The World Health Organization may be at the beginning stage of realizing that centralized planning and authoritative measures are not going to stop the spread of the coronavirus. WHO says it’s too early to declare this outbreak a pandemic, but they are now urging preparations at the individual level.
Knowing how corrupt and ineffective centralized planning and the “authorities” have been throughout history, it does stand to reason that once again, preppers were right to get ready for a pandemic on their own without relying on the government’s assistance. “It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said.
In just the past week, the coronavirus has seen a substantial spread outside of mainland China, according to CNBC. In Italy, the virus has infected more than 220 people and killed at least seven as of Monday morning. South Korea confirmed another 231 cases on Monday, which brings the total in the country to more than 830. And health officials in Iran have confirmed 61 total cases in the country, with 12 deaths nationwide.
“If we’re not using the P-word now, we’ll be using it in the days or weeks to come,” Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist and professor at the University of Toronto, said in a phone interview with CNBC. The data from China indeed shows a peak and decline, he added, but there are questions about the reliability of that data, especially considering China’s attempt to censor data and information even in other countries.
The push to get people to prepare for the likelihood of this virus becoming a pandemic is there. Health officials still don’t know how the coronavirus spreads, but it is likely that it’s similar to the flu or SARS; infected droplets are sneezed or coughed out by a person with the virus and another person breathes in those droplets. If this virus is airborne, a simple surgical mask isn’t likely to help. The best way to prevent contraction would be to avoid people. However, if you need to be in public, a mask can be effective if you use the right one, and it’s certainly better than nothing. This is also going to be more effective if those who are already sick also use a mask. Get one that fits snugly to the face and is an N100 mask. If those are unavailable (they’ve been selling out) try to get the next best thing, which is the N99 mask.
You should also improve your handwashing technique, especially when in public.
This article contains some great information. It was written as a way to prepare for a general pandemic back in November by the website Ready Nutrition:
Make sure you’ve got at least some food stored and water, along with a water filtration device. It won’t hurt to be “over” prepared in the event of a pandemic. You should also check your first aid kit and make sure it’s adequate and there are some over the counter medications to at least, at the bare minimum, alleviate some symptoms if you or a family member does get sick. Stay hydrated and keep your immune system in great shape by eating right, exercising, and getting adequate sleep.