Acute Respiratory Syndrome
may return any time, so I am keeping this article up for when and if it is needed.
The precautions are the same for all contagious disease epidemics.
surprises, like SARS, are anticipated by health officials.
is running wild in Taiwan. We suggest that you stay out of US Chinese communities
and restaurants for the time being. US Chinese travel to and from Taiwan by the
thousands, and they may not get the message.
will panic when they hear a relative in Taiwan has SARS, and they will fly to
Taiwan to see them or their family. There is a very poor fear level for ANYTHING
in the US culture. Fear is the first tool to stop this epidemic.
Lancet Medical Journal from the UK reports that in China most deaths from SARS
is among those over 60 years of age. Half of the over-sixties people infected
with SARS die of the disease. The application: Older people must not take undue
risks in nations where SARS is active. Older people should be self-quarantined
from those they know, or suspect, have SARS. This does not mean those with SARS
should be careless and cavalier about the illness.
problem is that the window between infection and the onset of the symptoms is
very dangerous to older people. They must avoid exposure to anyone suspected of
being in that window stage, for they will still be walking about unaware they
are dangerous. This was part of the reason the Black Plague was finally stopped--
well people avoided risk as well as most sick people.
This report comes from China. We are not able to leave up the
identity of persons or locations for privacy reasons.
mid-March our city has cautiously watched cities where there is a SARS epidemic
(Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Beijing). Within the last two weeks, many changes have
taken place here. About half the population is wearing face masks on a daily basis,
everywhere they go outdoors. There is a nationwide �clean-up� campaign on television,
encouraging people to really pay attention to hygiene (washing hands, etc).
public places have been scrubbed down and sprayed with disinfectant. One school
class was interrupted by a worker coming in to spray the room (with what, we don�t
know). During this May Day holiday weekend, NO student in our whole city was allowed
out of their dormitory. In the kindergartens, primary and middle schools, if any
child showed up with as much as a cough, they were sent home to be quarantined.
In the complex where we live, there are new restrictions today. NO visitors are
allowed in our compound, only residents. Panic is beginning to take hold and people
are becoming irrational.
There were reports on TV that if a foreigner was seen coughing or exhibiting symptoms
they would be taken immediately to a special hospital for foreigners to be quarantined
for 2 weeks. All the schools are giving their teachers strict instructions: We
are to have NO visitors in our homes; we must use a disinfectant given us to scrub
down our whole house; we must wear a face mask at all times; we must report to
the authorities daily with the health conditions of our whole family.
are receiving new and added instructions daily. We don�t really have a clear understanding
of the situation in our province because, as everywhere, the true conditions are
not being reported. We heard from friends about a special vehicle which came and
took away some people here and there. One of the women we know is an (-----------------)
officer. She told us that there was a special meeting and that the situation in
our province was going to worsen dramatically in the next few weeks.
The Chinese people as a whole are very superstitious and there are many rumors
such as, if you smoke, the cigarette smoke will kill the virus. Many people who
exhibit symptoms are afraid to go to the hospitals because they feel that it�s
sure death for them. Because jobs are so hard to find here, there are millions
of countryside workers in the big cities. If they get the disease, they will not
go to the hospitals� instead, they flee back to their hometowns because they want
to �die at home.� So, they are further spread the disease.
In (--------------), many people are adamant about their spouses staying home
because they don�t want them in a crowd of people. Even if we got the disease,
there is no way we would be allowed to leave the country to return to our home
country for health care.
We pray that God would use this to turn people�s hearts to Him; that people would
be saved and that we would be found faithful.
As of today, I have received regular reports from the World Health
Organization on SARS. Though WHO has some spotty history as to getting things
right with AIDS and other epidemics, they seem to be on top of this one and forcing
the Chinese to tell the truth. Based on their findings, and the progress of the
SARS epidemic, I must greatly reduce my expectations of danger from SARS for two
It is progressing very slowly, though it IS on the move worldwide.
It is killing maximum 5% of those who contract it. This is not nearly as fearful
as E-bola or Cholera. Also, the reasons for death may include other factors, such
as collateral infections and reduced immune systems of the victims.
let us be cautious, travel less to other nations, and simply watch the thing for
Reuters reports: "A leading British virologist offered reassurance
on Friday that the SARS virus was not infectious enough to cause a world pandemic.
