The media as usual has done a good job of over-hyping the ebola outbreak. In fact there really isn’t an outbreak here in the US, just some unlucky people in the healthcare industry who were given bad instructions and may or may not have had common sense when it comes to traveling. Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever type of disease and is not airborne, similar to HIV/AIDS. You could even have it touch your skin and not get it, unless you have an open wound. Our government has just done a poor job and bungled the whole issue – the leadership at the CDC would be laughable if peoples lives weren’t in danger from their screw ups. But all of this gives you practice and can open your eyes that you shouldn’t be dependent on someone else to protect you or your family or have the common sense to ensure that you don’t get the disease.
Back in the 1700s and before with small pox out breaks many merchants would summer or winter in less populous locations because they knew about outbreaks and they chose to avoid the crowds so as to avoid infection. Isolation has always worked. But how do you go about doing that? While this current Ebola scare will go away, why not use it to drill with your family and figure out what you would do if the hospitals got over-run, and we did have a massive disease outbreak in the US.
So what are some things you should have on hand for any old purpose. Clorox
is one, bleach kills ebola, and many other bugs. Having it on hand to wash off you, clothes, etc is always a plus.
Respirators, most people carry them around for themselves, but in reality if you’re on a plane and someone is coughing, sneezing – put the mask/respirator on them. A plain mask goes a long way. For you if you’re going into an area where you’re unsure of – a full respirator is a better idea.
Full body Protection – most of the time the suits are single use only, so keep that in mind, and most suits are light duty. Use it once, throw it away or burn it.
Gloves are of course important, and if you’re not preparing for an outbreak, I use them in messy food prep.
If your wanting to protect your house and worry that there is airborne virus out there – get some visqueen. Cover your windows, doors, ac vents, etc.
When its all said and done though the best thing you can do is educate yourself with as many sources as you can – which is what you’re doing by reading this.
Below is a list of a couple recomended books:
The Ebola Pandemic: How to Survive the Outbreak
Deadly Outbreaks: How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites
SAS Survival Handbook: The ultimate guide to surviving anywhere