Friday, August 7, 2009

Thought the H1N1 virus was old news?

I hadn't thought about H1N1 all that much once summer started, but it did affect our family's travel plans recently. We had family come out from the Southeast for vacation, and got to visit with them one weekend down in Utah. We were going to go down the following weekend as well, until the Wednesday of that week we found out that one of the cousins had the swine flu, and another appeared to be developing similar symptoms. We didn't end up seeing the relatives from back east again before they left. It was a big disappointment, but we figured what was in Utah shouldn't be brought back to Idaho, if at all possible. Fortunately, the cousin who had it has gotten over it, and the second cousin had something, but it doesn't look like it was the same thing. Just a reminder-- in this case one close to home--that the swine flu (aka H1N1) is still something that brings to mind the saying, hope for the best, and prepare for the worst...

This article indicates that it is still a problem. Hopefully everyone is/is getting ready for a possible quarantine--even if a quarantine doesn't end up being declared, the emergency supplies you have on hand for a possible quarantine will come in handy for any other emergency as well.

One of my favorite sources for recommendations/information on the swine flu is Preparedness Pro, and here is a link to her swine flu archives. Haven't been to visit the sites I usually visit as regularly lately, (summer can do that to you :) and upon looking for another subject concerning the H1N1 virus on the Preparedness Pro site, I found out that there was a thought provoking post on the swine flu vaccinations posted only yesterday. Went searching, and found the archives. Amazing what you can find when you follow the links....

I also like this list over at Survival Lady. I wouldn't purchase everything on this list, and would add to it (as she suggests) according to my own family's particular needs, but it supplies a lot of food for thought about what might be needed in a pandemic situation. I think it was probably this list that prompted me to buy a second humidifier at a garage sale lately. Again, always hope that pandemic supplies won't be needed for an actual pandemic, but better to have it and not need it, than the other way around...

My condolences go out to the loved ones of Robert Manwill. There is a brief update on his case here.

3 comments:

Marie said...

To Anonymous, who left a question about locations, I am leaving the answering to my husband, who knows a lot more about the areas in question than I do:

Greetings, Idaho is a wonderful place to live (don't tell anyone though). There is no where in Idaho or Montana that is 1 hour away from Salt Lake...you might want to try Evanston, Wyoming. Malad, Idaho is about 1 1/2 hours from Salt Lake. In terms of emergency services, Malad has their own hospital, as does Brigham City, Utah and Pocatello, Idaho (each are about 40-50 minutes away. You can check out property for sale @ www.realtor.com. Idaho has lower taxes than Utah. Malad has about 1.500 people and is rather isolated with all major services...except good shopping is about an hour away. It has good schools & recreation. Good luck from Idaho.

preparednesspro said...

Absolutely -- even if a quarantine isn't declared, having food, water & necessary medical supplies (not to mention things to keep us from going stir crazy) on hand for 90 days is something that's recommended for everyone anyways. Thanks for sharing the information and archives on the swine flu. A lot of people aren't quite so concerned about it anymore -- that it's been a big hype for a big flop. H1N1 has been a big problem in Argentina, where it's winter, and we're heading into the cold seasons. It's time to get prepared.

Marie said...

PreparednessPro--I am concerned about the upcoming colder weather, and the possiblity of a quarantine. Stocking up a little on the art supplies while buying school supplies will help a little with at home entertainment for the children--thanks again for the archives, and thanks for your comment!