During a serious flu outbreak, many people won’t survive. By following the tip outlned below your chances of survival will be better than most.
How To Survive A Flu Outbreak

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1. Stay informed

In addition to taking the precautions below, staying informed as the spread of the outbreak is vital to the danger level at this moment in time. Unlike during the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918, we have access to information as it happens. Check the Google Map below to see where Swine flu has occurred and if it is close to you.
Outbreak Map

2. Prepare for Quarantine

How To Survive A Flu Outbreak

In a severe crisis, travel restrictions, curfews and perhaps quarantines may be implemented. To be prepared for a situation like this:

  • Have 2-3 weeks of clean drinkable water on hand
  • Have 2-3 weeks of food (try to get vitamin rich foods, smoothie drinks, fruits etc.)
  • Make sure you have proper medication and hygiene supplies at home
  • Have at least $100 of cash
  • In case of power outages or disruption of services like gas, have your own lanterns and propane stoves for cooking and light at nighttime

3. Isolate yourself

Even if you are a healthy individual, avoiding people and public places as much as possible can prevent or reduce the chance of catching the flu.  Since many viruses can be passed several days before symptoms occur, you could be sick before you even know it.

  • Keep a distance of 3-6ft from others at all times
  • Avoid going to public events, avoid large crowds (sporting events, theaters etc.)
  • Avoid going out, unless necessary. When you do keep it to a minimum
  • DON’T leave your local area!! (Most people who have gotten swine flu were visiting Mexico)
  • Avoid eating out; the crowds and the sanitation of utensils could cause infection
  • Keep kids home from school, if possible
  • Work from home, if possible
  • If you have food and water storage, this is the time to use it (some of it), this will reduce your contact with others by avoiding grocery stores
  • If you don’t have food and water stored, go buy some.

4. Hygiene

  • Wash Your Hands frequently, especially after touching public doorknobs, pens or shopping carts
  • Carry Hand Sanitizer, Use frequently
  • Sanitize your car, work station and home with bleach or alcohol based cleaners
  • Avoid touching common germ sources
  • Wear latex gloves when out in public
  • DON’T share drinks or utensils
  • Wear face masks when out in public; use a mask with an N95 rating or higher
  • Wear glasses or goggles (airborne pathogens can get into your eyes)

How To Survive A Flu Outbreak

5. Health

  • Get a good night’s sleep, every night
  • Buy food from local sources, clean or cook vigorously
  • Avoid smoking, drinking, and drugs (they reduce your immune function)
  • Start taking Vitamin C, D, Garlic, Elderberry, Oil of Oregano and Echinacea
  • Avoid salty foods and junk foods
  • Buy and take Colloidal Silver
  • Exercise regularly
  • Upon signs of infection, avoid others, cough into your arm or a handkerchief and see a doctor immediately (common flu vaccines can have severe side effects, avoid getting sick so you will not have to take these

6. AVOID GETTING SICK!

Don’t expect that there will be a vaccine for everyone, there is a limited supply

If you do get infected consider setting up a Quarantine room. This is no substitute for professional medical care but it could be good during disruption of services.

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31 Responses

  1. LunaLady27

    Great post! I wanted to share about this herb I recently heard about called Germanium. It's supposed to be really good at combating the flu virus and boosting the immune system. Might be a good idea to start taking some now just in case this thing does make it's way to you.

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  2. LunaLady27

    Great post! I wanted to share about this herb I recently heard about called Germanium. It’s supposed to be really good at combating the flu virus and boosting the immune system. Might be a good idea to start taking some now just in case this thing does make it’s way to you.
    Should write great post! Can’t wait to reading the next post!

