The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently broadcast a call for church and community leaders who need to understand more about Ebola, the deadly virus that has claimed thousands in West Africa and now has made its way to the United States. The CDC covered several topics, including how to communicate about the virus and how best to provide aid to those affected. Below are important takeaways for church leaders:
How is Ebola spread?
- A person can only spread the disease if they have symptoms, such as fever or signs of illness.
- Ebola doesn't spread through the air (it's not "aerosol transmitted").
- If people are in contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is actively ill—blood, urine, or diarrhea, for instance—a person could touch those substances and touch their own mucus membrane (eyes, mouth, small cut, or laceration), leading to infection.