In major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, many people have to stand in line in the wee hours of the morning to secure appointments with doctors. When they do get an appointment, patients get only a couple of minutes with a doctor. The Chinese government is relying on a medical system that is overburdened and overwhelmed even in normal times. Chinese people are fleeing the country despite the lockdown measures that have been taken.
Eleven Italian towns were on lockdown due to coronavirus on Sunday night as three deaths (and one more this morning) were attributed to the disease following a dramatic surge in cases. The virus is spreading all around the world and there are no signs of a cure yet.
When the H1N1 flu began spreading a decade ago, U.S. hospitals were flooded with patients. The pandemic, which was declared over in 2010, left nearly 275,000 hospitalized, as health officials fretted whether they would have enough beds, enough medical supplies, or enough protective gear. With all that in mind, you can see the importance of having a quarantine room at home.
How to create a quarantine room at home.
Preparing for a pandemic includes the topic of quarantine to
help you manage contagion, particularly if you don’t have a
a medical diagnosis of illness but you want to protect others. Your
survival may depend on your prepping knowledge and survival
skills on how to set up a home quarantine:
- If a pandemic situation approaches your community, then
your survival will depend on whether you have the foresight
to restrict movement people who seem healthy, but who
may have been exposed to a communicable disease
- Moreover, during a pandemic, you may be required to set up
a quarantine room or tent to isolate the sick and care for
them under a mandatory home quarantine imposed by the U.
S. Military or government entity.
There’s much to know about setting up a home quarantine and
what to do to prepare. Below is everything you need to know on
how to construct an isolation room to help you manage contagion
like Avian flu, Coronavirus, Ebola, SARS, Swine flu or another
How to set up a Quarantine Room
Learn how to isolate individuals and how to use personal
protective equipment properly. Get started by getting your
quarantine supplies in order.
Here are the steps to setting up your quarantine:
Step one: pick a room or other location.
In setting up a quarantine room, your primary goal is in isolating
individuals who have a contagious disease from people who are
not sick — though technically a quarantine separates people who
were exposed to someone who is sick and it restricts their
the movement to see if they also become sick. In terms of prepping,
the main purpose of setting up a quarantine, or sick ward, is to
prevent deadly germs, parasites, diseases or plagues from
infecting and killing the rest of your group. Keeping people in
isolation can save lives.
Get started on your project by designating a location for your
quarantine area, so that you DO NOT share any household items
with the people you put into isolation. Your room should have
everything needed to live for a specified time.
The location of your quarantine room or camp is important.
Ideally, a slightly off-premise cabin or Recreational Vehicle is an
the ideal solution for quarantine, as is a garage. If the quarantine
the area is a room is in your home, make sure to have fast access
from the entryway to the room as with a back door as you risk
exposure to your family or group the moment a quarantined
person enters your home.
Designate an area for quarantine:
- Room: Pick a room with easy access from a point of entry
that does not have heavy traffic from others in your
household. Within the room, you’ll use plastic drop cloths at
the entrance to help provide a barrier between the individual
in quarantine and other members of your family or group.
- Garage: A garage might get cold at night, but you can make
accommodations for comfort such as using a space heater.
- Recreational vehicle: An R.V., camper, tent trailer or van is
an ideal place to keep the contagion from getting into your home.
Tent: Setting up a makeshift tent inside your home is
another excellent place to help quarantine individuals to
minimize contagion if you have no other options.
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Get the necessary materials to contain the room:
- Drop cloths, duct tape: No matter where you set up your
quarantine, you’ll want to get plastic drop cloths to help you
limit the contagion. You’ll need enough drop cloth to cover
the access to the room in curtain layers. Hang two layers at
the entrance. One to enter the room, and then hang another
curtain barrier with three feet of space between trap
contagion. You may also like to cover the windows to keep
the contagion from spreading or use a containment zipper at
the entrance of your quarantine room. You’ll need basic
supplies to set up your room within a quarantine room using
drop cloths and securing them in place with duct tape.
Remember duct tape has infinite survival uses!
- Basic contagion supplies: Supplies to help you limit the
contagion within your quarantine room include:
- Antiviral tissues. Antiviral tissues help limit the
contagion with a moisture-activated layer that kills
99.9% of Cold & Flu Viruses. Having Kleenex on hand is
a comfort, but having antiviral facial tissues is mostly
important for reducing exposure to others.
