Flu Financial Preparations Revisited

Editors Note: With the Mexican swine flu making headlines, a trip this weekend found my local drug store had nearly run out of surgical masks – if you haven’t already made preparations, it’s certainly the time to do it while supplies are still available. This is an article that was written toward preparing for the avian flu, but the fundamentals are the same for both

I wrote about this a couple of months back – being in Asia when the SARS outbreak happened probably makes me a bit more paranoid, but with it spreading widely in Europe now, it seems just a matter of time. This is what a recent USA Today article recommends:

Bird flu financial preparations

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4 Responses to Flu Financial Preparations Revisited

  1. mapgirl says:

    I’m a little disappointed that you didn’t talk about HOW to wash your hands. I used to do field installs for nursing homes. Anything I flew in on the airplane could be deadly to an elderly patient. The signs on how to wash were in all the bathrooms. The basics with my personal comments.

    1. Use as hot of temperature as you can stand.
    2. Use soap. Sing the alphabet once. That is long enough to get the soap to do its thing. Scrub your nails underneath and at the cuticle. No need to use anti-bacterial stuff. It just costs more for the same thing that regular soap will do sufficiently. Most of use aren’t performing surgery so the extra expense is wasteful.
    3. Turn of the faucet with your elbow.
    4. Use a fresh paper towel to dry.
    5. Save it and use it to open the door to the bathroom.
    6. Toss the paper towel.

  2. I agree with mapgirl. At work, place a wastebasket outside your bathroom door for your paper towels. Encourage the maintance people to wash the doorknob and faucets as well as stall doors. During flu season we had a can of lysol in each stall and encouraged people to spray the stall door handle after opening the door.

  3. A Marino says:

    Thank you for the reminders. Its easy to just sit by when the virus isn’t affecting your area. Preparation is always KEY. I will certainly go out tomorrow and begin purchasing much of these items.

    Also, many of us will be going on vacation and it is a good time to think about what we would do if an outbreak would occur at that time amd specially in very popular vacation amd tourist areas

    I always heard to sing the whole stanza of Happy Birthday while you wash your hands to properly clean them.

    Excellent article. Thank you.

  4. If you live in tornado, hurricane or blizzard areas, basic “power out” disaster supplies should already be part of your household inventory. Take a look at what you already have or can repurpose before you spend a lot of money.

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