Biological Agents & Pandemics

Biologicals / Pandemics

Biological weapons, including infectious disease attacks are difficult to detect until the first victims are infected.

When an attack occurs, the normal response is to quarantine the affected area and treat those infected.  However, if the number affected is too great, many of the infected may never receive treatment.

Know that a much wider area surrounding an infected zone may be quarantined and cordoned off.  Those inside the cordoned off area will remain inside, isolated and under observation.  Even in the worst case, the biological threat will run its course and the infection will be contained.   

Most people in a quarantined zone will never be infected.  Thus, even from a small attack, thousands are affected, even if not infected.

General preparedness for biological threats
  • Focus on preparing for the quarantine – with food, water, and other supplies you’ve prepared with
  • The next best preparedness comes from knowledge and ensuring you don’t expose yourself to the infection
  • During a quarantine, if you are in the affected area isolate yourself from your neighbors and friends to avoid possible infection
  • Familiarize yourself with the early symptoms of infection, act assertively and seek medical care if you suspect infection
  • Biological threats may target not just people, but may be aimed at crops or livestock
Pandemics
“A pandemic is a lot like a forest fire if caught early it might be extinguished with limited damage. If allowed to smolder, undetected, it can grow to an inferno that can spread quickly beyond our ability to control it.” — President George H.W. Bush in 2005

The 20th Century had only one terrible pandemic – the “Spanish Flu” and it happened in 1918. Over the course of approximately 26 weeks, millions died. 

The threat of an uncontrolled pandemic is ever present, even if far more resources are dedicated to combating that risk than ever before in history. 

In late 2019 / early 2020, a new pandemic emerged and was identified as COVID-19. 

Known to come from the Wuhan, the capital of the Hubei province in China; COVID-19 was spread around the world by hundreds of millions of Chinese who traveled during the Spring Festival – also called the Lunar New Year.

The Chinese infected over five-million people with a virus that’s responsible for killing over 300,000 and crashing the global economy.  

As of this writing, the jury is still out as to the particulars of how and why the CCP Corona Virus came to fruition – but we still can combat it – and prepare for the inevitable – the next one to come.

Simple steps to stay healthy during a pandemic
  • Wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizers liberally
  • Do not touch your face with un-sanitized hands
  • Stay home – if you go out because of necessity keep social distancing at 6 feet or more, minimize time spent in lines and crowded areas
  • Cover up – wear a face mask (cloth, surgical, N95, or respirator with proper filtration), use rubber or latex gloves
  • SANITIZE – If you’re going to touch it – clean it before and after
    • Use solutions of regular bleach (5 tsp of bleach per quart of water)
    • Use REGULAR bleach – not HE, scented or splash-less
    • Alcohol solutions should be at least 70% alcohol
    • Use hand wipes to clean door knobs, hand rails and grocery carts
    • SHARING IS CARING – share hand sanitizer with the grocery clerk before your clerk handles/bags your groceries and after you’ve exchanged payment
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your face using the crook of your arm
  • Throw used tissues in the trash and wash/sanitize your hands immediately after
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid excessive alcohol use as it lowers resistance
  • Get plenty of rest, as this builds your immune system and strengthens your resistance
  • Exercise and eat properly – even if you aren’t affected, you’ll live longer anyway!
Proper disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE)
If you’ve been out shopping, running errands or even to work, here’s the proper way to decontaminate yourself and dispose of your PPE – DO NOT DISPOSE OF USED MASKS AND GLOVES (PPE) ON THE GROUND OR IN PARKING LOTS!   
  • Sanitize your gloved hands with hand sanitizer
  • Remove your face mask while outside your car, place it in a plastic bag (use an extra from the grocery store)
  • Sanitize your gloved hands with hand sanitizer
  • Remove your gloves and place them in the plastic bag you placed your mask in
  • Place the bag in the trunk or on the floor mat inside the passenger compartment
  • Sanitize your bare hands
  • Sanitize anywhere you touched your vehicle using sanitary wipes or sanitizer on a paper towel
  • Sanitize your hands once more before you enter your vehicle
  • Transport your PPE home and properly dispose it in a garbage bag
  • Sanitize your hands
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