- Adult diapers. With illness comes diarrheal concerns.
Adult diapers can help prevent larger containment
problems. Buying adult diapers online is easy and
private. You can also buy women’s Discreet underwear
for postpartum and incontinence.
- Biohazard bags. No quarantine room would be complete
with a supply of biohazard bags. Remember, biohazard
bags are not just garbage bags — they are thicker and
more resistant to leakage. They’re also marked to
identify the biohazards to warn others.
- Emesis bags to contain the vomit properly. In a pinch,
you can use ziplock bags and double bag the contagion.
With a wide mouth receptacle, the bag also can seal
immediately following use.
- NOTE: Emesis bags are also useful for cancer patients.
Additionally, learn how to clean up vomit. A zip-lock bag is a
poor man’s emesis bag, but you may find it a mess.
- Quarantine sign. Do you need a professional quarantine
sign? No, but if you have a professional quarantine sign it
punctuates the severity of the situation and could be helpful
even if you don’t have any illness to deter others from
coming your way.
Step two: Gather Personal Protective Equipment.
The topic of setting up a quarantine room is something rarely
discussed in prepper forums, though it did come up in some
prepper circles during the Ebola scare of 2014. Now we’re seeing
more of PPE, like the chemical coverall pictured right, because of
the emergence of the Coronavirus.
Personal Protective Equipment is a must. Don’t wait for the last
minute when the local stores won’t have any Nitrile gloves or N95
respirators available. Plan now by ordering online what you can.
Imagine you’re at home with someone who has the virus. You’re
quarantined with your loved one and you could get it too. You
need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including:
- Chemical hazmat suits. Select a chemical suit that
protects the entire body from contagion splashes and
droplets. It will have a hood and provide a barrier from
- Disposable bouffant caps, pictured immediate right,
wear these caps under hazmat suits.
- N95 respirators (disposable, one-time use only), these
are the most important item for virus protection. N95,
N99 or N100 masks are imperative for a pandemic
the situation and they will always be in short supply during
- Goggles to cover the eyes entirely will prevent
contagion from entering through droplets to the eyes.
- Nitrile gloves (Ebola requires two sets of gloves).
Step three: Set up a sanitation station.
Basic supplies for setting up a quarantine room need not be
expensive, but there are a few necessary items to have for
sanitation purposes. Keep your hands and home clean and
contagion free. Be on high alert in your bathrooms and kitchen
and follow these protocols.
For a quarantine, you’ll need to have a variety of sanitizing
agents on hand.
- Hand sanitizers. Select hand sanitizers that are alcohol-based. Gel-based hand sanitizers are not effective unless
they contain certain essential oils. Germ-X hand sanitizers
- Employ the use of the best disinfectants. Disinfectants will
help you get ready for the cold and flu season and will help
you prepare for whatever outbreak or pandemic comes your
way. The caveat is that you have to use disinfectants
properly and know that all disinfectants are not created
- Bleach is good to have on hand but last just six
- CaviCide pictured immediate right is a convenient,
ready-to-use, intermediate-level surface disinfectant
that is effective against TB, HBV, HCV, viruses
(hydrophilic and lipophilic), bacteria (including MRSA
and VRE) and fungi. It is safe for all areas of the facility
including NICU, operating rooms, isolation rooms,
patient care areas and laboratories. When used as
directed, it will also effectively clean and
decontaminate critical and semi-critical instrumentation.
CaviCide is safe for use on non-porous surfaces. It is
perfect for cleaning and decontamination of
environmental and medical device surfaces. See also
CaviCide disinfectant wipes.
- Food surfaces. Did you know your kitchen sink is dirtier than
your toilet? For your home foodservice and any food contact
surfaces, try Steramine Quaternizing tablets.
- Steramine tablets. One bottle of Steramine is enough to
make 150 gallons of sanitizer. Commercial in strength
Steramine also makes an economical household
sanitizer that’s ideal also food contact surfaces. Most
preppers aren’t aware of these odor-free, non-corrosive
tablets. They do not irritate the skin and you can apply
with a clean cloth or sponge. You can spray them on
food processing equipment, sinks, countertops,
cabinets, refrigerators, stovetops, cutting boards, and
all other non-porous articles and surfaces. This
economical sanitizing solution mixes with water and is
a trusted brand in restaurants.
