What is SARS coronavirus?
NOTE: This article was written on Feb 1, 2020 with updates added Mar. 1, Mar. 9, Mar.20, Apr. 9, and May 6, 2020.
As more and more deaths occur in China from coronavirus, more and more people are being quarantined. City streets reportedly are empty and devoid of people because people are staying home. As we hear about it in the news, people are wondering if the truth about coronavirus is being revealed. They want to know just What is SARS coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a cousin to SARS virus. As of Feb 1, the official word is that 14,000 worldwide are infected. However, Chris Enloe, a reporter for The Blaze says this number
“…is significantly too low, according to a medical research paper published Friday, Jan 31, 2020.
“The shocking results of the study, which was performed by experts at the University of Hong Kong, found that as of Jan. 25, more than 75,000 people in Wuhan had likely already contracted the disease, a number nearly 100 times greater than what the official record stated. At the time, there were just 761 reported confirmations of the disease in the Wuhan area.
“Even more alarming is the fact that the disease doubles in the number of infections every 6.4 days, the experts found.
“That means, if the scientists are correct, more than 150,000 people living in and around Wuhan are infected with the disease.
“What that means for the rest of the world is uncertain. However, given the lengthy incubation period, and the fact that the disease has already undergone genetic mutations, the official numbers likely do not reflect the actual number of people infected with the coronavirus.”
Coronavirus spreads through the air, and by touching something that has been touched by someone infected. and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.
What is a Quarantine?
People are placed in isolation so as not to spread disease. NOTE: We have learned through personal experience that we can Self-quarantine to keep ourselves from harms way.
Is the Coronavirus in China Going to Affect Me?
China is under quarantine status right now because of the coronavirus. China has shut down its steel industry because of the coronavirus. Now it is spreading all across the world in small cases, but is this a threat to the world?
Americans have been evacuated from China. The following videos show evidence. Look at the little videos under the main video here==> See this CNN video.
What would a coronavirus quarantine look like for me?
China is under quarantine status. What would a coronavirus quarantine look like for you in your country? Inability to leave your home for weeks. 3 weeks has to be planned for, till there are no more outbreaks. Then another 3 weeks. That is 6 weeks, but how long would it take till there are no more outbreaks?
Are you prepared to spend 6-8 weeks or longer in your home, unable to go to the store for restocking your supplies? Besides, how long would it take for shelves to be bare in the grocery stores?
Some of the items you should be concerned about stocking up with should include
- Hygiene masks,
- Medical supplies,
- Paper goods,
- Cleaning supplies,
- Personal hygiene
It isn’t just food that you would need in the event of a lockdown or quarantine situation in your community.
Medical Needs Are Of Prime Importance
Do you have medical needs such as
- Medicines you take daily,
- First aid products,
- Supplements you need,
- Medical supplies for oxygen users, cannulas, medical devices, Etc
You will need a minimum of a 6 week supply of the above-mentioned items.
With the Coronavirus, hygiene masks would be a must to have in your supply. Even before lockdown. Whenever going out in public you would need your mask. The type of mask you need is not the typical little white dust mask, often displayed in pictures you see. The particles would still be able to enter your lungs with those masks.
The dust mask will not protect you so you need an industrial type mask that costs around $8-$12 each and you would need one for each person in the family.
NOTE: Many people have learned to sew their own masks, so if you can’t find any in stores or online, a scarf is better than nothing.
If your family had to be quarantined for two months, what personal hygiene items would you need? Consider all items such as soaps, hair care, deodorants, baby wipes, female monthly needs, etc.
If you wait until an emergency arises, do you really believe you would be able to buy these things at the store? Things would go flying off the shelves and within hours the shelves would be empty.
- Paper goods
- Paper towels,
- Paper plates,
- Plastic Utinsels,
- Bed pads
- Toilet paper,
Some of these items are less important than others. TP and bed pads might be more important than paper plates and plasticware, for example. You can wash dishes whereas, you can not manufacture TP & bed pads.
Each person will have to determine what is most important and make priorities as to what to purchase first and foremost.
Of a certainty, you are going to need to be able to wash clothing and to clean dishes and surfaces. So cleaning supplies must not be forgotten about. Laundry soap, toilet cleaners, disinfectants, sink and shower cleaners.
Most of us who have sufficient for our needs definitely need to keep an eye on our current supply and make sure we replace them or buy a back/up while you are using up that final two months’ supply
Foods to Store
If you were unable to go to the store to purchase food for 2 months it’s obvious that you need some form of food, whether dehydrated, canned or fresh. Fresh produce would be out of the question, however, there are some alternatives that can give you those nutrients you get from fresh fruits and vegetables. I’ll address that later.
- Bulk grains which require special treatment to preserve them from pests and weevil.
