A coronavirus that may cause SARS. (transwikied from en.wikipedia.org) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Reblogged from Business Insider:
There are still many things researchers don’t know about the new SARS-like virus now called MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) that’s been infecting people in the Middle East.
There’s no vaccine against the new virus, but a study published in the journal Scientific Reports on March 27 showed that the anti-virals ribavirin and interferon-alpha 2b seem to stop the virus from copying itself in the lab. About half of the 40 infected people have died.
Here’s what we know happens when you get infected with MERS…
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Remember the threat of H5N1 (AKA Avian Influenza or Bird Flu)?
Here’s a link to an article about H7N9. It’s killed 22 in China as of this writing, but because infection hasn’t occurred in migratory birds and markets that
English: Chinese inspectors on an airplane, checking passengers for fevers (a symptom of swine flu). Taken in China after arrival, prior to exiting the plane. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
sell the birds have been closed, the spread of the disease has been slow. What’s most worrying about H7N9 is that appears to spread to humans easier than previous strains of bird flu.
One of the other things that’s aiding global safety from world flu pandemics is that, after denying that SARS was a problem, China was embarrassed when they finally had to admit they had a huge problem with the disease. After they lied about their SARS event, the Chinese government took unprecedented steps toward transparency. They’re better at reporting their problems with contagious disease now. Awareness and sharing of information are ways we will have a chance at containing outbreaks and preventing contagion.
You’re being tracked
Another interesting approach comes from a marriage of epidemiologists and the Internet. Internet searches are tracked for key words. If there’s an uptick in people googling flu symptoms, for instance, maps can be made of the spread of viruses based on the searchers’ locations. This grassroots epidemiological data tracks rates of viral infection and serves as an early warning system so authorities can take steps to warn and protect health care workers, hold quarantines, restrict travel and warn the public to use precautions.
Precautions in case of world flu pandemic may include:
Public awareness campaigns to wash your hands (do that anyway, for God’s sake!); social distancing; banning public gatherings; house arrest; quarantines for public safety; border closings; travel restrictions; promoting the use of masks, etc.,…
When the crap hits the ceiling fan, it pays to be warned and prepared for a world flu pandemic. Governments are working behind the scenes (often with underfunded agencies, departments and programs) to get ready for such catastrophic events.
What are you doing to prepare?
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Are you and your family ready for the coming world flu pandemic?
If you’re one of those guys who got into survivalism for the guns, you’ve already got enough guns (assuming you have the standard one arm per shoulder.) You don’t need more guns, dude. You need more seeds, and not Monsanto seeds!
If you want to stay off law enforcement’s radar, protect your family, stay safer and get real,
STOP sounding like a war-hungry, militia-loving, government-hating gun fetishist.
START thinking and talking in terms of off-the-grid sustainability and responsibility.
If you’re interested in This Plague of Days, my coming serial about a world flu pandemic as seen through the eyes of a boy with Asperger Syndrome, you might enjoy some of my research materials:
Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss
World Made by Hand: A Novel by James Howard Kunstler
When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes by Cody Lundin
Survive! Ultimate Edition by Les Stroud
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