It’s about the time of year where people start to talk about pandemics. In this article we will discuss 6 pandemic preparedness tips, and how to determine if there is a real threat or not.
Many survivalists prepare for natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, etc. However, the idea of a pandemic doesn’t really cross most people’s minds until one is in full bloom.
The world has endured many pandemics such as the HIV epidemic, smallpox, tuberculosis and the Black Death that killed over 75 million people. Just 20 years ago, there was the SARS virus, that had the world gripped in a panic. Recently we’ve had to deal with the bird flu, and Ebola.
Pandemics are viral or bacterial infections that at their worst, spread fast and are easily transmitted . This is what makes them potentially deadly. As a prepper,pandemic preparedness is a must.
Many scientists claim we’re overdue for a pandemic of some kind. The influenza virus changes, or mutates very easily, and it could be the cause of the next pandemic. There is a strong possibility of this happening.
As a prepper, or survivalist you need to be cognizant of just how dangerous a pandemic can be. Below, you’ll find a list of questions that will help you decide how severe it is and how you should respond.
1. Has it happened before?
If the pandemic has happened in the past, most probably there will be treatments available to treat the problem. So, it’s still safe. If it’s a new pandemic, it’s high risk.
2. Is it current, and is it spreading?
If the pandemic is currently happening, then it’s a high risk. This is especially true if its spreading across borders. If the pandemic is isolated and contained in one location, that’s a much safer situation.
3. Can it be treated easily?
In other words, there should be a cure for it. If the pandemic has no cure and doctors are scrambling to create a vaccine or find a cure, then it’s highly dangerous.
4. What’s the death rate?
The moment someone dies from a pandemic, then it’s a life or death matter. The severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that happened years ago claimed several lives. That made it a very dangerous problem.
With globalization and easy air travel, a pandemic can cross borders easily and in no time at all.
5. Can it be spread easily?
Ease of transmission will dictate just how far the pandemic spreads. If it’s air borne, then it’s very high risk. Diseases like AIDS which require transmission of bodily fluids are much lower risk because you have control over the transmission.
If it’s spread through the air we breathe, or by touch, or in the water we drink, that will really escalate things.
6. Will it mutate?
If the virus is able to mutate, that will make it even more difficult to find a cure or vaccine for it. At the very least, it will take time. So, this factor increases the risk of the disease.
So, what should you do when there’s a pandemic?
Depending on the factors above, if you’re self-sufficient, the best thing that you can do is stay away from other people. If you’re stuck in a closed population, for example, a hotel or apartment block, make sure there is good ventilation.
People will chronic illnesses, the very young children and the elderly, will usually be the most badly affected because of their weaker immune system. Morning sunlight, herbal steams and herbal soups will help to loosen any mucus in the body.
Honestly, there’s only so much you can do. In a pandemic occurs, isolation is the best defense… but that will require lots of supplies and preparation. Pandemic preparedness is something you need to take seriously.
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