The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that medical supplies are much needed to help stop the spread of the virus but they are quickly being depleted. We’ve touched on some of the things that have been selling out as Americans finally prepare for a pandemic possibility, but it looks like you may want to enhance your first aid kit first.
In light of WHO calling for more supplies, it really doesn’t mean there will be more for us, just more for them: the elitists. After all, the United States surgeon general doesn’t want Americans buying face masks because health officials need them instead.
The shortage of supplies is expected and not that alarming. Most preppers have at least something in a first aid kit that could help them quarantine themselves and hunker down in the event of a pandemic. But WHO, the “world’s authority” on health was far less prepared.
While talking to reporters at their Geneva headquarters, WHO officials called on manufacturers to “urgently increase production” of medical supplies needed to fights the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak spreading across the globe. According to WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, manufacturers would have to increase their production of personal protective gear supplies by 40% to meet the medical community’s needs.
They are not prepared, and this article written by Ready Nutrition in November of 2019, before the news of the coronavirus’ outbreak surfaced, highlights the problems with central planning:
The truth that no one wants to hear is that you are going to be responsible for yourself and your own health. The governments of the world are not prepared to protect humanity from a pandemic.
“Supplies are rapidly depleting,” stated Tedros. “WHO estimates that each month 89 million medical masks will be required for the COVID-19 response, 76 million examination gloves and 1.6 million goggles.” These sentiments were echoed in Capitol Hill by Dr. Robert Kadlec, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who stated that the U.S. had about 35 million N95 respirator masks. This represents only 10 percent of the 3.5 billion that the country will need if COVID-19 becomes a full-blown pandemic.
A surge in global demand for N95 face masks, which are effective in protecting health-care workers from infection (which means they’ll protect others from infection too), has affected their supply. In China, nurses and doctors face shortages as the high demand has depleted the country’s stockpile.
As we keep saying: hope for the best but prepare for the worst.