Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2017. This is an updated version of the article, given the recent Coronavirus outbreak, which keeps spreading almost all over the world.
When the experts can’t agree, it’s clear that there’s a problem. When they can’t agree about something as deadly as the coronavirus, we’re all in danger. Yet that’s the very situation we face. Top experts are delivering varied prognostications about the killer virus, ranging all the way from “less serious than the flu” to “we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg”.
In all fairness to those experts, they really haven’t had much time to study this new disease. Many of those top experts are scrambling wildly to understand the virus, what parameters it can survive under and how it spreads. That’s usually the work of years and they’ve only had a few weeks to work at it.
Nevertheless, that lack of information just makes the coronavirus more dangerous to the rest of us. Without accurate information, we have to assume the worst, just like the doctors who are studying it do. That means a virus which is transmitted by “air” (actually by aerosol – droplets expelled from coughs and sneezes) and has a high mortality rate.
As of this writing, the coronavirus pandemic is still marching around the globe, with a total of over 60,000 confirmed cases in 28 countries. Of the 52,793 current active cases, only 15% (8,117) are considered serious or critical. But the more telling number is the closed cases, of which there are 7,604 individual people; 6,235 of them recovered and were discharged from the hospital and 1,369 resulted in the patient dying.
Officially, the fatality rate of coronavirus is listed at a meager 2%. But that figure is known to be incorrect. The problem is, it’s too early to make an actual determination. If we divide the number of deaths to date, by the total resolved cases, we get a mortality rate of 18%; but that’s not accurate either. Typically, the mortality rate of a pandemic is higher in the earlier days, with the survivor rate increasing towards the end.
But here’s the really scary statistic: the transmission rate is listed as a 3, with different studies giving answers anywhere from 1.4 and 4.0. If that number was less than 1, we could count on the epidemic burning itself out. But the higher the number, the more it will take to cause it to burn out.
Even if we take the best case figure, from the various studies, this pandemic is not going to burn out on its own. Something is going to have to happen, to make that happen, the question is what. And while we’re at it, what do we need to do in order to protect ourselves and our families? The world is an open book in terms of transportation, economy and immigration. This also means it’s open to disease as well.
There can be an overwhelming number of items to consider when preparing for a pandemic. This is particularly true for those who have little medical knowledge. It may all seem foreign. To combat this confusion, I thought it necessary that we break up our preps into three very distinct categories.
Treating a Pandemic Within the Home
- Plastic Sheeting is one of the most important items to have an abundance of. It can do things as simple as separate a few rooms to becoming a way to safely transport those who have died from the pandemic. The sheeting can also be used to cover windows and doors, if the pandemic gets out of hand. Have at least 200’ for all your needs.
- Disposable Gloves
- Disposable Foot Protection
- Disposable Aprons
- N95 Respirator Masks
- Face Shields or eye protection
- Tyvek Disposable Coveralls offer great body protection.
- Fever Reducer
- Congestion Meds
- Throat Lozenge
- Inflammation Reducer
- Both Crystalline Vitamin C and cone flower (echinacea) will give you an option to boost the immune system. These two are critical in assuring your ability to stave off the disease, as well as fight it off once it’s attacking you.
- Water Storage will be crucial and you will want to have at least 1.5 gallons per person per day. This water will play a massive role in the hydration of those who become sick.
- Water Filter
- Hydration Powder will add a little oomph to your water through things like electrolytes. You may not have an IV on hand, but that doesn’t mean you cannot stay hydrated properly.
- 100 Contractor Trash Bags
- 100 Indoor Trash Bags
- Cans with Tight Fitting Lids
- Plenty Antibacterial Soap for hand washing
- Quality Bodily Fluids Cleanup Kit (SUPER SORB)
- Hardback copy of serious medical volumes like The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies, The Survival Medicine Handbook, The Doomsday Book of Medicine.
Pandemic Protection Outside the Home
There are items that you can include for protection outside the home on a daily basis. These items would not be part of your EDC or everyday carry, but would be better suited in something like a get home bag.
- One of the most important pieces to have in that bag when prepping for a Pandemic is the N95 respirator. These are not very expensive and will protect your nose and throat from pathogens.
- You will also want some basic meds stored in your car as well. These meds should be for dealing with symptoms. Meds that will fight fever, diarrhea and something for sore throat would all be great options. A non-drowsy medication for congestion would also help.
- A basic trauma kit will also be vital. Remember that pathogens can enter your body through any damage in your skin or any orifice. If you are cut during a pandemic, it will be crucial that you clean and cover that cut ASAP.
Ideally, these items get you home as quickly as possible where you can survive a little more safely without the germs of the outside world.
Three Considerations for Pandemic Security
Unfortunately, even while people may be suffering from disease inside your home, you will still have others who want to get into your home to get what they need. This is particularly true for areas that are densely populated. They will be looking for meds, food and water. They will likely have people who are sick in their own lives. It’s a terrible thing to think about.
Still, if your family is safe within your home, the last thing you want is someone from the outside tracking germs inside. You must stay vigilant and try to stop threats at the doors or windows of your home. Being proactive in this method could save those in your home.
The Attack Drone is a dual-purpose technology that acts as eyes outside the home, as well as a deterrent for those who want to come on to your property. This battery powered quad-copter will not fly for very long, but you will only need to give chase once. Outfit your drone with some lightweight sharpened metals or even something that looks like a taser. This is an intimidation method more than anything else.
A Perimeter Alarm will help you understand when someone has ventured too close. This will allow you some lead time so the threat does not come barreling through the front door or bashing through a window. Be sure the alarm runs of simple batteries and have a plan to change them after a while.
Any threat must be dealt with as quickly as possible. You do not want an infected person touching you or getting into your home. This is not time for a wrestling match. Be sure you have an effective firearm that will stop someone, even in light body armor, from getting into your home.
Basic preps will still be necessary in conjunction with these preps, which are more specific to the pandemic. Always start with a great base that you can build on.
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