Last update 4. November 2020

Do you already have a self-quarantine plan if you know what the possibilities are for this kind of disruption?

In recent weeks, the news has focused almost exclusively on Ebola, with the media publishing details every minute. A 24-hour news cycle was created especially for events like this, with experts from all sides breaking the news with great fanfare, interviewing witnesses and experts, and showing hour-by-hour images of hospitals, people in yellow dresses, nitrile gloves and masks. That’s enough to drive any reasonable person crazy, and it’s a sobering reminder to all those who announce everywhere that the precautions to be taken for such events are valid and sensible, and perhaps, in some of our cases, just timely.

Well, the Prepper Journal audience is full of reasonable people. I think most people who call themselves predators focus on simple and logical measures to protect their loved ones. It makes sense to pay attention to current events and support any delivery needs. I think it would be very wise to monitor what is happening in Dallas and elsewhere in the world, in case this virus spreads beyond the limited scope that we have seen so far, at least in the United States.

Eventually, this epidemic, which thankfully does not occur here at all, could just as quickly disappear from the news. Of course, things can get more serious. We don’t really understand how Ebola is transmitted, although some very smart people say it’s hard to catch. So far I tend to believe them for the simple reason that we only have 3 cases so far. In the event of such a change, I will be prepared to act, and I will not relax just because the experts tell me not to worry. I’m not afraid, but I do keep a close eye on things, I’m sure.

Automatic quarantine to reduce the risk of exposure

If the Ebola virus becomes a more serious problem as the number of cases explodes, one way to limit exposure may be to simply stay home.  Self-quarantine is the practice of withdrawing from the world, so to speak, to avoid contact with other people. By definition, this is quite problematic. An NBC News team returning from an Ebola coverage had tested positive for the Ebola virus. Therefore, it has agreed to quarantine itself to exclude public exposure for a recommended incubation period of up to 21 days. In the case of Dr. Nancy Snyderman, it took too long and they were soon caught at a local restaurant, causing a huge outcry and a weak apology from the doctor.

I don’t deny that it would be very difficult to stay in quarantine for up to 21 days, especially if you are alone, but if the situation worsens, it would be better for all of us to stay in quarantine. If the number of Ebola cases increases significantly, we may have no choice but to issue Executive Order 13295. 13295 authorizes the arrest, detention, or parole of persons to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of suspected infectious diseases. Would you rather stay home and go to an Ebola event or some other place the government wants to put you? If you were faced with a voluntary or involuntary quarantine to protect your family from the Ebola virus, what should you consider?

Are you aware of the possibility of such a disturbance, have you already prepared a self-quarantine plan?

Self-monitoring infrastructure

Not surprisingly, the CDC website has a lot of information on quarantine, especially with regard to the 2003 SARS outbreak, but I think the concepts and questions remain just as relevant if your goal is to reduce or avoid possible contact with infected people. Important considerations regarding auto-quarantine infrastructure :

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  • Communication options – phone, cell phones, amateur radio to stay in touch with others outside your home. Shortwave radio is another good option when traditional communication methods don’t work.
  • Electricity – In the scenario, the power grid should be good, but if the power grid goes down, do you have a generator or other power source that can insulate you for 21 days?
  • Heat Source – Winter is coming, so it’s important to have a heat conservation plan. I have kerosene heaters and lots of fuel stored, but I will personally have to build up reserves for the very cold conditions. Cold is no longer a factor, but 21 days without electricity in January would be more difficult.
  • Drinking Water – An important element of any reserve list is having water on hand. Enough water for one liter per person per day. If you have a family of 4 and you need to be quarantined for 21 days, that’s at least 84 gallons of water.
  • Garbage and sanitation – As long as the utilities are working, this shouldn’t be a problem, but if a crisis breaks out (no pun intended), you may not have city water to fill the toilets, so you’ll have to find other places to live. Mesh lines are an option, but it requires you to go outside when the water and sewer are not in use.
  • Food – Do you have enough food for 21 days for the whole family? Again: If the business is still active, I guess you could ask your neighbors to bring food, but you wouldn’t want to go to the grocery store.
  • Entertainment – 21 days at home is a long time. 21 days with your family is an eternity in your most accessible and loving home. You must have a plan for dealing with boredom if you want to maintain your mental health.

Accommodation in auto quarantine

If you limit your influence as a family unit, and by that I mean that all family members participate together, then (with a few exceptions) you can continue to live as you have been, even if you no longer go out. Would you stop your mail or risk exposure by touching an object that another person has been in contact with?

I’m sure that depends to some extent on the nature of a possible Ebola epidemic. The current convention that you must come into contact with body fluids of infected persons to become infected may be valid. If that were the case, you could probably practice safely in your backyard, but quarantine basically means that your trips to malls, movie theaters, school events, plays, sporting events, hospital visits to sick friends, would all be out of the question.

  • Can you work from home? – In this day and age, many of us can work full-time from home. As long as I have internet, electricity and a mobile phone, I can work anywhere in the world. Online meetings are likely to be more frequent if travel is limited during an outbreak. Actually, it would be good for me too, because the last place I would want to be during an outbreak is at the airport or somewhere far from home.
  • Can your children do their homework at home? – It would be difficult for some, but I think many schools would have to make concessions in case of quarantine. Of course, if the government closed all schools, it would either abandon homework or rely on online systems, most of which already exist. We still have one kid who is home schooled, so he’s not far from anything, but the other one already has his homework online, so it won’t be a big burden to stay outside.
  • How would you pay your bills? – As long as we have money in our accounts, almost all of our billing, with the exception of my weekly tithing, is done electronically. If that happens, we have bigger problems.

If you have running water, electricity, and a job that allows you to stay home, you should only need food to survive outside of extreme weather conditions. Take it all away, and your self-imposed quarantine can still save your life, but it will be much harder. Again, it is assumed that the Ebola virus is always and only transmitted through body fluids. In this case, self-quarantine to reduce exposure should be possible for most people, even with simple medications. Let’s hope we don’t see anything worse.

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