Better Safe than Sick
Do you like to be sick? Does the notion of waking up
with little ability to breathe and practically no ability to move or function
mentally just make you eagerly await the next cold or flu season? Does
the idea of dying of Ebola make you bust out in giggle fits, like a teenage
girl thinking about her favorite rock star? If those were yeses, you
might need professional help – for the rest of us, a
pandemic preparedness kit
is a very viable option. And a pandemic preparedness kit list is
forthcoming. If people start dropping, it might be best not to go out as
much, and to let the disease wind down on its own schedule.
China had a very interesting response to SARS. In that part of the world,
a person can be ordered to stay inside, and they know it isn't an option go
outside "for a minute." As such, their infection numbers stayed
very well controlled. If the government had such complete and
unquestioned control around here, you might not need a
pandemic preparedness kit. But since you do, here goes a bit of thought.
1. The basics.
If you have the basic parts of a disaster preparedness kit, such as food,
water, changes of clothes and prescription medicine, this is pretty
redundant. Anything you use at least once a week (and couldn't go two
weeks without) needs to be in your kit, obviously. But a pandemic will
present its own special set of needs. Make sure you keep a larger amount
of food than absolutely necessary, in order to keep up your immune system
2. A set of masks.
While masks may or may not protect you from infection, they can prevent the
spread of some airborne pathogens. With almost everything in our lives,
it is always better to be safe than to be sorry.
3. A defense against carriers.
When a pandemic strikes, by nature it exists over a large area. And since
some people are naturally carriers of any given illness, make sure you limit
contact with people. While it is unfortunate that people can only be
so far in a survival situation, they may not be trying to harm you. They
may be completely innocent in
their intentions, but may betray you through no
more than biological chance. So think carefully
before you accept
anything from anyone, or open your door to anyone.
Remember that the Black Death scored very few lives in Verona, Italy.
This most likely had something to do with how their custom was to literally
"brick in" the homes of those infected. Hopefully, your
pandemic preparedness kit will be enough that such drastic measures will not be
necessary in your home town.