Coronavirus vs. Influenza

The Coronavirus is all over the word and seems to be taking the front level of the national news and the media, rightfully so as well. As pretty much everyone knows the virus started in China, whether you believe it is a bio-weapon or you believe it occurred at the seafood market it is clear it started in China. Side note: as someone who has been to China I can strongly believe this did indeed occur at one of those markets.

Chinese Meat Markets

Chinese and other third world countries stack animals on top of animal and feces, urine, blood anything you can think, get transferred from one animal to the next, one species to the next. Some of these are zoonotic viruses and some are not. A zoonotic virus is one that can be spread to humans (CDC.gov, n.d.). So in this case two bats could have two different type of coronaviruses. One could have been able to spreads to humans and one could have had no abilities to cross the species. Through living in close quarters, one of the bats is then infected with both versions of a coronavirus creating this mutated version of the two that humans eventually declare, novel coronavirus. If early reports were indeed true than the same type of equation could have happened but with a snake and a bat mutating the virus.

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Morality Rates

The world health organization recently stated on twitter that the Coronavirus has roughly a 3.4% mortality rate. However, many people are preaching that the average flu kills more people annually or this is just the common flu, it won’t this year and it is not just the common cold or flu. The common seasonal flu has a mortality rate of lower than 1%. This is considerably lower than the Coronavirus mortality rate of 3.4%

R0 (R-naught)

Additionally the rate of infection of the Coronavirus is also much higher than that of the flu. Jo Craven McGinty of the Wall Street Journal talks about R0 and how that effects a virus or infection. “An R0 of two suggests a single infection will, on average, become two, then four, then eight” (2020). Depending on what source you are looking at the R0 of the coronavirus is anywhere from 2.3 to 5.6. So there is no exactly number currently and there typically is no exact number for any infection rate. However, it is considerably higher than the R0 of 1.3 for the flu. So for every one person that is infected with the seasonal flu, they will then spread it to on average, 1.3 individuals. For the Coronavirus it is still too soon to tell or get a more accurate idea. However, it does appear that each person infected will give it to 2-5 individuals.

Comparing Mortality Rates

Marc Lipsitch a professor of epidemiology at Harvard says the virus “will infect 40-70% of the world-wide population” and will essentially be uncontainable (McGinty, 2020). So if 40 percent of the world’s population is infect that is roughly 3.8 billion people. At an average of .7%, that means the seasonal flu would kill roughly 21 million people if indeed that many people were infected with influenza. With the same number infected by the Coronavirus 129.2 million people are going to be a fatal victim of this outbreak. 

Now let’s look at 70% of the world which is 5.39 billion people with 189,260,000 people dying versus just over 37 million in terms of the seasonal flu. These are not the same and while the number still sounds like a good amount. The seasonal flu simply does not infect nearly that number because of the flu vaccines that are available around the world. Additionally, some individuals have a bit of natural immunity to influenza. This virus is brand new, so therefore there is no immunity out there for any human being and while many tabloids are saying they have a coronavirus vaccine they simple do not. The Center forDisease Control and the World Health Organization both said we as human race are approximately 18 months out from actually having a vaccination that can be given in large quantities to individuals. 

However, the Coronavirus is very similar in terms of the 1918 outbreak of influenza at the time. That was also a strand of a virus that we had not seen in that time. The 1918 outbreak was dubbed “The Spanish Flu” and here is a link to an article comparing the Spanish flu of 1918 and the 2020 Novel-Coronavirus. https://inc-news.org/2020/03/05/comparing-the-coronavirus-to-the-spanish-flu/

Conclusion

This virus has the potential to spread father, spread quicker, infector more individuals, and kill more people than influenza. This virus many experts say cannot be contained and will become a part of our normal lvies much like the flu is now. However, with not having a vaccine for some duration of time, there will be casualties. This is not the end of the world and the sky is not falling but many people with die in all countries around the world from this virus mainly elderly and people with already existing immune disorders.

References 

Aaro, D. (2020, March 4). Coronavirus global death rate at 3.4%, Olympics delay a possibility. https://www.foxnew.com/health/who-says-coronavirus-death-rate-3-4-percent-olympics-delay-possibility

CDC.gov. (2017, July 14). Zoonotic Diseases https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/basics/zoonotic-diseases.html

McGinty, J. C. (2020, February 17). How many people might one person with Coronavirus infect?.https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-many-people-might-one-person-with-coronavirus-infect-11581676200

The Pandemic Checklist

the pandemic checklist

I believe the Coronavirus or COVID-19 will become the next global pandemic. Although, I am just a prepper trying to share some thoughts, so if this does not interest you or you completely disagree, I understand. However, I do believe it is something everyone should keep their eye on in the coming weeks. This outbreak did cause many people to realize they are not prepared if a pandemic were to happen. This list is simply helping individuals and like minded people prep. This is not an all-inclusive list, just some ideas to get you going and do not think you need to do all of this to properly prepare for COVID-19. However, this could be needed for the next pandemic. Feel free to comment with better ideas below so anyone reading can see your preps as well.

1. Personal Protective Equipment

personal protective equipment in the pandemic checklist

Everything in this picture above, preppers should have at their disposal.

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  • N 95 protective mask
  • Goggles
  • Rubber and latex gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Medical gown

These items could go a long way in protecting yourself and your family in the event of a global pandemic. You should start little by little collecting these items as you go.