'This virus is not highly infectious. It is a plodder like mumps, not a greyhound
like measles,' said John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary School of
Medicine in London.
a 'greyhound' virus, escaping infection is very difficult. But with plodder viruses,
someone could walk 100 times into the same room as an infected person and still
not be infected, he added in an interview. If the SARS virus was highly infectious,
there would have been many more cases than the few thousand so far reported in
China. 'I don't think there is any evidence of mutation,' he said.
an expert on the influenza virus, said SARS should certainly not be compared with
the Spanish influenza pandemic that killed millions after the end of the first
world war in 1918. He said Chinese government measures, such as closing schools,
to stop the virus spreading were 'very positive' but the situation outside South
East Asia was different and did not require special containment measures�"
suggestions on the page are not to be taken as professional medical observations
by Steve Van Nattan. You should see your doctor at once if you believe you have
SARS. It is NOT a shame to be sick with a very infectious disease, and SARS is
not an STD. So, do NOT avoid identifying SARS in yourself or in your loved ones--
you could just make a lot more people sick, and the longer you put off treatment,
the more chance you will die.
A FAMILY CAN DO
on what I am reading, and based on known precautions I have used and seen in Africa
during epidemics, here is the best I can do to suggest a rational defense against
infection by SARS:
3 to 5% of those who get SARS die of it. If you prefer to gamble, close this page
and go on about your business. On the other hand, only 3% of the world population
is 180,000,000. If we are looking at a world class pandemic, that is a pretty
big group to risk joining at the mortuary. Fear is not our chief motive, but fear
is a tool to teach us to avoid trouble. A smart little kid reaches out to touch
the hot stove, feels the heat, and pulls back in fear. A stupid little kid has
no fear, touches the stove, learns about hot things, and is disfigured for life.
Fear is not to consume us, but it is a tool God uses to send us in the right direction.
Immune boosting herbs and diet
at once-- don't wait to use these commodities to boost your immune system.
your body resist illness with these
is not intended as medical advice.
(sooths inflamed mucous membranes), expectorant
This is the herb
of first choice
(Echinacea purperea, E. angustifolia)
Colds, flu, cough, sore throat
Antiviral, antibacterial, boosts immunity,
and flu, sore throat, sinus congestion
immunity, diaphoretic (promotes perspiration), tonic
None known (root is a strong purgative;
should only be prescribed by expert herbalists)
inhalation; topically applied as oil
Colds and flu
Boosts immunity, antibacterial, antiviral,
powder, eating as food is best, raw or cooked
Colds and flu, sore throat, sinus congestion,
immunity, respiratory system tonic, diaphoretic, stomach soother
Powder or root made into teas, baths
and flu, bacterial infections
GI astringent; use with caution in young children; endangered species
works well with astragalus
swelling expectorant, cough suppressant
cause sodium and water retention, loss of potassium
eat as food
eating as food is best, raw or cooked
known; endangered species
nausea associated with flu
reliever, antispasmodic, stomach soother, antiviral, antibacterial, diaphoretic
Colds and flu, fever
Stomach soother, reduces fever, antiseptic,
immunity, antiviral, antibacterial
capsules, root extract, eat as food
Colds and flu
Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Tinctures, often used with echinacea
reliever, anti-inflammatory, reduces fever
works well with cinchona bark
expectorant, reduces fever
cause contractions in pregnant women
pineapple and garlic to the diet also. Eat healthy food, and get exercise in the
open where people are not milling around. Get plenty of rest. If you do catch
SARS, you should be well rested so that you have some reserve. Do not be dieting
during an epidemic. That can wait until later after the epidemic blows over.
Isolation of the family from infection potential
Stop wandering around.
Around the world, around the state, and around the city where the mobs are.
going to athletic events. No Disneyland and no traveling vacation. NO AIR TRAVEL.
An airplane does NOT have filtration
of air sufficient to remove viral organisms. I warned you of this long ago
with regard to AIDS passed casually. Viruses are too small to be filtered, and
you breath the air the others around you have breathed.
away from hotels and motels. They may leave the lights on for you, but they
reuse the blankets and bed spreads many times before washing. You are walking
on, and sleeping in, the germ colony of all the visitors before you.
vacations or outings to places outdoors and where you are alone as much as possible.
in 24 hours stores for groceries, and shop at about 3 AM. Mind your own business,
and use the self checking out machine if possible. I like to have casual visits
with people at WalMart and the grocery store, but during epidemics, this social
practice just makes for risk-- to them and to you.
everything you bring home, or spray or wipe it down with a cloth heavily dampened
with water based Lysol (in the UK and Commonwealth, Detol).
