Avian Flu Prevention

Don't touch your face so much!
Unfortunately, the more you think about not touching your face,
the more you will want to rub an itch.
  • Nose: Reach for a tissue when itching at your nose.
  • Mouth: Refrain from picking your teeth with your fingers.
  • Ears: Resist scratching at your ear with your fingers
  • Eyes: Avoid rubbing eyes with fingers. Pink eye is painful
    enough, but Avian flu is deadly, and the gateway to both is
    from your fingers to your eyes. If you have allergies, know
    that rubbing eyes only produces more histamines, which will
    make your eyes even more itchy! Take your medication, use
    eye drops or try blinking your eyes several times to allow the
    natural process to sooth your eyes. Going to sleep is another
    way to allow the natural lubrication to work its magic.

If you must rub, choose the finger knuckle, which is the cleanest
part of your hand.

#4: Keep away from fomites!
Fomites are objects or materials that are likely to carry infection,
such as clothes, utensils, and furniture. Nitrile gloves can help
you prevent exposure to fomites; however, they aren't always

  • Avoid touching public door knobs, elevator buttons, and
    public phones. Particularly, wash hands as soon as possible
    after touching door knobs! This presents a problem in public
    rest rooms, but you can use paper towels or allow other to
    open the door for you. While door knobs are particularly dirty
    place for germs and viruses to hang out,

  • Bring your own pens and pencils. Do not sign documents
    with shared pens or pencils. Kids should not share pencils at
    school. When signing debit or credit card with electric
    signature, do not use the shared writing tool. Stash a tablet
    pen in your purse or pocket.

  • Avoid shared pens, pencils magazines and books,
    particularly in offices, libraries and schools.

  • Don't borrow cell phones and tablets (and don't lend
    yours). Keep your germs to yourself.

  • Wash hands after using the following public surfaces:
  • Escalator rails, stairway rails and bathroom rails
  • Light switches
  • Picnic tables, restaurant tables, mall and cafeteria tables
  • Shopping carts and baskets
  • Avoid public bathrooms at airports especially. If you
    ignored #1, then by all means, at least avoid the airport
    bathrooms and all public rest rooms. Do your business
    at home.

  • Know where germs hide in the office. Around the office,
    beware germs hide on the following surfaces:
  • work desk surfaces
  • keyboard and mouse
  • copy machine / fax machine
  • coffee pot handles

#5: Do not fly commercial airlines, avoid airports,
cruise ships.
Why risk Avian at the source during an extreme pandemic? If a
major outbreak occurs, avoid the major traffic source for disease
carriers by avoiding the airports and cruise ships altogether. Don't
travel abroad if Avian Flu pandemic is imminent. Don't go to the
airports. Yes, this is an extreme list of Avian flu prevention

#6: Employ good hand hygiene.
Wear Nitrile gloves in extreme situations and especially so when
there is an Avian flu outbreak in your area.

As with any pandemic, wash hands frequently, use hand wipes
and alcohol-based hand sanitizers:

  • Wash hands frequently. Pathogens can make their way
    from your finger tips to your body cavities or cuts and sores.
    Employ effective hand washing using guidelines from the
    World Health Organization.

  • Hand wipes are useful in your purse, pocket, drawer or glove
    compartment for the many times when your hands feel
    germy. They are ideal to wrap around grocery carts to avoid
    germs as well.

  • Hand sanitizers: Forget what you may have heard about
    overuse of antibacterial products - a few seconds of an
    alcohol-based hand sanitizer is as effective as ordinary hand
    washing. Alcohol breaks down bacteria differently than
    antibiotics, so they are perfectly acceptable. You may like a
    natural based hand sanitizers.

  • Avoid shaking hands. Instead of shaking hands do the fist
    bump! Don't touch other people's hands. Do not extend your
    hand for a germy shake at the office or especially while at a
    hospital. 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.

#7: Cover all cuts and open sores.
Even a paper cut could create a gateway for Avian Flu. Employ
finger cots and bandages as a barrier to point of entry. Finger
cots, pictured immediate left, are available in bulk for just a few
dollars and with free shipping.

#8: Stay Hydrated.
The more elevated the fluids in your body today, the better you
will be able to deal with the invasive threat should Avian flu enter
your body. If you should get the flu, get hydrated immediately, so
you don't need to go to the emergency rooms and risk getting
Avian flu.
RecoverORS, pictured right, is adult clinical rehydration
powder for food poisoning, hangover and diarrhea.

Stock up on water for pandemic. Many people do not realize that
a pandemic could stop the water supply as workers fail to show
up for work.