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  3. christine

    Its all just scary, I have food stocked up for us and my old mum, she is 80, she had swine flu in the late 60s, I didnt get it neither did my dad, I wonder why, we were all in the same house, anyway Im not so worried about her with this, she must have some anitbodies. I dont understand why they dont work on the antibody thing, I got chicken pox 2 weeks after I had my son jack, they had to give him imunoglobulin from someone who had chickenpox as he might have died or got brain damage at 2 weeks old if he caught it off me, it worked a treat, he didnt get it, it nearly killed me though at 30 years old, I wish I had it when I was a kid, I will have to research more, or get to a point where Im so sick of worrying that I dont give a f…. Good luck everyone, hope we all survive this

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  4. Mickey

    To help put all of this into perspective try replacing the word "swine" with "seasonal" anywhere you see or hear it. The fact is that "flu", whatever its current nick name, kills thousands of people a year–every year. This is nothing new. The majority of these H1N1 flu cases are those with mild symptoms, that is not severe enough to require hospitalization, much less death. Protect yourself, yes, but do so at least as much from the media driven hysteria as much from the virus itself. Don't get me wrong, I take phase 5 alerts from the W.H.O seriously. I've stocked up, etc., but I do this anyway in case of more likely crisis such as weather related power failures. Remember, no one gets out alive–carpe diem.

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  5. Christine Westy

    Very valuable health information, great blog post. Thanks.

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  6. Ben Tanner

    I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

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  7. Pam

    The top tray of my worm farm works GREAT for sprouts! And the worms get what we don't use.
    I feed the worms, the worms feed the soil, the soil feeds the plants, and the plants feed me!

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  8. Gerber Knives

    Thanks for the tips…what a great list to help keep one well. I could possible go without drinking, but salt???? I'll have to think about that one.

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  9. SurvivalTime

    It's important for all to know, don't use the Alcohol-Based hand sanitizers as a primary protection, plain soap and water is recommended, with the sanitizers only in case soap and water's not available.

    Also, get at least 15 minutes of sun every day, Vitamin-D is your best protection from getting sick and the sun provides it to you FREE! If you dont already have what you need to survive a government imposed quarantine, visit my site http://www.SurvivalTime.org and get prepared now.

    Personally, I think this is hyped to sell us on vaccines which will cause more harm than good (check out 1976 flu deaths related to the vaccine not the bug).
    Or…to sell TamiFlu to those who get sick, even though there's serious doubt that it's even going to work in the end.

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  10. William Barentine

    1) do NOT buy intro the mask theory!
    They do NOT last long, some may even suffer from a lack of oxygen in long periods of wear.
    (Remember, you exhale too, that contains moisture and that reduces the air flow dramatically on those el cheapo masks everyone was buying at Home Depot, and so forth!)
    Viruses are at the micobial, micron level, which can ONLY be seen with electron microscope, due to size!
    There are VERY FEW types of masks that will filter them, and they are hundreds of dollars!
    Stay away from large groups, wash your hands, if you must, stay home.
    Use your heads, NOT your wallets!

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  11. william barentine

    In a worse case scenario, ISOLATION is your best bet!
    Stay away from stores, and any place where there are a large number of people in close proximity to each other.
    In case of an epidemic, definitely stay home!
    Unless you are REALLY sick and need to seek medical assistance, do NOT got to any HOSPITAL.
    I can’t begin to tell you how many and what types of germs are brought in thru their doors each day, by hundreds of people!
    Think about it!

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  12. Spyderco Knives

    SurvivalTime…Why shouldn't you use the Alcohol-Based hand sanitizers as a primary protection?

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  13. Food Insurance

    We went over to China during the bird flu outbreak. Everyone there was wearing a mask. I thought it was interesting how normal it was to them, yet in America, we think it's weird to wear one. Admit it, your head turns when you see someone wearing a mask.

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  14. Survival Skills

    The best way to not get sick is to be healthy and fit in the first place. Keep your immune system built up. When you read of flu epidemics of years ago, the heartiest were often the ones taking care of the sick (without wearing masks!) and the heartiest of them survived.

    So exercise and take vitamins to keep healthy!

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  15. concerned47

    Great thoughts! Thank you! Germanium, and Vitamin D are excellent. I also ran across ASTRAGALUS: fights disease, and illnesses: colds, influenza, allergies, fever, stomach , heart and kidney problems -
    But, there is one more thing you can look at that is great for you to help you fight off Bacteria, Fungus, Viruses – and Heavy Metals – anything to keep UP your immune sustem.
    For FLU: stops diarrhea, settles the stomach, "removes viruses"
    This is "Diatomaceous Earth – FOOD GRADE. (DE), Just Google it and look for: What is DE?/ Uses for DE?/ and Detox, by Dr Galen D Knight. Exciting Stuff!

