Surviving Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

Currently we hear a lot about Ebola and the possibility of it becoming a pandemic.  Today we are used to the idea that most diseases can quickly be cured by antibiotics.  Well, my mother was an infectious disease nurse in England prior to World War 2.  This was a time with no antibiotics and many diseases that we do not even think about any more killed large numbers of people.  If a disease like Ebola were to become pandemic we would have to return to these old fashioned methods.

She says that they had patients with scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, typhus, smallpox, polio and tuberculosis all sharing the same wards.  But by strict controls and lots of disinfectant, they did not have any cases of cross infections.

I have been looking at her old medical books and found a section on nursing infectious diseases at home that I think might be applicable in a pandemic in which medical care was nonexistent or limited.

The following is the section on nursing at home.  Just to help you out carbolic or carbolic acid is now known as phenol.  Permanganate of potash is now known as potassium permanganate.  Formalin disinfectant is formaldehyde.  Chloride of lime is calcium hypochlorite. ebola

This second section shows how to handle lavatory waste.

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This third section shows how to fumigate a patient’s room.  You will notice that it lists seven methods but I only show three, the other four require special equipment that would not be available to us. ebola

In addition to this, I strongly suggest that you should have the food, water and other necessities so that you could remain in your homes for up to three months if needed.

Things to stock up on are

      • Disinfectants
      • Gloves
      • Surgical masks
      • Hospital gowns
      • Extra sheets and bedding
      • A bedpan
      • Goggles or eye shields
      • Tyvek suits
      • Shoe covers

Treatment just comes down to keeping the patient comfortable and hydrated and pray for them to get better.



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5 Responses to Surviving Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases

  1. Dave says:

    Thanks, this is the only post that I have encoutered that tells you what you can do other than jaw about it.

  2. Doc Roy says:

    I am a Physician who has practiced in third world counties and am somewhat familiar with Ebola. The information provided in this blog would be extremely useful in a uncontrolled pandemic situation where modern scientific medicine are not available. While the methods are non-conventional by today’s standards they would help control the spread of infectious diseases.

    • Barry Morse says:

      Formaldehyde is a known strong carcinogen.

      There has never been a time when cross-infection has not been a serious problem. It is still a problem, even in the best hospitals.

      You have provided some useful information. Since ebola patients are equally infectious both alive and deceased, and since these patients spend much more time deceased than alive, it would be a good idea to stock up on lime, to slow decomposition and dry the corpse, making it less infectious.

  3. ellen hubbard says:

    scary possibilities and a wonderful article, Howard. thank you

  4. ke4sky says:

    Thank you Doc.Roy for the validation… This agrees with what my retired physician friend in Italy recommended, which parallels old WW2 army medical practice under field Conditions.

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