- Get extra Nitrile gloves for cleaning. Clean household
surfaces daily, using disposable Nitrile gloves to minimize
the spread of germs. Waste that has been in contact with
the isolated person should be put in a plastic rubbish bag
and tied – then tied up in a second bag.
Wash station. Set up a washbasin with liquid soap and
water. Make sure you have trash bags, a portable toilet with
disposable bags, and toilet paper; and, of course, bleach.
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Step four: Get an off-grid toilet.
Ensure your quarantine area has a toilet. Infected patients should
have a separate bathroom and toilet, and this can be as simple
as a camping toilet. The sick can’t do their business where
everyone else does or they will spread the contagion and you can
create a biohazard toilet or buy one. In addition to the sanitation
supplies listed above, you need to set up a commode.
Start with a five-gallon bucket for all your supplies. You can even
make an emergency toilet from a five-gallon bucket as a do-it-
- prepper toilet can be your bucket
- toilet paper
- hand sanitizer
- towelette wipes
- kitty litter to help contain the sewage
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Step five: Sanitize the patient.
An outdoor off-grid shower can help you keep clean, especially
when there’s a quarantine necessary for the bird flu.
- Clean the person in quarantine. Before bringing possibly
infected individuals to your home or camp, the quarantined
person must be scrubbed and rinsed. An ordinary garden
hose will do the trick (along with a scrub brush and
sanitizing solution, such as GoJo, pictured right). Be sure the
quarantined person scrubs under fingernails and carefully
Step six: take care of laundry requirements.
Doing the laundry is an issue during a pandemic event. Don’t
necessarily assume that you’ll have time to do the laundry or
even want to, but have a plan in place for the following:
- Cleaning the laundry: You don’t want to mix laundry of the
sick person with everyone else’s laundry. Have a simple
method to wash the most basic items if you are able to
salvage them. In the case of Ebola, for example, you will not
bother sanitizing the laundry, but instead, you’ll need to
dispose of the contagion as a biohazard, sometimes you may
just have to burn the contagion.
- Burning the laundry? Your quarantine plan eventually will
require a place to burn contaminated laundry. Anyone who
ever read the Velveteen Rabbit as a child will remember that
the little boy’s family burned his prized velveteen rabbit
after he got deadly sick. It’s certainly one way to kill the
contagion. We’ll watch to see what happens in China
regarding Wuhan. Burning is not out of the question.
- Have a supply of adult diapers and extra underwear.
Extra clothes are also important for people who may have
soiled their clothing during the course of their stay in
- Quarantine clothing of new arrivals in your home. As
quarantined guests enter your facility, you must confiscate
their possessions and place them in bio-safe bags for
destruction or storage. The option of storage will be a
difficult decision as the materials must be stowed away from
the others until the germs have died.
Step seven. Stock a mini kitchen.
Get your freezer well-stocked with foods your family normally
eats, along with an extra supply of soups, and canned goods like
canned tuna, canned chicken.
Stock the preppers pantry with a variety of freeze-dried foods.
You’ll need a minimum of a month of food for each patient(s).
You’ll find a variety of freeze-dried emergency foods:
- Augason Farms freeze-dried foods
- Mountain House Emergency foods
- Wise Foods
- Food bars
- MREs (meals ready to eat)
- Electrolyte drinks
- Medicines: Diarrheal medication and fever reducers, are of
top importance for a quarantine room. See the complete list
of prepper medicines to consider, including elderberry syrup
- Bloodborne Pathogen Bodily Spill Kit. Specifically designed
to protect the user during biohazard clean-up, the
Bloodborne Pathogen Bodily Spill Kit, pictured below is a 24-
piece kit that includes a complete head-to-toe defense
package for fluid pick-up necessities and to protect against
bio-hazardous contaminants. This kit meets with federal
OSHA recommendations and contains an ample supply of
garment disposal and biohazard bags. Products are
contained in a sturdy, reusable plastic case that can be
easily carried or mounted on a wall.
- Biohazard bags. A biohazard bag provides a high-density
isolation liner to provide maximum film strength for tough
applications. They also feature star seal bottoms which
allow equal weight distribution and leak resistance.
Additionally, bags are red to indicate the use of infectious
waste or hazardous waste to warn others. Don’t skimp and
use ordinary trash bags.
Learning about Quarantines from the past:
- Ships from foreign lands. In the not so distant past, around
the seventeenth century, ships required isolation for “forty
days and forty nights” after the spread of the black plague. If
after the allotted time, no one died or showed signs of
disease, the crew was permitted to set foot on land.
