I am a 24 years old. Living in the suburbs of DC. Born in a little country called Honduras and in a path of self discovery. Trying to figure out what is wrong with the world. Expect politics, human rights and lots of medical/nursing posts.
I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a year, organic homegrown vegetables, raw milk, no MSG, no additives, no aspartame. My mother used homeopathy, aromatherapy, osteopathy; we…
The Ebola virus is scary: It’s a deadly disease that’s been built up in the American imagination as an unseen, incurable killer that could bring the U.S. to its knees. Between reports that 3,300 people died in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, eerie photos of Sierra Leone’s desperate attempt to control the virus and now news that nearly 100 people may have been exposed to the virus in the Dallas area, it’s easy to understand why many Americans are so concerned.
But this image macro, published by the New Republic’s Rebecca Leber, shows why you shouldn’t panic.
22-year-old Fatu Kekula nursed her entire family through Ebola. Her father. Her mother. Her sister. Her cousin. Fatu took care of them all, single-handedly feeding them, cleaning them and giving them medications.
And she did so with remarkable success. Three out of her four patients survived. That’s a 25% death rate — considerably better than the estimated Ebola death rate of 70%.
Fatu stayed healthy, which is noteworthy considering that more than 300 health care workers have become infected with Ebola, and she didn’t even have personal protection equipment — those white space suits and goggles used in Ebola treatment units.
Instead Fatu, who’s in her final year of nursing school, invented her own equipment. International aid workers heard about Fatu’s “trash bag method” and are now teaching it to other West Africans who can’t get into hospitals and don’t have protective gear of their own
DUDE. SHE MANAGED TO GET A FUCKING 75% SURVIVAL RATE OUT OF A DISEASE WITH A 70% DEATH RATE.