Some people don’t realize that having the supplies to survive a pandemic is different from the ones that you need to survive a SHTF crisis that doesn’t involve illness.
For example, you know that you should have at least a gallon of water per day on hand for each person in your house. However, when there’s a pandemic, you’re going to need a lot more water than that. Many of the diseases that are labeled pandemics cause the victim to dehydrate so they’ll need more than the usual one gallon of water.
You already know that you need N95 masks to protect yourself from anyone who has been exposed. But you also need to make sure you have enough of these masks for every member of the family to wear.
Because pandemics can be spread through the passing of various body fluids, you need a way to quickly dry that up. One of the best ways is to use kitty litter. Have plenty of kitty litter on hand and if someone who is ill vomits on the floor, you can use the kitty litter to quickly absorb it. Then you can dispose of the litter.
During a pandemic, you want to make sure that if your family is not infected that you keep it that way. One of the best ways besides avoiding places that put you at risk is by making sure your home stays disinfected. For that, you’ll need to have a steady supply of bleach. Use antiseptic wipes on your skin and disinfectant wipes for every surface of your home, especially on countertops and door knobs. Have bio-hazard trash bags in bulk.
You need to be sure that you keep plenty of medication ready. When people get exposed to a pandemic, one of the first things that can happen is that they develop a fever. If the fever rises too high, it can kill the person who is ill. To get the fever down and avoid complications, you can use over the counter fever reducers to help the person be as comfortable as possible.
Plus, the illnesses brought on by a pandemic can cause a lot of physical suffering. You want to be able to treat that pain as well. Keep plenty of anti-diarrhea medications on hand.
When someone is ill, they can quickly become dehydrated and that makes them weaker and more susceptible. You’ll also want to have anti-nausea medications to help counteract vomiting. Use antiviral tissues and plenty of hand sanitizer to help keep a pandemic at bay in your home.