#9: Drop your shoes and purse, backpack or
briefcase at the door.
When you come home, contain the germs from the outside world
which collect on your shoes, to a specific location. Set the shoes
outside or have a box or tray for the shoes to collect. You can
spray a disinfectant on them as an extra measure of protection.
Likewise,  drop your purse in a consistent location, as it may have
been exposed to germy places, such as the public bathrooms.

Boot covers
, right, also help protect in quarantine.

#10: Keep three to six feet from strangers and
anyone potentially exposed to Avian flu.
Avoid close contact with strangers and those who may be
infected.  The definition of "Close Contact"is six feet, so stay six
feet away from infected people. Consider also staying away from
strangers. In extreme situations, you must stay away from the
sick or those who may have been exposed to the sick, but since
you don't know who is sick then just keep your distance from
people in general.

#11: Use Bleach / disinfecting: Keep clean the places
germs gather in your home.
Stock up on bleach, including Ultra Clorox Germicidal Bleach,  as
well as Bleach
germicidal wipes, pictured right. Disinfect
environmental surfaces or objects contaminated with blood, other
body fluids, using a 0.5% chlorine solution or a solution
containing 5 000 ppm available free chlorine), a standard hospital
detergents disinfectant.
Sodium hypochlorite (bleach), has been
effective in inactivating the virus on pig and monkey farms,
according to the World Health Organization. Clorox Germicidal
Bleach, pictured immediate right, has 61,500 ppm sodium
hypochlorite (6.15 percent).

  • Regularly clean key traffic areas in your home including:
  • kitchen sink
  • bathroom sink (actually more germy than your toilet)
  • toilet, toilet seat and toilet handles
  • door handles
  • garbage can
  • refrigerator door
  • light switches
  • telephones
  • remotes
  • tablets, computers, computer keyboards and mice

  • Important note about disinfecting for Avian flu:
  • Never dry sweep with a broom.
  • Do not shake rags holding dust.
  • Do not spray or fog with disinfectant, as the aerosol is a
    potentially dangerous practice that has no proven
    disease control benefit.
  • Start your cleaning  from the cleanest area to the dirty
    area to avoid contaminant transfer.
#12: Go to grocery stores and restaurants at off-peak
It's better to avoid restaurants, but if you feel you must, then
avoid the off-peak hours. This is simple and effective advice for
ordinary cold and flu season.

Stay away from fresh poultry or fresh eggs...
While officials often say that poultry meat and eggs of infected
birds are safe to eat and should be properly cooked, why take the
risk? The key they say is to properly cook the meat. This is where
being a prepper pays off: most of us have canned and frozen
chicken available in our pantry, as well as dehydrated and freeze
dried eggs.

You're a prepper and have safe and ready to eat canned or frozen
poultry that your family could consume without the added worry.
Simply do not eat fresh poultry. You have plenty of options.

  • Get over it already and get OvaEasy eggs! Hearty and
    wholesome eggs, OvaEasy is 100% all-natural with no
    preservatives or chemicals, and is a great addition to you
    prepper's pantry.

#13: Skip public transit.
Avoid the general public, and the Avian Flul, by avoiding mass
transportation. We said this was an extreme list! Avian flu has  
opportunity thrive on surfaces, it's better to err on the side of

#14: Don't take the kids to playgrounds or use mall
Kids spread their germs on playground and mall equipment. Play
structures are cesspools of germs. As a bonus, you'll help
Enterovirus, the other pandemic plaguing children.

#15: Avoid outdoor ponds, lakes, swimming pools
and uncovered hot tubs.
It's possible that avian flu infections occur after swimming or
bathing in water contaminated with the droppings of infected
birds, so it's best to avoid public open water sources.

#16: Tele-commute if you can, and minimize work
related travel.
Work from home if your boss will allow it to minimize your
exposure to contagion. See if you can set up a video conference
instead of traveling to do your training or to conduct a meeting.
Staying away from people, is a means of staying away from
fomites, and therby preventing the Avian Flu virus from infecting
your family!

#17: Bring your lunch to work.
Avoid going to restaurants, and gathering with the public lunch
crowds. Bring your food from home to work and bring your own
utensils. Beware that microwaves harbor many germs, too, so
think about how you may handle the office microwave or kitchen

#18: Eat antibiotic foods and herbs.
    Let food be thy medicine!

#19: Stock Emesis bags and biohazard bags.
Often overlooked by preppers, emesis bags will help contain the
vomit. Medline Clean Sack, is employed by Kaiser hospital and is
especially useful for hospice care of cancer patients, and with
good reason. The bags have a wide mouth opening and seal for
clean disposal.

