Ebola 911 is a new book from Telebrands that promises to explain what you need to know about Ebola, which it calls one of the deadliest virus in living memory. Telebrands implores anyone that travels on public transportation or are exposed to crowds to buy their publication to protect themselves and their family from Ebola.
But what is Ebola? Should you be worried about infection? And, most of all, do you need this book to be safe? Let’s cut through the hype.
The Ebola 911 Pitch
Telebrands is currently attempting to cash in on the Ebola “craze” that is sweeping the nation and the world. This deadly virus is currently in the headlines daily and has killed thousands in West Africa. The stern tone of the infomercial and dramatic images of people in hazmat suits intercut with squiggly Ebola viruses floating in air is designed to terrify. It stresses that we are in the middle of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history and suggests that you and your family are in danger from contracting it.
What is Ebola?
Unless you are living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the word Ebola more than a few times in the last few months. Ebola (also known as the Ebola virus or Ebola hemorrhagic fever) was first discovered in 1976 and was primarily found in remote villages in Africa. (It is named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo near where it was found.) Ebola is thought to be carried by fruit bats.
The disease is not pretty. Contracting Ebola is fatal 50% of the time. Currently, as the infomercial states, there is no known cure. Ebola is thought to be transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood or bodily fluids. The incubation period is approximately 21 days where a person may show no signs of illness. Then, fever and rash develop and the body quickly loses the ability to rehydrate (we’ll leave out the rest of the gory details).
In December 2013, there was an Ebola outbreak that began in Guinea, West Africa. Currently, as of October 2014, over 8,000 people in Africa have been infected and half have died. It is the largest recorded outbreak of the disease.
It began making headlines in America when a man Thomas Eric Duncan, who had returned from Liberia on Sept. 20, was treated at a Dallas hospital for flu-like symptoms on Sept. 24. It was determined he had Ebola and Mr. Duncan died at the hospital Oct. 8. Panic has since engulfed the nation.
Do You Have Ebola?
The good news is most likely you do NOT have Ebola! Although it is in the news every day it is still a VERY rare disease. While parts of West Africa have been devastated from Ebola, due to the hype of the news you would think people are dying in the streets in America. Not so.
The only thing highly contagious about Ebola is the hype and panic surrounding it.
Some Statistics To Put Ebola in Perspective
- You are more likely to die from food poisoning than Ebola.
- According to the CDC, the common influenza virus kills between 3,000 and 49,000 per year.
- Ebola does not travel through the air.
- People who show no signs of Ebola are not contagious.
- You need to have contact with their blood or bodily fluids to contract it.
- The CDC says Ebola poses no significant risk to the United States.
Ebola 911 Costs… WHAT?
$22.98 ($14.99 plus $7.99 S&H). There is a “100% Satisfaction Guarantee” which really means if you return the book within 30 days they will give you $14.99 back but keep the $7.99). You must pay to ship it back and also include a written explanation as to why you did not like Ebola 911 or they could refuse your request.
Bottom Line: Is Ebola 911 a Scam?
Yes, Ebola is a terrifying disease. But we want you to take a deep breath and calm down. Although Telebrands neglected to send us a review copy of this book, we suspect most of the information you need about Ebola can be found online. Since there is no known cure – and Telebrands even mentions this – we’re not really sure what else the book can contain that could justify its expensive price tag.
If you ARE worried about Ebola, we suggest:
- Read the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola Virus Preparedness, Alert, Control, and Evaluation handbook.
- Also Infection prevention and control guidance for care of patients in health-care settings, with focus on Ebola also from the WHO.
- Keep an eye on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Ebola update page.
- Turn off or tune out the news and media hype about Ebola who are trying to increase ratings and/or profits by scaring you.
- It’s always a good idea to wash your hands (but don’t use antibacterial soap).
- Don’t panic!
We hope this information helps. Please let us know what you think of Ebola and/or Ebola 911 below!