Getting Through the Coronavirus Crisis


| 3/16/2020 11:20:00 AM


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During times of crisis, every self-reliance skill will give you a major advantage over those who don't have it.

With the coronavirus crisis taking over the world, the preppers, with their stashes of non-perishable goods and their remote bug-out locations, don't seem so out of touch with reality anymore. All of a sudden, those who have taken the trouble of getting ready for a crisis way ahead of time, have the privilege of looking smug and telling the rest of the world, "we told you so." 

Living in a quiet little town and working from home, we haven't had to make any major adjustments so far, although the quarantine is sure to create a heavy, oppressive atmosphere. I am looking ahead with cautious optimism, however, and hope that with the timely measures of our government, the virus will be contained. 

While many panic-spreaders like to talk about everybody isolated at home, hiding behind stacks of canned beans and towers of toilet paper, if you live in a small community and you know for sure your neighbors are responsible people who don't take risks and mostly stay put at this time, I see no reason why one shouldn't keep socializing (on a small scale). Banding together won't only help maintain a feeling of normalcy, but it might also reduce the need for contacting outsiders at this time. 



For example, if I need a tool or a certain service right now, and I check among my neighbors and find someone who can help me, I have saved a potentially risky trip to town. The community that has its own carpenter, plumber, computer tech, etc, is at a big advantage.

Bob
5/29/2020 9:20:38 AM

This current "crisis" is no different than any other in recent times other than how it is being used to manipulate people. The Asian flu of 1957-58 and the Hong Kong flu of 1995-96 were very similar in global numbers to the Coronavirus numbers today. What is different is how the numbers here in the U.S. are being manipulated to make it seem far worse than it is. The CDC requires hospitals to report even "assumed" (without verification) deaths that MAY have any connection to the virus as a death FROM the virus. There's a BIG difference between WITH and FROM. Colorado was challenged on it's count because of this and was forced to lower their total by 24%. A review of the CDC's stats by a group of doctors in Georgia has come to the conclusion that the CDC's total number of virus deaths statistic may be TWICE the actual number. The virus was most likely in the U.S. as early as November, not February since there was a larger number of possible seasonal flu-like illnesses reported last Fall. Just between December and February 2nd when travel from Red China was banned, more than 700,000 people had traveled to the U.S. from all over the world. Testing for antibodies as well as active virus infection is going to confirm one thing - shutting down and staying home has been useless as the virus has been traveling throughout the population since last Fall and millions have had it to varying degrees, from mild symptoms to full blown flu-like sickness, just like seasonal flu strikes every year. By he way, just like this Wuhan (China) virus pandemic, Asian flu and Hong Kong flu originated in--- Red China.


Ravi
3/26/2020 6:26:12 AM

Very apt and suitable article to the Indian conditions currently. Unless everyone takes care of people around, the virus might be able to cause more casualties than it's strength. No doubt there would be support pouring in from the government but it would still be a problem to reach out to those who are really in need, not just medical but essentials of life in general. That gap could be filled by communities turning every community into a small self quarantined unit of people taking care of each other and also having a robust flow of information.




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