Nothing big to read for today, just an exhortation to keep reality in the forefront of your mind when reading about H7N9 infections – and to READ about H7N9 infections. As far as this blogger is concerned, the epicenter for information on current news and personal mitigation efforts is over at POTR Blog, http://pissinontheroses.blogspot.com/
I’ve been following various news sources, and certain Twitter feeds. Most have something to offer, but nothing quite so focused or intuitive. For me, it is a daily read.
He has been predicting a large surge in infections following on the Chinese New Year celebrations, and the social activities that are a part of those. Air travel out of, and back into China are suspected to bring about a spread of infections. Interestingly, he predicts the entracne of this bug, in some form or another, by Valentine’s Day.
“We believe in all likelihood H7N9 will enter the United States by Valentine’s day 2014, but it remains to be seen if it will take a foot hold or even be detected. As it stands now, San Fransisco is the most likely port of entry for H7N9 and unfortunately it also has an aquatic environment perfectly suited for H7N9 to develop and maintain an environmental presence.”
“13% of all Chinese nationals planning a trip abroad for Chinese New Year are planning to head to California. Additionally, a second wave of H7N9 embers will arrive as Chinese New Year ends on 2/6/14 and US Persons who traveled to China for cultural or business reasons will be returning to the USA“
H7N9 deserves a look-see because of one important aspect of its work. In adults, it has a 100% fatality rate, for those that have no access to a respirator of “artificial lung” (ECMO machine). That means, for adults that develop symptoms, if they are not quickly and correctly diagnosed, they are as good as dead, if the extremely limited supply of these machines has already been spoken for. It is not an epidemic, or pandemic, yet. To harden yourself against this thing if it does “go viral”, go over to POTRBlog and read up on the H7N9 tag stream. Get educated and do what good preppers do – prepare.
Are you ready?
Naso-pharangeal airways are a component in just about every military IFAK. Damaged airways are not uncommon when bullets and heavy debris fly. For the prepper equipped with IFAKs, these devices are already in his kit. A lot of prep-medics will recommended adding this where it is absent.
There is an alternative to these, however, which ignores the nasal passages entirely. If a large oral airway structurally remains, the Berman Oral Airway is an EXCELLENT alternative. It can not be collapsed, is easy to insert and guarantees an open oral airway. This is pretty much a necessity with broken sinuses, and in cases where frontal damage to the face and skull is severe. Additionally, this method can be more comfortable and allow for a much greater intake of air – important where the injured individual need to continue in a fight, or where he must assist in his own evacuation from an area.
Integral to the device is a molded bite block. They are color coded to size. These are not sterile, but as one commenter said, that’s not really a concern considering where they are likely to be used. You could sterilize them yourself if you have access to such equipment.
Use them in your IFAK, Blowout Kit, BOB, RV, retreat… anywhere you might store emergency medical equipment. If you have blood stop, this should be right there along with it. Airway and bleeding control are at the top of the list for initial trauma treatment!
Booze and smokes make it onto some preppers’ lists as barter items, or just for plain old happy relaxing time when the day’s business of capping zombies and fighting world corruption is complete. Others add tea and coffee for similar reasons. Well, here is a “study” that claims an intake of 200 – 300 mg of caffeine enhances memory. That could be really handy if you lose your printouts of essential items, or your instruction for building a bunker or scrap metal crossbow. Just think of all the things you could do with a super memory!
OK. So you won’t have a super memory. You might even forget where your stored the coffee within the racks of other preps. But ya know? It’s good justification to push for more of your favorite beans or freeze dried blends. Go ahead. You know you want to….
Caffeine may boost long-term memory – Medical News Today
Forget for a moment that these fools were drinking before the accident that killed a man. Forget that planning to do something as immature as firing into the air is a bad idea. Remember two things from this incident:
ALL GUNS ARE LOADED AT ALL TIMES
DON’T EVER POINT ONE AT SOMETHING UNLESS YOU PLAN TO DESTROY IT
Yes, I was yelling, there. In my best parade ground voice. (But don’t call me “Gunny”) These fools ignored the two most basic points of gun safety, if they ever knew them to start with. So many accidents could be prevented by learning just those two simple rules. You could even run them together if too stupid to keep two points in order. “That gun is loaded even when it isn’t and it will kill you.”
“Oh, but I know what I’m doing. I be bangin’ fo years.”
“I was an operator before you were an itch in yer daddy’s pants.”
Well, I don’t give a hang who or what you have been or are, you’re flesh and blood, human, and make mistakes. If the rules of safety are ignored, you’ll see trouble at some point. All it takes is one misplaced assumption, and BOOM.
Just for the record, here are Colonel Jeff Cooper’s 4 Rules of Gun Safety.
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND IT
If you need further reminder, here are the rules from the NRA.
ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Don’t be a fool. Even if you are some high-speed low-drag super-operator, you started out learning these rules, and from all sources I consulted, no list ever had an expiration date. Only fools with guns have expiration dates.
From POTR BLog, pissinontheroses.blogspot.com
I don’t generally post whole articles from other blogs, but this one from POTR Blog begs for exposure. I thought it was a fairly good write up on the presence of a killer flu, a government’s medical response (late in coming) and how cost controls in single-payer systems lead to personal tragedy without resource to recompense.
What will China, Canada and the US soon have in common? More than you might expect…
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It appears that the Canadian Chinese victim of the H5N1 may have become infected by contact with an individual who had a simultaneous “Common” Cold (HCoV 229E) and subclinical H5N1 infections.
She was found to have HCoV 229E in a nasopharyngeal swab, but not in her lungs. Canadian medical officials supposedly did not observed any coughing, but did report vomiting (any one sharing the aircraft restroom with her should be concerned).
Given the lady’s lack of exposure to poultry in Beijing and the lack of reports of H5N1 in Beijing, the HCoV 229E and H5N1 combination are prima facie evidence that she was infected by H5N1 via a person who was subclinically shedding birdflu, but who was simultaneously clinical for common cold symptoms which thereby allowed the H5N1 to be readily transmissible and yet present subclinically. Such cases tend would tend to go undiagnosed.
But, none of that excuses the lack of proactive treatment given the ~20 year old Chinese Canadian nurse from Reddeer. She was diagnosed with pneumonia after her return from China but was UNBELIEVABLY not even given the option of Antiviral treatment. In the after math of her death, the public health herd based medical system kicked in to figure out what happened after the fact.
In the short term, it is more economical and effective to let a few sentinel cows die off, and trigger a public health response in the after math, than it is to pro actively treat, test, and investigate a cow that might be the sentinel of a unusual outbreak. The system can get away with it because the cow in question is not the one paying them for their services, and the government which redistributes wealth to pay for those services also prevents the cow (or its relatives) from effectively engaging in medical malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately we now too have such a veterinary, herd based medical system now forced on us as ObamaCare here in the United States. The key with selling these systems to the public is hiding the decline of the system as it switches from a patient-doctor healthcare interaction to a Government-doctor-herd based system, while simultaneously making each individual in the herd believe that they are going to be treated as if they were a prized Heifer.
What is clear is that universal Healthcare did not give the poor Canadian a fighting chance at life, and while in the short run it might have been cheaper not to offer her antivirals, and perform flu tests; in the long run, the woman had at least 12 days to expose North America to a deadly disease. So while the Canadians are singing the praises of their response to the situation, have no doubt it was an abject failure for both the lady who died, and the public who believes that authorities have any capability to actually prevent the import of a deadly disease or stop it immediately after it enters. Don’t be surpised if H5N1 has made it into the Canadian eco system, and don’t be surprised if there are already several hidden cases of H7N9 bird flu in the Seattle and Vancouver areas.
HCoV-229E is a proven common cold virus in healthy adults
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A have this friend who was law enforcement and then a contractor in the sand box. Ran K-9s. Experienced in personal protection, training and a list of other things. Worked in the ‘Ghan to train indigenous people to handle their own security. Well, he’s home now, and opened a supply site online, “Disaster Survival Food and Gear“.
It’s a small shop right now, and deals with the basics. I just found an item there that I thought was crafty and unique. It’s called the “Survival Pal for Children“. It is a cooler with various items that would be good to have if a child needs to shelter-in-place. It also serves as a 72-Hour kit suited for the child. In a stand-alone emergency situation, something like this helps to maintain the child’s morale in a couple of ways. First, it is “his” – his own special kit, just for him. Second, it can be enhanced with personal bits and pieces, especially if he has received some sort of training prior. Third, the flashlight and radio give him a feeling of independent operation. What kid doesn’t like running his own radio, or using a flashlight in his tent or room? With a few personal items added to it, it can be a go-to kit,along with a bag of clothes, that helps him focus on something other than the grown-up concerns resting on the shoulders of his parents.
Here is a list of what comes in the cooler kit.
- 6- 4oz. Water Pouches
- 6 – 400 Calorie Food Bars (2400 Calories)
- 10 Water Purification Tablets
- AM/FM Radio with Batteries and Headphones
- Rechargeable Squeeze Flashlight – 3 LED flashlight
- 5-in-1 Survival Whistle
- Emergency Survival Sleeping Bag
- Emergency Poncho for Children
- N95 Respirator Dust Mask – NIOSH approved
- 3 Pocket Tissue Packs
- 3 Wet Naps
- 37 Piece Portable First Aid Kit
- Activity Coloring Book with Crayons
It weighs 6lbs and is about 10x8x8.