Coronavirus protective equipment

2. Cleaning Supplies

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This is something I have seen in many groups and forums online. People have zero idea what cleaning items and supplies they can use to live contamination free. Items such as bleach, more rubber gloves, and multiple different types of disinfectants can go a long way. Taking empty laundry detergent bottles and filling them with a 90/10% ratio of water to bleach will also help disinfect homes and work areas.

Coronavirus hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer and washing your hands is a must. Make sure you wash for at least 30 seconds. A recent study showed 61% of men and 35% of women do not wash their hands on a regular basis. That is a major problem when a pandemic is happening and will cause the virus to spread like wildfire. Proper hygiene is a must in trying to combat any virus or bacteria.

Coronavirus protective equipment

Hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial soap, wet wipes (baby wipes), and other cleaners should also be on the list for pandemic prepping.

3. Basic Supplies

basic supplies for the pandemic checklist

When it comes to a pandemic bugging out is no longer the best option. Instead, bugging in because the best option for people. When someone is bugging in it because essential to have a good stock of supplies handy so you eliminate the need to go out and get them. In doing this, your chances of contamination shrink rapidly. Below are some ideas on things that you should be stockpiling in case of a doomsday event and things I believe stores would run out of quickly.

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper plates, cups, and plastic utensils
  • 100’ of plastic sheets
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Tooth paste
  • Garbage bags
  • Duct tape
  • Extra bedding and sheets

The plastic wrap can be used to seal doors and windows to prevent it from being brought into your home. Toilet paper is obvious along with other toiletries. Duct tape to seal anything off that will not seal on its own.

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4. Medical Equipment & Supplies

Antibiotics are a most but those can be hard to get in a time of crisis and will not work for a virus. Mainly just used for bacterial infections.

medical equipment for coronavirus pandemic checklist

Other items to consider:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Fever medication
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Decongestants
  • Cough drops
  • Airborne tablets

5. Food

This is essential to not going out and potential catching the virus/bacteria. Having a sustainable amount of food is huge in preparing for any catastrophe. You do not need to buy anything all at once but there are some essentials when it come to food.

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned beans
  • Canned meat like tuna and chicken
  • Boxed foods with long expiration dates
  • Boxed rice
  • Freeze dried foods
  • Non-dairy powdered milk
  • Peanut butter

In addition to these. Vitamin or fiber Supplements can be good as well. A great thing to do would be start a garden. Even if you live in an apartment you can get some cheap pots and dirt from outside. Seeds cost less than a dollar for pretty much every plant.

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Keep in mind you also need purified, healthy water as well. The best way to get this over time is if you drink milk or tea out of a gallon, when it is empty refill with water and set in the floor of your pantry, shed, barn, or garage. Overtime you will have enough water to last you a month or two. When using this technique it is best to add a couple drops of bleach to ensure that the water is still clean and safe to drink. Also stock up on water purification tablets or purifiers.

Having a food source that is steady and self sufficient can really help as well. For more information refer to my other blog post on the best self sufficient animals to have

Gardening is another tool when it comes to having a food source that is steady and flowing regularly another writer covers this in Low Maintenance Plants that you can Grow to Start your Homestead

6. What About Children/Babies?

This is something that should really be taken into account and thought of. If need be diapers are not a must. Things are just going to get messy and you’ll need to be creative. Some cloth diapers could go a long way as normal diapers will take up too much room with boxes. We already said wet wipes should be on the list. If you are not breast feeding than having a months supply of formula will do the trick and a couple different types of infants medication (rash cream, Tylenol, Motrin).

When it comes to older children once again canned and box food is going to be a go to. Boxed macaroni and cheese and other types of kid friendly foods. Make sure you have children’s medicine as well and you are teaching them good hygiene techniques.

7. Other Things to Keep in Mind

1. In the event of a pandemic if you do leave the house. But on your gloves, boots, face mask, and the rest of your protective equipment. Tuck your pants into your boots and shirt into your gloves. When you get back in your vehicle begin the disinfectant proceeds. First your gloves than anything you may have touched on your way to the location.

Next when you get home leave everything you got outside your door for the moment. Go inside, take a HOT shower, wash your clothes immediately and then bring the items inside. Begin disinfecting the items with a disinfectant wipe. After this is competed then disinfect your immediate area and seal off your home again.

2. When you do go out get items in bulk so that you won’t have to go out in the future for something.

3. Try not to touch your eyes, mouth, or nose. Especially when out and about.

4. When disinfecting think of places like:

  • Door knobs
  • Sink faucets
  • Refrigerator and microwave handles
  • Controller or remotes
  • Your phone
  • Countertops
  • Car seats
  • Anything you touch often

5. AVOID CROWDS and practice SOCIAL DISTANCE

Enough said.

6. Alcohol

This maybe a good thing to have just in case. Not much for disinfectant but could help pass the time. However, keep in mind this does lower your immune system so if you plan on going out, no drinking 24 hours before.

acohol coronavirus and the pandemic checklist

We completely understand right now these may seem absolutely ridiculous. Like stated in the beginning this is not intended for the Coronavirus at this moment. This is a hypothetical list to ensure you have some what of an idea what to do if there was a pandemic.

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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.

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.