This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The Economic Collapse Blog.
We still don’t know if this coronavirus outbreak will become a horrific worldwide pandemic or not, but what we have seen so far is definitely very alarming. People have literally been dropping dead in the streets, the Chinese government has locked down major city after major city, and the virus kept spreading very rapidly on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan even though a strict quarantine was instituted.
Scientists that have studied the virus are telling us that it “could be 20 times more lethal than the flu”, and it binds to human cell receptors much more easily than the SARS virus did. Unfortunately, because the epicenter of this crisis is on the other side of the globe, most Americans are simply not paying much attention to it. In fact, most of the people that my wife and I have been talking to and hearing from don’t think that the coronavirus is much of a threat to the United States at all.
And if the coronavirus does start to become a problem in this country, a new survey has found that most Americans are quite confident that the government can handle it…
More than three in four Americans say they are very confident or somewhat confident in the US federal government’s ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak, a Gallup poll has found, a higher level of confidence than in previous health scares.
Gallup said the results were from a February 3 to February 16 poll that began just days after the Trump administration announced it would suspend entry of foreign nationals who had been to China in the previous two weeks.
Hopefully, this coronavirus outbreak will not explode in North America and our normal lives will not be disrupted.
But considering what is happening over in Asia, it would definitely be prudent to take some precautions. Unfortunately, most Americans are not really doing much of anything to prepare for a potential pandemic at this point.
If a pandemic does not materialize, that won’t be a problem. But if this virus starts spreading like wildfire in the U.S., we are going to have a massive crisis on our hands.
The time to stop an outbreak from happening is at the very beginning, and the lack of urgency about this virus that we are witnessing from local health officials around the country is absolutely stunning.
According to NBC News, there are thousands of Americans that are currently “under voluntary self-quarantine”. These individuals have either recently traveled to China or they have recently had contact with someone that was infected.
As you might assume, a “voluntary self-quarantine” is not mandatory. Instead, NBC News says that it is “strongly encouraged”…
Self-quarantining isn’t mandatory, but it is strongly encouraged.
It’s up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine.
So anyone that doesn’t want to participate can feel free to mix with the general public as much as they want.
Isn’t that great?
And since it is “up to the state and local health departments to decide how to manage residents under self-quarantine”, there is no single set of standards that is being followed.
In other words, state and local health officials are free to make things up as they go along.
We aren’t talking about a small number of people either. In fact, more than 5,000 people are under self-quarantine in California alone…
The California Public Health Department said there are more than 5,400 such people in the state. In Washington state, 745 people have been asked to self-quarantine. Georgia health officials identified about 200 travelers.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said more than 300 people were referred for monitoring.
All it takes is a couple of “super spreaders” to get a real good outbreak going, and to see such a lack of concern about preventing the spread of this disease is quite disheartening.
And this lackadaisical attitude has even extended to actual victims that have been confirmed to have the virus. The CDC specifically warned against putting infected people on the same flight with non-infected people, but the U.S. government did it anyway…
Fourteen Americans who tested positive for the Coronavirus were flown back to the US on a flight with over 300 people who were not infected, despite objections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The flight was filled with people who were evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, which had been quarantined due to an outbreak of the virus.
Reading this sort of thing makes you want to tear your hair out.
Despite such extreme negligence, hopefully everything will be okay. But it should be noted that the CDC is telling hospitals that now “is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order”…
“This is the time to open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, a top official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged hospitals last week as an outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus ravaged much of China.
“For instance,” she continued, health-care providers need to plan for a “surge at a hospital, the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce, the administrative controls and so forth that you might put place in a health care setting.”
Anyone that assumed that this crisis would be largely confined to China has been proven wrong. At this point, we have already seen significant outbreaks erupt in several other countries in Asia. In fact, there are now six other nations where “community spread” is taking place…
- South Korea
Perhaps the most notable outbreak on that list is in South Korea. According to the Guardian, 31 brand new cases were announced on Thursday…
The South Korean city of Daegu was facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centred on a controversial “cult” church surged to 38 cases, accounting for nearly half of the country’s total.
The city of 2.5 million people, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were linked to a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus.
If we don’t want the same thing to happen here, we need to take this virus very seriously.
Unfortunately, that is simply not happening, and all of us could end up paying a great price as a result.
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Our government is going to move all cases to Alabama to a fema facility. This is across the country. contract will be made with well people. It will spread!
Susan, fortunately those ill-conceived plans have been cancelled.
No, the problem was there was NOT a strict quarantine on the Plauge Ship.
This is all being handled by complete clowns.
Operation “deep cleanse” is on its way…
Feb 22, 2020 Coronavirus: How WHO Corruption Helped It Spread
Rampant corruption within the United Nations World Health Organization is putting lives at risk during the deadly coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan, China. Why did the WHO delay issuing a global emergency? Has Chinese money influenced the WHO and it’s Director General Tedros Adhanom? And what about poor Taiwan?
Really good post! In 2015 China took over the United Nations using spies and bribery. ALL senior managers in the UN are now stooges for China or are Chinese nationals working directly for the Communist Party (a direct violation of the UN’s code of practice: all senior staff pledge to work to the UN’s code of practice not to a state or political party).
