Adenovirus and what to do

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Strain number 7: a respiratory virus

Worried about the Adenovirus outbreak?
Preppers should take heed of the adenovirus on behalf of family
and friends who have a compromised immune system and wash
hands frequently. Your knowledge of this respiratory virus that
appears like pneumonia, croup and bronchitis could save a life.

As news of the adenovirus spread in late October 2018, six
children are dead and 12 are sickened in the outbreak at a New
Jersey rehabilitation facility you should take a closer look at this
virus. Normally a mild virus associated with the common cold, it's
a serious problem for people who have a compromised immune
system. The best way to help prevent it is to wash your hands.

What is Adenovirus, and what can you do?
If you or someone you know has cardiac disease or a weakened
immune system be aware of adenovirus, which is a group of
viruses that cause extreme respiratory illness. Adenoviruses are
common viruses that cause a range of cold-like symptoms.

The adenoviruses cluster and may appear to be the common cold:
  • bronchiolitis
  • conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • croup
  • pneumonia.

In children, adenoviruses usually cause infections in the
respiratory tract and intestinal tract.

There are many dietary supplements on the market that can
enhance immunity, and some of our favorites include:

#1: Wash hands.
Your mother always told you to wash your hands when you.
Officials linked the outbreak that happened in New Jersey to lack
of handwashing. This simple fix could help you save a life. Wash
hands frequently, use hand wipes and alcohol-based hand

  • Wash hands frequently. Use effective hand washing
    techniques to avoid pathogens. Use also hand wipes and
    hand sanitizer during outbreaks.

  • Do the fist bump! Avoid shaking hands. Shaking hands is
    more risky than touching a toilet with your bare hands! Just
    tell the other person that your hands are a bit sweaty, sticky
    or simply provide a friendly wave and call it good.

  • Cover all cuts and open sores. Even a paper cut could
    create a gateway for the measles.  Employ finger cots and
    bandages as a barrier to point of entry.

#2: Wear a respirator.
Wearing a respirator is important to help stop the spread of
germs that can spread adenovirus. One kind of respirator is an
anti-viral facemask, such as the kind pictured right by curad. If
someone in your family or group has a compromised immune
system, then wear a respirator during the peak season of an
outbreak. Here's more
about respirators and how to choose one.

#3: Stop the spread of germs.
In addition to washing hands and wearing a respirator. Stop the
spread of germs:

  • Invest in a strong disinfect. Invest in a good distinfectant,
    like Diversey Virex II, pictured right.  Virex II 256 Broad
    Spectrum Disinfectant is an extremely powerful one-step
    disinfectant cleaner concentrate that provides broad
    spectrum disinfection at 1:256 dilution. It kills a broad
    spectrum of microorganisms including HBV, HIV-1, VRE,
    MRSA, GRSA, MRSE, VISA, PRSP, Herpes Simplex Types 1 &
    2, Influenza Type A2, Adenovirus, Rotavirus, and others
    including those that cause odors.

  • Sanitize surfaces. Sanitizing surfaces in the bathroom,
    kitchen and popular places for hands is one of the best ways
    to stop the spread of germs. Steramine is a great sanitizer
    to pack for prepping and it's also economical. One tablet
    makes a gallon of cleaning solution.

#4: Take a supplement.
There are many supplements designed to help boost your immune
system and below are some of the best...

  • Echinacea. An easy pick for immunity boosting is Echinacea
    (an essential oil from the Coneflower). Echinacea has long
    been known to help shorten colds, and help fight infections,
    but there are so many other potent herbs, vitamins and
    foods, so keep reading! Best known for boosting immune
    function, apparently works by helping white blood cells and
    lymphocytes to protect the body against invading organisms,
    unlike antibiotics, which are directly lethal to bacteria,
    Echinacea makes immune cells more efficient in attacking
    bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells. What's more, an
    immunization is active only against a specific problem, while
    Echinacea stimulates the overall activity of the cells
    responsible for fighting all kinds of infection.

  • Sambuca Black Elderberry Syrup, elderberry flowers.
    Black elderberries have, for centuries, been credited with
    immune supportive properties. The berries and flowers are
    rich in flavonoids, which are believed to provide its
    therapeutic effects and are bursting anthocyanins that
    defend cells against the effects of oxidation. What's more,
    elderberries contain heart healthy nutrients like phosphorus
    and potassium, two essential nutrients for vascular health
    and cardiovascular function. Black Elderberry Syrup, pictured
    right, Nature's Way Sambucus has been virologist tested as
    a natural and effective way to fight viral infections.

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Powerful immune support is an ancient secret: it's called thieves
Thieves oil is a blend of several immune-boosting essential
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boost the immune system and help fight oncoming illness*.

Well known for its dietary, aromatic, or topical use, Thieves Oil by
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During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves,
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When should you go to the hospital?
A respiratory illness can be a life or death situation. If you find
yourself or your child with the flu, what should you do? Be
cautious if any of the following apply:
  • Young children (children younger than 5 are particularly
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults 65 years and older.
  • Beware of unusual symptoms: leg pain, side pain
  • Pneumonia

Patriot Nurse recommends you pay close attention to the
  • Airway ~  localized swelling can close the airway (head to
    the hospital immediately.
  • Breathing ~ belabored breathing or wheezing is another
    telltale sign to head to the hospital.
  • Circulation
Above, Patriot Nurse reminds that you should not bring kids who are well to
the ER or they could risk getting a respiratory illness.

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reminder, these statements about extracts have not been evaluated by the United States Food
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