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© 2014 Shanna Lea
Many people are upset about the first case of Ebola and how it was handled. Although this was the first diagnosed case on U.S. soil, what many don’t realize is that Ebola has been here before.
If you’ve read The Hot Zone, then you know that Ebola was brought here in the ‘80’s and there was an outbreak. Health officials have studied Ebola and similar pathogens for decades. And they have always known that someday Ebola would be a problem—because you can’t predict or control pathogens.
Pathogens survive attempts to eradicate their existence because they have adapted their ability to survive. Initially, Ebola virus only affected animals, but then it became present in humans. And the world has been watching ever since.
There’s good reason to be afraid of this disease—it causes horrible symptoms, there is no cure, vaccines are still in the experimental stage and drugs have not shown conclusively that they help. Ebola is not going away.
And even worse still—just like the Hendra virus, there is not a 100% certainty that the disease doesn’t go dormant in a host—only to resurrect in that person in the future.
The key to staying safe is to not catch these pathogens in the first place. And the best way to do that is to have protection gear, and have it available in one bag, such as the QuakeKare Pandemic emergency kit.
Always keep your gear and supplies in one location and in one bag. You want to “grab and go” if necessary because when a crisis hits, your mind can go into survival mode and it can be hard to think straight. If you have all your supplies together in one place you can act quickly. You need these basic supplies to survive, especially if you are in a hot zone.
What is in the QuakeKare Deluxe Pandemic Flu Kit?
- Coveralls with hood
- N95 mask
- Boot covers
- Sanitation and biohazard bag
The coveralls keep contaminants from coming in contact with your clothes. Be sure to get ones that have a hood that can be pulled in tight around your face with the elastic.
The N95 mask keeps you from inhaling pathogens from the air. When someone sneezes or coughs, the droplets can hang suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes—which puts you at risk. The boot covers protect your shoes from contaminants and the goggles protect the mucous membranes of your eyes.
Gloves protect your hands and the sanitation and biohazard bag is used for disposal of contaminated body fluids and solid items. Use the cleaner to disinfect surfaces.
Other supplies to consider:
Books to read: