Empty food shelves at my local Walmart.

One thing a lot of preppers thought would happen during an emergency like this pandemic, is that grocery stores would completely empty within 3 days.

But that has been far from reality…

There is still lots of food on shelves.

There was panic buying in the first few days of the pandemic because of poor communication by government officials. People (including myself) thought that quarantine would mean that nobody was allowed outside for ANY reason.  So shelves in the supermarkets were stripped of food, toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies (like bleach and Lysol), and cold and flu medications.

Once people realized that quarantine really didn’t mean “quarantine” but “social distancing” – and that trips to the supermarket were allowed – then the panic subsided.

Items were restocked usually within 8 hours from large distribution warehouses.  Walmart closed at 11 pm and by 7 am the next morning, it was full again.

Another area of panic buying was in firearms and ammunition.

There were a lot of people that have never owned a firearm in their life, that went out and purchased.  A few of my family members are communist-liberals and have never expressed an interest in owning firearms until now.  My own brother called me up expressing his woe over not buying a firearm in early January when I saw smoke on the horizon and warned him to gird his loins.

9 mm ammunition was the first to disappear off the shelves.  Followed by 5.56 mm, 7.62mm x 39, .40 cal and .22 cal long rifle.

Here is the most valuable lesson I have learned so far…

As long as the electricity is on, everything will continue to function.

Electricity is the key.

If the electrical grid goes down, that is when sheer panic takes over and the rule of law goes out the window.

That is the one good thing about this pandemic.  It has allowed me to improve my own preparations; inventory my gear and understand disaster preparedness better.

Know that our world is filled with lots of sheeple that are not equipped for an emergency.  That has now become self-evident even to them.

 

Many countries are racing to come up with a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19 — but what about a treatment?  Well there is a designer drug that was first created to treat human herpes virus, but it was never approved for humans.  Instead it was used to treat a feline coronavirus…

As the race to find effective cures for the novel coronavirus heats up, a biomedical start-up based in Singapore and Malaysia believes it could have the answer – an antiviral drug which has successfully treated coronaviruses and leukaemia in cats. The drug, known as Retromad1, has proven effective in treating the feline leukaemia virus and the feline infectious peritonitis virus, both of which are deadly to cats.

It sounds promising.  And while a vaccine takes a while toproduce, this drug is proven to work (on cats) and is ready for testing.  Hopefully the US FDA or some other country ‘fast tracks’ its testing.

DO NOT USE Ibuprofen also commonly known as Motrin or Advil to treat symptoms of COVID-19. There is strong evidence that it might make your illness worse.

Two parents from Bristol, England nearly lost their 4-year old daughter to COVID-19.  And a step-dad’s warning is making the rounds on the Internet…

If you’re struck with coronavirus symptoms, it might not be a good idea to take ibuprofen.Various experts have warned against taking the anti-inflammatory if you have COVID-19, including France’s health minister.

However unlike most of the cures and preventative measures crap being passed around via email chain-letters, or on Facebook.  This one has a scientific study behind it.   It was published in The Lancet — which is one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world — and after reading it, it makes sense why Ibuprofen should be avoided by EVERYONE!

SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes the disease COVID-19 and and it attaches to the cell it is targeting, via the ACE2

Human pathogenic coronaviruses (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus [SARS-CoV] and SARS-CoV-2) bind to their target cells through angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2), which is expressed by epithelial cells of the lung, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.

And here is the part of the study that is important because doctors are seeing increased lethality and complications in people with diabetes that contract COVID-19 and apparently ibuprofen increases ACE2 also!

The expression of ACE2 is substantially increased in patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who are treated with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin II type-I receptor blockers (ARBs).Hypertension is also treated with ACE inhibitors and ARBs, which results in an upregulation of ACE2. ACE2 can also be increased by thiazolidinediones and ibuprofen. These data suggest that ACE2 expression is increased in diabetes and treatment with ACE inhibitors and ARBs increases ACE2 expression. Consequently, the increased expression of ACE2 would facilitate infection with COVID-19. We therefore hypothesise that diabetes and hypertension treatment with ACE2-stimulating drugs increases the risk of developing severe and fatal COVID-19.

The warning NOT to take ibuprofen came from the French Health Minister — and now a chorus of doctors and scientists are echoing that call.

But the National Health Service in the UK is passing out dangerous information just like every other health agency in the world…

Experts have criticized NHS advice that people self-isolating with Covid-19 should take ibuprofen, saying there is plausible evidence this could aggravate the condition.