- There are, of course, canned foods you can store and many do, but most of us don’t store enough of them to last very long.
- Freeze-dried food and dehydrated food and meals are a typical selection by many people.
My Preference For Storing Food.
I take a little of each of the ways people store food. It makes things more affordable and for most of us, the cost is a big concern. Perhaps you will like some of my ideas.
I have some dehydrated food in #10 cans and Pantry sizes. These dehydrated and freeze-dried foods also come in meals all ready to rehydrate and eat. You would be wise to get lots of those meals for a rainy day.
For grains, I have mostly stored them in buckets or 40-gallon cans. I buy them in bulk so they are much more affordable. You have to figure out the season of harvest for each grain so you can purchase them after they are harvested. This picture may appear to be bulk to you, but I recently purchased 25 lb of Oatmeal for around $23. Compare the price.
I buy dried beans in small 1 pound sizes because that keeps the rest of the beans in unopened packages. When my children were at home, however, I would buy 4-6 lb bags.
I buy Powdered Milk, Oatmeal, & Rice in bulk when I can. Then I can put it in cans myself, or in a group of likeminded persons, we rent the “Canner” from a local source and can it in #10 size cans..
If you store any grains in bags, make sure they are triple cleaned and triple bagged. Then it is important to keep them up OFF the cement where moisture will form.
The triple bagged grains usually prevent rodents from getting into them. We have some wheat that is stored that way, but we store it on pallets off the floor! The temperature has to be cool below 72 degrees because weevil hatches at around 72 degrees.
Here’s a horror story with regards to storing wheat and weevil.
My parents had an open 30 gallon can with wheat in it in their storage when they passed away. It was stored in a garage that was supposed to be insulated. When my brother put his hand into the wheat up to his elbow and then pulled it out, it was covered with hollowed-out husks of wheat. At the bottom were the fat well-fed weevils.
It is important to keep wheat in a climate-controlled environment. A basement usually stays around 50 degrees unless it is heated. in that case, you need to insulate your storage room well.
Don’t Forget Other Essentials
A diet of bread, wheat, oatmeal, powdered milk, and rice would be really tasteless, and you would tire of it very quickly without some flavorings added. That is why I make sure I have plenty of
- variety of spices
- baking supplies such as baking powder, and soda and
- don’t forget yeast. If you had to make your own bread you would need yeast.
What is the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated foods?
Freeze-dried food has been dried in a slow low heat environment. The moisture has been extracted slowly so it can be quickly reconstituted.
Dehydrated food has been dried more quickly and so the rehydration takes much longer. Dehydrated food is much cheaper than freeze-dried.
Many bikers, backpackers, and campers love freeze-dried packets of food because they are so easy to use and taste like real food. In addition, they are lightweight and much easier to deal with. You can even eat some of them right out of the packet.
Both freeze-dried and dehydrated food comes in cans or Mylar packages or containers. Canned dried food will generally last for 25 to 30 years, however, cans rust over time so you have to be concerned about that.
If the cans are kept in a humid environment, they will rust. I found that out when my parents died leaving a bunch of “Rainy Day” foods they had stored for over 30 years and most of them were useless because of rusted through cans.
Food stored in mylar packages must be stored inside a tub or bucket to keep rodents from invading them.
The advantage of storing dehydrated food in #10 cans is that you can put them on the shelf and forget about them until that rainy day when they become needed. You should routinely rotate your storage. Have an emergency preparedness meal once a month or week.
WARNING: If you store #10 cans, routinely double-check them to check for rust.
How long will dehydrated food last once it’s opened?
The shelf life is usually 6 to 12 months but it must be kept dry and oxygen-free. Usually, the plastic lid is sufficient, and you need to keep it in a dark dry cupboard once it is opened..
How Do We Get The Nutrients We Need?
Did you know that by sprouting seeds you can get great nutritional value from those tiny seeds. It is at the moment that seeds sprout that the seed has the most nutritional value of its whole life. Sometimes 600% more nutrition at that very point of germination.! This a self-watering/rinsing sprouter. If you aren’t used to sprouting seeds, this unit will take the guesswork out of remembering to rinse your seeds.
Seeds such as lentils, alfalfa, radish seeds, and wheat are often used in sprouting. Mung beans are very hard to sprout into the long mung beans you buy at the store. Lentils taste similar to fresh green peas. When my family used to get sick, and I was sick and tired of the sickness, I would make sprouts to help them get well. It worked every time.
Another thing you can do is to sprout your beans before making chili and bean soups. We usually soak beans overnight, and by just rinsing them and covering them with a towel, and then rinsing every 6 to 8 hours until the sprout barely pops out, not only will you get better nutrition from these beans, but you will also take some of the flatulence out of the beans.
