Survival Health–OK, So It’s a Pandemic…So What?

            As you probably know, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared swine flu to be a global pandemic last Thursday.  The illness has been reported in 74 countries around the world, but less than 150 have died from swine flu.


I have to admit, I’ve dragged my feet and haven’t gotten this post written until today.  I’ve been waiting to see whether the media made much of this.  They really haven’t.  No heightened panic level as in April.  I’ve also been deciding whether I have much of anything new to say on the subject.  Truthfully, I don’t.  You can view my most pertinent thoughts here and here.


            In a nutshell, the swine flu isn’t behaving much different than any other flu.  Could it flare up and become more deadly this fall, like the infamous 1918 flu?  Possibly, so stay aware and informed.


Could this be a lab concocted virus?  In the past couple months I haven’t heard anybody change their mind and say, “You know, come to think of it, yes we actually have seen swine flu, bird flu, and human flu genes combined just like this before.”  Regardless of whether it’s a man made virus, it’s proving to give pharmaceutical companies and vaccine manufacturers a boost.  Maybe that’s as it was planned.


            Also, we don’t know what regulatory mechanisms were put into place when the U.S. declared a national health emergency.  I remember reading somewhere that in 2007 the leaders of the U.S. and Canada agreed to allow the U.N. to have greater powers in the event of a declared pandemic.


Will mandatory vaccinations be forced up on us?  Will you take the shot?  Will people be goaded into taking vaccinations by being told there’s a shortage, and you’d better get in line for yours while you can?


There’s much we’re not being told.  I’ve become jaded enough to think that that’s to be expected.  Based on what we do know, I think taking the normal precautions regarding the flu should be observed, and we should keep our eyes and ears open for any eventuality.  Remember, survival means being adaptable.  Be prepared to think the unthinkable, too.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.