The Coronavirus (now Covid-19) has long broke contain from the country of its origin spreading out of China and infecting today (posted date) at least 40 other countries. The World Health organization (WHO) as of January 30, 2020 is officially calling this outbreak a Global Emergency. Yet still it seems they are reluctant to call it a Pandemic. And who could blame them? The word itself would undoubtedly strike fear and panic in the global population. Oh yes, Pandemic — is a very scary word!
TIME TO PANIC?
The super-virus originating in Wuhan China, was first reported to the World Health organization on December 31, 2019. Since then, as of February 26, only 2 months later, the global death toll is nearing 2,800 with a total of about 80,000 confirmed infection cases reported globally. It seems containment has failed and the disease is about to infect the entire Globe.
Make no mistake things are getting serious out there. Sea border Countries are now severely restricting access to their docking ports. Huge cruise ships some with as many as 2,000 tourists on board are now daily refused port entry and turned away back out to sea. US Navy vessels operating in the Asia-Pacific region are now mandated to remain at sea for at least 14 days after stopping in any Pacific country before docking elsewhere.
CANADIAN PRESS FEB 27, 2020
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director general, said “the world is at a decisive point in its fight to contain the virus.” Changes are happening quickly and the world should take notice.
— On Feb. 18, — 29 countries reported cases of coronavirus.
— On Feb, 29, (just 9 days later) — 46 countries are now infected.
— Just In the past 24 hours, 7 new countries have reported cases for the very first time.
Also Community-based transmission — Person to person contamination not associated with a foreign border breach, is being seen in more countries as well.
So for some, depending in what country your currently living in, the time for Panic has come and gone. For countries with so far limited number of infected cases, Panic is perhaps too strong a word. Perhaps, “time to prepare” would be more relevant to the situation.
TIME TO PREPARE?
Time to stock up on supplies if and when this virus sweeps through your community. Before Panic does set in and empty shelves becomes a problem. Before quarantines are imposed and/or travel is restricted. Before declining availability of essential products and medicines fueled by panic buyers becomes an issue.
Look, I’m not suggesting you should get ready for Armageddon or stock pile a years worth of goods as in preparation for nuclear war. Let’s not get crazy here! Even if you do get infected for most of us our lives are not in danger. So far the death rate is a mere 3.5 % mostly restricted to the very old with other underlining medical conditions. So let’s not Panic here!
I’m simply suggesting that getting the jump on things now and not waiting to the last minute makes sense? And doing it now before everybody else comes to this conclusion or are suddenly faced with this same issue. Preparing now, so if the worse case scenario does happen you will avoid the stress of last minute chaos and empty product shelves.
And if not, at least the peace of mind knowing that your ready.
So what would you need in preparation? I suppose that is for you to ultimately decide based on your family size and medicinal needs and what you consider to be essential. Perhaps other than some extra can goods or long lasting food products you could look at what other highly infected communities are running out of.
Like protected face masks which are reportedly already hard to find due to the panicked rush of worried consumers. Experts insist masks have limited effectiveness on airborne virus’ but limited or not, I think we’d all feel safer wearing one?
Electricity, water and most other essential living necessities wouldn’t be impacted so don’t get carried away. Again, there should be no panic buying at this time. Perhaps simply purchasing a little extra each trip to the store. All we are trying to do is beat the panic buying rush IF it does eventually occur. For most countries and communities this is yet not even on the horizon.
Have I gone too far in suggesting preparing now in case of a runaway contamination in your community? Is it way to soon to even think this way? Perhaps. But what do you really have to lose. Either you end up with some extra supplies you can slowly use up over a few months or you end up prepared and ready long before the chaos of panic sets in among your fellow consumers.
And doesn’t it look like this super-virus is now running out of control and skipping borders as easily as birds flying their yearly migratory route? Unless world travel is totally shut down (not going to happen) borders will be breached carrying the infected and continuing the spread of this disease.
JUST IN UPDATE: Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu is encouraging Canadians to stockpile food and medication in their homes in case they or a loved one falls ill with the novel coronavirus. Good advice for ANY potential crisis, from a viral outbreak, to a power outage she advised.
And so it begins!
The hopes of containment is over. The spread of the disease is becoming world wide. How each country handles the outbreak from here on in is yet to be seen. Even in countries with few cases of infected so far, the virus is spreading with new cases reported almost on a daily basis.
Nobody it seems, has been able to stop the spread of Covid-19 once it crosses their borders. They all talk soothing words, say it’s not a concern in their country. But what else do you expect them to say? Panic is infectious! As much as, or even more than — the virus itself!
Now officially declared a World Emergency the word Pandemic is sure to follow.
If that doesn’t cause you concern, then your just plain not paying attention!
THE WORD OF WAYNE
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