Ebola Virus and The Worlds Hygiene...

Unless you've been hiding your head in the sand for the last few weeks, you'll have heard of the 'pandemic' Ebola virus which is sweeping not only West Africa, but is now feared to have spread even further. Much like the Swine Flu and Bird Flu Viruses, and other viruses or 'superbugs' faced by the NHS, it causes a national panic fed by the media who claim that 'this is the end.'

In the 21st Century, after discovering prevention's and cures for many deadly illnesses such as smallpox, malaria, TB and even mild infections which would have killed people hundreds of years ago, we hold our hope on a 'cure' for this dreadful infection. But as the old saying goes... prevention is cheaper (and easier) than the cure.

It seems many of the scientists and medical professionals are a little baffled about this latest outbreak. They know the most likely cause of the spread was through infected bush meat (bats and monkeys), but the way it spreads from human to human has now become less clear. Whilst we're almost certain it isn't airborne, some will say you can catch it just by touching an infected persons skin, whilst others will tell you you have to come into contact with their bodily fluids (sweat, etc).

It seems, from all the information we are receiving, that the best way to prevent any spread is to tighten up on personal hygiene and for authorities to do the same. Basic things like washing your hands regularly and just taking sensible precautions when it comes to personal hygiene should go without saying, but what about the authorities? What is out there to help them keep on top of it?

Much like medicine over the last hundreds of years, the cleaning industry has much evolved in the same way. We've come a long way since the invention of the first toilet by the Ancient Egyptians and there are now many inventions on the market which could stop the Ebola Virus in its tracks, for example the use of steam cleaners.

Steam cleaners are often used in kitchens and hotels, but only in the last few years have the NHS and other authorities discovered these machines and what they can do for our hygiene. Most industrial steam cleaners will kill 99.9% of germs without chemical (they just using the heat of the steam); surely that's mother natures natural way of giving us a prevention for outbreaks such as this? It's certainly an interesting thought...

What if all the authorities worldwide had the capital to put into machines such as steam cleaners which killed 99.9% of germs and took little to no upkeep because they ran purely on water? Would the world be virus free? And more to the point, why aren't steam cleaners used more widely in public areas such as airports and hospitals where there's a high volume of people from many different cultures and walks of life? If these machines can, long term, be used to combat the spread of diseases and viruses, why are they not being taken full advantage of? In the short term chemicals may be the answer, but they are not a long term solution.

I'll leave you with that thought.