Medical and scientific experts now agree that bacteria, not influenza viruses, were the greatest cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic.
Government efforts to gird for the next influenza pandemic – bird flu or otherwise – ought to take notice and stock up on antibiotics, says John Brundage, a medical microbiologist at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Brundage's team culled first-hand accounts, medical records and infection patterns from 1918 and 1919. Although a nasty strain of flu virus swept around the world, bacterial pneumonia that came on the heels of mostly mild cases of flu killed the majority of the 20 to 100 million victims of the so-called Spanish flu, they conclude.
If the H5N1 avian influenza or some other flu strain mutates into a form that cause cause a severe pandemic then a big store of antibiotics could help. If you are into personal survival and don't trust your government then you could try to talk a doctor into giving you some antibiotic prescriptions and then store the drugs in a cool dry place. Anyone know about shelf life for various antibiotics? Which ones last the longest?
The most important thing to do in a pandemic is to avoid getting exposed to the virus in the first place. While facial masks can help simply staying away from other people is the best way to avoid a bug.
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