U2 singer, activist and humanitarian has reported that he is exhibiting early symptoms of ebola and has most likely contracted the virus while caring for a dying Liberian man.
Bono, birthname Paul David Hewson and other volunteer health-care workers wore protective gear, including gowns, gloves, masks and face shields — and sometimes full-body suits — when caring for Kmore Sanjij this week. This, naturally launched a review of procedures for treating infected patients, while the World Health Organization called the outbreak "the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times." Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a press conference "The only fortunate thing here is that Mr. Hewson's involvement will bring the epidemic the international attention that it deserves." Hewson was monitoring his own temperature and went to the hospital Friday night as soon as he discovered he was running a low fever. He is in isolation and is expected to live, health officials said.
By Monday evening, he has received a transfusion of plasma from Kent Brantly, a Texas doctor who survived the virus. Brantly, an aid worker in Liberia, was flown back to the U.S. and treated with the experimental drug ZMapp at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Another American doctor who contracted Ebola in Liberia, Phil Sacra, received two blood transfusions from Brantly as part of a treatment program at the Nebraska Medical Center that allowed him to recover from the virus. Frieden said that there is no known health risk in opening the forcibly uploaded Songs of Innocence album on your Apple device, but "I'd probably steer clear of it since it's most likely terrible."
Public-health authorities have since intensified their monitoring of other hospital workers who cared for Sanjij.