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01/17/2019 / By Mary Miller
Infectious diseases can spread rapidly across a population. This is especially true for crowded places, such as large cities and urban areas. If you or one of your family members gets infected with a contagious disease, you will have to set up a quarantine room to avoid the spread of infection. To have a well-stocked quarantine room, you’ll need these pandemic supplies. (h/t to UrbanSurvivalSite.com.)
Sanitation should be your top priority to avoid unwanted contamination. Use bleach to sanitize anything that goes inside or outside your quarantine room. Once the illness has run its course and the quarantine is over, you’ll also have to use bleach to sanitize the room. If you don’t have bleach, you can use the more affordable option of steramine tablets. These tablets are odor-free, non-corrosive, and are suitable for food contact surfaces. Just add a single steramine tablet to a gallon of water to create a gallon of cleaning solution.
Antibacterial wipes and antiviral facial tissues can be used to clean up any infectious liquids or body fluids. They are more suitable for reducing contamination than regular Kleenex or tissue paper. Disinfectants, such as hand soaps and sanitizers, can keep your hands clean and prevent the spread of germs and bacteria when dealing with infected materials.
It is important to seal off the quarantine room from the rest of your home. You can use duct tape to tape up plastic sheets or drop cloth to create an extra barrier between the quarantine area and the area still accessible to everyone else. This type of isolation might seem cruel, but it is necessary for your protection against the spread of disease. The plastic sheets will also make the room easier to disinfect once the quarantine is over as these can easily be disposed of. (Related: Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak.)
You shouldn’t settle for regular black trash bags when it comes to disposing hazardous waste and materials. Biohazard bags are much thicker and especially marked to properly identify the hazardous materials they contain. They are also less likely to leak or tear due to their tough inner lining and star seal bottoms that allow for equal weight distribution. This is crucial for proper waste disposal.
If you or someone else will have to take care of the patient in the quarantine room, it is essential to have the appropriate protective clothing. Face masks and disposable gloves are a must for anyone dealing with the patient or any potentially infected materials. Safety goggles may also help as the eyes are a potential entry point for infection. If the infectious disease calls for something a little more heavy-duty, you may have to make use of respirators, foot covers, bufont caps or hair covers, isolation gowns, or even chemical or biohazard suits.
Stock up on two weeks to a month’s worth of nonperishable food and clean water for yourself and/or your patient. Be sure to have plenty of electrolyte drinks. You may also take into consideration healing foods that may serve as natural remedies for the illness.
Emesis bags are hygienic bags with wide mouth receptacles designed for the specific purpose of containing vomit. They can be sealed cleanly and easily after use to limit the contagion.
It is important for the patient to not share toilets with anyone else in your home. SHTF will really happen if you don’t have a way to manage and dispose of bodily waste and fluids.
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