The Next Pandemic

Sometimes the facts are just so big and unbelievable… the easiest thing to do is dismiss them as the ravings of Internet loonies.

But there’s something serious you need to know about. So you can be prepared in case the worst happens.

It’s the next global pandemic.

Now obviously, these things are impossible to predict. So we don’t know when a lethal virus could to sweep the globe, potentially killing millions.

Here’s what we do know…

Pandemics happen… and we’re overdue for the next one.

(You’re probably familiar with the Spanish flu epidemic that happened a hundred years ago. We’ve had other pandemics since then, but nothing like that one.)

The world has changed since the last pandemic. A lot. People travel more. They move between countries all the time.

When the next pandemic hits, it’s going to be different than anything we’ve ever faced.

Public health officials know this. And they’re very concerned about it.

That’s why recently, a group of current and former high-ranking government officials gathered at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security to do a simulation of an outbreak.

The scenario: a moderately contagious and moderately lethal virus crops up in Germany and Venezuela.

The group of government workers had to try to contain the virus as the mock outbreak unfolded. The results of the exercise were troubling to say the least.

150 million people dead globally. Riots. Medical supply shortages. A stock market crash.

The folks at Johns Hopkins aimed to keep this exercise as realistic as possible. They used situations that have come up in past epidemics. Things like politics trumping common sense… misinformation… setbacks in developing treatments… and breaches in containment.

In other words, this highly realistic. And what we learned is… well, it isn’t pretty.

Now it would be nice if we could rely on the government to nip this kind of scenario in the bud. But you’re smart enough to know that we can’t.

Things could get bad. So you need a plan in case that day comes…

With a pandemic, your number one priority is to reduce your exposure.

If you can stay home during the worst of it, you’ll limit your odds of getting sick.

To do that you need to stock up on food, water, and medicine.

In a public health crisis, the economy goes haywire too, so have cash on hand. Stock up on items that will be handy if you need to barter for something. Coffee is good for this, even if you’re not a drinker yourself.

Pay attention to disease outbreaks. Anything that’s airborne and has a greater than 10% fatality rate is worth noting.

If that kind of disease reaches the U.S., that’s when you should start taking precautions.

Also, stock up on sanitation and hygiene supplies. High quality N95 surgical masks can protect you if you need to go out.

Good handwashing and low exposure are your best line of defense against just about any virus.

I know this is scary stuff. But this is a real threat. Being prepared will make a world of difference to you and your family should a worst-case scenario hit.

God bless,

Jeff Reagan
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance

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