About Ebola 911

Ebola, a deadly virus that continues to affect large parts of Western Africa, is currently one of the top news stories around the globe, and Ebola 911 is a new “As Seen on TV” book that claims to give you the information you need to know to help keep you and your family safe.

According to the Ebola 911 website, this is the deadliest Ebola outbreak in living memory. In fact, half the people who have contracted the virus have died. Now, Ebola has made its way into the United States, and if you’re exposed to hotels, schools, subways, airplanes, or other large groups of people, you’ve probably thought about what would happen if the virus were to spread in the U.S. like it has in Western Africa.

It’s perfectly understandable that you want to know everything about Ebola in order to protect your family, but before you decide to purchase Ebola 911, be sure to keep reading.

Ebola 911 Pricing & Refund Policy

The Ebola 911 book is priced at $14.99 plus $7.99 S&H, and comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges.

In order to initiate the refund process, you’ll need to contact customer service at 855-668-1655.

Can Ebola 911 Really Help Keep You & Your Family Safe?

Don’t get us wrong – Ebola is serious business.  But when it comes down to it, will Ebola 911 really provide you with all the information you need about the virus? In addition, is it worth your hard-earned money? We’ll find out, but first let’s learn some basic facts about Ebola.

Understanding Ebola

According to the CDC, “Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains. Ebola can cause disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).” The disease is thought to originate in a specific family (Pteropodidae) of fruit bats, which is transmitted to other animal species and eventually to humans, often through the consumption of meat. There is no known cure for Ebola, although there are a variety of treatments that can improve mortality rates.

Once infected, Ebola remains in incubation for anywhere from 2 to 21 days, at which point symptoms appear such as “vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools).” It’s important to note that humans cannot transmit Ebola until they begin displaying symptoms, and transmission occurs through “direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.” This is important, because Ebola is not transmissible through the air.

While most Ebola cases have been restricted to Africa since the virus’ discovery in 1976, this is the first recorded case of it entering the United States. And because of the easy transmission of Ebola, as well as its 50% mortality rate, it is a big public health concern now that it’s entered our borders.

With this in mind, let’s find out how Ebola 911 claims to help.

Is This Book the Bang for Your Buck?

Fear is a primal human emotion, and strong feelings are powerful tools that can be used to convince consumers to purchase products. And when it comes to the safety of you and your family, especially given the gruesome nature of Ebola, you certainly want some answers.

However, other than claiming that Ebola 911 contains information you should know to keep you and your loved ones safe, the product’s website provides no additional information about the product. Some important questions we have are:

  • How long is the book?
  • What can you expect to learn by reading it? Does it have actionable tips to help you avoid Ebola, or is it just more of a lesson in what the virus is?
  • Can the information contained in Ebola 911 be found online for free?

Speaking of online information regarding Ebola: The CDC provides a fairly in-depth article about how to protect yourself from Ebola, which includes common sense tips such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding contact with an infected individual’s bodily fluids. In addition, you should avoid touching any surface that has come in contact with a patient’s bodily fluids.

In fact, considering all the free information available online regarding Ebola, through the CDC as well as other governmental websites, we wonder exactly how much unique information the Ebola 911 book would contain.

Consumer Feedback

Next, given Ebola’s recent entry into the U.S., Ebola 911 is a very new product (URL registered October 2014), and as such hasn’t had adequate time to garner any online customer reviews.

However, the book is made by TeleBrands based out of Fairfield, NJ, a popular “As Seen in TV” manufacturer who is responsible for other products such as Amish Secret, Hurricane 360 Spin Mop, and Wow Cup. Among these, HighYa reviewers give them an average rating of just 2 stars, with some of the most common complaints citing that they do not perform as well as advertised, that they are of low quality, and of poor customer service (difficulty processing refunds, numerous upsells during phone calls, etc.).

TeleBrands also holds an F rating with the Better Business Bureau based on nearly 1,800 closed complaints (as of 10/13/14), most of which reference the same concerns noted above.

Information Sharing

Finally, according to the Ebola 911 Privacy Policy, “We may arrange to have marketing and promotional information of other companies sent to you that we think might be of interest to you.” In other words, you can reasonably expect spam/unwanted sales calls soon after placing your order.

Bottom line:

Considering that the Ebola 911 website provides almost no information about what the book contains or the level of detail it provides, as well as the fact that Ebola 911 a very new product with no online consumer reviews, we might suggest learning as much about the virus as you can online, where a great deal of free information is widely available. Then, if you’re still hungry for more, you can quickly browse through a bookstore (whether online or off), where you’ll be able to get a detailed synopsis of the material it contains before handing over your money.

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