Lake Tahoe Quarantined After Plague Found


( – Lake Tahoe, a popular tourist destination, is a large freshwater lake near the border of California and Nevada. After a recent discovery at the lake, however, visitors are being forced to find a new destination.

A temporary quarantine has been put in place over select areas at Lake Tahoe after chipmunks there tested positive for bubonic plague. The areas affected by the quarantine fall in South Lake Tahoe, including the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Kiva Beach.

According to the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the closed areas will be open again by the weekend once U.S. Forest Service is done with treating the area.

Bubonic plague led to what is known as the Black Death in Europe during the 1300s, which killed roughly 25 million people. The bacterium that causes the plague is spread by small rodents, such as chipmunks and rats, as well as the fleas they carry. While the plague is treatable with modern medicine, there is always the chance that a new disease will come along and the earth will face a second Black Death scenario.

Should the worst come to pass, and a highly contagious – and deadly – disease begins spreading across the globe, it may fall to average citizens to begin building quarantine rooms in their own homes in order to stay safe.

DIY Emergency Quarantine Room

Should a truly horrific pandemic grip the globe, one in which tens of millions of people die, hospitals will quickly be pushed beyond capacity. In this horrific situation, knowing how to quickly and efficiently create a quarantine room could mean the difference between life and death. But how is it done, and what is required to do it?

The Basic Necessities

Let’s face it, very few people have the resources or the know-how to set up a professional-level, biohazard quarantine room. These require high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters and negative air pressure environments to trap a disease inside the room and keep it there. That doesn’t mean the average Joe can’t improve their chances of survival by keeping the sick behind a barrier, though.

Here’s a basic list of what’s needed to set up a DIY quarantine room:

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape/gaffer tape
  • Reusable dust barrier (for entering and exiting the containment room)
  • Utility knife to cut sheeting to the correct size
  • Nitrile gloves (both for setting up the room and for caring for a patient)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scissors

Using the gaffer tape, hang the plastic sheeting from the ceiling to create walls within an enclosed area. This is useful for dividing a pre-existing room into smaller rooms for each infected person, as well as a decontamination room to remove gloves, clothing, and masks before leaving the containment area.

For additional information on how to set up the quarantine room, take a peek at this video from The Urban Prepper:

If the novel coronavirus pandemic has taught the world anything, it’s that the nations of the earth are not prepared to handle a truly deadly disease. To see why the next pandemic could be far worse, check out our article here.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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