The human race had to deal with epidemics and infectious diseases in the past.
THE BLACK DEATH (1346-1353) Death Toll: 75 – 200 million
CHOLERA PANDEMIC (1852–1860) Death Toll: 1 million
FLU PANDEMIC (1918) Death Toll: 20 -50 million
ASIAN FLU (1956-1958) Death Toll: 2 million
To name just a few. Scary numbers. Certainly! But keep in mind over half a million people worldwide die every year from the flu, and around 10 million lose their battle with cancer every year -also worldwide.
We all will have to deal with the Coronavirus at one point, that’s not the question. The question is when? The testing so far is rather complicated. Three tests – throat and nasal first, the third is a test taken in the lungs -very similar to the pneumonia test.
How many tests does it take? Nobody seems to know. We are not there yet! Nobody is!
It seems like even the professionals don’t know how to perform the tests conclusively. I suppose that’s why we get so many different pieces of information from various countries. Are they holding back? Most likely not! They are just in over their head, trying to be a step ahead, while slowly acknowledging that it is too late already.
In many cases, only a throat swab is done first. In the end, it might take more than three tests, who knows. Let’s be honest, if it hadn’t been for dedicated medical professionals, they might have stopped after the first test, or the second, and send home the infected person -to infect others.
I think the spread of information, or lack of, is because no-one knows anything really.
Total transparency is needed! But I suppose it’s hard to admit the unknown or to confess that we just don’t know enough. Not sharing information and being open hasn’t helped China where all this started, and it won’t help us either.
President Trump using Pence to censor everything before it gets made public is dangerous -it can cost lives.
This is serious! China and other countries need to co-operate more, and Trump needs to stop politicizing this by blaming the media and Democrats. We all need to be prepared without panicking. Panic is never the answer.
We all should have emergency foods at home at all times. Enough water for a week (One gallon per person a day) Water and food for our pets!
Suggested Emergency Food Supplies (Fema 2006)
Consider the following things when putting together your emergency food supplies:
- Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
- Choose foods your family will eat.
- Remember any special dietary needs.
- Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.
- Protein or fruit bars
- Dry cereal or granola, cookies
- Peanut butter
- Dried fruit
- Canned juices
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- High energy foods
- Food for infants and kids
- Comfort/stress foods
Besides that? Flashlights, matches, candles, medications, manual can opener, propane for outdoor grill most of us have.
All the lists we can find on Pinterest, blogs or government pages are recommendations. Make your own list, for you and your family’s needs. It can actually be a fun game.
Last but not least. Having N95 masks at home might not be a bad idea. I have them at home at all times. My immune system is compromised, I wear them when my customers sniffle and cough. They all understand!
My health, my rules!
What’s the worse that can happen with the Coronavirus? We will have to deal with it!
What’s the best that can happen? They will find a vaccine or a cure tomorrow!
Being prepared is never a bad idea if you do it right.