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article imageOfficials assure everyone that Ebola will not infect water

By Jenna Cyprus     Nov 7, 2014 in Health
As concerns grow over the spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., more and more questions are surfacing about how to deal with a potential outbreak.
The concern is not irrational; it will be necessary to debunk myths, reinforce truths, and prepare for as many possible outcomes as we can think of.
While the CDC and American officials affirm their confidence in the system, it’s difficult not to consider the potential for additional scenarios, especially after multiple individuals contracted the deadly disease from an isolated patient in Dallas, Texas.
One of the questions that has been asked by many — especially those in and around the Dallas area — is whether Ebola can infect the water supply. Since everybody is downstream from somebody, it’s a question worth considering.
While individual water plants carry disinfectants that kill viruses, bugs, and other harmful contaminates, can they have an effect on the Ebola virus? According to the World Health Organization, there’s nothing to worry about.
Doctors and scientists claim Ebola can only survive in water for a matter of minutes because without its host, the virus tries to equalize its osmotic pressure and bursts, and that kills it. Medical experts report that sanitary sewers may be used for the safe disposal of patient waste — even that of Ebola patients.
While authorities are confident that Ebola cannot be spread through water, doctors and scientists have long advised everyone to take additional measures to filtrate water before drinking it. Here are a few reasons why.
Leading cause of disease. Despite Ebola’s inability to thrive in water, other bacteria are certainly capable of doing it. In fact, contaminated drinking water is the leading cause of sickness and disease in developing countries. According to the EPA, tap water can contain thousands of harmful contaminates, including inorganic and organic chemicals, microorganisms, and disinfectants.
Bottled water is unreliable. Did you know that a large percentage of commercial bottled water is little more than tap water? According to studies, most bottled water isn’t as safe or healthy as marketers make it out to be. That means paying for many brands of bottled water is a waste of money.
Bottled water is unsafe. Besides that, bottled water may actually expose you to additional chemicals. The plastic used for bottling water can actually leach into the water and enter your body when you drink it.
Better taste. Water filtration systems are the most effective way to remove chlorine, dangerous compounds, and chlorine byproducts while leaving trace amounts of minerals that keep the water tasting good.
Fortunately, home water filtration systems don’t cost that much and can be easily added to existing water systems. The benefits are incredible and you’ll hardly notice it’s there — except for an improvement in the overall taste of your water, perhaps.
While drinking water cannot increase your chance of getting Ebola, it can certainly increase your chances of remaining healthy. It’s well documented that staying hydrated can help your body fight off infection and disease.
As flu season approaches, make certain you are drinking high quality water by installing a filtration system.
While some Americans have worried about the ability of Ebola to infect our water system, many of the countries with serious Ebola outbreaks are just trying to get enough water. According to one writer on ScienceBlogs.com, “Both reliable energy and water are vitally important resources for any emergency medical facility.”
This is especially true for Ebola patients in areas where dehydration can reduce the odds of surviving infection by this deadly virus.
We can be grateful that the domestic threat from Ebola remains minimal for the time being. However, the general public needs to stay aware of the issues surrounding a potential viral outbreak.
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