How to Survive a Pandemic

Jeremy Bowyer
Written By Jeremy Bowyer

Jeremy Bower is a generational survivalist and expert outdoorsman.

While Hollywood has been very good at dramatizing pandemics, the fact of the matter is that you can become ill if someone were to sneeze or cough on you. However scared you might be, you should know that it is possible to survive a pandemic.

While there might be a lot of fear about pandemics, the only real fear you should have is of no being fully prepared. The good news is that this article will help you to prepare so you can save your own life and the lives of others.

How to Correctly Prepare for a Pandemic

A pandemic is a disease or a virus that affects a lot of people in many different countries. An endemic is a condition or a disease that affects people in a specific area. The difficulty a lot of people have with pandemics is they never know when they might strike. This is why you should be prepared for them.

You could choose to buy a pandemic kit, however, you might also choose to put a kit together yourself. Because there are many different pandemic kits available it’s easy to determine what should be in yours. In addition to this, you will know exactly what you will need to do if a pandemic should arrive.

Your Pandemic Supply List

– Pandemic Masks

One of the most important things you can do is to buy enough antiviral masks. However, you should be aware that these masks are more useful to others if you are the one wearing one. This is because it will prevent you from coughing or sneezing on them. A mask will also help you to remember not to touch your face.

Please note, in the event of a pandemic, it will be hard to get hold of any type of mask.

Antiviral masks

These can be relatively cheap and can help to reduce the risk of you and others spreading germs.

Gas masks

While gas masks are not ideal for helping to prevent Coronavirus, they can prove to be useful. Just make sure that you have the required filters.

N100 or N95 masks

This is one of the best types of mask to use during a pandemic. This is because they can help with air quality. They also come with an adjustable clip and can help to promote much easier breathing.

– Goggles

Many people fail to even consider using goggles during a pandemic. However, they can help to prevent droplets that have been sneezed or coughed up by another person. It is possible for droplets to stay in the air for up to 45 minutes. Wearing goggles can ensure the droplets are less likely to get into your eyes. You’re also less likely to rub your eyes when you’re wearing goggles.

– Duct Tape

Duct tape is, surprisingly, a very useful tool. This is because it can prove invaluable around the home. Duct tape can be used to seal off windows, doorways, and even seal tears in protective clothing.

– Gloves

You can typically find many types of gloves that are ideal for use during pandemics. Sterile and non-sterile gloves are both useful. Non-sterile gloves are ideal if you wish to prepare for a pandemic. Sterile gloves are useful if you need to examine your patients or undertake procedures where you need to be as clean as possible.

  • Chemical resistant gloves – Chemical resistant gloves are ideal as a second layer glove. They tend to be quite loose fitting and are ideal at helping to protect you from abrasions and chemicals. Chemical resistant gloves are also useful if you are concerned about your other gloves tearing as they tend to be quite strong.
  • Foodservice gloves – When it comes to handling food, plastic gloves can be ideal. During a pandemic, you will need to make sure that you practice good food hygiene.
  • Nitrile exam gloves – Nitrile is resistant to punctures and offers a high level of protection. Gloves such as these can help to protect your hands against sharp objects, gases, and liquids, they are quite inexpensive and are frequently used in the medical world.

– Chemical, Hazmat, or Tyvec Suits

  • Chemical suits – There is a range of chemical suits available to purchase, they can help to protect you against blood borne pathogens.
  • Hazmat suits – A hazmat suit is ideal if you are unsure if you’re going to be exposed to something new. They’re also ideal if you have guests turn up and you were not expecting them.
  • Tyvec suits – These are impermeable and ideal if you need to cover your body to protect you against radioactive materials, biological agents, or chemicals.

– Disinfectants and Antiseptics

Antiseptics – Antiseptics are ideal if you do not have any soap and water available. Wipes and hand sanitizers are capable of reducing risks associated with pandemics.

Disinfectants – Disinfectants help to destroy bacteria, fungi, and viruses that are located on surfaces. Sanitizers typically work in the same way, but it’s better to use a sanitizer if you need to handle food safely. Make sure you have plenty of disinfectant, soap, and sanitizer in stock.

– Liquid Soaps

Washing your hands is perhaps one of the best ways for you to fight any contagion. Make sure you have plenty of liquid soaps. Try to use a liquid or antibacterial soap as some viruses live on wet surfaces. Don’t rely on any soap that stays moist, it may not protect you.

– Antiviral Facial Tissues

Antiviral facial tissues can help to protect you by killing up to 99% of cold and flu viruses. They are ideal for use in the home and office. Make sure you have plenty of them in stock and use them should you need to protect yourself.

