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5 Tips for Surviving a Plague

Some pandemics occur because viruses are easily transmitted and mutate. Lower the risk of catching them by getting vaccines, such as the annual flu vaccine, and washing your hands frequently. Help stop the spread by avoiding sick people, staying home from school or work when sick, and containing coughs and sneezes. Encourage local response plans to outbreaks because they will be the best and most effective.

Educate others about the threat

The “worried well” -- people who seek care when they don’t need it -- distract emergency responders and medical personnel, and they drain resources from actual needs.

Promote responsible medical knowledge and help others understand the risks to address this problem. Discussing the issues in a group setting can help.

Be aware of the government’s role