I don’t know about you, but I am getting the feeling that the government and MSM are at it once again trying to downplay a crisis. We have seen this pattern after 911, concerning Afghanistan, the world financial crisis and now this potential flu pandemic. Therefore, even though I don’t know or even care how many people might be reading my blog, I thought it necessary to pass on some information. I do have a medical background and I know a bit about the subject. The most important issues are to be informed and be prepared.
First is the issue of calling this current situation “Swine Flu”. From what we know, that is simply not the case. It seems that this flu strain is a mix of Swine flu, Avian flu, and H1N1 strains. See this Reuters article. http://uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE53N4ZC20090424.
If that is the case, then this is serious evidence that this could be a genetically engineered virus and that means we amy not have any precedent on how this current pandemic could unfold. My friend George over at Urbansurvival.com worked out a possible scenario against a typical pandemic like the 1918 Swine flu and came up with this chart:
In this case it is track 2 that we may be facing. As you can see it much more robust than the typical flu outbreak. The early indications on how rapidly this is spreading and the virulent nature so far indicate George may not be far off the mark.
With all of that said, there are a lot of things you can do to prepare yourself and to avoid this situation. there is no need to panic or be fearful. Just be prepared and take actions promptly if confronted with the possibility of infection.
1). Avoid all unnecessary travel.
2). Avoid congregating in large crowds, forget the PTA meeting
3). Seek medical help at the first sign of symptoms, such as fever, malaise, or cough and congestion
4). Do everything you to boost your immune system. (eat well, sleep well, take vitamin C, drink plenty of fluids everyday, etc.)
5). If you or someone in your family does contact the virus, seek medical help sooner rather than later and do everything you can to isolate yourself or them from contact. OSHA has a quickcard that provides guidance. See Below:
According to the World Health Organization, we are in a phase 4 situation globally. the WHO defines phase 4 as:
“Phase 4 is characterized by verified human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to cause “community-level outbreaks.” The ability to cause sustained disease outbreaks in a community marks a significant upwards shift in the risk for a pandemic. Any country that suspects or has verified such an event should urgently consult with WHO so that the situation can be jointly assessed and a decision made by the affected country if implementation of a rapid pandemic containment operation is warranted. Phase 4 indicates a significant increase in risk of a pandemic but does not necessarily mean that a pandemic is a forgone conclusion. ”
There are 6 phases to their status of a pandemic as graphical represented below:
I hope this information is helpful. Don’t be fearful, be prepared. Do be lazy, ACT appropiately when needed. Be prepared to help yourself. If we all do this we will get through this just fine.