No one expected the death ships.
But in mid-October of 1347, they arrived in Messina, a Sicilian port. Twelve ships, loaded with cargo and the Black Death.
And when the port authority officials stepped onto the decks, they saw something that horrified them. Nearly the entire crew of sailors was dead. And those left were clinging to their lives, covered in oozing black boils that ran blood and pus.
The authorities immediately ordered the ships out of their city. But it was too late. The Black Death had already sunk its teeth into the shores of Europe. And within five years, nearly one-third of the continent’s population would be annihilated.
Twenty million people, dead in half a decade. That’s how fast a truly infectious disease can spread. And in our day, they gain momentum even more quickly. After all, our world is much smaller than it was in the fourteenth century. Cars, buses, boats, and airplanes have cut travel times down to a fraction of what they were then.
And some diseases can spread around the world before ‘patient zero’ even knows he has a problem.
Consider the case of China’s current coronavirus epidemic. In little more than a month, over 3,000 people have been infected. Wuhan, the city at the center of the problem, has been completely shut down. But that hasn’t kept the virus from winding up in Japan, Canada, and the US.
So, what would you do if cases of coronavirus started popping up in your town? Or, what if it was an even more deadly illness one that hasn’t even evolved yet?
The scary reality for all of us is that diseases are mutating faster than we can develop cures or immunizations. Could another Black Death be on the horizon? No one expected the death ships in 1347. Will we be ready when the SHTF?
After the Coronavirus outbreak in China, the Chinese Government has quarantined the residents of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, and those in surrounding provinces, totaling 60 million in total. Public transportation is shut down, driving has been banned, and supermarket shelves are near empty. People are thrown in boxes in the backs of government trucks and hauled off. Residential building and apartment doors are locked and welded shut to keep people inside. Crematories have come n.v under the management of government forces and concealment of the numbers of bodies burnt is taking place. The level of sulfur dioxide in the air (what is emitted when a human body is burnt) is at an alarming level. This eludes to the idea bodies are burnt rather than reported to hide the true number of deaths.
New York City has about 8 million people. It’s already made it’s way to the US. What if Manhattan were cut off, bridges closed, tunnels closed, airports shut down, subway stops running. Are you ready? Let’s start off with a simple list of items you should have on hand.
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CORONAVIRUS ALARMING FACTS
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Those infected can carry the virus for up to 14 days before symptoms present, making it harder to contain.
Infection can spread by contact with the eyes making masks and hygiene alone ineffective.
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(i) pandemic control will rely less and less on conventional spatial barriers as the global transport network continues to expand
(ii) the speed of modern transport means prompt surveillance and rapid reporting now play a critical role in preventing the spatial spread of a disease
(iii) mathematical models will become central in identifying aberrant behavior in disease trends
(iv) in as little a 17 hours a virus can reach anywhere in the world, upon contacting a population hub, a virus could infect 38% of the world causing fatalities within 29 hours
THE 3 POSSIBLE OUTCOMES
There are three outcomes of this pandemic, read each below and tell us where you think this ends…
1️⃣Outcome 1: The outbreak never really ends. This would occur in one of 3 ways. A. It becomes milder and can be treated without medical attention. B. It becomes seasonal like the flu and can be managed. C. It continues at its current growth rate and globally alters everyday life; crippling economies, causing the breakdown of government, civil unrest, mass casualties, and apocalyptic lifestyle.
2️⃣Outcome 2: Through public-health interventions, the coronavirus plays itself out. This will allow currently infected persons to either recover or succumb to disease and prevent additional exposures via quarantines, travel restrictions, public-information campaigns, and airport screenings until there are no longer new cases.
3️⃣Outcome 3: Drug companies manufacture a vaccine. Tests are currently underway using preexisting vaccines and manufacturing new vaccines (could take up to 20 years historically) based on the genetic code of the virus.
Are you prepared for all outcomes?
SHORT CHECKLIST (WHAT YOU NEED)
✔2 Gallons of Water per person per day, to last 21 days (minimum)
✔Safety Glasses or Goggles
✔Thick Plastic Sheeting
✔Vitamin C, Immune booster, Antidiarrheal, Ibuprofen, thermometer, extra toothbrushes
✔Bleach, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer
✔5 Gallon bucket, paper towels
✔Emergency Radio (crank/solar)
THE RIGHT MASK
If you read no further, remember these two words; “N95′ & “ICERS”.
N95 refers to a disposable respirator and is the CDC recommended facemask for those at risk to the coronavirus.
ICERS is an emergency planning template that is specific to each household. It outlines means to regain contact among friends/family following a crisis and creates an actionable plan for when to shelter in place or bugout.
