Pandemics can hit at any time, but that doesn’t make them any less deadly. To deal with a crisis situation such as this—as well as protect your loved ones—you’ll have to take on several steps. In this article, we’ll examine five of the most important ones.
1- Help improve your body’s immune system.
First of all, stop smoking, if you haven’t already, since smokers have a higher risk of developing many diseases. Secondly, exercise often, eat healthy, and sleep your requisite number of hours per night. Try to keep drinking alcohol to a minimum, and—if you find that, in your diet, you aren’t getting enough of the right vitamins—don’t be shy about discussing the possibility of using supplements with your doctor. Thirdly, your immune system will be stronger if you’re at a target weight, so try to stick within five pounds of a normal weight. To do this, stop eating foods with preservatives, MSG, and refined sugars. Furthermore, stay away from meat from the store, since it’s often contaminated with the antibiotics and hormones taken by livestock animals. Instead, raise your own animals or hunt for food.
2- Keep yourselves clean and sanitized at all times.
It sounds obvious, but you shouldn’t be touching your face. Don’t sneeze or cough into your hand—use a tissue instead, to cover your nose and mouth—and frequently use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands often, and with a deep clean. Keep your own nose and mouth covered, and—when you’re talking to someone—make sure you’re an arm’s length away. You can also buy masks to cover up your face; according to some researchers, these can be effective in reducing the risk of catching certain diseases.
3- Avoid exposing yourselves to the disease.
To do this, you might have to quarantine yourselves, depending on how the pandemic has affected the rest of the nation. During quarantine periods, you isolate yourselves from everyone else in society, so that you don’t come into contact with anyone. If the pandemic affects people in different waves, it could even be that you’ll have to stay in quarantine for as much as three years. Prep yourselves for this period by gathering resources.
4- Help those around you.
You can help others even in the midst of an infectious crisis. However, you must not come into physical contact with others, as they may be carrying the disease. For instance, when you’re filling your containers up with food, you can give any extras and leftovers to your neighbors. Give them any seeds you have that you’re not using as well.
5- Consider changing homes.
You can also consider moving to an area where there’s less urban development, since higher populations tend to be correlated with higher infection rates. Try finding a homestead where you can develop a self-sufficient farm if you need to, and where you’ll have many acres of space to move around over. Stay far enough away from city limits and major highways, since these can cause contamination rates to increase. Ensure that there’s a source of water nearby, should the grid happen to go offline.
So, now we have more of an idea of what to do should a pandemic hit your area. These tips are quite helpful, so be sure to take them into account. You can even start applying what you’ve learned into your own life right now; you don’t need to wait for an apocalypse to hit so that you can practice good survival techniques.