, and washed their hands frequently throughout the day. At strategic locations throughout the communities, handwashing stations were set up with a bleach solution.
  • A telephone inside a house
  • A calendar
    What happened if someone showed symptoms?
    Authorities were notified. Any individuals who had been in contact with an Ebola victim, had attended a funeral of a victim, or showed symptoms kept themselves isolated for 21 days, the commonly accepted maximum incubation period for the Ebola virus.

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