10 Life Saving Tips For Surviving An Impending Bird Flu Pandemic

10 Life Saving Tips For Surviving An Impending Bird Flu Pandemic

A new killer flu virus is​ on its way. Ducks and​ geese carrying this virus are now winging their way across the​ globe, spreading the​ disease wherever they go. Started in​ Asia, it​ has now spread to​ Europe. Soon it​ will be in​ North and​ South America.

So far it​ has only killed a​ few dozen humans. it​ is, after all, a​ virus that’s passed from bird to​ bird. or​ from bird to​ animals. So far it​ can’t be transmitted from human to​ human. But flu viruses are crafty. They have the​ ability to​ change. This is​ what happened in​ 1918 when the​ Spanish Flu Pandemic swept over a​ war weary planet killing 50 – 100 million people – far more than were killed in​ the​ war.

This time it​ will be much worse. After all, we now have 4 times the​ number of​ people living on the​ planet. and​ most of​ them live in​ cities. Large, crowded cities. the​ five largest cities in​ the​ world have over 100 million people living in​ them. a​ killer virus that can be passed from human to​ human, let loose in​ our major cities where people are living elbow to​ elbow, would have a​ catastrophic effect.

And consider this…back in​ 1918 it​ was a​ much bigger world. it​ took weeks to​ get from one side of​ the​ world to​ the​ other. it​ took days to​ get from one side of​ the​ continent to​ the​ next. Today it​ takes hours. Last year more than 46 million international visitors came to​ the​ United States. if​ only one infected visitor passes on the​ virus to​ 2 others, who pass it​ on to​ 2 others, and​ so on, by the​ end of​ a​ month everyone in​ the​ US could be infected.

I don’t even want to​ consider the​ implications if​ this idea ever occurs to​ muslim terrorists who are only too happy to​ blow themselves to​ bits in​ order to​ take out a​ few infidels.

So what can we do?

Fortunately it’s not all doom and​ gloom. There are some very specific steps you can take to​ minimize the​ dangers and​ protect yourself and​ your loved ones.

1. Draw up a​ Plan. Outline the​ steps you and​ your family need to​ take, both pre-pandemic and​ during. Identify responsibilities for​ each family member. Make lists of​ supplies required. Find appropriate sources. Develop a​ realistic timeline. By establishing a​ plan now, you will avoid becoming a​ victim of​ the​ panic that will grip the​ general population, resulting in​ civil chaos and​ pandemonium.

2. Keep Informed. if​ and​ when the​ virus mutates so that it​ is​ being spread from human to​ human, it​ is​ likely to​ start in​ Southeast Asia. Pay attention to​ the​ news. When you hear that this has taken place, it's time to​ act. We might only have weeks before the​ pandemic reaches North America, but with international travel so fast and​ easy it​ could be much sooner. Sign up for​ free newsletter notifications at​ http://www.survivetheflu.com .

3. Prepare Your Child for​ Home Schooling. Most flu outbreaks get their start at​ schools. You can be certain that the​ schools will be closed. and​ if​ they're not, you should give very serious thought to​ keeping your children at​ home.

4. Minimize Contact with Others. the​ H5N1 avian flu virus can be transmitted for​ two days before a​ person is​ showing any symptoms and​ for​ a​ week after symptoms have disappeared. You never know who isn't and​ who might be infected. if​ possible you should stay home. Every time you go into an​ area where there are people you are at​ risk.

5. Wash Your Hands Often. Sneeze particles can travel across a​ room at​ 600 miles per hour. if​ the​ person sneezing has the​ flu, everything in​ that room is​ covered with flu virus. and​ when you touch anything, the​ virus is​ transmitted to​ your hand. Eventually it​ will be transmitted to​ your mouth. Your only protection is​ to​ wash your hands, well and​ often. Each washing should involve vigorous scrubbing with soap for​ at​ least 20 seconds.

6. Stock up on Food & Water. Supermarkets only have enough food for​ about a​ week or​ less. It's critical that you stock up on enough food to​ last you for​ the​ duration which could be 3-4 months.

7. Buy Enough Anti-Viral Medication for​ Every Member of​ your Family. Currently there are two drugs that can help mitigate the​ effects of​ the​ avian flu virus. One is​ called oseltamivir, or​ Tamiflu. it​ comes in​ a​ tablet form. the​ other is​ zanamivir, or​ Relenza, which is​ inhaled. You will need a​ prescription for​ either of​ these drugs. They should be taken within 2 days of​ the​ onset of​ symptoms and​ taken twice a​ day for​ 5 days. These drugs are in​ very short supply, especially Tamiflu which is​ considered the​ drug of​ first choice. You should attempt to​ secure enough for​ your family as​ soon as​ possible, since once a​ pandemic hits they will be impossible to​ obtain. Currently you should be able to​ buy them at​ your drug store, or​ you can order them online.

8. Stock up on Face Masks. You will need to​ wear these when you absolutely have to​ come into close contact with others. It's likely that any public businesses or​ government offices that remain open will make it​ mandatory that you wear a​ mask before entering. Make sure that your mask has a​ rating of​ N100. the​ more common N95 masks will not give you enough protection.

There is​ one mask -- the​ NanoMask® -- which not only blocks the​ H5N1 virus, but kills it​ as​ well.

9. Exercise. According to​ the​ American Council on Exercise, research has shown that moderate exercise (such as​ brisk walking) brings about measurable changes in​ the​ immune system, sending white blood cells zipping around the​ body to​ find intruders and​ kill them. But after a​ few hours, the​ immune system returns to​ normal so it’s best to​ exercise regularly.

10. Spread the​ Word. Regardless of​ how much coverage the​ avian threat is​ receiving in​ the​ media, most people are reluctant to​ act. Perhaps if​ they don't acknowledge the​ danger they think it​ will somehow go away. or​ maybe they think the​ government will look after the​ situation.

Desperate, panic stricken people are arguably even more dangerous than the​ virus. the​ more people surrounding you who are prepared for​ the​ pandemic, the​ safer you will be. You'll be secure in​ the​ knowledge that your neighbors won't be eyeing your resources. So please spread the​ word. and​ don't give up, even though you may feel like the​ voice in​ the​ wilderness. Eventually, if​ they hear it​ often enough, some people will take notice. and​ then they will also spread the​ word. and​ in​ this way we'll all be a​ little safer.

"Up to​ one billion people could die around the​ whole world in​ six months.... We are half a​ step away from a​ worldwide pandemic catastrophe." Dmitry K. Lvov, Director, D.I. Ivanovsky Institute of​ Virology, Russian Academy of​ Medical Sciences.

Whether or​ not it​ will happen this year, and​ whether or​ not it​ will be as​ catastrophic as​ many virologists are predicting, one thing is​ clear: There WILL be a​ pandemic of​ unimaginable proportions some time soon.

We can either bury our heads in​ the​ sand and​ hope it​ won't happen, or​ we can begin taking immediate steps to​ ensure that in​ a​ worst case scenario, we've given ourselves and​ our loved ones the​ best possible chance for​ survival.

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