CDC Bulletin to U.S. Hospitals: Open Your Pandemic Plans Now

CDC Bulletin to U.S. Hospitals: Open Your Pandemic Plans Now

“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged hospitals as an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus ravaged much of China.

“For instance,” she continued, health-care providers need to plan for a “surge at a hospital, the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce, the administrative controls and so forth that you might put place in a health care setting.”


Schuchat’s warning came as U.S. and world health officials increasingly sound the alarm of a possible pandemic outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed more than 2,100 people in China in the last seven weeks.


U.S. hospitals from San Diego to New York are taking heed.


The threat of the new virus comes at an already busy time for most U.S. hospitals. Another serious respiratory illness, the seasonal flu, is at its peak in the United States, with more than 26 million cases and many hospitals stretched thin. A larger spread of the new virus across the U.S. could overwhelm emergency rooms and quickly cause supply shortages of some crucial medical supplies, according to half a dozen interviews with doctors, U.S. hospitals and health systems.


Hospital staff at San Diego-based Scripps Health are consolidating medical supplies such as masks, gloves and gowns and have ordered backup reserves in case of a widespread outbreak in the United State, said Dr. Ghazala Sharieff, chief medical officer.

Health-care workers are being taught how to reuse N95 respirator masks, most often used to control exposures to infections, in case of wide-spread shortages, she said.

Staff at NYU Langone Health in New York City has designated the new virus as a “level 1” priority.

“A big part of this level is communication,” said Dr. Jennifer Lighter, hospital epidemiologist there.

“We are trying to communicate to NYU staff and patients in our medical center how to best protect themselves from the flu or COVID-19,” Lighter said. “That’s just general info like basic hand hygiene, sneezing into the end of your elbow and practicing safe distance from someone who is sick.”

NYU is also preparing for a level 2 or 3 scenario, she added, where there is transmission in the city and it begins to impact hospital operations. The health-care system has implemented a conservation plan and medical supplies, especially respirator masks, are only given to staff as needed, she said.

“If a team needed more, they would have to be infection-prevention approved or manager approved before someone would get more,” she said, adding staff is already feeling the brunt of the flu season.



The best strategy for this is NOT to be exposed.   Fat chance of that; we ALL go out: Work, school, shopping, recreation, and so forth.

So how might we protect ourselves while we're out?

Well, the fact this virus can be spread by air, in addition to staying alive on surfaces like counter tops, desks, water fountains, door handles, inside cars and buses, product packages on store shelves that someone else handled, or sneezed-on or coughed-on,  - including ones that get delivered by mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. --  complicates things greatly.

Step One: Stay home.   Do not go out unless you absolutely MUST.

Step Two: Presuming you have to go out (we ALL do) wear a filter mask  eye and hand protective gear (below).

The N-95 filter masks are almost completely sold out already, nationwide.  So you can get a better mask rated as N-100 or P-100 for the time being until THEY sell out.  Links to various suppliers are HERE-N-95 and HERE N-100.   (I am NOT the seller)

You can also get the VASTLY AVAILABLE   3M 7500 (HERE)  which uses 3M 2091 filters  (HERE)   This mask system is more expensive, but it works and is widely still available.  (Again, I am NOT the seller)

Get Eye Protection, either cheap swimmer goggles (HERE) or better safety goggles (HERE)

Get a box of rubber/nitrile Gloves (Here)

Wear this gear when you go out.

Yes, you'll look and feel ridiculous.   But you are much more likely to have the last laugh because YOU are protecting yourself.



The absolute moment you get home, take off your shoes and leave them in the foyer.  DO NOT WALK AROUND YOUR HOUSE IN SHOES YOU WORE OUTSIDE. 

You may have walked on a large amount of infected material as you were out and if you wear those shoes in the house, the virus will spread in the house.

Next: Go into the bathroom, take off your clothing, put it in a hamper or plastic bag, and take a shower.  You HAVE TO WASH OFF any virus that may have landed on your body or hair, while you were out.

Put on clean garments.  You cannot go sit in your chair or lay on your couch or bed in clothing you wore outside.  The virus will come off the clothing, onto the furniture and pow, someone in the house catches it.

Make every person in your household do this the absolute moment they come home.  This virus is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS and it KILLS people.  We cannot skimp or get lazy protecting ourselves.

Eat right, take vitamins (I use Centrum), and, I don't want to sound hokey, or like some Bible thumper,  pray to Almighty God that you be protected by Him during this crisis.  I'm not kidding.  I mean it: PRAY.

Even if you haven't prayed in decades, start now.  "Hi God, it's me (so and so).  I know I haven't prayed to you in a long time, but I'm coming back to you now.  . . . ."

And then talk honestly and earnestly to him, in a very quiet voice.

Just remember, this is God, not a magician to be summoned to do tricks or render services at our beckon call.  He made us.  We are HIS to do with a HE sees fit.


OTHER "PREPS" with Links

Have Emergency food (HEREHERE, and HERE) in the house in case Quarantine gets implemented, so you and your family can eat for the 6 weeks or so such Quarantines are likely to last. 

Have Emergency Water (HERE) stored up in case the water supply gets contaminated.

Here is a complete list of "Preps" that folks might consider for themselves.





