The Ebola Virus isn’t as contagious as some diseases

By | October 5, 2014

It’s understandable that people are worried, even freaking out about the ebola virus. It has killed around 70 percent of people that were infected in West Africa. However there’s not necessarily any reason to worry due to the fact that it spreads slower than other infectious diseases. The following infographic taken from NPR’s post on ebola shows this. A person with measles can infect 18 people on average, where as ebola can infect two.

Ebola Infection Rate

The reason for this is due to a term coined “R0“, which is the reproduction number or R nought. This R0 shows how contagious an infectious disease is, in say an outbreak or epidemic and how many people may catch the disease from a sick person.

Ebola isn’t something to take lightly, however it can easily be contained due to it being very difficult for the virus to spread. It isn’t an airborne disease. It actually requires someone to have extensive contact with “bodily fluids like blood or vomit“. Also, people that may be infected with ebola aren’t contagious until they show symptoms.

So you can now relax a little. You should be quite safe if you aren’t coming into contact with blood and vomit.