What exactly does Ebola do to your body?

A new video from design collective Kurzgesagt explains

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published November 6, 2014 2:42PM (EST)

Exactly why is the Ebola virus so lethal? What does it do to your body? Design collective Kurzgesagt answers these questions and more in their newest video on how your body fights Ebola.

The short answer:

"In a nutshell, [the virus] takes over the cell, disables the cell's protective mechanisms and reprograms it. The cell now becomes a virus production machine and uses its resources to build Ebola viruses."

Scary. But is it time to panic?

"No. Not even close," says the comforting British narrator. The severity of Ebola gets papers sold and YouTube videos shared, so everybody is talking about Ebola. But currently the only way to get infected with Ebola is to come into contact with the bodily fluids of a person who shows symptoms or from an infected bat. So, just don't do that."

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