To be prepared for a health crisis like is happening in China, where a quarantine decree might be issued, we need adequate food, and supplies to last us for at least 8 weeks. Even if a crisis never happens, you will be prepared for any emergency like unemployment, earthquake, tornado, snowstorm, etc.
March 1, 2020 – UPDATE
The CORONAVIRUS is called COVID-19 now. It is rapidly becoming a worldwide concern. Not much is known about its beginnings and the actual numbers of deaths in China. It is known that many people were in China and have traveled around the globe potentially exposing thousands if not millions of individuals.
China has been isolated from the rest of the world. Nothing is being shipped in or out of China now. Food from China lies in harbors rotting in their ships.
China’s factories and places of business are shut down.
The actual harm to the world lies more in the fact that most countries rely heavily upon products from China. Most countries do not have a Plan B for obtaining these things in an event like this.
The US depends upon China for its medications, over the counter drugs, and literally much of our products used in our day to day living.
Without access to these products, the US economy may suffer severely far more than from COVID-19 as a disease. If people cannot get their meds for several weeks, panic will likely be the killer, not the COVID-19. Masks are almost non-existent on the shelves in our area of the country already. (Western USA)
President Trump has already announced the possible need to quarantine us for 2-3 weeks, possibly longer, in order to eliminate the threat to our nation.
Other nations are hit hard by a similar situation. Italy and South Korea are specifically mentioned in the news now.
If you haven’t started preparing for a possible quarantine scenario, don’t you think it might be a good idea to consider it, before it is too late and the shelves are empty at the stores?
It never hurts to be prepared!
March 9, 2020 UPDATE
It’s not all about them!
With the Spring Break coming it will be hard to convince our young people they don’t HAVE to go this year. Yes, they are strong and healthy, but it’s not all about them! It is who they may infect when they return (if they become infected) at:
- Spring break,
- Senior class week in Florida, tickets bought and already paid for long B4 Covid-19 – ($1,300 in a case I know about)
- Concerts people bought tickets to months ago
COVID-19 is still an unknown. It has already killed more than SARS did and the numbers keep rising. It is just getting its foot in the door of some countries. It is now considered a Worldwide Pandemic.
Some preventive measures are to
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. That is as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- Self-quarantine if you are older and have a weakened immune system.
- Arrange to have classes taught through the internet and stay home from school if you are feeling ill, or at risk.
- Also, stay away from large gatherings. You have no idea where people have been, and who those people have been around.
March 20, 2020 UPDATE
The USA is coming to a standstill due to Covid-19. Truckers are the only thing keeping the nation alive. But that may end soon as rest-stops across the nation are not keeping showers open to truckers due to lack of personnel to clean them. Truckers cannot buy food or gas at truck stops in some cases.
The conditions in the US are becoming dire. Fast food is only available at the windows in most cases. Only 10 people can be in one restaurant at a time. Businesses have sent employees home and many shelves are emptied in grocery stores within minutes of being restocked.
There will be few if any Senior Graduation Ceremonies held in high school auditoriums in 2020. Students will graduate but without the usual “cap and gown” pomp and ceremony with the band playing the graduation song.
Instead, in true, American spirit, sports lovers organized special “See The Light” events in my part of the nation. The football stadiums of Eastern Idaho turned on their Stadium lights at precisely 8:45 PM on Good Friday for about 20 minutes. People drove past the stadiums and honked their horns, all participating in proper social distancing. Cars were lined up clear across our city in honor of those sports lovers who are all “benched” (so to speak) who came to “See the lights.” Many communities in Eastern Idaho participated in this event.
Some students, I am aware of in my community, have been used to holding once a week “Night Out Together”
In keeping social distancing in mind, students have met and parked their cars to form a circle in the school parking lot. Students then sat on their vehicles’ hood-tops and chatted with each other from a distance.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are bringing missionaries home from many countries. Thousands of missionaries are being transported in jets secured by the Church to only transport missionaries. New Missionary Training Centers are not receiving new missionaries.
This year April Semi-Annual General Conference for the Church will be held using electronic broadcasting and only speakers and the First Presidency will be present for each session. Usually, members have to obtain tickets to each session and over 20,000 people flock to SLC, Utah to attend each session of General Conference.
All Church meetings of the worldwide Church of over 16 Million have been cancelled for over 2 weeks now, and members are encouraged to stay home.
Listen to those inner promptings you are feeling and hearing. This is not a political issue, it is a community issue, a worldwide issue.
April 8, 2020 UPDATE
We have been in pretty much “lockdown mode for 3 weeks now. We can only go out for necessities and keep social distancing. President Trump gives nightly briefings as to the progress being made with Covid-19.
Numbers of cases and deaths reported continue to climb, however yesterday, April 8, the briefing reported a slight decline for the first time in NYCity. That is encouragement, but everything could change in a heartbeat.
