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Flu epidemic

Postby scrounger » Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:01 pm

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/opin ... ccine.html

Flu epidemic articles are pretty common at this time of year. I have never had a flu shot, but a universal vaccine might interest me. Where/how does prepping for "the flu" factor into your life?
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Re: Flu epidemic

Postby helicopilot » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:16 pm

I think that beyond vaccination (I get it every year), proper hygiene is the most important. Assuming you can't avoid crowds, keep distance from people so that sneeze droplets can't make it to your own face.

When in public, avoid touching your face at all cost, wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer when hand washing isn't available, not as a substitute to hand washing.

If you're an employer or manager, enforce strict "if you're sick, stay home!" policy. If you're sick, also stay home and rest.
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Re: Flu epidemic

Postby farmgal » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:00 am

keeping a good supply of medical masks in storage and keeping cotton ones that can be boiled and reused are both good ideas but yes proper hygiene and if possible having a sick room even better
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Re: Flu epidemic

Postby Clarence » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:16 am

Per heli and farmgirl. To add to the good to have items are a healthy supply of latex free gloves and disposable or washable gowns and booties. Bleach and vinegar for cleaning of surfaces, adult diapers for those confined to bed, alcohol, peroxide, Vaseline to keep lips moist, broths, juices, lots of muscle pain relief....

creepy or truly sad point is what farmgirl mentioned. The sick room! I have thought of it and I cant see me leaving a family member alone for large parts of the day. My wife is a nurse and would know all the tricks in gowning etc, but to isolate or semi isolate a loved one would, while necessary, be brutal. Serving and subsequently cleaning food dishes, bathing them, changing of sheets,.. would all have to be done with great care or there would be little point.

Thinking of a hospital, it’s one thing to think of going to visit them and leave others to care for them in a cold and antiseptic fashion, but another for us to do that with a wife or child and not break protocol and kiss their forehead or hold a loved ones hand would be very difficult to do.

I also remember the sars outbreak and listening to how nurses ungarbed and went home and other major failures in isolating germs. There are ways to undress, remove gloves and not touch other garments. Then there are staging rooms to undress and then get back into street cloths. Most people and that includes medical personnel do not wear their N95 mask properly. They need to be properly fitted to one face, so if serious about wearing them, people should check to make sure they have the right model for their face and it fits over nose, cheeks and mouth properly. We were very lucky on how that outbreak turned out.

I think that like any shtf type event, the optimal procedure is to reduce contact with your fellow man. If one is healthy and can avoid shopping, traveling, visiting hospitals etc, the better the odds of staying germ free. So once more, we see the importance of a well stocked home and being as debt free as possible. Having to go to work and trying to avoid germs while opening doors, pushing elevator buttons and Breathing recycled office air is impossible. You will be infected and not even know it until it’s to late and you will have passed onto others in the house as well.

In the case of a severe disease outbreak, The importance of having ones finances in good shape and being able to not go into work is going to be ones first line of defence. The rest are secondary measures.
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