How to Survive the Next Viral Epidemic
A pandemic is a global spread of a virus, while an epidemic is a viral outbreak limited to a particular country or region. Either or would lead to widespread panic within the affected region(s), and can many times lead to high death tolls. An epidemic is a little less threatening, as it does not affect the entire world all at once, and is usually caused from a small outbreak of a specific infection or virus. Pandemics are more likely to affect the entire world, including the United States, and oftentimes are produced from new viral strains which human beings have not developed immunity for yet (Nordqvist, 2014).
Pandemics which have claimed lives and affected millions worldwide throughout history include: Cholera, Influenza, Leprosy, Malaria, Measles, Smallpox, Tuberculosis, Typhus, and Yellow fever.
There are a couple of pandemics currently still affecting the world on a global scale. HIV is the first, which first spread to the United States in the sixties from Africa. Aids is a much more serious pandemic and is claiming a high death toll. In fact, it may kill over 100 million people in Africa alone by 2025. Aids is significantly growing in the Americas (Guardian, 2005).
Even if the current pandemics do not threaten you, it must be understood that new viruses form all the time and often do wipe out a large portion of the human population. Being prepared for a global viral pandemic is absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of you and your family.
Future Pandemic Threats
There are a lot of possible future pandemics, some which we can somewhat predict and some which we cannot. Most of them, however, predictable or not, can be prepared for ahead of time. Some scientists and researchers have suggested antibiotic resistance will become a global pandemic of the future. These are also known as superbugs and can cause diseases we already control, to re-invent themselves in a more unbeatable, threatening fashion. If superbugs do not scare you, certainly Ebola will. Ebola has a 70 percent fatality rate and easily spreads through blood or fluids, much like an STD. The Avian Flu (H5N1) has been discovered in some species of birds, and the fear is that this will spread to human beings in a super, unstoppable form. Then there is SARS, which stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and has yet to be completely eradicated. It could always come back and get us all. Finally, experts fear the spread of viral hemorrhagic fever (including the Ebola Virus Disease actually, along with Bolivian, Lassa, Marburg, and Rift Valley Fevers). Transmission of these viruses can come from simple close contact.
In the event of a global pandemic, it can be expected that the government may quarantine certain regions or cities to prevent further spread of the outbreak. In the event you are in one of the quarantine zones or camps, survival is imperative. In the event of a global pandemic, you will still need to be prepared as you can never trust the authorities to be able to fully secure and contain the disease. As history has proven, it is very hard to completely eradicate a virus or disease. You must be prepared and able to breathe the air and drink the water without fear of catching a contagious, life threatening illness or disease.
How to Survive a Global Viral Pandemic
From the natural formation of a superbug to biological warfare, you must be prepared for a global virus pandemic. There are too many rumors of weaponized viruses to ignore. You must be ready to survive any biological or chemical attack. Some attacks may even be both, bio-chemical. During a viral outbreak it is primarily important to avoid fluid exchange, including close immediate proximity with other human beings…in other words: avoid being within breathing distance. It is wise not to share any water bottles, or silverware. Do not share food to the best of your ability as well. All water sources should be boiled and filtered.
Survivalist Tip: Have a non-infected member of your party divide the food. After the food touches the hands of another individual it belongs permanently to them.
Respirators can be tricky. If you have never used a chemical respirator, half-mask or full-mask (not a dust mask), you are likely not to have been fit for one. It will also come to a surprise how hard it is to breathe through a respirator when using dense, thick chemical filters. Basically, wearing a chemical respirator can make it a little tougher to breath. Breathing properly through a chemical respirator (like P100 filters) requires practice and is a learned skill. Your respirator should be able to protect against dust, gases, mists, particulates, and other contaminants. Some higher quality respirators allow for interchangeable filter types, making it easier to protect against various threatening agents. Respirators are imperative for protecting against Ebola, H5N1 (and H1N1) avian influenze virus, anthrax, superbugs, bacteria and other biological attacks or threats. Military gas masks work great, as long as they are loaded with NBC filters. These are reasonable to wear even with light physical exertion (such as jogging).
Viral Pandemic Survival Necessities
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Keeping your distance from other people is important even if no signs of infection are prevalent, because some of these viruses and diseases do not show signs of infection for days, weeks or even months later. Some people, for example, never even develop AIDs from HIV…while others will develop AIDs much more quickly. Flu virus is another example; influenza sometimes does not show signs ahead of time. This is why it is important, in order to protect your loved ones, for everyone to keep their own personal bubble and space in a viral pandemic.
Cleaning and keeping your living space, tools and everyday equipment sanitary is essential. Using something strong, like bleach, scrub everything and not once, but frequently throughout its use and time. Additionally, you always want to use disposable gloves, latex works great if you are not allergic, otherwise, nitrile will work. Alternatives if you cannot use bleach include distilled vinegar and acetic acid. And remember, ebola and other viruses and bacteria can sometimes live on the surfaces of counters and tools for up to days if at room temperature. This means that coughing and sneezing can transmit the viral infection and allow for it to be contracted days later by a new victim.
How to Tell If There is a National Pandemic
From the firsthand account of a nurse, who described what her orientation managing nurse told her in the start of her ER intensive care unit orientation, the nurses will be the first people to know a Pandemic is beginning. She explained that her manager described the start of a viral pandemic as a sort of FEMA camp style campground outside of the hospital. The tents outside of the hospital house the infected individuals, where they are able to be seen. They are not treated outside in the tents, but this is where they try to contain the viral outbreak, in order to keep the rest of the hospital clean and safe of the viral infection. The tents went up at many hospitals during the recent H1N1 scare, and supposedly they have gone up for SARs, flesh eating viruses, MRSA, VRSA, and even plague. It was reported as well that the media would be kept out of the loop for a while, and after the media is alerted, they will refuse to report it for some time to avoid panic.
It is necessary to be prepared to be self-sufficient to save you and your family.
Guardian, 2005. Aids could kill 90 million Africans, says UN. The Guardian. Retrieved from: http://www.theguardian.com
Nordqvist, C., 2014. What is a pandemic? What is an epidemic? Medical News Today. Retrieved from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com
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