This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
All across the United States people are getting really stressed out about COVID-19. Every effort to contain the virus has failed, cases have started to pop up all over America, and the latest numbers show that it is 34 times more deadly than the flu.
And what makes this particular coronavirus even more frightening is the fact that it is so easy to catch. You can become infected simply by breathing in the air around you, it can live on solid surfaces for days, and some victims can carry it around for weeks before ever showing any symptoms. As this virus continues to spread, literally no public place will be safe, and that is really freaking a lot of people out.
But so far only 11 Americans have died from the virus.
If thousands start dying in this country, what is our national mood going to be like at that point?
Already, the level of stress that we are witnessing is very alarming. The following comes from an NPR article about the “national anxiety” that we are currently experiencing…
And, as the coronavirus spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful. “Will it come to my community” or “Am I at risk?’
“We’ve got national anxiety at the moment, a kind of shared stress, and we are all in a state of extreme uncertainty,” says Catherine Belling, an associate professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, who studies the role of fear and anxiety in health care.
course, there are very good reasons to be concerned about this virus.
More than 3,000 people have already died around the world, and the horrors that we have seen elsewhere on the globe are starting to happen here.
And with each startling headline, the level of anxiety is going to go higher.
All of a sudden, large numbers of Americans are extremely afraid to touch each other or anything around them. The following comes from a Washington Post article entitled “Coronavirus anxiety is everywhere, and there is no cure”…
America this week began to consider the existential threat of a doorknob. The horror of a touch-screen in the self-checkout lane. The inescapable doom that accompanies any trip on public transportation. The realization of how much, exactly, we all touch our faces each day: constantly.
Last week, you pressed elevator buttons with abandon. You weren’t afraid of the free weights in the gym. You washed your hands for barely enough time to say “Happy Birthday” once, let alone sing it twice.
This outbreak has already radically altered the behavior of millions of Americans, and we are probably still only in the very early chapters.
Fear of this virus is also causing many of us to stockpile supplies like crazy. Just check out the following numbers from Nielsen…
Fears about a worsening coronavirus outbreak have led shoppers in the U.S. and other hard-hit countries to begin stocking up on supplies to fill “pandemic pantries,” a new report from Nielsen suggests.
Sales of sought-after hand sanitizers have risen 73% in dollar value in the four weeks ending Feb. 22, compared with the same period in 2019, Nielsen says. Similarly, medical masks sales spiked 319%, aerosol disinfectants rose 47% and thermometers increased 32%.
If this outbreak continues to intensify, it is inevitable that shortages will begin to emerge.
So if there is something that you need to purchase, you should go get it as soon as you can.
Each new day brings more shocking revelations. On Wednesday, we found out that the number of confirmed cases in New York has risen to 11…
Another family in New York has been confirmed to have the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted this afternoon.
The family from New Rochelle is believed to have been in contact with the 50-year old attorney, who has since been hospitalized. The attorney and his family were confirmed to have the virus earlier today.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in New York to 11.
Sadly, Governor Cuomo is expecting many more cases to pop up, and he told the press that trying to contain this virus “is literally like trying to stop air”…
“This is literally like trying to stop air, because somebody sneezes, it’s respiratory and it’s inevitable that it will continue to spread,” Cuomo told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Cuomo said there “were going to be many, many people who test positive.”
On the other coast, six new cases were just confirmed in Los Angeles…
As the U.S. death toll hit 11 Wednesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and county officials declared states of emergency and announced six additional cases of the deadly coronavirus that has health officials around the world scrambling for answers.
More than 130 cases have been confirmed across the nation. Los Angeles had confirmed just one before Wednesday’s announcement.
Alarmingly, one of the newly confirmed cases was a medical screener at LAX…
A medical professional who conducted passenger screenings at Los Angeles International Airport tested positive for the coronavirus late Tuesday, according to the Department of Homeland Security and an internal email obtained by NBC News.
The person last worked screening air travelers for illness on Feb. 21, DHS said in a statement, which also said the medical professional had worn the proper protective gear while working. The internal email described the person as a “contract medical screener” for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Just like we have seen in China, medical professionals in the western world are catching COVID-19 despite attempting to take proper precautions.
That just underscores how easily this virus passes from person to person.
As this outbreak continues to intensify, it is probably inevitable that some pretty extreme measures will be taken to get it under control.
In fact, we are already seeing college basketball games get canceled…
Chicago State became the first Division I men’s basketball program to cancel games due to the coronavirus outbreak, announcing on Tuesday the decision not to travel to Seattle University on Thursday or Utah Valley on Saturday.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City declared Wednesday the Roos men’s team would not travel to Seattle for its Saturday contest against the Redhawks.
And over in Italy it was just announced that all schools will be closed until mid-March…
Italy announced Wednesday it will temporarily close all its schools and universities as the country continues to grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections, according to new reports.
Those closures will begin Thursday and last until mid-March, CNBC reported.
Can you imagine if that happened in the United States?
Of course the kids would love it, and considering the overall quality of the education in our public schools they wouldn’t miss much anyway.
Even before this outbreak started, we were living at a time of great uncertainty, and this virus has certainly taken things to an entirely new level.
We still don’t know if this will become a true global pandemic that will kill millions of people, but many prominent voices are acknowledging that it is definitely a possibility. The following comes from Piers Morgan…
Should it become a global pandemic, as many experts now fear, then the consequences could be devastating. In 1918, the H1N1 ‘Spanish flu’ virus killed between 50-100 million people.