- Typhoid Mary: Even with quarantine, a person can be
asymptomatic and yet infect others. This was the case with
Typhoid Mary, an immigrant named Mary Mallon from
Cookstown Ireland who came to New York in 1900 and
allegedly spread Typhoid Fever without herself being
affected. Hired as a domestic cook (and later a laundress),
she may have infected as many as 49 people, with three
deaths resulting. She spent nearly three decades in isolation
enforced by public health authorities at the time.
Learning about Quarantine from television and movies:
- Doomsday Preppers: Setting up a quarantine room or facility
is rarely discussed on other prepper sites and forums. One
episode of Doomsday Preppers featured a woman concerned
about the Bird Flu and she illustrated her plans of quarantine
using her son as an example. In another episode of
Doomsday preppers on pandemic prepping, a woman
ensures hundreds in her area has the proper information and
tools regarding pandemics.
- The Colony: In the movie, The Colony, illness was not
tolerated. Anyone showing signs would face immediate
quarantine and without improvement would have two
options: walk into the blizzard or be shot. The option of
“walk” was eventually removed as the condemned would
eventually wander back to the colony and risk infecting
- Contagion: “No one is immune to fear:” such as a line in
advertising for the movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon,
Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Kate Winslet. The movie
follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus.
Step ten: post your signage.
Have professional signage well before a collapse. A foreboding
sign, like the orange one posted top right, will tell everyone to
keep out. It could also come in handy in other scenarios where no
one is actually ill. Why would looters risk a deadly infection?
They will keep out of your fake quarantine zone when you have a
You can make your own quarantine sign, but it looks like the CDC
or a team of health professionals have visited your hone if you
post a real sign. Have fun with your prepping! Use this sign as
entertainment for your Halloween trick or treaters!
Step three: gather other necessary supplies.
- Wool blanket. Wool blankets are an excellent survival tool.
If you’re setting up a tent as a quarantine room, be sure to
include a w
Questions you may have about a quarantine.
Are you prepared if the quarantined person dies or otherwise
excretes fluids? There are lots to consider from having a biohazard kit
on hand to remove fluids and minimize possible exposure to others
as well as biohazard bags, emesis bags, and disinfectants. Get
ready by reading and asking questions.
How long should someone remain in quarantine?
In setting up a quarantine room or camp, survivors wait to see if
the new members become ill before exposing the potential hazard
to the other survivors. The length of time of quarantine depends
on the type of communicable disease.
Why set up a quarantine?
The purpose of setting up a quarantine is to isolate individuals who
have been granted access to a community or a home. After news of
a pandemic, all potential members of a community after a total
the collapse of society should be placed in quarantine to ward off
potential illnesses and to ensure they are not carrying diseases or
parasites that could spread to your group.
Diseases with fleas, rats, mosquitoes or other vectors as carriers:
- Avian Flu
- Swine Flu (H1N1)
- West Nile Virus
- Zika Virus
Are hospital quarantines effective?
The answer is surprising. Did you know that nearly half of the initial
infections of Coronavirus at one hospital in Wuhan, China appears to
have been spread within the hospital itself? This spread is called
“nosocomial transmission.” The word “Nosocomial” means “caught it
in the hospital.”
According to the medical journal JAMA, the spread of disease
appears to come from the procedure of bronchoscopy. In a
bronchoscopy, the physician inserts a tube into the patient’s lungs.
this apparently has resulted in many more infections than other
methods. It means healthcare workers are among the most
vulnerable to succumbing to the Coronavirus, but it’s complicated.
There are many factors including source, engineering, administrative
and personal controls. Healthcare workers must be diligent about
handwashing and respiratory hygiene, but they are the mercy of all
the other factors such as whether they are part of risky procedures,
cleaning methods and symptom assessment.
Will a quarantine include military intervention?
The U.S. Military is ensuring plans and procedures for “response,
isolation, quarantine, restriction of movement and community-based intervention” for pandemics. Certainly, the U.S. will have
combatant commands ready to assess the potential impact of a disease
like Coronavirus which is approaching pandemic levels. The U.S.
the military is poised to respond. Their goals are for developing proper
measures to contain the disease and to treat those possibly
exposed. This may include martial law.
Having a preparedness plan in place to include quarantining will be
a valuable asset to your community for survival.
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