A Spanish media outlet asked voters in that country what steps they would take if they found themselves in a water-borne bioterrorism attack. About 68 percent said they would follow the recommendation of the European Commission to carry on shopping. For many, that would be the only option.

In a Twitter exchange, a London-based journalist argued that when he felt like giving up on life, there were no arguments that would last more than a month.

“This is my only form of pressure relief. There are few for longer than 30 days,” he said.

“There are 11.4 billion reasons to work toward preventing pandemics,” he added.

For some, a strike would be an option. “Going on strike once an hour until the labor market picks up,” one user wrote. Another said she would be willing to be dismissed from the workforce, with the caveat that she would receive a 10 percent pay cut. A fourth said he would simply become a recluse.

If you’re in the same situation, here are some videos to help with your coping strategies.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, health and emergency service workers should not be allowed to watch television or use a cellphone while on duty.

In 2015, the CDC worked with Facebook to create a tool to help responders learn how to direct their emotions to help them cope better with the threat of anthrax.

And a petition to allow emergency responders to carry guns has gathered more than 100,000 signatures on Change.org.