Ebola spreads through direct contact with infected bodily fluids or tissue.
Even after a person has died, the virus persists.
At the time of death, a patient can have one billion copies of the virus in one cubic centimeter of blood. In comparison, HIV, a similar virus, has the same rate at the time of death. But unlike HIV, which only infects two types of immune cells, Ebola first infects white blood cells that disable the body’s ability to destroy foreign substances, then seizes nearly every cell type.
Enter: Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, whose “Pop Goes the Café Coronary” — an essay published in June 1974 — detailed what became known as “the Heimlich Maneuver.”
We’re not talking about your appendix.
We’re referring to microbes — a good bacteria that boosts your immunity, protects you from infection and produces the enzymes you need to digest your food.
But due to the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections and modern sanitation, humans in the U.S. have lost a third of their microbial diversity, mostly on their skin and in their stomachs and digestive tracts.
"Someone is dying aline in the night.
The hospital hums like a consciousness.”
When poetry meets medicine.
Not without the help of prostitutes like Hawa Abdallah. She knows how HIV spreads, she is tested regularly and she’s confident enough to insist that her customers use condoms every time.
Learn more about her life in Tanzania and the country’s HIV rebound.