Apparently, efforts to stop the spread of Ebola are failing. I have seen no evidence the government is telling the truth about Ebola, and a report in today’s Wall Street Journal makes clear that the disease is in no way under control. (“Instead of Bodies, Some Teams Collect Bribes,” Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2014, p.A7.)
I have received permission from Jim Powell, to send you the third in a series of articles he has written for his subscribers, and for you to copy it and pass it along to others. I hope you do so. You might be saving their lives. Please take Jim's advice to heart and make the purchases he suggests – today. Stores may quickly run out of the items you should add to your emergency supplies.
Editor of Global Changes And Opportunities Report, Jim is uniquely qualified to give advice about the Ebola epidemic. An astute observer of world political and economic events, and an investing expert, Jim also has a masters degree in general science with a deep background in the biological sciences.
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Some Ebola Considerations:
By Jim Powell, Editor and Publisher
Global Changes & Opportunities Report
The biggest threat we face from the Ebola epidemic is that the virus may mutate or swap genes with a respiratory flu virus – and become respiratory itself.
Unfortunately, the probability of having a new Ebola variant that can spread through the air will increase with the number of infected cases. Each person with Ebola is a living culture dish (a big one) in which the virus has additional opportunities to change form.
The chance that Ebola will reach the US will also increase with the number of infected people. Many affluent West Africans who believe they were exposed to the disease will do all they can to reach the US where the best treatment is available. That will be especially true if the survival rate for Ebola patients treated here is well above average, which will probably be the case.
I think if the number of infected people reaches 1.4 million by January 20, as the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts1, the disease will be unstoppable – if it's not already. I find it curious, in a morbid sense, that the estimates end with January. With the number of infected people doubling every 20 days or so, how many will be infected in May, or June?
The arithmetic of the epidemic's spread is simple enough, and frightening. At the present rate of transmission in a large and unprotected population, there could be 2.8 million infected people by February 10, 5.6 million by March 1, 11.2 million by March 20, 22.4 million by April 10, and 44.8 million by May 1.
Nitrile gloves (medical grade not painter's grade) are good temporary barriers (three or four hours, minimum) against bacteria and viruses. The Ebola healthcare workers in Africa use them. However, the workers protect their Nitrile gloves by wearing them inside tough rubber scrub gloves.
Personal Ebola Protection
Nitrile gloves alone will be fine for handling your mail, shopping, moving about town, and so on. For such purposes, I have several boxes of Kimberly Clark medical Nitrile gloves in my emergency stores. I also have several boxes of 3M, N95 face masks.
For decontamination, a simple one-part bleach and 9-parts water solution is effective.2 If you buy a couple of gallons of Clorox Bleach you should be fine for several months. Also, 99% alcohol (not 72% "rubbing alcohol") can be useful. In the bathroom, I only use Safeguard antibacterial soap. (It's not antiviral, but it helps.)
If Ebola goes respiratory, glasses, goggles, or a full face shield (best) will also be needed for any travel to a populated area. The moist eyes are open doors for viruses. Ditto for the mucus membranes in the mouth and lips. In fact, rubbing one's eyes with contaminated hands is how most people catch colds and get the flu.
If highly-infectious Ebola disease reaches our shores and gets loose in the population, you can protect yourself and your family by taking careful precautions. Limit your exposure to the public. When you must go out to shop and so on, use gloves, a face mask, and a face protector. Avoid confined spaces, such as aircraft, elevators, waiting rooms, and concert halls where many people are in close proximity with each other.
Most of all, you should create an emergency pantry, medical chest, and an ample store of cash ahead of time. Your emergency precautions can also be a lifesaver in a natural disaster, or a financial crisis. You should plan to be self-sufficient for at least 30 days.
Lastly, taking precautions against a possible disaster isn't any more pessimistic or paranoid than wearing a seat belt in a car. In today's unstable world, it's just smart. Once you have your emergency supplies, you will find that your everyday life will be all the more enjoyable.
All the best,
1 Michaeleen Doucleff, "Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations", NPR (National Public Radio), September 23, 2014.