How to Survive a Worldwide Disease Outbreak
A widespread disease outbreak is called a pandemic. A worldwide disease outbreak is something that is not an unrealistic scenario that could occur over the next few years. With the world being so connected, a virus or disease could spread throughout the entire world in a matter or weeks or months. For example, the Ebola outbreak that had the potential to affect millions would have caused a lot of damage had it not been contained. Here are a few tips:
- Wash hands as frequently as possible. Either washing hands or using a hand sanitizer would be effective to help keep your face from germs. They say the average person touches their face over 5 times an hour without even noticing it.
- Wear gloves when touching high traffic areas or items. Some examples of these items could be gas pumps or atm machines. Gas pumps are touched by thousands of people every day and are rarely sanitized. Although it may look odd wearing gloves when its not cold outside, it could save your life.
- Avoid close contact with people when in public. This includes hand shaking or standing too close to someone if it could be avoided. Traveling the subway or a crowded bus wouldn’t be the best idea, and if possible should be avoided.
- Stockpile medicine that may be important for a virus/disease outbreak. If the outbreak is severe enough, even more basic medicines may not be readily available if panic is great. Anything that might reduce a fever or any other symptom could be of great value.
- Invest in a respirator. Respirators are generally pretty cheap and are an effective way to keep germs away from the respiratory system. Again, this might look strange. However, if the situation has progressed to this extreme, you probably won’t care.
- Have an emergency kit ready to extreme events. If a disease or virus is so bad that areas are being shutdown and normal functions are collapsing, an emergency kit is a good idea to have incase an evacuation is necessary.
- The last and most important tip is to stay in your home if the event is severe enough. If it gets down to staying inside there are a lot of problems to face, but staying inside could keep you safe until a cure or vaccine is available.