Mr. Whittle has this wrong. I want to add that there are other factors in play besides the transmission value. This is a virus: antibiotics are ineffective and there is no vaccine available according to our government. We have seen this week how one person on a plane has impacted over 2000 people. While the transmission level is low in that incident, it should not have happened. Someone should tell the pResident thinks there are no mulligans for Ebola.
From the CDC:
A low risk exposure includes any of the following
- Household contact with an EVD patient
- Other close contact with EVD patients in health care facilities or community settings. Close contact is defined as
- being within approximately 3 feet (1 meter) of an EVD patient or within the patient’s room or care area for a prolonged period of time (e.g., health care personnel, household members) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment (i.e., standard, droplet, and contact precautions; see Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations)
- having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD patient while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.