Are you freaked out about ebola?

I actually have to say I’m not. Maybe, as a parent of an immune-compromised child, I should be, but I’ve got bigger fish to fry — like kids getting to doctor appointments and getting all their homework done.

Last night when we were checking the news online and read that ebola was in Texas, my 10-year-old turned to me and said, “This is how the zombie apocalypse starts.” I just had to laugh.

An ambulance pulls into the Dallas Fire-Rescue station 37 in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.  Three EMT's from this location are under a 21 day quarantine after a patient they transported tested positive for Ebola.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
An ambulance pulls into the Dallas Fire-Rescue station 37 in Dallas, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Three EMT’s from this location are under a 21 day quarantine after a patient they transported tested positive for Ebola. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

So are you worried about it? Or are you more worried about the respiratory virus Enterovirus D-68, which causes breathing trouble and paralysis.

Actually for my kids, I’m more worried about the common cold or the flu. Those things just tend to linger and get passed back and forth.

Really I can’t do anything about any of these, except tell my kids to wash their hands often, cough into their elbows, don’t drink after someone else and use a tissue to blow their noses. Of course, I can sign them up for the flu shot. One down, many more nasties to go.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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