Like any virus, there are common fallacies surrounding Ebola. The virus isn't spread casually and it isn't airborne. It can't be contracted by passing someone in the street, sitting in their subway seat.
The virus is only contracted though direct contact with an infected person (e.g., kissing, sharing food, exchange of blood, semen, sweat, etc.). It's also important to remember that the likelihood of contracting Ebola doesn't increase if you are actively sick. Your chances are the same.
Mark Jarrett, MD, is Northwell Health's senior vice president, chief quality officer and associate chief medical director. He is a professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Jarrett has extensive research experience, including on the immune response in systemic lupus erythematosus.