Let’s dive deeper into the N95
These used to be called dust/fume/mist (DFM) masks that were certified under a previous standard. N95 filters belong to a group of air-purifying #particulatefilters. NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in the U.S.) certifies these respirators.
The “N95” is one of three types of filters – N, R, and P. These refer to the type of resistance they have to the degrading of their filtering efficiency when exposed to different kinds of airborne particulates, mists, etc.
✔N – Not resistant to oil
✔R – Somewhat Resistant to oil
✔P – Strongly resistant to oil (oil Proof)
The “95” in N95 refers to the filter efficiency. There are three levels of filter efficiencies –
✔99.97% (N100 or HEPA filter) tested against aerosol (fine mist) droplets 0.3 microns in diameter.
Often overlooked in prepping is eye protection. Glasses are NOT
sufficient eye protection. A case in point is at the heart of the
outbreak is Dr. Li Wenliang who succumbed to the rapidly
spreading Coronavirus 2019-nCov infection. As you can see in the
image below, it appears he wore only glasses while treating
patients and speaking with the media. Another failure is the
available respirator he is wearing, which does not have a valve for
You’ll find many people will wear a pandemic mask, but fewer will
have the foresight to wear goggles that fully surround the eyes.
The Coronavirus spreads with droplets from coughs or sneezes
necessitating that you have appropriate eye protection,
particularly if you are caring for the ill.
The full spectrum of Personal Protective Equipment for
Coronavirus currently includes chemical protection hazmat suits,
nitrile gloves, disposable respirators, and goggles). It’s important
to emphasize that misuse of any personal protective equipment
may result in injury, sickness, or death. Learn how to use your
equipment. The Ebola virus has much more stringent guidelines
because it is a blood-born pathogen.
3: Wash hands frequently.
Another step to take in an outbreak or pandemic is to keep your
hands clean. In America, this is the first option since the threat
of Coronavirus is much lower than at the epicenter. Washing
hands (and washing them often) is one of the most basic things
you can do to avoid Coronavirus. This simple fact can’t be
Most cold and flu is transmitted through droplets in
the air when someone coughs and sneezes, so you may wonder
why you should wash hands regularly. The simple connection here
is that your hands can pick up the virus from surfaces where the
droplets land. Keeping your hands clean is the first step that will
help prevent transmitting the virus to your eyes, ears, nose, and
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Regarding handwashing here are a few pointers:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water. Water alone is
helpful in irrigating the virus away from your hands, and it’s
the fat in soaps that can help to carry the germs away, but
you should spend about 20 seconds in this routine. As well,
a nail scrub brush is helpful provided you can have one for
each member of your family or group. Do not share!
- Anti-bacterial soaps aren’t any better than plain soaps.
Anti-bacterial soaps kill bacteria and not necessarily viruses.
What’s interesting also is that antibacterial soaps may
worsen the antibiotic resistance! According to Harvard
Health, the ingredient of most antibacterial soaps, Triclosan,
appears to “show indications of developing cross-resistance
to antibiotics.” Antibiotic resistance is one of the worrisome
aspects of Coronavirus.
- Soap and water are better than hand sanitizers. It’s
important to note that anti-bacterial hand sanitizers help
you mitigate bacteria, not necessarily viruses. Alcohol-based
sanitizers kill around 90% bacteria, but they stop only some
viruses. Another thing to know in the battle against
Coronavirus is that alcohol-based hand sanitizers simply
reduce the number of microbes, it doesn’t get rid of them
completely. Washing hands properly with warm soapy water
for at least 20 seconds irrigates microbes away. Another
option is to make your own antiviral hand sanitizers using
essential oils that have antiviral capabilities.
- Don’t share bar soaps or towels. For Coronavirus and all
outbreaks or pandemics, use paper towels are helpful in
mitigating the spread of illness. During a crisis or at least
assign everyone in the family a different towel. Finally,
ensure your hands are dry after washing them! Wet hands
may transmit the virus to others. Viruses thrive on wet
surfaces. Liquid soaps are good, but beware also that pump
of soap dispensers can transmit illness. Don’t share towels.
You can wash hands with multipurpose wipes.
- Avoid shaking hands. During flu season, tell others that
you’re not shaking hands. Why not simply just give a fist
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#4: Use anti-viral products.
When you’re trying to avoid a virus-like Coronavirus, the best
thing is to stay away from other people. That’s nearly impossible
for most, so the next best thing is to use anti-viral products.
- Look for anti-viral facial tissues. Kleenex anti-viral tissues
are the only tissue that can kill 99.9% of cold and flu
viruses, helping you to take care of you and your family
during cold and flu season.
- Consider making anti-viral hand sanitizers. While alcohol-based hand sanitizers have a role in combating germs, they
aren’t as effective as washing hands. You must irrigate the
germs with water to flush away the harmful virus. What’s
more, most hand sanitizers are antibacterials, not anti-virals.
