The death toll in Mexico today (4-28-09) is now at 149, and rising, with more than 2,000 patients currently hospitalized. Containment appears not likely. For a bug to spread this rapidly outside of the normal "cold & flu season" reveals something of its danger. I suspect that we will see several waves of infection and possible mutations, with the worst of them probably being next winter in North America. Mutations are impossible to accurately predict. The "good news" is that in the long term, most viruses tend to mutate into less lethal strains.
For those of you who are eagerly watching and wondering how to prepare for this possible pandemic, check out the following link which leads to an article on the effectiveness of N95 Masks. Many hardware chains are experiencing "runs" on these CDC recommended items.
For any of you who have not begun to prepare, this is a perfect time to get your plan in gear. For starters:
Get your face masks... N-95's. They are better than nothing.
Stockpile hand sanitizer. Wash your hands, Wash your hands, WASH YOUR HANDS!!
Stock up on canned food, enough for three weeks to a month.
Store water. 1 gal. per person per day(drinking).
Electrolyte replacment, Gatorade, Pedialyte....etc.
Stockpile Flu medications NOW these will disappear as the flu spreads.
Fill your gas tanks.
Get some rubber gloves.
Prepare to stay in.
Stay healthy, mind-body-spirit! -Z