Sales of gas masks, bio-hazard suits and foil blankets soar as survivalists prepare for Ebola epidemic - and warn others to store water
Stocking up on drinking water and avoiding all human contact are among steps that will have to be taken to avoid an Ebola epidemic, survivalists have warned.
To avoid contracting the deadly virus people will have to barricade themselves in their homes if the infection spreads, they say.
Their advice comes as sales of protective clothing and home infection control kits rise with an increasing number of people fearing the worst.
Around 4,000 people have died after contracting Ebola which broke out in western Africa in March.
While the threat of an epidemic in the UK remains low, experts have warned those who have a good chance of surviving an outbreak must prepare now before it is too late.
One survivalist, known only as Steve, said among the ways to stay safe in the worst possible scenario is to avoid all human contact.
'If this virus were to really get hold it would expand exponentially and result in a very big mortality rate.
'That being the case - the number one preventative method is to put as much distance between you and any infected person as possible.
'To have half a chance of surviving an epidemic you must be prepared for the worse, well before it actually hits us in bigger proportions.
'So the next precaution in being prepared for this outbreak is to treat everyone else as if they are infected.'
While Ebola is not a water-based disease, if those involved with water distribution became infected, the national water supply would be at risk, Steve added.
'Consider stocking up on foods that can be easily cooked - tinned foods, rice, beans, dehydrated foods like pot noodles and similar)
'Remember, if an epidemic were to occur, you would not want to leave your home and go shopping!
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