your shoes with aerosol Lysol when entering the home. Have a family member spray
you down at the entry of the home, or outside, when returning from the market
place where you may have been seated in public seating.
eating out. This is a very high risk practice. Many eating establishments will
be slow to let employees go who show signs of sickness because they will have
to find a replacement.
you enter an establishment where an employee is showing symptoms of SARS, leave
at once and make other arrangements.
the Post Office delivery person leaves you mail, wear latex gloves to handle it
until you can spray it lightly with Lysol. Try not to spray letters which may
contain a check you need. It can ruin it. You may want to leave the letter laying
in the sun or a 140 degree oven for a couple hours before opening it. Beware of
burning it up! When UPS delivers anything, spray the box with Lysol before opening
it, and do not carry it leaning against you into the house.
may want to make a disrobing area in the garage or, in the case of severe epidemic
in your area, right outdoors. Take off all outer garments and drop them into a
plastic bag with a shot of Lysol. Do this OUTSIDE the living area so that you
can enter the home without contaminating it. If you ordinarily shower at the beginning
of the day, move your shower time to right after coming home from work or the
market place. Ideally, build a shower outside the home for those working with
possible, the bread winner should have a automobile used only for going to work.
The family must not use this car. This way, the one taking the most risk can disinfect
the car in a manner which he feels will best protect the family and reduce risk.
ONE market to shop, and one area to shop, and do not wander to manner buying locations
seeking bargains. This practice of multiple shopping destinations is the first
line of defense used all over the world to contain epidemics. I trust you can
figure out why.
someone thinks you are stupid and mocks at you, just keep to your defensive protocols.
You may read their obituary later.
you pastor and local church leaders don't take the SARS issue seriously, stay
away from church until the epidemic is over. You are not duty bound to attend
a church which does not care who is sick and dangerous. Do not send you children
to a church which takes no precautions. At church, greet verbally, and avoid physical
touching and hand shaking. Church dinners and "pot lucks" should not
be held during an epidemic. What social gatherings the church has should be close
with no pressing new comers to attend. Rallies and events which "pack the
house" are irresponsible of the leaders during an epidemic.
restrooms are dangerous. Try to plan trips to work and shop so that you can get
home before you need to use the restroom. Otherwise, clean off everything with
portable Lysol spray in small bottles. Also, do not wash your hands in such facilities.
Carry a small bottle of alcohol gel, and squirt your hands and rub it in after
leaving a restroom.
you enter a store, a gathering, church service, or the work place pause and discreetly
look around to see if someone is wheezing or dry coughing. Find something to make
you look distracted as you reconnoiter. If you see a check out person who seems
sick, or if someone in a gathering is clearly in trouble, either move to the opposite
part of the room, or turn and walk out.
Stocking up, BEFORE the rush, on supplies
and allergy preventing masks are very important. You have seen them in the news
in the Orient. Also, when shopping and handing money during a shopping trip, you
should have latex or rubber gloves.
to shop once to last for two weeks or more. Shop in the largest stores so that
there is a high ratio of air space to people present. Also, shop after midnight
in all night grocery stores. Again, shop in the same stores-- Don't visit many
a town up the road has no reported SARS, you may want to shop there instead of
nearby. Price is not the top priority during an epidemic. Also, head for the suburbs.
City centers concentrate population, and so they also breed disease faster.
subways and city buses if possible. If you live in a city, a visit to a local
small store would be much safer than a subway ride to WalMart. Subways and buses
are deadly incubators of disease, and the sleaze of the city hang out there on
ahead on auto needs such as oil and parts you intend to replace.
you get cash in change, spray it after you get home with Lysol.
Movement, School, and the Market Place
you are in employment which heavily involves meeting the public, find another
kind of work. If you can arrange to do your vocational duties when people are
not in their offices or where you do your skill, do so now and set the pattern
for the future. As SARS nears your community, or the community where you work,
ask to take vacation you may have coming. Call in sick. Is it OK to lie? Yes,
if it is life and death, and if employers are carelessly forcing people to work
who are infected. No employer has the right to force his people to get sick and
possibly die just so he can keep the cash flow up.
you learn that SARS is in your kids' school, you must take your children home
at once. Report the school to the health department is the school is slow responding
to SARS. School officials are wimps about epidemics. They wait for several children
to be seriously sick, and then they send the kids home. Levels of discussion and
palaver have to take place in school setting before someone finally makes a decision.
You may have to simply remove the child yourself. DO NOT TRUST OTHER PEOPLE TO
PROTECT YOU FAMILY.
