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What is a Pandemic?

A pandemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads throughout the global population. Often, pandemics arise from a new strain of influenza. Since the virus is new, the human population is likely to have little, to no, immunity against it.

How do I prevent disease spread?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for ~ 15 seconds before are after eating, after you have been in a public place, after using the washroom, after coughing or sneezing, after touching commonly touched surfaces
  • Stay healthy by eating well, drinking lots of water, getting regular exercise and rest
  • Get your annual flu shot
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work, school, errands etc. when you are sick to prevent spreading the illness
  • Sneeze and cough into your elbow

How to prepare

Add these items to your medicine cabinet, and also your 72 hour kit:

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Medicine for headaches, coughs and fevers
  • Thermometer
  • Anti-diarrheal medication

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