This last outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) proved that things can get bad fast. In the near future, you might find yourself trying to avoid a pandemic!
Avoid a Pandemic
In the event of a pandemic, infected individuals may or may NOT show any symptoms or sign of the illness. You must remain vigilant and take no chances.
A fast moving contagion will hit hard and will likely burn through society very quickly. You need to have some basic concepts of how to avoid becoming another pandemic victim.
Tips to help you avoid a pandemic
Prevention efforts focus on avoiding contact with viruses. The following precautions can help prevent infection disease
- Avoid traveling to areas of known outbreaks. Before traveling to other countries or regions, find out about any current epidemics by checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
- Wash your hands frequently. As with other infectious diseases, one of the most important preventive measures for Ebola virus and Marburg virus is frequent hand-washing. Use soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) containing at least 60 percent alcohol when soap and water aren’t available.
- Break the habit of touching your face, nose or eyes with your hands. Avoid this like the plague!
- Avoid contact with infected people. In particular, caregivers should avoid contact with the person’s body fluids and tissues, including mucus, blood, semen, vaginal secretions and saliva. Remember, infected persons may not even have symptoms!
- Follow infection-control procedures. If you’re a health care worker, wear protective clothing — such as gloves, masks, gowns and eye shields. Keep infected people isolated from others. Carefully disinfect and dispose of needles and other instruments. Injection needles and syringes should not be reused.
- Don’t handle remains. The bodies of people who have died of Ebola, Marburg disease and many other diseases are still contagious. Specially organized and trained teams should bury the remains, using appropriate safety equipment.
If things get really hot and the contagion is spreading through your area, be prepared to lock yourself in your home. A self imposed quarantine against those spreading the illness may be your last line of defense. Rely on your food storage and stored water, if you can, until things return to normal.
Get to an isolated area, remove and dispose of exposed protective wear and immediately sanitize or wash your hands. Then rewash/sanitize your hands before entering your home, then immediately after entering your home, in a dedicated quarantine/airlock type of area (an entry room or foyer).
- Door knobs, door handles
- Cell Phones or telephones
- TV remote
- Public use pens or pencils (have one with you at all times)
- Computer mouse and keyboard
These tips should help you avoid a pandemic, and experts have indicated that we are much overdue for a serious outbreak.