The best hand sanitizers contain essential oils which have
antiviral capabilities. You can make antiviral hand sanitizers
at home using essential oils with antiviral activity.
Coronaviruses are constantly changing and mutating which is
why they are a concern in finding modern medicines to work.
Preppers look to essential oils and the medical community is
- Bergamot oil
- Cinnamon leaf oil
- Eucalyptus oil is useful if inhaled, but dangerous if
- Lemon balm
- Red Thyme oil (different from white thyme oil)
- Tea Tree oil
#5: Disinfect, clean surfaces.
There are two ways the Coronavirus appears to spread — by
droplets and contaminated surfaces when in close contact with
someone who is ill. Disinfecting surfaces is a good way to help
keep your family safe from infectious droplets of the Coronavirus
should you inadvertently gain exposure to the illness. Be sure to
clean countertops, doorknobs and anywhere lots of hands touch.
Below are some good disinfectants to consider:
- Bleach. Chlorine has the power to kill just about any virus
or bacteria if used liberally. The problem with Chlorine
bleach is that it has about a six-month shelf life.
- Clorox Bleach Germicidal Wipes. Bleach is an effective
disinfecting agent. Use Clorox healthcare bleach germicidal
wipes almost anywhere to clean and disinfect hard,
- Steramine Tablets for food surfaces. Steramine is an economical household sanitizer for preppers that’s great for emergencies or everyday use. One tablet effectively kills microorganisms and infectious bacteria found on non-porous surfaces to help keep you and your family from falling ill. This powerful tablet mixed in water cleans
surfaces as it kills HIV-AIDS Virus, E-coli, Staph Infection (S.
Aureus), Listeria Monocytogenes and more.
#6: Keep hydrated, stockpile electrolytes and water.
Another thing you can do to help your body avoid the Coronavirus
is to keep hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, such as alkaline
waters before you get ill and electrolyte drinks if you become ill.
Water is the life which is why you’ll want to store plenty of it.
- Stockpile water. Stockpiling water is among the primary
activities of any prepper. We stockpile water because you
can not live for more than three days without it. Expect
disruptions in power and water! As people stop showing up
for work, the mechanics behind the grid will weaken and may
eventually fail. You may as well expect the unexpected! At
the bottom of the page is After Armageddon, a movie about
the impact and aftermath of a pandemic. Watch it and you
will find how quickly the taps may become dry when the
municipal water fails following a long term pandemic.
- Stock up on Electrolytes. Ensure your overall prepper supply
list includes plenty of emergency drinks on hand, including
the ingredients and recipe on how to make your own
electrolytes in the event you run out of emergency drinks.
#7: Keep your immune system in top shape.
Coronavirus starts like a common cold with a runny nose, then
cough, fever and breathing difficulties. Symptoms may include
body aches, sore throat, diarrhea, and vomiting. People who are
most susceptible to the virus include the elderly, the very young
and people with compromised immune systems including people
Recovery of Coronavirus depends on the strength of your immune
system, which is why preppers must keep their immune system in
top shape. Your body has an amazing ability to heal itself.
Boosting your immune system is a way that you can be prepared
for contamination. Below are some ideas:
- Be alert about pneumonia. You may well survive the
coronavirus and then succumb to pneumonia At-risk groups
include people more than 65, people with diabetes, people
with asthma and other chronic illnesses.
- Take Probiotics. Improve your family’s intestinal flora now
and especially during an outbreak with probiotics. Have
plenty of probiotics on hand and increase your intake of
probiotics in supplements and in the foods you eat, like
Acidophilus in kefir and yogurts. Eat well, including a healthy
diet of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce your dependency on antibiotics. Antibiotics are
overused in the United States and this compounds the
problem of adaptive micro-organisms. Talk to your physician
about going without antibiotics.
- Stash electrolyte powders. Tuck into your day bag some
electrolyte powders for your journey. In addition to preparing
for a pandemic, these little packet powders will come in
handy in case of heatstroke or a diarrheal episode and it
will make the water taste better, too.
- Get a survival prescription. Ask your doctor to prescribe
Tamiflu or Relenza as either medication may effectively
treat avian flu. Alternatively, consider Boiron
Oscillococcinum for Flu-like Symptoms. This homeopathic
product helps relieve body aches, headache, fever, chills, and
#8: Avoid airports, hospitals.
Exposure to people who have been to Wuhan, China are most at
risk. At the most basic level of avoiding the Coronavirus is to
avoid airports, hospitals and other public places where such
infected travelers have been. The Coronavirus is a pandemic
which could escalate extremely quickly because of travel.
Chest pain, difficulty breathing and contact with someone who
recently traveled to China are the telltale signs.
