For years, people mocked survivalists – people who focus on prepping for disasters and learning the techniques for dealing with them. Our society was so cushy – so civilized – that the idea that you’d need to learn how to live off the fat of the land seemed ludicrous.
Yet, here we are, amid a global pandemic. And suddenly all those people who took the time to prep are in a great position. They have food in their cupboards, savings in the bank, and a host of skills that will help them if things get really rough.
COVID-19, however, is a survival threat that few predicted. It does, however, fall under the umbrella of “disaster” – and so it is not surprising that survivalists are adapting their practices. The issue isn’t lack of food, shelter, or water – it’s a tiny particle borne on the air.
Here’s the kit you’ll want to take with you every time you leave the house. It’s your urban survival kit.
The CDC recently recommended that every American wear a “face covering.” Ideally, you’d wear an N95 mask with a respirator, but they’re in such short supply, that getting hold of one of them is almost impossible.
The good news is that you can make your own face covering – and it is highly effective. All you need is some material and a sewing machine, and you’re good to go.
Face coverings, remember, don’t protect you 100 percent against the virus. They do, however, prevent you from spreading it to other people if you’re sick and stops SOME of the particles reaching your mouth and nose. Sooner or later, they’re going to become a style icon, too – so you could get ahead of the game.
Spray Bottle And Gloves
Before the virus hit, none of us was aware of the extent to which we touch surfaces in public. But now that we’re worried about catching a disease, it suddenly comes to the forefront of our minds.
If you go out in public, you can’t always help touching surfaces. That’s why it is so essential to carry a spray bottle and gloves with you at all times. The spray bottle should contain at least 0.1 percent sodium hypochlorite – also known as bleach – to kill the virus. And you should spray it on your gloves whenever you can.
Viral particles typically get into your body through the nose and mouth. But they can also enter through other mucus membranes, including the eyes. For that reason, many people are now wearing face shields and goggles. The combination of the two helps to dramatically reduce the number of virus particles that can enter through this channel.
Furthermore, wearing goggles stops you from rubbing or scratching your eyes with your hands inadvertently. It prevents you from touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face to scratch an itch.
We’re living through troubling times. But today, we have knowledge and technology on our side. Eventually, the current crisis will pass. But in the meantime, it will be the survivalists who are best prepared for dealing with it.
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