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How to Survive a Pandemic, According to Science

November 15, 2019


Everyone is panicking. People are pushing and fighting each other at the pharmacy, at the grocery store, spreading the chaos. Buses and subways have stopped running, and misinformation is
being spread faster than the deadly virus that’s causing the chaos. Pandemics are brutal. In the 20th century alone, Three flu outbreaks killed between
50 and 100 million people. When a pandemic happens,
what can you do to stay alive? How can you survive a dangerous outbreak of
disease spreading rapidly over large areas? Here’s how to survive a pandemic, Being a doomsday prepper has its perks. After all, as Benjamin Franklin once said, an ounce of prevention is worth
a pound of cure. Influenza isn’t the only terrible
outbreak we’ve had. In just the last 50 years,
we’ve seen HIV, Severe Acure Respiratory
Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS),
Ebola and the Zika virus. There’s a new fear that a hostile nation or group could even bioengineer
a killer pathogen, to unleash as a weapon.
Pretty scary, right? It’s a sobering fact that scientific advances
in gene editing and gene sequencing have made such a horror possible. Bioterrorism has the capacity to kill
30 million people a year, according to the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation. As a society, we are woefully unprepared. As individuals, we have to be prepared to save ourselves and our loves ones. Because of bad sanitation,
long distance travel, and the difficulties of controlling mosquitos, diseases are spreading farther
and faster than ever before. According to Oxford’s
Global Priorities project, a possible pandemic is one of the
worst threats currently facing humanity. So, now that you understand how
dangerous a pandemic can be, what can you do to cope with one? It’s a good idea to have
at least 2 weeks’ worth. Buy non-perishable foods that don’t
need to be cooked or refrigerated. Hopefully, you’re a fan of canned beans,
cold soup and canned ham. The only really good news
is that in this scenario, you can at least justify feeding
your junk food addiction. Hey, chips don’t need refrigeration. As for water, store 4 liters
(1 gallon) per person, per day. Some of that is for drinking, some for food prep, some for hygiene,
and sanitary uses. Some pandemics can last for years. If you don’t have your meds, that can hurt
you even more than the outbreak, or even kill you. Make sure you don’t rely on modern
comforts like furnaces and air conditioners. Get good quality blinds to keep the sun out, and reduce heat buildup, and make sure you have blankets and
warm clothes for cold weather. If you want a super duper cool mask, get the N95 respirator, as it
keeps out 95% of particles. A standard face mask is helpful, too. While it doesn’t block out tiny particles, it does reduce your exposure to the
disease-spreading water droplets from coughs and sneezes. including soap and bandages. Even if your shower still works, using a washcloth will save a lot of water. Contrary to popular opinion, it isn’t the virus itself
that’s the greatest danger, but the panicked behavior of other people. Fear and civil unrest can be dangerous. As society collapses, you could be in danger of
anything from home invasions, to desperate people trying to take
your emergency food and water. Stay inside as much as possible, and secure your home with heavy locks. After a pandemic, your world
will certainly be different. You may have lost colleagues,
friends or even family. Your city will need to rebuild itself. The more self-sufficient
you are, the better. Food shortage? Grow your own.
Even in an apartment. Transport troubles?
Take your bike. Life may never be the same, but if you follow this advice, you have a good chance of surviving,
According to Science.

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