Tech titan Bill Gates, who spends much of his time and money combatting diseases with his charitable foundation, said: ‘In the past week, coronavirus has started behaving a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about.’
If COVID-19 does kill millions of people, it will cause fear on a scale that most of us would not even want to imagine right now.
Thanks to social media, information can spread across the globe in a matter of minutes. There is no way that global authorities will be able to keep the general public calm if things get bad enough, and health systems in the western world will be absolutely overwhelmed as multitudes of sick people swamp the hospitals.
Let us pray that such a scenario does not materialize.
But for now, the numbers continue to grow at a frightening rate each day, and “coronavirus anxiety” is going to continue to grow right along with those numbers.
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Time to thin the herd.
No pandemic declaration until the end of May. Why? The large insurance companies have a huge amount of money held by the WHO. If they don’t declare a pandemic until the end of May, then the insurance companies get their money back. If WHO declares before that time, the money is seized by WHO and distributed around the world to fight the virus. Don’t you just love it?
sir if you would look up “pandemic bonds” you will find your answer.Basically big donors to the fund were told that if no pandemic was confirmed before july15th2020 then they would get all their money back plus interest.So i submit to you what do you think is going to happen?
This is a BS article. No doubt there will many more cases of illness associated with this virus, but presently I don’t know anyone who is getting all hysterical and stressed out about it. Yea sure, maybe they are buying a few extra items, and seeing to other preps, but they are mainly concerned like most informed and rational people that the affects will be more economic that clinical.
My personal belief is this virus only serves to be a GREAT DISTRACTOR. One very ominous story not being mentioned at all is that the US 10 year yield just hit its all-time record low. This means one very telling thing – debt is becoming unmanageable even as there is even more calls for more debt. That’s why the market dropped more than 900 points today, it comes at the expense of “riskier” assets like stocks. Look for more wild whipsaw action in the markets.
There will be more rate cuts, even as they say publicly they don’t want to lower rates. Once the interest rate finally becomes zero the middle class will be screwed for a generation. Very low interest rates contribute to extreme wealth concentration. Assets lose value, public and private pension plans suffer, middle class investments like IRA’s lose value , etc. The wealth is actually in effect transferred to the hyper wealthy, hedge funds, Wall Street banks, etc. This can only occur with a collusion of gov’t, the fed. and the central banks by creating bubbles, they profit when bubbles go up and when bubbles go down, but you lose. In reality it is a monstrous scam – period. The MSM is running cover for them, they’re saying the instability of the bond market is due to the virus – total BS, it’s just another wealth transfer.
This Snyder fellow may have had good intentions writing this article, but if you are looking for the real story look some where else.
You don’t have a clue.
The Tom Ball Story
Mac Slavo June 8th 2011
“When people lose everything, and they have nothing left to lose, they lose it.”
Another fear peddler.
Never ending fear.
Fear is a control mechanism of government, business, ALL Media, Some church leaders.
Fear destroys critical thinking.
Fear makes the sheep blindly follow the leader. Even if the leader is leading the sheep to destruction/slaughter.
So slow it down.
Some of you might want to, “put on a kettle for tea.” Slow it down. Most of you here at shtfplan are over prepared already. So no worries. You will be fine. No matter what happens.
The NWO World government, 5g kill weapon, Agenda 2030, Bankers, these are the real threat to your safety and well being. “Fear” is a threat to peoples well being.
Look up StopTheCrime. n e t on YouTube.
Look up: Deborah Tavares, and SVALI
YouTube Search: “DEBORAH TAVARES Illuminati Global Agenda & Smart Directed Energy Weapons Age Of Truth TV -MIRROR”
Here is something else on YouTube. Good appropriate song:
Type this in Youtube Search: “Return To Serenity – Testament – (Cover by LEAH)”
Jesus Christ offers salvation in this life and in death.
Masks, Blackrifles, Trump, will Not save you. Jesus will. Ask and you will recieve.
We always prayed to Jesus before the patrol/battle.
We make tea when the storm is coming.
When squared away, you are calm within the storm, you can also sleep like a baby and are well rested. Makes you effective and in good health. Good luck.
Your point is on the money, if there are “independent journalists” out there who keep peddling fear it makes one ask on whose behalf is the article really being published/posted. HL Menchen said; “The whole aim of politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Today, we have official spying on citizens, secret laws being passed, militarized police, homeland security agencies, cameras everywhere including highways, fusion centers, metal detectors at entrances to buildings and facilities, 17 fed. intel agencies, etc. The cost for all this adds up not to billions, but trillions. This network is not primarily to keep citizens secure, but to make the State secure.
At this point, I don’t hear any politicos or people in uniform, telling us that civilization needs to stop. (At this point.)
But, some big names in the conspiracy theory genre are now begging for total fascism, saying how lockdown is a necessary evil.
Military manuals absolutely free to download. The first one you want to look for is FM-21-76. This particular manual covers basic short to med range survival. Including edible and medicinal plants shelters primitive weapons water filtration. If your on a tight budget you can print it off at the library. For about $5.
There are hundreds of other manuals available covering everything from vehicle operations weapon systems escape and evasion sniping counter insurgency techniques integration.
Wanna learn to strip down rebuild an Abrams tank drive it into a fight there’s actually a manual for that
GOOGLE LIST OF MILITARY MANUALS PDF. this will give you the titles and descriptions.
As I said these are absolutely 100% free to Download print and distribute, after all they were researched studied and printed with tax dollars. They are available free as most government documents. If you know where to look
Oh , almost forgot. Your welcome folks