    Also good for animals of all sorts and plants!

    This is a powder, that is tasteless, and you can add it to juice or teas – whatever. Just one more idea to help you!
    Stay healthy and Merry Christmas!

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  16. concerned47

    Great thoughts! Thank you! Germanium, and Vitamin D are excellent. I also ran across ASTRAGALUS: fights disease, and illnesses: colds, influenza, allergies, fever, stomach , heart and kidney problems –
    But, there is one more thing you can look at that is great for you to help you fight off Bacteria, Fungus, Viruses – and Heavy Metals – anything to keep UP your immune sustem.
    For FLU: stops diarrhea, settles the stomach, "removes viruses"
    This is "Diatomaceous Earth – FOOD GRADE. (DE), Just Google it and look for: What is DE?/ Uses for DE?/ and Detox, by Dr Galen D Knight. Exciting Stuff!

    Also good for animals of all sorts and plants!

    This is a powder, that is tasteless, and you can add it to juice or teas – whatever. Just one more idea to help you!
    Stay healthy and Merry Christmas!

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    • Pamela

      I love your advice. I am recovering from the flu and it a bad case of it head, nose, lungs, diarrhea. Here's what's finally worked for me. Bentonite ( get the kind already made with water). Vitamin C, Bioflavnoids, Some of this Hyland's Flu (its the ingredients that matter). Look them up. Here's a little article I found below: Hyland's Rus Tox for Pain and all of this can be used with animals as well. I'm going to try the Diatomaceous Earth next. The Bentonite was so helpful I had no idea that Bentonite, Diatomaceous adsorb viruses. But they work well. I think a good multivitamin (I like the Nature Plus Mini Reds), and some good Fish oil with vitamin d work too. I had been trying all the blood cleaning herbs I could find Enchienca, Golden Rod, Curcumin, Bayberry. But nothing worked like the Bentonite. So I going to be adding the Diatomaceous Earth Now. This Flu bug is a bugger for sure. I even used my typical Apple Cider Vinegar which ususally wipes out diarrhea, but it wasn't doing a things for this bug. Good Luck. Below is a little article about Ancients and treating the flu bug.

      Herbal Treatments for Pandemic Influenza: Learning from the Eclectics Experience.

      A group of physicians treated victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic with botanical medicines and the treatments were very successful. This article reviews some of the botanicals that were used to treat patients who had influenza. It also reviews research indicating the herbs can counteract the cytokine dysregulation induced by severe types of influenza. Coverage includes Gelsemium sempervirens (gelsemium root; also know as yellow jasmine and yellow Jessamine), Eupatorium perfoliatum (boneset; also known as thoroughwort and Indian sage), Actea Racemosa (black cohosh; also know as macrotys; formerly Cimicifuga racemosa), Asclepias tuberose (pleurisy root; also know as butterfly week), and Atrop Belladonna (belladonna) as well as the roles the interleukin (IL)-6 interferon inducible protein (IP)-10, cytokines, and chemokines play in influenza.

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  17. Gerber Knives

    Excellent information. As scary as some of it may seem, this may very well be a reality someday and even in the near future. Those that are prepared definitely stand the best chance of survival. Having plenty of vitamin C is a definite plus but you are right about having a minimum of at least two weeks of food and water. This is a great article. Thanks for posting it.

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  18. dashav8r

    Great advice. Prepare all you want for food shortage, but fail to combat against viral and bacterial infection and a survival situation can be turned on its head quickly. I found a simple way to cover this at armageddonoutfittersonline.com. flu kits.
    Patrick

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  19. Freeze dried food

    I think it's important to be prepared for everything instead of finding yourself in a situation where it's too late. With sickness and the flu I would get the vaccine if possible while still taking preventative measures. It's like knowing that a natural disaster could happen any moment and just trusting that the government will provide enough food for everyone when it happens. Instead you could create your own food storage and know that you are prepared at least in that.

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    • Johnny

      When you say "get the vaccine", I guess you are referring to the flu vaccine. Have you looked into the longterm side effects of vaccines? Why not just eat healthy natural foods and stay in shape? I think this is the best defense against getting sick.

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