Last updated on October 20th, 2014
To survive the Ebola virus is to not get near the Ebola virus.
It sounds simple enough, but is it really?
You can survive the Ebola virus. To survive the outbreak you will need to take matters into your hands and take some proactive measures.
First and foremost, stay alert to Ebola news, and do not rely solely upon the mainstream (and the government) who are trying to avoid panic and are potentially downplaying what’s really going on. Check alternative news sources. Use common sense and critical thinking.
While some of the nations hospitals are equipped to handle (perhaps several) Ebola virus cases, the majority of hospitals are apparently not well equipped or trained (or have the technological capacity) to safely accept and treat Ebola virus patients.
We could be (right now) in a window of time where the Ebola virus in the United States is taking hold from people who have been in contact with the existing Ebola victims that we know about, and the people who continue to arrive in this country by way of open borders and airline flights from West Africa (even though they’re apparently scanning passenger temperatures for fever at some airports).
The next wave ‘could’ be right around the corner.
There is something very different about this Ebola virus.
The Ebola outbreak in Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has quickly become the deadliest occurrence of the virus since it was discovered in 1976.
The first case of Ebola was during 1976 which infected 318 people (280 died).
The second major Ebola outbreak was during 1995 with 315 cases (killing 254).
During 2003 Ebola infected 143 and killed 128.
In 2007 Ebola affected 264 individuals resulting in 187 deaths.
This time, in 2014, as of this post update (17-OCT), Ebola has been confirmed to have infected 9,200 (WHO Situation reports), while the ‘real’ number is likely much higher.
The World Health Organization (WHO) admits the figures are underestimates and warns there could be as many as 20,000 cases by November
SOMETHING IS VERY DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS EBOLA
The way to survive the Ebola virus is to not get near the Ebola virus.
This means staying away from people or situations where the Ebola virus might exist. This is true of any pandemic situation. Common sense.
For hospital workers and those who support the hospitals, this will be a difficult situation indeed. It will obviously require the right tools, protection, and training. Even then, one mistake could be fatal. If the Ebola virus does catch fire here in the United States, victims could potentially be showing up at any medical facility looking for treatment – and not all facilities will be properly prepared for this. If you are in any way associated with hospital care, I would do as much research that you can about this. I would suspect that for those of you in this situation – that this has been a hot topic of discussion with your colleagues. I would be curious to hear from you (comment below) about what the word is around the water cooler…
For those of you who work in critical infrastructure – power generation, water, transportation, food distribution, hospitals, etc.., if an emergency is declared – you will likely be sequestered and required to stay on your job. If the Ebola virus turns to a wildfire in this country, be prepared for the possibility of sequester. If this is you – and if this begins to look like you might be sequestered, I would suggest that you build a significant kit kept in your vehicle with the supplies which you believe will help you the most while sequestered (assuming they let you go to your vehicle).
For the rest of us, the way to survive the Ebola virus is to avoid contact with other people and public places if the virus is in your region. If you do that, you won’t get it. This means staying at home.
The most difficult decision will be ‘IF’ the Ebola virus crops up in your region – will you continue to go to work… The risk tolerance from one individual to the next can be very different. Some may choose to skip out on work during early onset, while others will not (skip out) at all. It will be a personal decision based on your perception of risk in your immediate area. The problem is with this Ebola virus – it is so deadly. It’s not like getting the flu – it’s like getting dead.
Keep enough food and supplies at home. For many or most preppers, I’m preaching to the choir when I suggest keeping enough supplies at home to survive a pandemic – and it may sound like I’m beating the same drum over and over to those who regularly visit this site. However given the enormous concern about this Ebola virus (and rightly so), I know that there are always new people landing on our website – perhaps many of whom are curious about being better prepared.
To survive the Ebola virus, if it gets out of control (which it already has in many places), you will need to survive at home – SELF QUARANTINE – without going out into public places like the grocery store. For how long? That’s unclear at this time. At the very minimum, I suggest having a 3 month supply of food and consumables. 6 months is better. Etc.
Since apparently the Ebola virus can be ‘caught’ from an infected symptomatic person having previously touched a door knob, a grocery cart, etc. (I’ve heard up to several hours?) and/or from being within the vicinity of a cough or sneeze, then the way to survive Ebola is to not be near it. It is unclear how long the virus could sit there and remain a threat. Flu viruses and other germs can live two hours or longer on hard environmental surfaces like tables, doorknobs, and desks.
You should examine what you already have at home, and then quietly go out (now) and fortify what you have with what you still need.
If this all blows over and the Ebola virus is contained and squelched out, you will breathe a sigh of relief and you will now have a storage of preparedness food and supplies for any other crisis. It’s good insurance.
What are people saying about the Ebola outbreak around the water cooler or coffee pot where you work?
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