People all over the world are praying for relief from COVID-19 and another fast and prayer day is coming on Good Friday. Those of you who are faith believers please join your prayers with us on Friday Apri 10th.
The USA is suffering Economic crisis, as are many other countries. In some places across the US, truckers find it difficult to find a place to shower or buy food for themselves to eat to sustain themselves. If trucking stops, our economy will die.
Pres. Trump pushed a $4 Trillion Stimulus Bill through Congress which will help those with low incomes or no incomes with bills they have to pay. Pres. Trump is pushing to get this nation’s people back to work ASAP.
Capitalism is showing what it does best. People and companies across America are manufacturing masks, ventilators, and other necessary medical needs to keep our medical professionals supplied with necessary protective gear and equipment.
These companies were not commanded to drop other items and manufacture “masks” (or whatever the item is) but most have done this voluntarily. This is true Capitalism at work. When there is a need Americans don’t have to be told what to do, they just do it.
Most all school buildings have been closed until the end of the school year. There are online classes being taught by the students’ teachers for students of all ages.
Most Elementary teachers have not done this before, so this is quite challenging for students, parents, and their teachers. Some families have several children needing to use their home computers and oft-times, the home computer is too slow. Some families do not even have a laptop or desktop computer at home.
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Again I remind you to
- Wash your hands often,
- Be sure you are getting enough Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin,, if you are still sequestered inside,
- Wear a mask and gloves if you venture out
- Practice social distancing.
- Drink water like a thirsty camel, especially if you get sick
- Boost your immunity.
This Covid-19 is wicked stuff.
May 6, 2020 UPDATE
It has been a month since my last update to this Pandemic Quarantine. For me, it has been nearly 4 months of self-imposed Quarantine. I left the house for the first time yesterday and felt like a bear must feel, just coming out of hibernation.
It felt somewhat strange to see the trees, shrubs, and tulips in bloom, especially when I went into lockdown everything was covered with snow. Being handicapped myself, it didn’t affect me as it does many others because this is my life and I have had to accept it. But a young vibrant individual would go “stir crazy” in the same situation. I can only imagine.
The media has made it a political “error in judgment” of everything our US President does. If something happens it’s his fault If it doesn’t;t happen it’s his fault too. The media have stopped airing his briefings on the subject of Covid-19. You have to search the news to find his briefings now.
It feels like this whole thing has been contrived for the benefit of the Left. Some scientists are claiming certain medicines already in existence for 50 years will wipe out Covid-19 in a few days, and some oppose it saying it hasn’t been proven and they don’t know what the side effects will be. Is this rocket science or what?
Some scientists are saying about half of the population already has the virus antibodies in their blood, which means they have already had Covid-19 and the last thing we should be doing is staying home. And likewise, others oppose the idea.
Some doctors of science are saying we should be using the “herd immunity” antibodies to fight this and that it is safe to go out, while others are saying it is the wrong thing to do to open up the country this soon. Where do you draw the line? Who do you believe?
Some scientists and doctors say quarantining is the wrong thing to do, because it lowers our immune system, and when we go back into community we will have a bigger pandemic than the one before. Rumors, rumors, and rumors abide all over facebook. You have to research everything and then be careful what you believe.
President Trump has left it up to the Governors to open their own states. For certain our economy is in trouble and needs to open back up to overcome this economic downfall.
Our Idaho Governor has started re-opening our state in stages. We are not able to go into most restaurants and only 10 workers are able to work at the same time.
Curbside pick-up from online orders was overwhelming one fast food place in my community last night. In order to pick-up an order, the individuals had to get out of their cars, go into the establishment, state their name, and then wait for the crew to fill it 20 minutes later. That was after waiting for over an hour for their online order to be delivered to their car.
It is going to be complicated to open up the economy slowly. In addition, our food supply is being annihilated by the dumping of milk, euthanizing animals, and destroying vegetable crops by plowing them under. Where is the sense in all this mayhem when people are starving to death on the streets and could be fed by all this wastefulness. I was taught to eat up every bit of what I was eating and not be wasteful. (See “Use it Up, Wear it out..” Here)
History is going to record some of the most horrendous happenings during this tough time. Hopefully, someone is going to make sense of it all.
In the meantime, I choose to keep working on my website and sharing what I find useful (and maybe not so useful) You will have to do your own homework! At least I can communicate with people all over the world through my community of likeminded individuals. It gives me a broader picture as seen through others’ eyes worldwide.
Be Smart and Be Safe!
Blessings to Everyone
DISCLAIMER: I remind you that I am not a medical professional. I am not saying that you will have the same results as I. Nothing I have said should be misconstrued to mean I give any medical advice. Should you have unresolved pain or other problems you should always contact your doctor for professional care.
Regarding COVID19 – Contact the CDC and listen to Pres. Trump’s nightly briefings for regular updates.