A recent survey of American adults found that 76% worried about becoming ill if they had to stay home and take care of the sick during a severe flu pandemic.1
  Learn infection control measures. 


Setting up a Sick Room

Wash hands for 15 seconds with soap and water

infection prevention

Cover a cough or sneeze with tissue

prevent infection

How to Use this Book
  • The Content
  • Our Goal
What is a Pandemic?
  • Historical Influenza Pandemics
  • How an Influenza Virus Becomes a Pandemic
  • The Example of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
  • Pandemic Plans and Resources
Preventing Illness
  • Stay Healthy
  • Prevent Disease
  • Other Helpful Websites and Resources
Creating a Care Team
  • A History of Community Care
  • 6 Steps to Forming a Care Team
  • Why Planning Ahead is Crucial
Care of the Sick at Home
  • How to Set Up a Sick Room
  • Supplies
  • Over the Counter Medicines
  • Infection Prevention Control Measures in the Home
  • 24 Hour Care of the Sick at Home During an Influenza Pandemic
  • Monitoring Log
  • Skin Care of the Sick Person
  • Mouth Care for the Sick Person
  • Managing Discomfort and Fear in the Sick Person
  • Cleaning the Sick Room
  • Other Resources
  • Summary

Signs and Symptoms of Influenza Illness and How to Manage Them During a Pandemic
  • Why You Need to Prepare to Care for the Sick at Home
  • What is Influenza?
  • Mild Symptoms in Adults
  • Managing Mild Symptoms in Adults During a Pandemic
  • Mild Symptoms in Children
  • Managing Mild Symptoms in Children During a Pandemic
  • Moderate Symptoms in Adults
  • Managing Moderate Symptoms in Adults During a Pandemic
  • Moderate Symptoms in Children
  • Managing Moderate Symptoms in Children During a Pandemic
  • Severe Symptoms in Adults
  • Managing Severe Symptoms in Adults During a Pandemic
  • Severe Symptoms in Children
  • Managing Severe Symptoms in Children During a Pandemic
  • Summary
Death and Dying
  • Signs of Impending Death
  • How to Take Care of the Dying
  • Knowing When the Person Has Died
  • What to do After the Person Has Died
  • How to Take Care of Family Members After a Death at Home
  • Helpful Resources

When Disaster Strikes: Coping with Stress
  • How to Avoid Panic
  • Existing Mental Health Conditions
  • Summary
  • Emergency Supplies
  • Water
  • Food Storage
  • Grow Your Own Food
  • Other Emergency Items
  • Preparing to Prepare


Appendix A: Daily Fluid Needs
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Daily Fluid Needs for the Sick
  • How do I Know How Much the Sick Person is Drinking?
Appendix B: Log for Monitoring the Sick Person

Appendix C: Establishing A Care Team
  1. Know What You Want
  2. Talk to Others and Listen to What They Have to Say
  3. Brainstorming
  4. Develop Your Organization
  5. Evaluate, Draft and Act
  6. Broaden Your Care Team
Appendix D: Emergency Sources and Resources
  • Books, Manuals and Magazines
  • Websites: General Preparedness Information
  • Supplies for Food/Survival Products and Services
  • Gardening
  • Cooking in Emergency Situations
  • Rainwater Collection
  • Water Purification


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