The state of Ohio (more specifically the Akron and Kent State regions) have been in the headlines lately with news surrounding a nurse traveling to the areas and later testing positive for Ebola. According to NJ.com, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is taking no chances this weekend:
"What I did is, I went online and did some of my own research just to see how it spreads and to educate the team, so we did a little bit of that this morning,'' Flood said following practice Thursday. "I assured them that the plane, when we get on it, will be sanitized and cleaned. From all the information I have, it's transferable through bodily fluids. It's not something you can get just by standing next to somebody.
"You gotta be careful. You gotta make sure your hands are clean, can't share drinks. We'll take all the necessary precautions. But it's not something that will distract us, either.''
Never mind that infectious disease experts have gone out of their way to set the record straight that the patient in question wasn't contagious when she was traveling nor the general difficulty with which Ebola typically spreads.
While hysteria continues to reign supreme amongst your aunt on Facebook and some school districts alike, there's no reason or evidence whatsoever to suggest Rutgers, Ohio State, nor anyone in the city of Columbus are at any kind of risk as a result of the Dallas-to-Ohio-and-back passenger.
(H/T: Cleveland.com via Kevin Trahan)