Pandemic Swine Flu on The Preparedness Podcast

Just finished uploading episode #19 which covers Pandemic Flu.  It’s the scoop on the real info about pandemic flu and what you can do to prepare for them.

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Unless you have been living under rock, you have no doubt heard about the Swine Flu.  This show is going to be all about Pandemic Flu, and Swine Influenza A H1N1.  There is a lot of bad information being passed around, so we’re going to address the facts and realities of Pandemic Flu.

Facts and status of the flu as of 4-29-2009.

  • 91 laboratory confirmed human cases in US
  • 1 confirmed death in the US
  • More than 160 deaths in Mexico (not all have been 100% confirmed, but that’s Mexico for you).
  • Pandemic Alert Level 5
  • This is a new virus – no one has seen it before and no one has any immunity to it.

 

Really Good FAQ on Swine Flu:

http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm

 

Flu Transmission Simulation:

http://www.lanl.gov/news/images/avianflu.shtml

 

How does this flu compare to other pandemic flu?

– Swine flu of 1976

– Spanish Flu of 1918-1919

 

Spanish Flu Facts:

http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/world/spanish%20flu%20facts/111285

 

Some Pandemic Flu sites:

http://www.lanl.gov/news/images/avianflu.shtml

http://cdc.gov/swineflu/

 

Build your own safe room fan filter:

http://www.alpharubicon.com/basicnbc/safefanwar.htm

http://www.alpharubicon.com/basicnbc/faninacanmods.htm

 

Mask Model Numbers:

N95 – 3M 8211

N100 – 3M 8233

 

Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water

http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/better-than-bleach-use-calcium-hypochlorite-to-disinfect-water/

 

Reputable places that sell masks online:

http://www.buyemp.com/

http://www.envirosafetyproducts.com/

 

Topics of discussion

  • Is this serious? What’s the big deal about this flu when it hasn’t killed anywhere near as many as seasonal flu?
  • It might not be bad now, but the worry is that it could mutate so.
  • Prevention, isolation, quarantine
  • What masks and other PPE? N95 vs N100?
  • How long do the masks last?
  • Reusing masks?
  • Mask vents
  • Cost of PPE compared to other insurance policies
  • Be prepared for quarantined, or partial quarantine (like a school closing)
  • What to store?
  • How long to store food (etc.) for (maybe several waves of a pandemic flu)
  • Vaccines?
  • Decon stuff
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