Coronavirus, which causes acute pneumonia and organ failure, is
a pandemic that could escalate extremely quickly because of
travel. Specifically, the acute respiratory illness is in America
because others have traveled to China and brought the virus here.
How to avoid getting coronavirus from public places:
- Don’t touch stuff others touch. Avoid as much as possible
contact with pencils and pens, elevator buttons, doorknobs,
coins, handrails and places where many other hands have
touched, particularly during the flu season.
- Minimize spreading sickness with sneezes and coughs.
Cover your mouth when you sneeze to avoid spreading
droplets to your family. Turn your body away from someone
coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth). It’s
nearly impossible to avoid touching your face. Give it a try!
For one hour, try not to touch your face. Humans tend to
touch their face six more times every few minutes. You’ll
quickly realize this fact when you give it go.
#9: Take a look in the medicine cabinet.
Ensure your prepper’s medicine cabinet is well stocked! You’ll
need to ensure you have pain relievers, fever relievers, cough
suppressants, anti-diarrheal medications. When a pandemic hits,
these supplies will be the first to go.
#10: Stock up on quarantine supplies.
Preppers should learn to set up a quarantine room and get some
basic supplies together.
- Bio-hazard bags. How is a bio-hazard bag different from
an ordinary trash bag? You won’t want to skimp! A bio-
hazard 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
- Duct tape and drop cloths. Duct tape is a favorite of supply
items for the prepper as it has both values in outdoor
survival for improvising and it can help around the
homestead. Duct tape is a survival tool. During a pandemic,
preppers must consider quarantine as part of their pandemic
response plan. Use duct tape to seal off windows and
- Nitrile gloves. Nitrile exam gloves are standard practice in
the medical industry: even for CPR trained individuals who
are instructed to put on the gloves before helping an
individual who has fallen. Keep the gloves inside the zip lock
bag to keep the gloves clean of bacteria and dirt. The care
in wearing gloves is that you realize anything you touch with
the gloves will then be contaminated as your hands would
- Thermometers. Have disposable thermometers handy for
pandemics and no-touch thermometers, both of which can
help prevent the spread of the disease.
- Tyvec suit. Pandemic preparedness includes getting a Tyvec
suit (also known as a chemical suit). Buy one for every
member of the family and then some for unexpected guests
or for new exposures. A Tyvek suit provides inherent barrier protection against dry particulate hazards,
for such things as asbestos and lead abatement. It’s better
to have more Tyvec suits on hand than you think you’ll need.
Certainly, you won’t want to discover a ripped suit at a
critical time. In the case of an Ebola outbreak, you’ll want to
treat yourself like the bubble boy and seal all points of
contact to create a barrier.
- Vomit bags (emesis bags). Coronavirus is a respiratory
illness, but there are some early reports of non-respiratory
symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Many
people recover within a few days. Single-use emesis bags,
pictured right in blue, by Medline will help with sickness
cleanup for other types of pandemics. Used by Kaiser
Hospitals, this product is ideal also for cancer patients.
#11: Keep your Gas Tanks Full.
Did you know that in a pandemic situation grocery stores could
close? Don’t be left without food. It’s never too late to prepare
for a pandemic.
A pandemic can quickly services shut down services as people
huddle at home or at the hospitals to deal with the immediate
problems. The domino effect will be in effect. People will swell
into hospitals and care facilities. Hospital staff will bring home
the pandemic whether it’s the medical staff, the food staff, the
janitorial or administrative staff. Many will choose to stay at
home rather than risk their lives. Gas stations could shut down
as employees no longer return to work.
The store shelves will be empty as trucks will not have enough
gas to deliver groceries. Employees will not be available to load
or unload trucks even if there were enough gas. Soon water and
electricity will halt as the grid shuts down to lack of manpower.
National Geographic did a good job of illustrating how a
pandemic could shut down society.
#12: Stock up on food.
If you’re new to prepping you may not have fully considered how
quickly the food supplies can run out on a pandemic. Food
shortages may not seem to relate until you consider that a
massive scale pandemic would limit truck drivers from delivering
food and grocery store clerks from stocking the sales shelves
because of massive illness. Farmers wouldn’t be able to get their
produce and packaged food manufacturers wouldn’t have people
to operate their production. We are all connected and heavily rely
on everyone in our food chain.
Do you have a two week supply of food? One easy way is to feel
more prepared is to stock up on buckets of freeze-dried foods. If
you enjoy camping or backpacking then you could also consider
Mountain House #10 cans and Mountain House pouches.
Another good choice for the preppers pantry is food bars, such as
Millennium food bars. Food bars are also convenient to store as they can replace a meal and sustain you with energy. Millennium food bars have a five-year shelf life.
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