Nurses are, of course, worried about the spread of Ebola. Everyday folks, outside of healthcare, are also frightened. Today news headlines are hyper-focused on the latest developments in the continuing Ebola battle.

Some say that news media are responsible for fearmongering, spreading unnecessary dread about a disease that’s less likely to harm us than common illnesses, such as influenza. Others claim that knowledge is power and the more you know, the less you fear.

Regardless, people in the general population often look to nurses for healthcare advice and education. That means you have to keep yourself abreast of the latest news, using whatever is your preferred medium:

“Latest Developments In The Ebola Story” are brought to you by National Public Radio on the radio and online at their website These developments are frequently updated and quote other media, such as the  New York Times, USA Today, The Associated Press, and the Pentagon.

If you would like to watch short videos about Ebola or point friends, neighbors, and patients to them, go to The Wall Street Journal’s online site: for a variety of two to three minute videos.

A good overview of the disease is “Ebola: What Does It Do Inside the Body?”

Clinicians may be interested in “How Ebola Was Discovered,” rarely seen footage of microbiologist Peter Piot and his team in Zaire in 1976.

Many patients (and nurses) get their news about current events mainly from comedy shows such as “The Daily Show.” Here in “Pox and the City,” Jon Stewart demonstrates how to make a homemade haz-mat suit and slather on the hand sanitizer for protection against Ebola.

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Social media has Ebola news, too, such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s post on his social network announcing a $25 million donation he and his wife Pricilla Chan have made. It will go to the
foundation tied to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for helping to support them in treating Ebola victims.

On Twitter, search for hashtags such as #ebola for the latest from major news sources such as CNN, healthcare organizations such as the CDC, and anyone you’re following.

On YouTube, look for videos of celebrities such as David Beckham, who are helping to fight Ebola. Here’s his UNICEF video, “Together we can halt Ebola in its tracks.”

How about you? How are you keeping in the loop on the latest developments in this deadly disease?
Jebra Turner writes from Portland, Oregon, where she’s employed in communications at

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