The comments came after French authorities warned against taking widely used over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs. The country’s health minister, Olivier Véran, a qualified doctor and neurologist, tweeted on Saturday: “The taking of anti-inflammatories [ibuprofen, cortisone … ] could be a factor in aggravating the infection. In case of fever, take paracetamol [Sarge’s Edit: That is Tylenol or acetaminophen]. If you are already taking anti-inflammatory drugs, ask your doctor’s advice.”

NHS guidance states that people managing Covid-19 symptoms at home should take paracetamol or ibuprofen [Sarge’s Edit: I struck it out because that is wrong advice according to a recent information].

“I would advise against that,” said Prof Ian Jones, a virologist at the University of Reading. “There’s good scientific evidence for ibuprofen aggravating the condition or prolonging it. That recommendation needs to be updated.”

And here another British doctor is saying the same thing that NSAIDS prolong illness and complicated the complications of respiratory infections

Paul Little, a professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton, said that there was good evidence “that prolonged illness or the complications of respiratory infections may be more common when NSAIDs are used—both respiratory or septic complications and cardiovascular complications.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are members of a drug class that reduces pain, decreases fever, prevents blood clots, and in higher doses, decreases inflammation.  Click here to familiarize yourself with the commonly used NSAIDs.  Chances are you have them in your house!

Maybe we should pull ibuprofen from the shelves temporarily?

Regardless you should be passing on the link to this webpage.  It is critical information for your friends and family.

Dr.TEDROS the head of the WHO has fucked up the response from the beginning. And social justice warriors masquerading as politicians and health officials aided in the disaster that is unfolding. Hopefully their heads will roll in the end.

Just to give you an idea how clueless this guy is, here is his latest tweet…

One guy commenting on Dr. TEDROS’s post summed it all up…

Well there does seem to be a bit of good news regarding COVID-19… it’s not affecting children, unlike every other pandemic in history that disproportionately kills the old and very young.

“We know children get infected with the virus, but they don’t appear to get very sick or die,” said Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  “What we don’t know is how much these asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic kids transmit,” he told AFP.  “This is key to understanding their role in the epidemic.”

In a study from mid-February of 44,000 confirmed cases in and around the city of Wuhan, where the pandemic began, the 10-to-19 age bracket made up one percent of infections and a single death.  Patients under 10 comprised less than one percent, with no deaths reported.

It’s important that children practice social distancing just like adults. That means no playing with other children.

Since it’s impossible to clean surfaces like monkey bars and other playground equipment it’s best to avoid taking children to playgrounds and parks where they might touch contaminated play surfaces and touch mucous membranes of their eyes, nose, and mouth.

Not sharing toys with other children is also going to become important. And routinely cleaning the toys they are playing with will also take on a new importance.

Reintroducing pastimes that we enjoyed such as running, jumping, and playing with sticks are still good to go!

Older kids should be encouraged to take up reading, board games and Dungeons & Dragons!

I’ve been warning people for months that an extensive quarantine was not only possible, but highly likely.

And the reason it’s highly likely?

It gives time for researchers, epidemiologists, and the government to fight the virus. It’s called #FlatteningTheCurve so the medical system does not become overwhelmed with serious and critical cases.

While the idea of preventing a spike in cases has been around for a long time, someone came up with a catchy title and a better way of explaining it.

Quarantine flattens the curve and also allows the virus to burn itself out.

Things are not looking good…

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security estimates that 38 million Americans will need medical care for COVID-19.

Of that number, as many as 9.6 million will need to be hospitalized and about a third of them – some 3 million – will need ICU-level care. 

There are only 100,000 ICU beds in America and 790,000 ordinary beds across the country. Not all of those people will need to be hospitalized at the same time, and experts say the crisis could last up to nine months.

Trevor Bedford has done some calculations that are getting scary.  He is a Seattle, Washington scientist studying viruses, evolution and immunity — and has been looking at the gene sequencing of COVID-19 to document the spread.  He is saying that by May will be seeing an Italy type of explosion in cases in both the US and Canada.

He thinks we are at about 10,000 to 40,000 cases nationally in the USA.  But he admits he could be off…

No matter what the number is currently, this crisis has just begun and we need to change our behaviors now to #FlattenTheCurve.

But changing our behaviors might not be enough and government officials are slowly coming around to the fact that we may have to quarantine large numbers of the population in order to avoid overwhelming the medical system.

Dr. Anthony FAUCI director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was asked by a reporter if China or Italy style quarantines would occur in the United States. FAUCI said nothing is off the table, so expected to get much much worse…

Some people who get the coronavirus could be contagious for a lot longer than the two-week quarantine period that many countries are using, a new study says.

Researchers looking at cases in China say patients could spread the virus for up to 37 days after they start showing symptoms, according to the study published in the British medical journal The Lancet.

On average, survivors still had the virus in their respiratory system for about 20 days and could presumably continue to spread the disease, researchers found.