Isolation against Ebola
On 14th January 2015 the World Health Organisation published its Ebola update. Ebola outbreak resulted in 8429 deaths 21 296 people were in quarantine.
At a time when a sufficient aid against this illness hasn’t been discovered, helping the sick person is very complicated. Any doctor, friend, family member or volunteer dealing with one of the 29 625 cases must have asked this question: “How can I help, but at the same time stay protected?”
Simple Home care protection
With the help of an international team created around the Open Ideo Ebola Challenge. I have come up with a simple addition to a homecare Ebola kit.
This kit originally includes a bucket full of basic protective equipment: powder chlorine, soap, gloves, gown, plastic bags, a spray bottle and a breathing mask. It is distributed to the rural communities outside of the big cities. (Source : www.doctorswithoutborders.org)
My proposal is simply to add a big polyethylene tarp (4m X 4m). This can be used to build a hanging tent to isolate the Ebola sick person in the early stages of the sickness.
At this moment a person can still take care of themselves, but needs to be isolated and supported with a huge amount of liquid to keep hydrated and flush the illness out (at least 4l a day for an adult according to WHO).
The solution of local individuals compared with the official protective suits. (foto credits to B.C. Solomon, NY-times.)
Context of a rural village, where the isolation units are most needed. (Credits Mathew, contact in Liberia)