If you are like many people, the recent Ebola reports have you a bit worried. If you are wondering what you can do to protect yourself from an Ebola outbreak, rest assured that there is more to it than simply washing your hands or using hand sanitizer.
Just weeks ago, the thought was that Ebola would never make it to the USA, but here it is. However, you should not panic.
Here are 6 steps you can take to make sure that you, and your loved ones, survive an Ebola outbreak:
1. Strengthen your immune system: Ultimately, keeping yourself safe from disease comes down to your immune system. You can boost your immune system, giving you a better chance of surviving Ebola, but eating superfoods, taking supplements and stocking up on anti-viral herbs. This is especially important for both the very young and the elderly, two groups who have more vulnerable immune systems.
Feeding your body right is key! Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, add lemon balm, garlic and ginger to your daily diet, and take extra vitamin C. Avoid chemicals, processed foods and ‘junk’ foods altogether. These items break down our immune systems making us more susceptible to disease. Eat ‘clean’ which means eating ‘real’ food, not those that come in a box. This may be your only option in a quarantine, but until then, boost your immune system with healthy foods.
2. Stock up on food supplies: If there is a quarantine, you may find yourself running short on food, if you do not stock up now. Food shortages tend to occur when there is a public panic, which an Ebola outbreak could cause. Make sure that your reserves include plenty of non-perishable foods, lots of water, and any medications that you may need.
3. Have a supply of cash on hand: If a region is under quarantine, people will not be able to get to work, and this includes bankers. ATMs may stop working, so be sure to have some cash on hand for purchasing emergency supplies.
4. Stock up on water and electricity: As stated previously, you want to make sure that you have enough water on hand, both for drinking and for personal use.
To store water, purchase a water bob and fill it up (typically this will be 100 gallons of water). A full water bob should last the average family a few days. Or, if you cannot find a water bob, simply fill your bathtubs up completely.
As for electricity, make sure to stock up on flashlights, batteries, gas lamps, candles and matches. You may even want to purchase a backup generator.
5. Purchase basic medical protection: If there is an Ebola outbreak, hospitals could become overwhelmed with patients. They may not be able to treat everyone. So, make sure that you’re your own supplies. You can purchase Tyvek body suits, gloves, basic first aid supplies and more online. Purchase now, while they are still priced lower. If there is an outbreak, prices will go up.
6. Have an evacuation plan: Know where to go if Ebola does hit your city. You do not want to be stuck in a city under quarantine.
Follow these steps and be ready for anything. Protect yourself, and your family, from an Ebola outbreak–and the panic that goes along with it.