Modern medicine has made enormous advances in eradicating a number of common but debilitating diseases from regular social function. While this can include initial vaccinations against diseases like measles, mumps, and rubella, it also includes interventions that are able to lessen the amount of time that is spent under the weather. However, it is also common for many people in society to simply assume that an infection is manageable, although this is not always the case.
Viruses present one of the greater challenges, even for modern medicine. This is because the reproduction process of the microbes actually impacts the DNA of the person who is infected. As a result, even individuals who may appear asymptomatic, or who may feel that they are over their illness, can still carry and spread the virus to others.
What often happens in these cases is that the infection of another with the same strain of virus can actually trigger a relapse in original individual. Viral relapses can also occur when the dormant microbe within the carrier is triggered by internal conditions or due to the immune system becoming run down. With common illnesses such as the cold or the flu, this may be experienced when a person is well for at least a week, and suddenly succumbs to a stronger version of the original ague.
Where Is The Real Defense?
Viruses also generate an issue for intervention measures because they can mutate. This may happen within a single person, but it may also occur as the virus moves to different bodies and adjust to individual DNA accordingly. Even anti-viral treatments can be hopeful at times, since developed drugs are not always current to the strains of virus that are proliferating.
While this may seem like a horrifying realization, it is also a key to protection and survival. In terms of staying safe from a possible disease outbreak, it can be beneficial for people to consider:
- • The vectors by which the disease is spread
- • The true lifespan of the virus, including possible dormancy
- • The actual effects of existing treatment on the illness
- • Emergency plans for protection and avoidance
- • Safety and purity of supplies to reduce contamination
Ultimately, a concerning disease outbreak is not limited to quickly incubating illnesses such as Ebola, but can be considered as closer to home, in the form of a cold or the flu. The solution for addressing this can still be similar.
- • Isolation
- • Maintaining health
- • Sustaining quality of life
Having long-term food storage supplies on hand can greatly aid this effort, whether the fear is of a common virus or an exotic one. This can allow individuals to maintain their quarantine status for as long as an outbreak is in effect. Keeping food kit supplies, water, and a power source may be essential to surviving just another flu season, but it can also be the foundation for staying vigilant against other viral infiltrations that could be more dangerous if contact is initiated.