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    TheColorPurple · 3 months ago
    If you haven't read this story yet- its interesting...
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    Ebphoto · 3 months ago
    Spoke to a long time buddy of mine who’s a captain in the FD in SoCal. He said they have strict guidelines now on saying anything related to the Coronavirus! I didn’t have time to ask him particular questions but got the message he was trying to say they’ve been told to hush up about it!! Just a FYI... Anyone else heard anything regarding this?

    God bless,
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      Shane Chambers · 3 months ago
      A Channel on YouTube, Shrimp Zoo was talking about FD in upstate NY found a Case of CoronaVirus and they were forced to remove the post on social media and told not to talk about it.
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    TSlinger · 3 months ago
    Well now this is strange...for me anyway. I was looking thru some bookmarked items, and somehow I had this tabbed for some reason...I do not know why, I truly don't given the date stamped. I can assure- I was not really thinking of anything like this at that time, I had just returned from a hunt...however:
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    Brad Bolz · 3 months ago
    Why isn't anyone in the alt media reporting on the WSJ article which stated that there are already 5400 people quarantined in California and that was the number back on Feb 14, 2020.
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      Shane Chambers · 3 months ago
      I'm sure Obamacare didn't allocate a dime to fight a pandemic. The pandemic was Obamacare. That's why people are in self-quarantine, there is no plan for nothing. It's going to be FEMA Level Performance when a disaster strikes. Local Charities/Chuches provided a better response.
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    Thermonic Emission · 3 months ago
    Does anyone know of an online source for 55-gallon barrels to store fuel? Thanks in advance!
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      Skippy Name · 3 months ago
      I use 55 gallon blue water barrels. Tighten them down to keep air from escaping. They will expand and contract with barometric pressure but thats ok when they bulg. Just leave the cap alone until you need it. PRG is a good life extender. The blue 15 gallon are easier to handle. People will think you have water to deter thiefs and cops on the road. Be careful filling them up. Static electricty at the pump is bad. Place the 15 gallon on the ground to fill. They are very durable. Ive gently rolled a 55 with gas out of a truck bed onto some tires. Rock solid seal. Gas is a lot lighter than water. Woops my post is long.
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        Skippy Name · 3 months ago
        I learned this from steve1234 a few years back.
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      Shane Chambers · 3 months ago
      Craigslist. Use searchtempest to search all areas around where you live. You'll need ones with lids. Also fuel stabilizer if it's going to sit. Gas might last 2 years with stabilizer, 6 months without. Diesel, 2 years without, longer with. You're not going to be able to get them out of the back of your truck without a forklift very easily. There is mobile refuling you can look into. If it's diesel, you can get red diesel. No one will care how you use it when the SHTF. Harborfreight -- you can buy manual and electric transfer pumps. You can also buy truck mounted fuel tanks for the bed of your truck, this will make transport easier and transfer to long term storage easier. Don't transport more than 100 gallons. It's illegal without the right CDL hazardous cargo endorsements. Not to mention you are a rolling Maltov Cocktail and if you get a leak you can lose a lot of money fast.
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        Brad Bolz · 3 months ago
        For fuel that doesn't go bad, visit the local airport. AV gas known as 100 LL (low lead) doesn't go bad. It's what I run in my mowers, chainsaws, etc., at the last outing of the year.

        It's more expensive of course. Here in the middle of rural Missouri, it's $ 4.54 per gallon vs $ 2.06 for the least expensive auto gas.
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      SPERO SPANIOS · 3 months ago
      I just delivered five pallets of used drums for a friend today. Found them on Craigslist for $6 each Springfield MO. Brand new. Had Canola oil in them. No problem for fuel. Also do a search for fuel tanks. Farms and business sell them for a variety of reasons, downsizing, etc.
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    Deborah Cresswell · 3 months ago
    A Patient Can Have Regular Flu AND CoronaVirus.....but U.S. Protocol only tests for CoronaVirus "IF" reg flu comes back Negative: Resulting in UNidentified CoronaVirus Cases ~ U.S. Flu Deaths Spike Higher Than Ever Before

    Here we go: BREAKING - Hospitals across the US told to prepare for coronavirus outbreak to become a global pandemic.

    Here are the numbers for Hospital bed shortages:
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    Shane Chambers · 3 months ago
    They going to start anal swabbing people for the virus:
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      Geez · 3 months ago
      So they bought a box of 10 N95s and 5 bottles of hand sanitizer ?
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        Geez · 3 months ago
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          Shane Chambers · 3 months ago
          Probably Correct, some sort of Embezzlement with Government Contract Prices, 10,000 for a toilet seat....I'm sure prices will spike like that for the rest of us. Follow the money as they say. So as you see money being spent, and people put their money where their mouths are....then you know it's real.
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    jw williams · 3 months ago
    Let me just say this... just like hal has been saying... GET YOUR PREPS NOW.
    When things go wild weasel and they will, you will not want to go to the store becsuse of the rush of people.
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    · 3 months ago
    Excellent reporting Hal! Thank you very much for being the only person in the world brave enough to really expose what has been going on in China. I am glad that I subscribed, the $25 is nothing in comparison to the quality of intelligence with which you are providing everyone.