Why you Should Not Be Surprised this Outbreak Came from China

Health officials in China are scrambling trying to contain this new coronavirus that has reportedly just been identified in the United States, Washington State to be more specific. This disease is easily spread and is similar to the Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). China was also ground zero for SARS. It infected nearly 8,000 individuals killing just under 800 during the 2002-2003 outbreak of the virus.

All this should not be news to an informed individual. However, you should not be surprised this outbreak, SARS, and many other come from China and other Asian countries. Local meat markets in these locations make it ground zero for the next virus. I am surprised it did not happen sooner. The question was never if it would happen again, but rather when it would happen again.

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An example of what a local meat market would look like.

Even with outstanding food, sterilization, and contamination practices, some viruses are just going to mutate and spread. It will always happen and there is nothing anyone or any country can do about that. Unfortunately, when it comes to diseases humans are reactive not proactive in this because frankly there is not another choice. Medical facilities have to wait for the disease or virus to be formed before you can even begin to think of a cure or immunity to that specific strand. It can take anywhere from 3-15 years to come up with a vaccine for a new virus or disease.

China has local food/meat markets that are all spread across the country in cities such as their capital, Hong Kong. In these markets there are all kinds of different animals: chickens, pigs, ducks, pigeons, sheep, goat, bats and more. These animals will be stacked on top of each other in cages. They will be killed with the same tools as the last animal with no form of cleaning and highly susceptible to cross contamination.

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Why This Should be a Problem?

This is a problem because it makes it to where these animals are closely packed together and creating a breeding ground for viruses. For example, let us say animal A (bat) has a virus and animal B (sheep) has one of the estimated 1.5 million unknown viruses in the world. These two animals cannot directly impact each other. However, if they both come into contact with animal C (pig) then the two viruses can meet into the body and mutate to form a stronger virus. The virus could be more deadly in animal A and more contagious in animal B. However, when combined into our Animal C. The mutation takes on the morality rate and contamination rate of the other two. Making this virus more deadly than the other two previous viruses.

When animal C is finally butchered. The meat will be contaminated and if not properly cooked could infect the person eating it. Now if the market is not practicing good sterilization habits, which most are not. Then the table, the knife, the butcher, and essentially the entire area can be contaminated. Which then spreads to other individuals.

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It is No Big Deal Though Right? It’s in China.

WRONG! SARS started in China and within a couple weeks it was in different areas of the world. Same with this new virus that is spreading. Especially with places such as Hong Kong that are tourist attractions, any virus can be spread across the world in a matter of days. For instance if a subject travels to Hong Kong and wants to try the local meat market to really get the experience of the culture they could hypothetically get infected with this virus. They go back to their hotel or wherever they are staying. The next day they wake up feeling ill. They are coughing or even throwing up depending on the virus.

They cough in the hallways, the touch the buttons on the elevator, and they could potentially throw up in their room. This infects let us say 9 different people in the hotel that were on their floor, walked those halls, and also rode in that elevator. Those nine people are from different countries such as United States, Japan, Germany, etc. They board their planes to travel back home.

Once again they start coughing on their flight. They touch their seat and their arm rest on the seats. Soon that plane becomes contaminated and get spread to a couple of the other passengers and continues to spread and spread. So while it may very well be on the other side of the world. This outbreak and future outbreaks could be spread in a matter of days, not weeks. So it most definitely is a big deal. Coronaviruses can infect pigs, cattle, domestic and wild birds, rodents, and cats, along with dogs. With loose regulations on food and work place hygiene these countries are breeding ground for the next pandemic that the world will face. If it is not already here it is merely just a question of when, not if it will arrive.

10 Things Every Dad Should Have

As a father you set the tone and model for how a man should act for your children. Additionally, you set the example of what your daughter should look for in a man. So it is important that you not only act as a good person but act as a good man. There are certain things every man should have at any given time in his home and some on his person.

1. A pocket knife that ideally has been passed down in the family. Every man should have a nice pocket knife.
2. A suit that you can actually fit into.
3. Exercise equipment of some type. It does not have to be a full on gym but every day should have some exercise equipment.
4. A set of tools to get any job done at any given time.
5. A single meal that you can knock out of the park 100% of the time. Ideally you would want more than one but at least one.
6. A nice cast iron stove
7. An everyday carry (EDC) list of items. doesn’t have to be extravagant. It can be as simple as your phone, wallet, and a multi-tool.
8. An outdoor bag. One that is good for hiking, camping, fishing, anything in the great outdoors.
9. Some form of firearm. You should be able to protect yourself and your family at any given time.
10. Finally, a nice work bench put those tools to use. Make items for the kiddos and the wife.

The $20 Healthy Grocery List

Look, most of us have had those times where funds are tight. Sometimes you need some help and find a way to cut back, even if it is just a little bit.I have been there myself. You may think that going to the grocery store includes dropping a $100+ every time. Well I am here to tell you that it does NOT. Here is my healthy grocery list for under $20 a week. Keep in mind this is not the healthiest option, but unfortunately in our society healthy = more expensive.

The Broke Man’s Shopping List

  • 1 lb ground turkey, $3
  • 1 pack of the cheapest pasta noodles, $1,
  • ½ lb thin sliced deli meat of your choosing (preferably turkey), $2
  • Head of lettuce, $1
  • 1 carton of eggs, $1.50
  • 1 lb bagged rice, $1
  • 1 jar of Peanut Butter, $2
  • 1/2 gallon of low fat milk, $1.25
  • 1 bag of potatoes, $3
  • Pound of in season fruit like bananas, $.75
  • 1 lb package of bread, $1
  • 1 lb of the cheapest chicken you can find (typically thighs or drumsticks), $2.5

Which comes to a total of exactly $20

Meal Plans for the week

I do not typically at breakfast so that would help me pinch a couple pennies here but if you do here are some sample meals based off this list:

  1. Slice of toast, 2 eggs, and season fruit (banana)
  2. Slice of toast with peanut butter and a glass of milk
  3. Eggs and fried potatoes

Some ideas for lunch:

  1. Egg sandwich
  2. Deli meat sandwich
  3. 2 eggs and 4 oz piece of the chicken (important to add any dressings you may have for some added flavor
  4. Leftovers

And then finally dinner:

  1. Spaghetti, this can be done with the ground turkey or chicken but use it sparingly you will need it other nights.
  2. Pan fried chicken and potato wedges (take one of the fatter potatoes and slice it length wise, add some olive oil or melted butter and throw some salt and pepper on the slices and bake in the oven on 425 for 25 minutes.
  3. Chicken and rice
  4. Take the lettuce and make little taco shells or boats if you will and put some ground turkey or shredded chicken in them with pretty much whatever condiments or toppings you have in the fridge.

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Bomb Ass Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Football season is upon us. These poppers are what is going to make you the life of the party when it comes to food. This is my go to favorite when it comes to game days. All you need for these is some jalapenos, a package of bacon (not thick cut), and some cream cheese.

As you can see below you need to take the poppers and cut them long ways. This is a picture from when I made this recipe yesterday. No paid photographer that makes all food look amazing here.

Take a spoon and scoop out the middle of the popper to include the seeds. As you can see in the picture above , the peppers have been slit long ways and the insides have been scoop out.

Next take some cream cheese with that spoon and put it in the pepper halves. After that you’re just simply going to take a strip of bacon and wrap it around you pepper with the cream cheese in it.

When it comes to cooking these I prefer to cook them in my air fryer. However, you can also just bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 15-17 minutes with the latter having crispier bacon. if you are using an air fryer then just set it for 11-13 minutes at 385 degrees. Time depending on personal preference for bacon crispness.