When the WHO gives a statement, that is coming directly from the Communist Party. And the Communist Party has one priority: to stay in power and to stop the rising rebellion in the country. Stopping the epidemic is job number 2.
And worse still, many top Western politicians are taking kick-backs from China or are kompromated up the wha-zooh with sex films etc.
A total clean out is required and the security services have ALL of this so it is time the courts get this information and start the trials.
One Mutation away from Oblivion
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So where are the out breaks in South Africa, South America, Austrial, New Zealand. How many sick , dead. This just does not pass the smell test.
Have not posted here in awhile but I do still read the articles. If the virus does not come to the US heavy I think it will still hurt the economy. For us preppers best look at inventory one last time and try to see if anything is missed. Get it this week just in case. Good luck all.
Mike in VA, Much is unknown or not being reported about the coronavirus. But this we do know. It is much more than a medical event. It is by all definitions a ‘Black Swan’ event. Even Forbes  has declared such.
I’ve said for a couple years on SHTF that I had put together a last minute disaster list for one last run to the big box bulk store. Today I made that run and filled two carriages. There were no crowds, the shelves were fully stocked. I checked out what other people were buying, they weren’t packing the canned or frozen foods or other stuff for a long term shelter in place or bug out. Other folks were just buying everyday stuff in “normal” quantities. I was early to the party, I can still go back for more.
One new detail out of China, they’ve determined that people who have recovered completely of all symptoms, continue to shed live virus for an unknown period. Point is, it’s verified that those who recovered are still contagious for a period of time.
I have been watching the news, we are now in day seven of no meaningful information on the spread of this virus in the US. It’s never a good sign when the government and media go dark on a life and death issue. Da guberment seems escarred we will panic and buy up da goodies before they can for COG.
Yes, to the article headline, Americans aren’t taking this pandemic seriously. There is a huge learning curve to surviving a pandemic. Imagine having to figure out how to go the next year and avoid getting any cold or flu or any virus from another human. Get used to the smell of Clorox. Watch some videos on dealing with Ebola in Africa.
I had a recent chest cold, Dr sent me for an X-ray to check for pneumonia. I went to a busy radiology center and swear, of the ten people I saw working there in the front office and back, perhaps two didn’t show obvious symptoms of coughing or sneezing. The place sounded like a TB ward, and these were all professionals in a medical center.
The best approach may be to shelter and avoid all people as much as possible for several months until Darwin has had his way with the silly and foolish of this world. When you must go among people you must have a foolproof way to disinfect everything you want to touch, and a method to prevent you from touching your eyes, face, nose, mouth.
Hopefully the internet won’t be sensored like in China so people can share simple survival ideas and methods. Consider this a possibility, and start learning standard protocols for protecting the healthy, and handling the sick during a contagious pandemic
PTPO, Americans take nothing seriously. They are immersed in frivolous pursuits. There are very few that you can even have a serious discussion with.
Are they blind? I could be wrong but it seems as if they have literally been blinded.
Willful ignorance is a rebellion against God. 2 Peter 3:5
The Powers That Be are so evil. Whether their last names are Rothschild, Rockefeller, Soros, Gates, or whatever, they are the enemy of humanity. This is ultimately a spiritual battle between good and evil, and all the money is on the evil side.
Look up this video title on YouTube:
“The BEST NEWS re CΟRΟNΑ VΙrus you’ve heard all month! Kinda.” -by Dana Ashlie
But remember. God wins in the end. Evil wins skirmishes. God wins the War.
Amen to that – and thank God we believers know how the story ends, the story of our minimum dimensional, spherical, five senses world!
It is not “most Americans” flying infected and exposed persons back into the USA and not quarantining many of them, it is our government.
I don’t even think they are testing Americans for it at this point. How do we know who has it if they don’t test? It will be a serious problem for our health care system. One out of every 5 infected requires hospitalization. Out of those hospitalized, 25% require extreme care (ICU). Out of those in the ICU, 61% die. People will freak out when all the hospital beds are full. I would rather take my chances at home than go to one of those “emergency medical shelters” like they have in China. They didn’t even install bathroom facilities or toilets.
I went on a heavy Target run on Saturday. I couldn’t believe the number of people only purchasing one or two items. I had a full cart and I made my oldest child push a second cart behind me that I also filled. Mostly toilet paper, paper towels, diapers for the baby, kleenex and wipes. I wanted to stock up on the bulky items because they always take up so much room in the cart and vehicle. Just a tip too, for those who have picky eaters at home, the Fairlife brand milk is good 6-8 weeks out if you want to have fresh milk available for your family. I don’t usually purchase their brand due to the animal cruelty problems, but will make an exception for the next few weeks.
“More than three in four Americans say they are very confident or somewhat confident in the US federal government’s ability to handle a coronavirus outbreak…”
Human feces were reported in EPA offices.
I keep thinking of the military stationed in South Korea, going to downtown Seoul or Pyeongtak, partying with the locals. Possibly getting infected then getting on a plane back to the states to visit family and friends. Wonder if the DoD is looking at this?