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Swine flu outbreak raises survival issues

April 27, 2009 by  

Swine flu outbreak raises survival issues As global health authorities are rushing to contain what looks like a growing swine flu epidemic, experts have offered protection and survival tips.

The current outbreak originated from Mexico, and by Monday 20 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., prompting the government to declare a public health emergency.

Although the authorities have sought to calm fears, it is wise to take basic precautions to avoid infection.

The surest ways to avoid contracting swine flu is frequent hand washing and wearing a mask in public.

In an outbreak, it is generally a good idea to stay indoors and avoid congregating in public or crowded spaces as well as kissing and hugging.

While these are the most immediate measures to be taken when an outbreak is already under way, individuals can also do much to increase their chances of survival in the longer term.

One survival website expert recommends having one to three months’ worth of supplies at home, including food, water, fuel, candles and first aid kits with anti-viral and other medications. This is especially important given that epidemics can come in waves of outbreaks.

Stored food should be similar to what the family normally eats and as much of it as possible should be "ready to eat" in case one is sick and not able to prepare a meal.

Dried or canned food, which lasts longer, is the best option when preparing for survival during an epidemic.

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  • Kevin Van Liew

    Survival issues: candles – frozen food. this is interesting. If you need candles one would think your frozen food would thaw. Be careful, not to be foolish! Also regarding the “Poll About Bailouts” I was not able to find a suitable multiple choice answer. This is not a partisan problem. Your approach seems to create more partisan division, which is not at all what we need. We need new government, with common sense not more of the same current Dems or Repubs!! I also find it interesting that my comments will probably be disregarded as they may be interpreted “slanderous towards the author”. Is this not censorship on your part. If we are going to revive a “real problem of current government” then we as Patriots must NOT be guilty of the same.

    Sincerely Concerned,

    Kevin Van Liew

  • Scott

    Agree completly with Kevin. Fiscal conservitism and liberal social grace. Stop finger pointing, come to the middle. Find equilibrium, harmony and common ground or seperation and isolationists will divide and destroy ala the Union of the mid 1800′s..simply tragic! Lets listen to the voices of the brave souls that died because of tyrants with a solution. Wasn’t Hitler a genious with a better alternative for the repressed souls of post world war one Germany?
    I really dont want a revoltution. I like our democracy and just like every thing else it needs change, “we the people need to reinvent it”.

    Scott Spicer
    Oceanside, CA


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