The CDC offers guidelines in preparation for the Zombie Apocalypse, as well as public health matters such as COVID-19. Our emergency preparedness page has links to the CDC and Ready.Gov as well as affiliate links to vendors that offer emergency preparedness products including Medical Identification, Masks and other items to keep in our your emergency preparedness kits. Many in the medical community believe, and indeed studies have suggested, that wearing masks curbs the spread of airborne diseases. This is not new information: The Flu of 1918 killed at least 50 million people across the world. If we look back at photographs taken during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, everyone was wearing masks. While masks are not a panacea, science has proven that masking up makes good sense. Medical personnel on the Covid-19 front lines typically wear the highly protective N95 masks, often in combination with other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). N95 masks, usually reserved for health care professionals, stop the majority of viral particles from entering the nasal passages and thereby reduce the the chance of infection. While the rest of us generally do not have access to coveted N95 masks, there are many other types and styles of masks available to ensure compliance with mask-wearing laws, rules, regulations and recommendations. Simplying wearing the common "surgical masks" may offer better protection than wearing no mask at all and if two people having a conversation are BOTH wearing a mask, the protection may be even better. Some masks will protect better than others. The fit, the fabric, and the number of layers are all contributing factors to amount of protection that a mask provides. Some people even wear two masks. There is no guarantee that any particular mask, even an N95, will always prevent infection. Additionally, many products may claim to be N95 but may actually be counterfeits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides resources on mask recommendations and how to properly utilize them. Click here for a link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..
Always be prepared for Zombies, Pandemics, Natural Disasters and Medical Emergencies! Wear or carry Medical Identification if you have any medical conditions and/or drug/food allergies. For example, if you have an allergy to penicillin, then it is important that first responders and emegency room personnel are aware of this. Likewise, if you have diabetes, high blood pressure or other chronic conditions, medical professionals may need this information to best help you. Many people choose to include emergency contact information on their Medical Identification. Additionally, we should all always have an emergency supply of medication and be mindful of interruptions in our pharmaceutical supply chain since most of our medications are made in China. The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of countless drugs that are imported from China. Click here to read all about this dangerous threat to our public health and our national security..
We all know that the Cow Says Moo, the Pig Says Oink and the Horse Says Neigh. Yet, one may wonder why a cow does not say neigh and why horse does not say moo. In fact, horses communicate in various ways, including vocalizations such as nickering, squealing or whinnying; touch, through mutual grooming or nuzzling; smell; and body language. Mister Ed was a famous television star horse that was actually able to talk. Bamboo Harvester was the Palomino horse from Los Angeles that portrayed Mr. Ed in the 1961-1966 comedy series. Bamboo Harvester's trainer was Les Hilton who taught the horse how to move his lips, which made it appear as though the horse was actually talking. The voiceover was provided by Allan "Rocky" Lane, an actor. It is unknown if any horses are able to talk in real life, but perhaps all horses can talk and simply choose not to. Horses use a combination of ear position, neck and head height, movement, and foot stomping or tail swishing to communicate. Another famous horse was Silver the white stallion that helped make the Lone Ranger famous. Silver was named by Tonto the Lone Ranger's best friend. In the television series, The Lone Ranger was portrayed by Clayton Moore and Tonto was portrayed by Jay Silverheels. There are many episodes of the Lone Ranger in which Silver saved the Lone Ranger's life. Discipline is maintained in a horse herd first through body language and gestures, then, if needed, through physical contact such as biting, kicking, nudging, or other means of forcing a misbehaving herd member to move. In most cases, the animal that successfully causes another to move is dominant, whether it uses only body language or adds physical reinforcement. Horses are not particularly vocal, but do have four basic vocalizations: the neigh or whinny, the nicker, the squeal and the snort. They may also make sighing, grunting or groaning noises at times. The famous Mr. Ed was a very smart horse because of his unique ability to talk. In particular, the famous Mr. Ed only talked to his good friend Wilbur. While most horses cannot talk, they can actually interpret the body language of other creatures, including humans, whom they view as predators. If socialized to human contact, horses usually respond to humans as a non-threatening predator. Humans do not always understand this, however, and may behave in a way, particularly if using aggressive discipline, that resembles an attacking predator and triggers the horse's fight-or-flight response. On the other hand, some humans exhibit fear of a horse, and a horse may interpret this behavior as human submission to the authority of the horse, placing the human in a subordinate role in the horse's mind. This may lead the horse to behave in a more dominant and aggressive fashion. Human handlers are more successful if they learn to properly interpret a horse's body language and temper their own responses accordingly. Some methods of horse training explicitly instruct horse handlers to behave in ways that the horse will interpret as the behavior of a trusted leader in a herd and thus more willingly comply with commands from a human handler. Other methods encourage conditioning to teach the horse to respond in a desired way to human body language, but also teach handlers to recognize the meaning of horse body language. The neigh is sometimes referred to as a whinny. The Whinny is a high-pitched neigh. It will start as a squeal and then end up as a nicker. It can last a few seconds and can be heard for over a half a mile away. While horses rely most on body language to communicate, the noises they make are also meaningful. There are four types of horse voices: the whinny, nicker, snort and squeal. Each one has a precise meaning, and the sounds mean the same thing each time, for every horse.
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