Flu season is coming, so stocking up on disinfectants and cutting back on handshakes isn’t a bad idea. Market-research company Nielsen reports that sales of Clorox are up 28%, cleaning supplies are up 12% overall, and customers are apparently concerned that the Lysol can does not individually list every pathogen that it kills.
Shopping with Ebola in mind isn’t a bad idea if you think about it metaphorically, like when the Centers for Disease Control released a disaster-preparedness guide for a zombie invasion that actually serves as advice for more probable emergencies that do not involve zombies. Yet if you’re ready for a zombie attack, you’re also ready for a hurricane, earthquake, blizzard, or an extended power outage.
Stocking up on disinfectants and hand sanitizer isn’t all that helpful in the event that you do come into direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person suffering from Ebola symptoms, but it could be very helpful in protecting against diseases that people in North America are more likely to encounter: influenza, norovirus, and enterovirus. If you’re going to prep for Ebola, that’s cool, but go get a flu shot, too.