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Biological Warfare and Survival

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As long as there have been diseases, there has been biological warfare. From throwing dead carcasses over the walls of cities to today's sophisticated genomes. What is it and how do you survive it or a Pandemic?

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Biological Warfare and Survival

  1. 1. Biological Warfare, Viruses, and Pandemic Survival The Procastinator’s Survival Guide
  2. 2. It is very likely we will experience a pandemic in the next 50 years. It is also likely that we will see the use of biological weapons of mass destruction. There are three types of weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, biological and chemical. Most of us are unaware of biological weapons.
  3. 3. Biological warfare is the use of infectious agents or toxins to incapacitate or kill humans, plants or animals. Bioterrorism is the same, except not state- sponsored. Biological Warfare
  4. 4. As long as there has been warfare, humans have used biological warfare in various forms. Biological Warfare
  5. 5. The problem with biological weapons has always been that they are indiscriminate. They kill the side employing them as effectively as the side they are used against. Biological Warfare
  6. 6. What is on the horizon, and probably already developed in secret, are genetic weapons, which are targeted toward specific ethnicities and/or genotypes. The implications of such weapons are staggering. Genetic Weapons
  7. 7. The Black Death killed between 75 to 200 million people between the years 1346-1353. Plague
  8. 8. Why are the odds of a pandemic high? 1. Global population has increased dramatically. 2. People are moving to crowded, central locations: cities. 3. World-wide travel is much faster and more common. Pandemic
  9. 9. The World Health Organization has a Six Stage influenza program, plus two Periods: Stage 1: No animal influenza virus circulating among animals have been reported to cause infection in humans. Stage 2: An animal influenza virus circulating in domesticated or wild animals is known to have caused infection in humans and is therefore considered a specific potential pandemic threat. Pandemic
  10. 10. Stage 3: An animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus has caused sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in people, but has not resulted in human-to- human transmission sufficient to sustain community-level outbreaks. Stage 4: Human-to-human transmission of an animal or human-animal influenza reassortant virus able to sustain community-level outbreaks has been verified. Pandemic
  11. 11. Stage 5: The same identified virus has caused sustained community level outbreaks in two or more countries in one WHO region. Phase 6: In addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5, the same virus has caused sustained community level outbreaks in at least one other country in another WHO region. Pandemic
  12. 12. LOST PEAK PERIOD: Levels of pandemic influenza in most countries with adequate surveillance have dropped below peak levels. POST PANDEMIC PERIOD: Levels of influenza activity have returned to the levels seen for seasonal influenza in most countries with adequate surveillance. Pandemic
  13. 13. According to the WHO, if an influenza pandemic were to emerge today, we could expect:  As people today are highly internationally mobile, the pandemic virus would spread rapidly around the world.  Vaccines, antiviral agents, and antibiotics to treat secondary infections would quickly be in short supply. Pandemic
  14. 14.  Several months would be needed before any vaccine became available. This is because some pandemic viruses are new ones.  Medical facilities would be overwhelmed.  There would be sudden and potentially considerable shortages of personnel to provide vital community services as the illness became widespread. Pandemic
  15. 15. What To Do? Depending on where you live and how much you travel will determine what your chances of getting infected. If you live in an urban setting, the chances are higher. Whether it’s a pandemic or just the flu, here are basic steps to take: Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw it away after use. Biological Warfare/Pandemic
  16. 16. What To Do? Use a mask if you become aware that people are getting sick. Wash your hands with soap and water. Use disinfection. One curious fact brought up in Contagion was the number of times we touch our faces with our hands. Biological Warfare/Pandemic
  17. 17. What To Do? A mask can be very helpful is you must go out. While people might give you odd looks, it’s better than being sick and/or dying. Biological Warfare/Pandemic
  18. 18. What To Do? Stay away from the sick people. That sounds easy, but what if you’re a first responder or a health care provider? Stay away from crowds. If it’s a true pandemic, it’s not likely that a hospital is a place to go as it will quickly become overwhelmed with the sick and dying. The bottom line is to stay aware and isolate yourself and your team as quickly as possible. Biological Warfare/Pandemic
  19. 19. More information on infectious diseases are on another slideshare, the link is next. Pandemic
  20. 20. Print Book Free slideshows on survival, click on image
  21. 21. Information is the most important tool you can arm yourself with. I wrote this book specifically for those who’ve been uncertain about how to proceed. The Procastinator’s Survival Guide
  22. 22. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free books below available HERE www.bobmayer.com

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