CORONAVIRUS: Common Sense Preparations

CORONAVIRUS: Common Sense Preparations

Lately, I have been asked by a few people about what is going to happen and what they should do to prepare for the CORONAVIRUS (CONVID-19).

In this article I will give you the who, what, when, where, and how of dealing with the CONVID-19 as it is currently being assessed. These assessments are based on the way I see the progression of CONVID-19 from China through Europe and now the US.

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Who will be affected by CONVID-19? Everyone

What is the outlook for CONVID-19?

The impacts to individuals and the economy will go from low to medium, growing to extremely high, and then gradually coming back down to a low-long-term impact.

  • Short-Term (1-3 weeks) low to medium impact to individuals and the economy.
  • Medium-Term (3-weeks to 3 months) medium to extremely high impact to individuals and the economy.
  • Intermediate-Term (3 months – 6 months) medium to high impact to individuals and the economy.
  • Long-Term (6 months – 2 years) low to medium impact to individuals and the economy.

Where will the impacts be?

Initially the impacts will be felt in small local clusters then the clusters will get larger with new clusters starting until the entire country has felt the individual and economic impacts.

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How will individuals and the economy be impacted?

  • Up to 150 million people could contract CONVID-19 with estimates from 5-50 million deaths in the United States. Unless CONVID-19 mutates, most of those that will die from the virus or from complications of the virus are older and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
  • You may find yourself in a situation where you are Quarantined, under a State of Emergency, or under Martial Law.
  • Your children may be out of school for the rest of the school year or you may find they are unable to graduate on time.
  • With your children at home, you may be forced to make a decision to leave them home alone so you can  go to work in order to pay your bills (mortgage, food, medical etc…) or rely on what government assistance there is.
  • There may be domestic (interstate and intrastate) travel restrictions.
  • With the ports being closed and manufacturing struggling to rebound, goods will not be as plentiful as they have been and we will face some sporadic and widespread shortages of food, medical supplies, raw materials, vehicles, electronics etc…
  • Retirement accounts may face extreme fluctuations.
  • Interest rates will need to be kept artificially low in order to keep the economy moving and so the federal Government (taxpayers) can afford the money that is being borrowed and will be borrowed in the future to help ease the pain in certain sectors of the economy and keep people employed, as well as, providing a safety net for those without one.

Shelter

If you are in a secure location and you do not have an specific alternate place to go that is better than your current location and you do not have a reliable means to get there; STAY IN PLACE. This doesn’t mean you can’t go to work or to the store, but it does mean not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

If you do not want to hunker down right now like a hermit, take prudent precautions when going out (keep a maximum amount of distance from others, do not shake hands, wash your hands, minimize your exposure to those that are sick or those that are susceptible to getting sick from you).

If you lose your job and you cannot pay your mortgage or your rent then stay in place until the authorities remove you (however, if you can pay your mortgage or your rent then you should do so – the previous advice is only for those in extraordinary circumstances).


Food

If you do not already have a months’ worth of food on hand, then do not go out and buy a years’ worth of dehydrated food that is good for 25 years (especially if you aren’t extremely rich). Go out and buy what you would normally buy except buy more of it, as long as it is healthy and can give you the calories and nutrients you need, as well as, being easy to prepare. If you aren’t used to cooking or eating it, an emergency is not the time to find out if you can make it or if you can eat it.

I suggest buying canned food if you are staying in place because even if the power goes out and you have a manual can-opener you will still be able to eat. Perishables are not a great choice for a quarantine situation since the can go bad by the time you can get back to the grocery store.

NOTE: Buy vitamins – A good Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-D, and Vitamin-E are very good when your immune system is stressed (either to help build it up before you are quarantined or during the time you are quarantined). Some natural supplements like Garlic, Ginger, Echinacea, Elderberries, and Chaga may not be bad choices either to have on hand.


Water

You cannot survive without water for very long and there is something to be said for flushing your system in order to get the ick out so by all means ensure you either buy bottled water or have a way to ensure you have an ample supply of fresh water. You need to provide for a months’ worth of water for each person (1 gallon per person per day). You may also want to get some Gatorade or something with electrolytes in case you or someone contacts a fever and they need to stay hydrated. Most people get tired of drinking plain water and with the loss of electrolytes a case or two won’t hurt.


Medical

In a few weeks the hospitals will be jammed up and you will not be able to get in even if you wanted to so be cognizant of what you are doing and make every effort not to get hurt or to do something that would normally land you in the hospital. If you are not trained in the use of combat life-saving techniques and have the kit to accomplish it, then at least ensure you have some basics. Alcohol, Peroxide, Gauze, Quick Clot, Triple Antibiotic, Duct Tape, Analgesics (Tylenol and Ibuprofen), burn gel,  plastic sheeting for containment, and at least 30 days’ worth of prescription medications etc.…


Security

While I believe everyone should own at least 3 firearms (handgun, Rifle, Shotgun), if you do not currently own one and do not know how to properly (safely) use one (and you cannot obtain at least basic firearms training) then you might be better off not buying one until you can get the level of training you need. Other than that, there is bear deterrent and stun guns. Sorry but you should have considered firearms as a good thing sooner instead of the scary thing the media keeps telling you they are.

NOTE: Security cameras can only tell you who is coming but they cannot protect you so jam the door and put a door stop at the bottom of the door if someone is trying to break in. 911 may or may not work during a complete collapse.


