Ebola Transmission at the Gym

With the Ebola scare running around, a lot of people are becoming conscious to the point of freaking out whether the virus can be transmitted even in the gym. This is because a New York City doctor, Craig Spencer MD, was currently being treated for Ebola at the hospital. Buzz around gave everyone an alarm because he run about 3 miles and that he is a health enthusiast.

According to Dr. William Schaffer, there is no need to be scared by getting infected with Ebola in the gym. A lot of people asks "Can Ebola be transmitted inside the gym?" The answer to that, according Dr. Schaffer is a resounding NO. Dr. Schaffer is currently an infectious disease specialist in Nashville Tennessee at The Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is a serious disease that caused thousands of death In West Africa and the outbreak has even reached to other countries especially in the United States. It is a hemorrhagic disease just like having dengue fever but there is no vector involved like mosquitoes.

Transmission is through direct contact with an infected person's bodily secretions, having in contact with animals like monkeys and fruit bats. You can also be infected through getting pricked from needles and syringes. Body fluid includes vaginal secretions, semen, sputum, pus, etc.

Experts disregard Ebola transmission through sweat and saliva because in order to be infected with Ebola, a large amount of sweat and saliva needs to enter to your body so viruses can infect your system. Moreover, if a person who is capable of infecting others cannot tolerate doing workouts in the gym because they are gravely ill. Moreover, according to Dr. Schaffer, the virus cannot survive for a long time in an inanimate object or surfaces like the gym machines and equipment. Disinfectant sprays and wipes are used to sanitize the machines for hygienic purposes and kill bacteria at the same time.