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Offline zeker

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quarantine preparations
« on: August 01, 2014, 06:31:18 AM »
How to prepare for home quarantine..<blockquote>               With the new threat of Ebola an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,and with this there is ... No CURE! Quarantine is the only answer.

In the event of some kind of pandemic/epidemic, you should be prepared to quarantine yourself in your home. Lets discuss a few thing you should have at hand.

You should plan on your self imposed lock down from two weeks to as far out as sixty days.

1. Avoid contact with others. This is number one for obvious reasons. The less contact you have with others the better.

2. Consider everybody as infected. Even family members. If you or your family have prolonged going to work, any one of you could be carrying the infection. Avoid hugs and kisses with your family for at least 2 weeks to be sure of negative infection. You may consider wearing gloves and mask around the house if you are not sure.

3. If somebody in the house is infected, that person needs to be segregated to a room of the house and that room needs to be duct taped closed and opened only to pass necessary items through stock this room with food and water, medical supplies, sanitation facilities, communication, cleaning tools, entertainment (books, radio, TV, etc.)

If the person needs looked after designate one person for this and one only using full protocol, respirator and Tyvek coveralls note rule #8

4. Rubber gloves. Infectious disease can live on porous items for up wards of 72 hrs. Best not to trust this estimate. Consider all items coming in from the outside to be contaminated and should be washed with anti bacterial soap or a chlorine mix before handling with bare hands. Therefore, any item you pick up after the emergency starts need to be handled accordingly.

5. N95 & N100 Masks. Do not underestimate airborne particles. These will be the number one infection transmission method and should be mitigated.

6. If your are using a evaporative cooler, turn it off and seal your vents with duct tape. Think about a window mount air conditioner instead.

7. Seal air leaks in your home. All it takes is one particle of infectious material to doom your whole family. Since you will be indoors with not a lot to do, do this.

8. Any time you come into near contact with anybody who is infected, you will need a shower. This is not an option.

9. Never touch your face with your hands. Your hands by default will be the most likely area of your body to contain infected debris.

10. All common items in the house should be disinfected after use regardless if anybody is sick. The kitchen and bathrooms should be meticulously cleaned after use. Every use.

11. If you are able to obtain Flu mitigation medication such as Tami-flu, get those now. Be sure to have entire courses of meds for every member of your family. Also get family prescription meds filled for the duration as well.

12. Your neighbors are not your friends. Do not watch their kids for them. Do not invite them in. Talk to them through windows. Don't even open the door to them. If they ask to talk with you outside or insist, tell them you are sick. That should end any unwanted conversations quickly. Hanging up quarantine signs is your own option.

13. If a family member dies in quarantine, Seal off the room until professionals can deal with it. Don't risk it. If you decide to take matters into your own hands, Wear a tyvex suit and mask/respirator or long pants and long sleeves. Tuck your sleeves into your gloves. Dig your grave prior to moving the body. Spray the areas of the body you intend to touch with your bleach solution and wait 10 minutes before touching the body. Avoid touching the torso and head of the deceased person and only touch the disinfected extremities. Disinfect you clothing and shower after the operation is complete.

14. Do not wait for the government to shut down the schools before you pull your kids out!!!! The government is historically reactive. Be proactive.

Items to have on hand:

1. Rubber Gloves
2. N95/100 Masks or respirator
3. Tyvex coveralls
4. 4 mil plastic or painters plastic
5. Duct tape - many rolls
6. Chlorine bleach and bacterial soap
7. Blood pressure monitor
8. stethoscope
9. thermometer

Remember in a pandemic There could be an extended interruption to your electric power. You should consider alternative lighting and heating methods. Battery, propane, kerosine, and gasoline generators are possible options. There's a good chance that TV and radio stations will no longer be able to broadcast if there is a power failure in your area. A good quality battery operated radio, capable of receiving short wave stations will enable you to stay informed of developments in the outside world. Cell phones may go down as well have a back up, ham radio or a cb...</blockquote>
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This includes mail. During the 1918 influenza pandemic mail carries spread the flu via infected letters. I have forgotten the source. Historically flu comes in "waves" lasting about three months each. A flu pandemic can consist of multiple waves in the same year with varying degrees of peril/fatalities. Multiple strains of flu can be in circulation at the same time with different risk factors. IMHO excellent historical reference: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry.
I use unscented regular chlorine bleach for disinfecting. The side note is that regular chlorine bleach is only effective for disinfection for about five months after manufacture. By the time it gets to the store where it is purchased it may be down to three months. This information was buried in the Dr. Clorox section on the Clorox web site.

A ton of information on quarantine how to such as: how to set up a sick room for quarantine and other preps, medical and otherwise, can be found at The CDC web site may be helpful as well.
« Last Edit: August 01, 2014, 06:34:41 AM by zeker »
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Re: quarantine preparations
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2014, 06:40:11 AM »
dont have bleach?  Pool shock can be stored long term and mixed into water for bleach.  Lots of info online about amounts.
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Things to do and consider preparing for flu pandemic with self quarantine in mind
-Flu spreads in waves of 3-5 months w/ 3 months in between
-Self-quarantine for 90-120 days / wave
-Govt effort to supply food and water at 10% at best
-Outside dirty, inside clean; Boy in the Bubble concept
-Shelter w/ good seal
-Clear brush and undergrowth 100 feet parameter around the house
-Heat pump forced air cooling/heat to filter out virus/microbes
-Water reservoir covered, pool, tubs and barrels, then disinfected
-Any source of standing water or body of water is a contaminate. Remove birdbaths, old TIRES AND/or fill puddles. Virus lives in water for days, influenza lives on hands 5 min.
-Neither bird feeders nor outside chickens

Would like to add to the list, water sprayer with attatchment for bleach, to wash car, walkways, dog pens, porches and doors etc
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Re: quarantine preparations
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2014, 11:37:09 AM »
Pool shock is great. If you get it in tablet form it will last forever whereas bleach looses its potency after a few months.
It may never happen. Best to be prepared just in case.

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Re: quarantine preparations
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2014, 12:10:06 PM »
Thanks for this info!  I am semi-prepared.  I do have some of the supplies, such as gloves and masks, but have more to get/do.  Now I have a list from which to work.  I consider a pandemic to be one of the more likely events that could happen.

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Re: quarantine preparations
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2014, 12:28:56 PM »
I have the pool shock tabs but keep getting them mixed up with my peppermints :P
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