– Thermometer

  • Analog thermometer – If you think you or another person has a fever, a thermometer can be useful. Analog thermometers are ideal if batteries have drained from your other thermometers. They can also be ideal if there’s an electromagnetic pulse.
  • Disposable thermometer – Thermometers such as these are ideal if you have a bug out bag. Make sure you don’t keep them anywhere warm as heat can damage them.
  • No-touch thermometer -Thermometers such as these were used during the Ebola outbreak. They are quick and easy to use.

– Medicine

You should ideally make sure that you have all the medication you need. Look for anti-diarrhea medication along with cough suppressants and cold remedies. Also opt for medicines that reduce fevers and those that kill pain.

Prescribed medication is a must, especially medication for diabetics.

– Electrolytes

Another often overlooked item is electrolytes. Electrolytes are used by your body in a variety of ways including muscle function. Some of the electrolytes that are found in the body include sodium, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, and bicarbonate.

– Bio-hazard Bags

Bio-hazard bags have a high-density liner which provides a lot of strength for a range of applications. They can be used to help prevent leaks while also distributing weight. Bio-hazard bags can be used for hazardous or infectious waste.

– Diapers

Diapers for children and adults can be essential. For example, if you’re wearing a Hazmat suit and you cannot make it to the bathroom in time, wearing a diaper can prevent a lot of accidents and embarrassment. Adult diapers are ideal should someone become ill and they can help to stop diseases spreading.

If you have a supply of cloth diapers, they can also be used to stem blood flow, work as a cold compress, or to clean up vomit. 

– Vomit Bags

Vomit bags are single use and will help you to clean up any mess. They can be quite hard to find, however. This means you might need to make your own.

– Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent can help to keep your clothes and bedding clean. If you don’t have any laundry detergent you might need to burn your items if they’re very dirty.

– Portable Radio

A portable radio is essential when a catastrophe strikes. Try to buy a radio or two that is solar powered and has a built in flashlight.

– Water Filtration System

Water has the potential to become contaminated. It does not matter if water is not the cause of the pandemic, the supply could be completely stopped. This will only be the case if those who work at the water supply stations are unable to work. When you know you have a filtration system you know you are much more likely to survive.

How to Survive a Pandemic?

If a pandemic should arise, you will need to know how to survive it. In some cases, you might need to take some extreme measures.

  • Stock up on your supplies as soon as you can. If there is a pandemic it will be hard to get hold of everything you need.
  • Start taking probiotics as they can help your digestive system. They might also be especially helpful should a pandemic take place. Consume yogurt that contains Acidophilus, and make sure you consume a lot of fruits and vegetables.
  • Try no to take antibiotics. They tend to be used a little too much, especially in this country.
  • Buy flu medication now. Ask your doctor about medication that can treat avian flu.
  • Do not touch items that other people touch. This includes door handles, pencils, the buttons on elevators, and other places that a lot of people touch. This is especially important if there is an outbreak of flu.
  • You should try to avoid touching another person’s hands. This will mean you cannot shake another person’s hands but if there’s a pandemic they’ll understand.
  • Always wash your hands before you eat. Wash them as soon as you arrive home, and make sure you also wash under your fingernails. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice  while you wash as you would have washed them for an adequate amount of time.
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Try to avoid touching your face, particularly your mouth, nose, and eyes. Sit on your hands if that prevents you from touching your face.
  • Stay at home, especially if the outbreak is bad. Do not go out to work, do not take your children to school. If you have to go outside make sure you wear a mask. You might also want to consider wearing gloves.
  • Make a note of any coughing and breathing issues, vomiting, and diarrhea. Do this so you can report these incidences to a medical professional. Don’t forget to log the time and date and how severe the problem is. This will help you to monitor the situation.
  • Always expect that you will have power and water supply issues. Buy generators if you can afford them or solar-powered items. Make sure you get some more water filtration systems.
  • Monitor the situation according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the WHO (World Health Organization). This will ensure you stay up to date with any recent information and findings.

How a Pandemic will Go Down

When there’s a pandemic it will inevitably shut down a few services. This will happen because many people will stay home. Alternatively, there might be a few people sent to a hospital. It’s likely that a lot of people will need to be hospitalized. When this is the case those who work in hospitals and other care facilities are likely to bring the pandemic home.

You might also find that you cannot get gas at your local gas station as all of the employees have chosen to stay at home.

When it comes to shops and supermarkets, many of them will sit empty. This is because a lot of people will panic buy their groceries. Online retailers might not be able to keep up with the demand for online grocery shopping. You might, therefore, have to wait a least a few weeks before you can buy what you need.

As more and more people become ill, there will be fewer people around the restock shelves in supermarkets, load trucks, and work to keep the electricity and water supplies running. This is when things will start to get very tough for those who are not prepared. Buy everything you need now so that the next time there’s a pandemic you’re very well prepared.

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