We are having “cold snap” at least in comparison to most of winter this year. Got a little snow and Freezing temps with gusty winds to start off February. I got out today and cut a box of kindling for Mom and a sweatshirt was all additional protection that was needed to stay warm. 25-30 degrees F. feels cold after a week of 50-55 degree F. temps last week. It has been a long winter but it has not been a cold winter here in the Treasure valley. I have used about 1/3-1/2 of my wood pile so far and that is with Mom buying a couple of pick up loads of wood from me. I figure about 2-4 cords of wood will be the average wood use for winter heating. Even the bad winter of 2016-17 wasn’t that bad except my wood was wet and did not have time to season/dry properly. This will probably be the last month of winter weather, though March will have some damp chilly weather. I’ll be starting the fire just to take the chill off the house rather than starting a fire to warm the house. Mom is having a problem keeping her wood dry so this summer we need to build a few wood racks and hopefully start stacking wood early to give it the maximal time to dry. Rather than just buying buying wood to burn in the fall to burn that winter heating season. It takes a bit of time to build up a seasoned wood pile on a fixed income.
I’m splitting my Doug Fir for kindling and split a good size box of kindling for Mom but I’m now splitting and filling up a box of those split doug fir to go with the kindling as the in between size of chunks of firewood and kindling. Of course it is logical how to make a good easy to start fire! It took me a couple of years to actually set aside and split wood to that in between size of kindling and normal firewood! I think my idea of the kindling wood box was correct but I’ll be splitting most of the firewood and letting it dry for a bit and then split that wood into kindling.
I think both Mom and I are ready for the WUFLU. I gave Mom some Tyvek suits, masks and a box of gloves that she was a little lacking on for her supplies. I bought a few bottles of Hydrogen peroxide as most of bottles were older and probably not as effective. I shopped Family Dollar and they had a store brand concentrated bleach in the 6% range. Since unsealed bleach will lose effectiveness in 6-12 months I bought a couple of smaller bottles to make sanitizer. Remember when using a hard surface sanitizer you want to spritz and don’t wipe it off the surface for at least a minute or two and give the sanitizer time to kill the virus/bacteria/bugs. Let the sanitizer dry naturally if at all possible. I’m a big fan of liquid soap pump bottles and washing your hands often. I don’t care for anti-bacterial soaps or hand sanitizer as I think create super bugs. I still carry and have started using hand sanitizer outside my home as a precaution.
You are the first aid/medical for a cold/flu or any illness. You want to prevent infections if possible and if someone gets sick you want to support the patient’s immune system to get better. I’ve made bone broth, I’ll be making Chicken soup. You can add vitamins, essential oils, colloidal silver to help support a person’s immune system. You can put yourself into a quarantine against the WUFLU if you see an outbreak within 100 miles of your home town. You will have to decide the risk level you will accept, While the number coming out of China is suspect I’m glad that the recovered now outnumber the dead.
FYI: I got the flu/cold and it developed into pneumonia and then it developed into my immune system attacking nervous system. Guillaume Barre/CIDP. I spent over 4 months in a VA Extended Care Unit. I was so weak I could not put on socks or lift cup of water. You don’t want that to happen to you. Don’t panic, just buy the basics of food cold medicine if you are low make some bone broth, real chicken soup and stay away from crowds. Once the “Panic Buying” is over in 2-4 weeks, then start stocking up on masks and goggles and other Protective gear. Protective gear does not spoil, so once you have the basics on hand you are good to go.
Don’t panic and don’t buy gear at the highest price. Most likely you will “quarantine” yourself. So have your home self care maxed out with food, basic cold medicines. Stay safe and just wait for the Flu of any sort, burn itself out. Already more people in China are being declared recovered than those that have died. I know it is tough to wait and see what happens with this flu. Heck I don’t trust the US government numbers little lone the Chi-coms info/numbers. But look at what you can do with the info you have already on hand.
- Treat the symptoms of the flu.
- Stay away from crowds.
- Wash your hands.
- Sanitize work spaces or yourself.
- Build up your immune system.
Nothing new with dealing with colds or the flu, except this flu seems to have a nasty pneumonia/bronchitis component as standard. It is a nasty flu bug but with good supportive health care in the home, it should not be as bad as what is happening in China. Now if you are treating the flu and it gets worse as the patient is having problems breathing of can’t take fluids/food. Call the hospital and let them know the symptoms before you self transport. At that point it is best to be overly safe rather than sorry.
This post is getting into the TLDR territory but I don’t think anyone that has prepared should “freak out”. It is just a cold, or just the flu until it is pneumonia and you need some additional health care. 300 people sick in a country of 330 million is not an epidemic.