How to Protect Your Family Against the Coming Pandemic
Most dictionaries define pandemic as "an epidemic that is
geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region
or even throughout the world."
Recently, Klaus Stohr, the coordinator of the global infuenza
program at the World Health Organization predicted a bird flu
pandemic that would take more lives than the Spanish Flu of
1918 wherein 20-to-40 million perished.
He wasn't the only expert who pressed the panic button.
United States Health and Human Secretary, Tommy Thompson,
said "This is a bomb that could impact the world."
Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director of the Centers for Disease
Control, Atlanta, Georgia, issued a warning to physicians
to be on the lookout for symptoms of the avian influenza virus
known as H5N1.
Even CIDRAP, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and
Policy at the University of Minnesota is alarmed. They have
this statement posted on their webiste: "If the next pandemic
strain is highly virulent (such as the 1918 strain) the
global death toll could be dramatic."
The current fatality rate in Southeast Asia is 73%.
Now for the really bad news.
There is no vaccine available. And there won't be for months.
Probably six-to-twelve months. Maybe longer. Clinical trials
take time. Usually a year. Then once it's available, the
vaccine must be distributed worldwide. A logistical nightmare.
So what can you do to protect yourself and your family?
Three steps. And they should be done now, while the winds of
pandemic are blowing in Southeast Asia.
1. Buy a supply of oseltamivir, the only antiviral available
that seems to reduce the impact of the virus. It doesn't kill
it, but it does give your body time to build immunity.
2. Buy the only filter mask that will block H5N1 and kill it
dead -- no that mask is not the N95 series. You'd be wasting
your money on a N95. Nanomask is the one I strongly recommend.
3. Buy a supply of immunolin, the only blood protein on the
market that will strengthen your immune system against
horrific challenges like H5N1.
You can wait for your government to come up with a solution
to protect you, or you can become proactive. My family
has already taken the three steps outlined above, I
hope you will too.
Mr. Hart is the author of "H5N1 VIRUS: It's Coming, Are You
Ready?" and is a member of the National Association of Science
Writers (NASW). He hosts a blog titled "Pathogen Alert" that
monitors H5N1 developments worldwide:
www.urgentebooks.com/blog">http://www.urgentebooks.com/blog, where he can be reached.