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We had SARS in 2003, then H1N1 in 2009, then MERS in 2012, and now COVID-19, here in 2020. The truth is that we don't know when or where, but we know with 100% certainty that another deadly virus will strike.
While the main priority right now must be coping with the growing number of cases and the economic havoc that the current pandemic is wreaking over the nation, it's also time for the country to begin taking steps to minimize the pain of the next pandemic by preparing for it.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading for our ultimate supply checklist guide for a pandemic.
Before we dive into all the supplies that you should stockpile to prepare for a pandemic, let's first discuss what a pandemic is.
According to WHO, a pandemic is defined as the "worldwide spread of a new disease."
When a new disease or virus first emerges, most of us lack the natural immunity to fight it off. This can cause a sudden—and sometimes rapid—spread of the disease between people across communities all around the globe. Without a natural immunity to fight off a virus, many individuals can become ill as it spreads.
The WHO is in charge of announcing the emergence of a new pandemic based on how the spread of the virus fits into the following six phases:
Phase One: Viruses circulating among animal populations haven't been shown to transmit human beings. They are not considered a threat, and there is very little risk of a pandemic.
Phase Two: A new animal virus circulating among animal populations has been shown to transmit to humans. This new illness is considered a threat and signals the potential risk of a worldwide pandemic.
Phase Three: The animal virus has caused disease in a small cluster of humans through animal-to-human transmission. However, human-to-human transmission is too low to cause community outbreaks. This means that the virus places human beings at risk but is unlikely to cause a pandemic.
Phase Four: There has been human-to-human transmission of the new virus in considerable enough numbers leading to community outbreaks. This kind of transmission among humans signals a high risk of a pandemic developing.
Phase Five: There has been transmission of the new virus in at least two countries within the WHO region. Although only two countries have been affected by the new virus at this point, a global pandemic is inevitable.
Phase Six. There has been transmission of the new disease in at least one additional country within the WHO region. This is known as the 'pandemic phase' and signals that a global pandemic is currently occurring.
As you can clearly see listed above, pandemics aren't necessarily defined by their growth rate but rather by the spread of disease, and the truth is that many of these outbreaks follow a spread pattern described as exponential growth.
With that in mind, you can see why being prepared ahead of time is so important. In a blink of an eye, a virus that was at phase one could easily jump to phase six.
Here is a list of items you should be storing up on now. These items should be purchases in quantities that will last for at least 3 to 6 months, or ideally, up to 12 months. Think of this list as an insurance policy for your family's future.
If a new virus goes around, then we are all going to be on the "new pandemic diet," whether we like it or not! Look for food items that have a long shelf life, buy in bulk, and remember to purchase a variety of foods, as this is important to your diet.
A virus is a scary thing. At one moment, it's in phase one, and in the next, it's reached phase six and is causing widespread panic all across the globe.
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