Ebola – Do You have 21 Days?

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IF a Pandemic were to happen: Supplies You Need Right Now – 

ebola6Today a family in Dallas was ordered into a medical quarantine and told to isolate themselves in their own home for 21 days.  By law, they must also submit to routine blood testing by state health officials, and if they leave their homes they face criminal arrest and prosecution.

What we’re witnessing is the beginning of the medical quarantines and isolation orders stemming from the Ebola outbreak that has now arrived in America. Because of the arrival of Ebola in America, there’s a sudden rush to purchase preparedness supplies such as latex gloves and N95 masks. Sales of full-body Tyvek suits on Amazon.com skyrocketed 143,000% over just 24 hours.

Don’t be surprised if sometime in the near future you’re going to be hearing about “mandatory vaccinations.”  And if you don’t have them, you won’t be able to do certain major things that you took for granted.

Ebola has a 21-day incubation period. That’s why this family in Dallas has been ordered into home isolation for 21 days. But the truth is that most American families don’t have enough food to survive for 21 days in isolation.  Do you?  If not, why not?

For this reason, sales of preparedness foods are spiking today (and will for quite some time) as people get prepared for the possibility of a pandemic outbreak.

Before panic ensues, you need to ensure that you have everything you need to survive as though the world as you know is about to go completely crazy any day now. You need to be prepared to stay in your home for weeks, if not months. You need to be ready for a potential disruption of services.

prepper suppliesBest case scenario: You get these supplies, the Ebola outbreak (or whatever the latest, greatest designer plague is) never occurs, then you can put them into your regular usage or stash them with your prepper stockpile. Remember, it’s always the wise thing to do and that is to always “be prepared.”

Worst case scenario: You read this warning, you do nothing, and then the outbreak occurs. You realize that the prepper folks aren’t so crazy after all. But by then, it will be too late for you to stock up.

Following is a list of basic supplies you might soon need – you can do an Internet search for any of these. I’ve provided a few sites you can go to:

  • Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day) for at least 60 days
  • Food (including items that don’t require fuel for preparation): Go easy on the carbs/sweets and focus on protein. Stock up on multi-vitamins, fish oil capsules and vitamin D3 (5000 IU per tablet or capsule)
  • Heavy duty garbage bags, duct tape
  • Heavy Duty Plastic Sheeting (4-millimeter) to go over doors, windows or other potential airborne entry points
  • Sanitation supplies such as lots of toilet paper, paper towels, baby wipes, feminine hygiene supplies), and non-fluoride toothpaste
  • Disposable plastic or Styrofoam cups, plates, forks, spoons
  • Entertainment – you’ll want to be able to keep children and restless family members  busyso get craft supplies, books, games, and puzzles
  • Basic medical supplies including any prescription drugs
  • Pandemic kits that contain protective clothing for each family member. If you’re forced to exit your home, you’re going to want to be fully protected, and that includes covering your hands, eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Extra N95 masks – 3M 1860 Health Care N95 Particulate Respirator and Surgical Mask. If you can afford the upgrade, then go with these. Or if it’s really in your budget the US-made NATO SGE 400/3 Military Gas Mask (be sure and include some extra NBC filters).
  • Nitrile gloves – Dynarex Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Heavy-Duty, Powder Free
  • Safety goggles with an elastic band to ensure a snug fit – Pyramex V2G Safety Eye-wear, Clear Anti-Fog Lens With Black Strap/Temples
  • Antibacterial cleaners such as disposable wipes, bleach, and spray cleaners
  • If a family member becomes ill, build a sick room that can be used to isolate suspected infections or even to be used as a quarantine/observation area for friends and family who may be coming to your home as part of your group lock-down plan: Site
  • Portable toilet. Be sure one is also attached directly to the sick room such as: Luggable Loo  Note: Waste must be disposed of properly because it may be contaminated.
  • More suggestions for you to be found at this: Site

chorellaSpeaking of food for survival, chlorella is the perfect survival superfood because it’s incredibly nutrient dense, and it provides nutrients such as chlorophyll which are very difficult to get from typical storable foods. Chlorella is rich in natural vitamins and minerals, and it’s very high in protein, making it one of the most popular “survival foods” among holistic health practitioners. Its natural phytochemicals are also very well known for supporting healthy immune function. In no way am I claiming chlorella prevents Ebola. By itself, chlorella doesn’t taste that great, but it can be kneaded into date paste or fig paste and then eaten as a sweet green food source. A great way to make your own emergency food is to knead together some fig paste or date paste with a few nuts, chia seeds, chlorella and a whey protein of some kind. Dry these with a food dehydrator or refrigerate them for longer shelf life.

Keep in mind that anytime you’re making your own storable food snacks, any use of strong culinary herbs will greatly extend their shelf life and act as natural food preservatives. All the following herbs and spices help extend shelf life: Cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, sage, peppermint, oregano and even many essential oils including oils of orange. Most of these spices I just named also have various anti-viral properties, so if you can work them into your recipes in any way, you are simultaneously boosting your overall immune defenses against viral infections. (Although, again, nobody has any idea if they are helpful against Ebola)

Ceylon Cinnamon goes very well with date paste and chlorella. Add in some chia seeds for a crunchy texture and you’ve got a really powerful “pandemic preparedness” superfood meal that can keep you well fed during any lock-down or quarantine.

By the time the CDC gets around to offering checklists, items like the above will be in short supply. If you’re unprepared, you’ll be at the mercy of organizations like FEMA, who will be doling out water bottles and MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) to those who are likewise hungry and thirsty.

By the way, just how contagious is Ebola? The following chart is from the CDC:

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This is an evaluation of how contagious the Ebola virus actually is compared to previous epidemics, namely: Hepatitis C, HIV, SARS, Mumps, and Measles. These little icons of pink and red people reflect the disease’s relative R0 or R(nought) scores. The red person is the disease carrier, and the pink people are those one carrier typically infects.

Ebola sits between 1.5 and 2.0, not a particularly effective transmitter, but pretty deadly once there is an infection. The World Health Organization estimates Ebola’s fatality rate at an average of 50% – with a wide variance of 20% to 90% depending on the outbreak.

Measles, making somewhat of a comeback to 600 cases a year in the U.S., up from virtual “elimination” in 2000 (due to vaccinations), is one of the most rampantly spread at an R factor of 18. NPR reports that this makes it one of the most infectious viruses out there.

Ebola is not known to be spread through airborne transmission (unless designed to do so), but is spread rather through bodily fluids (saliva, urine, blood, vomit, etc.). Its symptoms early on resemble those of flu viruses – bodily aches and pains, cough, fever, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Casual contact appears from all available evidence to be a non-factor in transmission.

The fatality rate is what keeps Ebola in the news. The CDC reports that there have been 5,987 cases of Ebola since 1976, resulting in 3,385 deaths thus far. It’s important to be armed with the facts, and as we can see from this chart, Ebola is FAR from the only virus Americans should be concerned about.

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