#20: Stock up on adult diapers + bed protectors
It's no shame to "depend" on adult diapers, especially when it
comes to old age, cancer and Avian Flu. Protect your bed as well
so it doesn't become soiled.

#21: Get an infrared thermometer.
An infrared thermometer does not touch the infected individual,
but reads the temperature. Another good option for fever
detection is disposable thermometers.

#22: Stock up on disposable toothbrushes.
Give everyone a fresh toothbrush and keep them separate so as
not to spread the contagion. Plastic bags with names works. Or
you can toss toothebrushes if you buy the disposable kind. You
can get 1000 toothbrushes wholesale.

#23: Remove your kids from school.
Get ready to homeschool your kids if necessary! Children touch
many surfaces and then their face. Avoid unsupervised exposure
to others who may unknowingly be infected,You can pull your kids
out of school and enroll them in online school.

#24: Get your water storage and pantry in order.
A 260 gallon water tank will get your family through three months
of water in a pandemic situation.

Stockpile drinks, particularly those with added electrolytes. As
with any disaster, natural or man made, stock up on the
37 foods
to hoard before crisis.

#25: Keep them away with a quarantine sign.
You'll look official with a quarantine sign from OSHA, pictured
immediate left.

Avian flu is coming sooner than later. Better to prepare today,
than to panic tomorrow. Get your supplies. Get ready! Avian Flu
Prevention kits are available, like the one pictured below.

Did we miss something on our Avian Flu Survival List? We're
interested in your ideas on how to prevent Avian Flu. Write us.

Here is the sobering news about Avian flu...
Avian flu quietly swept the United States in 2015. Thirteen states
were affected and the Midwest was most at risk (particularly in
Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin). There is sobering news and
happy news about the Avian Flu pandemic. Read on!

  • Different Bird Flu Strain Detected. An Indiana backyard flock
    has a different strain of bird flu than the virus that has led
    to the loss of more than 30 million chickens, turkeys and
    other birds since March in 13 states." [Source: Seattle Times]

Have comments to add to our Avian Flu Prevention Survival List?

Happy endings...
Now you know more about this disease, which is caused by
infection with avian influenza Type A viruses. Awareness of how
it's spread and how you can avoid avian flu will help keep you and
your family healthy.

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#1: Know the potential dangers.
While it's the poultry farmers who are most at risk, you should
stay away from poultry farms and wild birds during an outbreak.

If you have chickens..

  • Keep your chickens away from wild birds. Minimize your
    domestic flock's exposure to wild birds, particularly if they
    share water sources. If your birds are free-range, then keep
    them contained until the worst passes.

  • Avoid contact with domestic birds that appear ill or who
    have died.  Avoid also feces contaminated surfaces. Check
    with the state veterinary diagnostic center, state wildlife
    agency or state health department about what to do if you
    suspect your birds are sick.

  • Here are more resources:

#2: Get your protective gear in order.
Prepare yourself for Avian flu by getting your gear in order
starting with a face shield. A face shield is absolutely necessary
to prevent avian flu. It's imperative to wear a pandemic mask
(Medical Mask Respirator). The CDC recommends a Full face
respirator for imminent threat (or Niosh-95 mask for lower
threats). "NIOSH certified fit-tested N95 filtering face piece
respirator or higher" for medical personnel. A higher level is the
N100 respirator. They are disposable, making them an ideal
option. An
NBC gas mask is not disposable, though it offers a
high level of protection.

If you are dealing with an infected individual, then a Surgical Cap
/ Bouffant cap or head covering, along with goggles and a hooded
face shield are essential, along with a Tyvec suit and nitrile
gloves, followed by booties.

Top Avian Flu Gear to Disappear at Crisis:
Avian Flu Prevention Survival List
  1. Surgical masks, N-100 Respirators, N-95 Respirators + gas
  2. Anti fog goggles + face shields + full head protective
  3. Nitrile gloves
  4. Tyvec Chemical Suits
  5. Booties or protective coverings for the feet.
  6. Fever reducers
  7. hand sanitizers, hand wipes
  8. Bleach + disinfectants
  9. Adult oral rehydration + Pedialyte
  10. Emesis bags + adult diapers + bed sheet protectors
  11. Biohazard bags + garbage bags
  12. Immunity boosters (calcium, Vitamin C)

#3: Don't touch your face.
One of the risks of Avian flu is conjunctivitis (eye infection),
which reminds us all not to touch our face.

Watch the movie Contagion and you'll realize you touch your face
around 2,000 times a day. The movie (approximately 26 seconds)
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