The Null Device

Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan

Advice on how to prepare for the coming H5N1 flu pandemic. In short: get out of any major city, stockpile at least 3 months' worth of supplies (food, masks, fuel), and assume that civilisation as we know it will collapse. Also good in the event of a zombie holocaust.

There are 5 comments on "Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan":

Posted by: El Bizarro http://bizarro.typepad.com Sat Oct 8 23:47:37 2005

I still don't buy it. Everything I've read has stated that until now H5N1 does not spread from human to human, unlike SARS (remember how that epidemic was going to wipe us all out as well?). Where is all of this hype coming from? Well, all that Wikipedia can offer is a report by a Canadian investment firm. Excuse me, but WTF does an investment firm have to do with epidemiology? Perhaps they have a few Big Pharma clients?

Hmmm, I smell a bullshit trail here leading all the way to a big pot of taxpayers money about to be dished out to Big Pharma once again. Remember how the US government rushed to buy smallpox vaccines after that little bit of post September 11 domestic terrorism?

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Sun Oct 9 11:32:37 2005

As someone living in London (one of the world's travel hubs and a densely packed city), I hope you're right. I have no desire to see a new Plague Year.

Posted by: memphet http:// Sun Oct 9 18:46:23 2005

bring forth the plagues!!!

Posted by: toby http:// Tue Oct 11 05:27:37 2005

I'd guess that SARS was actually much less transmissable than the influenza virus, had a much lower mortality rate than human transmissible H5N1 will likely have, and also that we were rather lucky (due in part to the fact that the major initial outbreak was in Hong Kong).

All the modelling I've read about suggests that if human to human transmission becomes a reality, it needs to be stomped on almost instantly. Because avian flu is so widespread in birds now, there are a multitude of places that an initial outbreak could occur, and most of them are in 2nd and 3rd world countries with bad track records of handling this kind of thing.

I *really* hope that an outbreak doesn't get started.

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Tue Oct 11 15:43:21 2005

Perhaps there is a case for immediately destroying any outbreak sites with nuclear missiles to prevent the contagion from escaping.

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