No matter who you are or what new outlet you check daily to get your news fix, you have probably heard about the Dutch scientists who took the bird flu, messed with it in a lab, and made it able to kill people faster. As in more than 50% of those infected die. This is not what we need right now. Not at all.
A recent article from the DailyMail said the following:
Dutch scientists who created the ‘Armageddon virus’ say it is ‘probably one of the most dangerous viruses you can make’.
Their research focused on what it took to convert bird flu – which can kill more than half of those infected but does not spread easily – into a highly contagious virus.
They said this knowledge would be vital for the development of vaccines and drugs to prevent a possible pandemic.
Now for the real questions… is there a vaccine in the making? Is someone actually working to protect us? What if the new strain of the flu gets out BEFORE the vaccine has been created and tested? Are you prepared for that? I sometimes wonder about that. Personally, I do not get flu shots. The reason is simple: when I get a flu shot, I get the flu, when I do not get a flu shot, I do not get the flu.
But what if it was a flu that was capable of wiping out half of the population? Would I get a flu shot then? This answer is a little more complicated. Right off the bat, I say no. I would not get the shot. How would I know it has been properly tested? To that effect, how do I know any flu shots are properly tested? Is there enough time between vaccine creation (often completed right before the anticipated start of flu season) to when I go in to the doctor’s office to get that vaccine, to test it? I am going to guess that the answer is no. I am not taking a vaccine for a flu that could kill half my family if it has not been properly tested, something that could take years. What I will do is situate my family with masks, soaps, and general life lessons to help them understand how a flu virus is transmitted and how to best protect themselves from it.
Simple masks can be worn to help prevent the transmission of different viruses. Watching what you touch can help. Keeping clean is another thing that can greatly increase your chances of not contracting a virus. Eating well and keeping yourself in good physical condition is another thing that can be done to help ensure you will not get sick. Maintaining a healthy diet, especially when times get tough, in entirely contingent upon your previous planning, which you should have started at least a year or two before reading this article. It is imperative to plan. Will the SHTF tomorrow? Probably not. But if it does, are you prepared?
I, for one, have a bit of fear when it comes to the possibility of an extremely dangerous virus being let loose on the general population. So, a good thermometer (or two or three for backup), a blood pressure gauge (and knowing how to use it), and ways to both bring down a fever and overly active pressure. Cold packs. Relaxation techniques (how to make people calmly breathe). Emotional support.
Be ready. Be prepared. Be safe.
Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2076422/Bird-flu-scientists-DELIBERATELY-create-Armageddon-virus-lab.html
And here’s another article on it as well: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/dutch-scientists-create-bird-flu-strain/story-e6frfku0-1226226895823