Sweaty cycling classes, communal yoga mats, crowded locker rooms: Gyms can be a hotbed for germs. But what about Ebola? Here’s what you need to know.

“The short answer is no,” says William Schaffner, MD, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Here’s a little Ebola transmission 101: To become infected with Ebola, you need to have direct contact with an infected and symptomatic person’s bodily fluids and that mainly means blood, vomit, and feces at the outset. “Eventually, at the late stage of infection, Ebola will get into the cells in the person’s skin and in their sweat. But at that point the person is very gravely ill, often near death—that’s not a time they’re going to the gym,” Dr. Schaffner says.

Same goes for saliva. More comforting news about Ebola transmission: The virus’s capacity to survive on inanimate surfaces—like gym machines—is very limited, Dr. Schaffner says. Disinfectant spray and wipes, as well as hand sanitizer work to kill the virus, he adds.

Craig Spencer, MD, the New York City doctor who is now being treated for Ebola, had gone for a three-mile run the day before he developed a fever and went to the hospital. But what if he had done that same run on a treadmill right before you? “I wouldn’t lose a wink of sleep,” Dr. Schaffner says. So go get your sweat on, fear-free!

By Lisa Haney
Courtesy: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/health/germs/gym-ebola-transmission/


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