Financial

I am not a financial adviser, but I am leaving my retirement in (I try not to buy the highs and sell the lows). If you need extra money while in quarantine, figure out what you can do online that won’t cost you more than you make. Not great advice but hey, the time to plan is not after the crisis begins.

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Coronavirus (CONVID-19): Should you prepare to die?

Should you prepare to die? At this time, the likelihood that you will die from Coronavirus (CONVID-19) increasingly diminishes depending on the cumulative positive factors you have regarding your age, pre-existing conditions, where you live (country/state/city/suburbia/rural), where you travel, the amount of social contact you have, and what precautions you take.

Ever since CONVID-19 became widely known outside of china in December 2019, people around the world have become increasingly worried and, in some cases, have resorted to panicking. Although it is difficult not to panic when everyone around you is panicking, we need to look at the facts of where we were, where we are, and where we will be.

As important as the factors above are for you personally, science can help us look at the bigger picture. Two main considerations science is studying, are the basic reproduction number (R0), and the mortality rates. These two things will help guide the political decisions regarding testing, quarantines, and the suspension of guidelines that affect vaccine development etc.…

The R0 for CONVID-19 has been reported to be between 1.4- 6.4 with a mortality rate between 2.3 – 17.3. The differences are due to many factors which include but are not limited to; stage and time the calculations were made, the location they were taken from, and other factors such as whether people were quarantined or not.

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What is a basic reproduction number (R0);

According to the CDC, “the basic reproduction number (R0…is intended to be an indicator of the contagiousness or transmissibility of infectious and parasitic agent)”. While the R0 can be a valuable indicator in determining how bad an epidemic/pandemic can be, “counting the number of cases of infection during an epidemic can be extremely difficult, even when public health officials use active surveillance and contact tracing to attempt to locate all infected persons.” (CDC)

What is a mortality rate;

According to Science Direct, the mortality rate is “the incidence of death in a certain time window, often given as an annual rate per 100,000” (Probability of Death).

“Mortality rate due to a given cause [CONVID-19, SARS, EBOLA] is a common and dramatic way of describing the impact of a disease in the population. In cohort studies where participants are followed for considerable lengths of time, disease-specific death rates could be calculated. Clinical trials may use survival/mortality as their primary outcome and compare mortality rates between the intervention and control populations.” (SCIENCE DIRECT)

What does this mean for you?

It is still too early to accurately segment out subsets of the population for either the R0 or the mortality rate except to say; it appears at this point the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions are the most at risk. If you live inside the US or another first world country, you will fare better than if you live in a third world country. Other than that, you will need to take personal responsibility for your own health. As long as the R0 is above 1, the virus will continue to spread and the chances of you dying go up with each negative factor you have.

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What should you do?

Although you do not have a great deal of influence on a macro level you can do some things at the micro level to help you and your family stay safe. It may seem very basic but you should boost your immunity before you come into contact with someone that is a carrier or presents for CONVID-19, you should limit your travel on mass transit, you should limit your social interaction with others, you should limit using communal restrooms, and you should use good hygiene practices.

If you or someone you are close to is presenting symptoms for CONVID-19, call you primary care provider or your local hospital for further direction.

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How can you boost your immunity?

According to Harvard Medical School, “the idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that — a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response.” (HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL)

Furthermore, according to Harvard Medical School, there are some good-health guidelines you can take that can assist in improving your immune system such as: (HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL)

  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
  • Stay up to date with recommended immunizations.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Restrict saturated fats and sugars to 10% of total calories. Minimize consumption of red and processed meats.
  • Exercise regularly. Try to get 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Control your blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so only in moderation.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age group and risk category.

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According to the Cleveland Clinic, eating right is a critical step to ward off illness and you would do well to incorporate the following three vitamins into your diet: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E. (CLEVELAND CLINIC)

Medical News Today further states, “a strong immune system helps to keep a person healthy…the immune system consists of organs, cells, tissues, and proteins. Together, these carry out bodily processes that fight off pathogens, which are the viruses, bacteria, and foreign bodies that cause infection or disease.” “When the immune system comes into contact with a pathogen, it triggers an immune response. The immune system releases antibodies, which attach to antigens on the pathogens and kill them.” By eating foods such as; Blueberries, Dark Chocolate, Turmeric, Oily Fish, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Ginger, Garlic, Green Tea, Kefir, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Oranges, and Red Peppers, you may be able to strengthen you immune response. (MEDICAL NEWS TODAY)

What am I doing personally to protect myself and my family?

I am personally taking echinacea supplements, using ginger root in my coffee and tea, using chaga tincture in my coffee and water, increasing my water intake, increasing my vitamin intake (multi-vitamin and vitamin e supplement), attempting to eat less processed foods and increasing my fruit, nut, and vegetable intake, moving more (being less sedentary even with sub-zero temperatures), trying to get at least eight hours of sleep, staying on a routine, minimizing my physical contact with others in social and work settings, limiting my travel (flights) to only what is absolutely necessary, stocking up with easy to make foods and staples such as soap, bleach, paper goods, water, alcohol, peroxide etc…, and mentally preparing for the possibility of a quarantine. There are other steps I may be currently taking or taking in the future regarding food, security, vehicles, relocation, etc… but that is for a different article.


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