When infection is suspected
not hesitate to make an appointment to see the doctor. When you go to the doctor's
office, if you are clearly having SARS symptoms, have a friend or family member
register for you and wait outside. If you enter the waiting area, you could infect
people. Also, PLEASE wear a mask to protect other. A sneeze or heavy cough travels
across a room and back several times.
family member who is sick should stay in a room of their own if possible. Anyone
in the home who has a weak immune system, or older people with respiratory problems,
may need to be moved to live with someone else for a while. When attending a sick
person, down up, cover the head, use goggles, and a face mask and gloves. This
has been found with SARS to be almost 100% effective in health care facilities.
people on paper plates and throw away cups and plastic utensils. Discard them
away from the rest of the family in sealed plastic bags. The sick person should
ideally have their own restroom. If this will not work, they should have their
own towels and washing things, including hand soap. Cavalier hicks who think it
is cute to share tooth brushes and other toiletries will ALL pass SARS around
to each other.
this like a very serious cold of the flu. Stay in bed, drink fluids and fruit
juice, eat soups and food which does not irritate the throat. If you have diarrhea,
drink plenty of water to replace fluids. I am not reading about vomiting, but
if this is present, drink more fluids. A dilute solution of Gator Aid might be
in order since electrolytes may be lost. Other than this, call your doctor and
ask what is needed for the patient. Try to deal with coughs with whatever soothing
product works and with cough suppressants. Eucalyptus in a handkerchief is very
helpful to clear the airways.
breathing becomes labored, pneumonia may well be setting in. Go at once to the
hospital emergency room for attention, for a respirator may be needed for a period
of time. This is especially true with older adults and children with weak immune
victims will need to go to the hospital as soon as the symptoms of SARS are evident,
for they lack a complete immune system.
Eternity-- Are you ready?
you ready to die? Most people are not, and it is quite normal to NOT want to die.
The problem with epidemics is that death comes closer and closer. The time to
prepare to die is the same as the time to prepare to avoid the epidemic-- NOW!
Both preparations are critical. If God has chosen for you to survive the epidemic,
it may very well be because he has made you wise enough to avoid the epidemic.
Fools will not prepare. God has also provided for your death.
comes sooner or later, and God, through the death, burial, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ, has provided for you to die without fear. By receiving the free
gift of his salvation, you become immune to eternal damnation, and you receive
the promise of eternal life with Jesus Christ. Now, if you would like to get SARS,
do nothing to protect yourself. If you would like to go to hell and be eternally
separated from God, do nothing about the Lord Jesus Christ. You will get your
MUST BE BORN AGAIN
MAIL if you need to talk about your eternal destiny.
Legal and financial considerations
your family be able to continue if you or someone else in the family die? Will
your estate be thrown into probate? You should make arrangements for all names
to be on all accounts and on titles to real estate.
should make arrangements to name, in a will or such document, who will be receiving
your children if both parents die. If not, your children will become wards of
the court, and any atheist or sodomite could be assigned to your children.
should seek to be either 100% in debt or 100% out of debt. If you are half and
half, the courts will take one half to pay off the other when you go bankrupt.
Law and Order
Truman said, "When you see ten troubles coming down the road, just wait a
while, and nine of them will go into the ditch."
potential for lawlessness during pandemics is very high. People become desperate,
and they do things they ordinarily would not do in order to survive. You should
look down the road as a family, and discern what lawlessness may come your way.
You should take basic precautions for security of your home, and you should have
in place weapons for self-defense. Then, pray that God will send the troubles
you see coming into the ditch. Do not become panicked by the urgent and the unknown.
Just keep your powder dry.
the health department demands that you participate in a quarantine arrangement,
do as they tell you. It is not fair for you to sneak around breaking the health
principles. What makes you think you have a right to infect people because you
think you have some civil right to wander around sick?
a sick person in your neighborhood or work place is breaking quarantine, report
them to the law enforcement people responsible for this sort of infraction. If
you have no success in this, go home. If such people come around your home, or
sick children try to entice your kids to play with them, you must do whatever
necessary to prevent these lawless factions from endangering you.
you see a sick person in the check out line, or working in a public area, report
them to the health officials and the police.
After the crisis is over
back to normal as soon as you feel the epidemic is over. Continue to be aware
that a second wave of disease could arrive in your area, but do not continue to
live with all these precautions. The common cold can be avoided by using these
precautions, but these protocols could make a real recluse of you if you maintain
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