Why we need quarantine care packages to help us cope with the Ebola virus
By the time people leave quarantine, they may be suffering from dehydration, low blood sugar, diarrhoea and heart failure, according to a study.
The study from the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said that by the time they get home, they will be suffering symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoeal disease and low blood sugars.
There are more than 3.5 million people living with Ebola in West Africa and more than 500 people are known to have died.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to 972 and deaths have soared to 3,000.
Professor James Collins, who led the research, said: “This study highlights the urgent need for people in quarantine to get these types of care packages.”
If you have a high risk of dying in quarantine, you will have been exposed to very high levels of viral RNA, and the virus will be present for the rest of your life.
“By bringing these items, you can reduce your risk of contracting Ebola, but it will be very costly and it may not always be possible to bring these items home.”
The study found that people with high risk factors were more likely to use quarantine care kits, such as a hand sanitizer and mask, if they were in quarantine.
“When people have high risk factor they should not have been in quarantine,” said Professor Collins.
“We have to think about the impact on the community and whether this is appropriate to use.”
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