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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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The Coronavirus: What Should I Do? Is this the Next Pandemic?

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The new Chinese Coronavirus is the most recent thing in the news. It seems it is all over the place figuratively and quite possibly literally. Some websites are saying everything is fine and the common cold is more concerning than this.

However, other websites are showing videos that are apparently from Twitter and other social media networks of doctors crying talking about how “there are too many patients and deaths for them to do anything”, people falling over in the street and dying, and bodies lying in the hallways of hospitals dead because there is not enough room.

How Did it Start?

This new Coronavirus started in china and is allegedly a mutation of the virus carried by fruit bats. The virus was transferred to a snake when the protein bonding elements changed during a mutation to where it could then be contracted by humans. It is a good guess that one of the many unregulated or illegal meat marketing in China was the cause of this. There is reason to believe it was a meat market selling illegal exotic animals in Wuhan, China. The first case was a middle aged man that was reported on December 31st. Since then, the virus has spread to a reported 900 people and several different countries. However, this is just the reported number and it is almost certain the real number is higher. We are just not sure how much higher it is than the reported number.

The first case in the United States was reported on Jan. 24, and there has been other cases as well as potential cases. All individuals traveling home from China. It is confirmed the virus is in Washington state and in Chicago, Illinois as well. Texas, North Carolina, and Maine or some of the other state where potential cases are as well.

How is the Virus Spreading?

As of right now it appears the virus is spread from the air (particles being breathed in from a cough or sneeze), close personal contact with an infected person, and touching a contaminated item then touching your eyes, nose, mouth, etc.

Could this Be the Next Global Emergency?

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This is hard to answer as it is still relatively new. It was reported that the World Health Organization was split on whether or not to declare this a world health emergency. The ruling was ultimately not to because it is mainly in China. However, as this article is be written there are 12 cities in China under quarantine and an estimated 36 million individuals in those cities. It seems it will not be long before those cities start to become chaotic and that is something the Chinese government does not want to deal with. However, when it comes to the Chinese government, they have been known for not being forthcoming when it comes to illnesses in the past. The 2003 outbreak of a similar illness, SARS was highly downplayed by the Chinese government and was essentially like they were trying to cover it up. That very well could be going on here. I encourage everyone to do their own research and see these photos and videos for themselves.

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This is probably the more accurate depiction of what the virus will do but at this time there is no for sure answer

What Can I do to Better Prepare in case this is a Global Emergency?

There are some actions you can take to better prepare yourself in case this is indeed the worlds next pandemic and major catastrophe.


1. Wash your Hands Regularly

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This is an important step that honestly a good chunk of Americans do not partake in. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims that only 31% of men and 65% of women washing their hands after going to a bathroom. Washing your hands for at least thirty seconds and good hygiene will go a long way in giving your immune system the boost in needs to protect you from this virus. Don’t forget to use hot water when doing so!

2. Disinfect Yourself, Your Home, and Office Frequently

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This is another step that can go a long way in keeping your home contamination free. Using disinfectant wipes or spray in addition to washing clothes in hot water can fight illness and keep you living a healthy lifestyle. Not just clothes but washing your sheets and pillow cases can go a long way as well. When disinfecting it is important or get everything you think might be touched on a daily basis. Door knobs- Refrigerator door handle – Microwave door handle – Toothbrush – Video Game controller/TV remote- Sink faucet and knobs- Vacuum/Sweeper- Dinner table- Your phone!!!

  • Door knobs
  • Refrigerator door handle
  • Microwave door handle
  • Toothbrush
  • Video Game controller/TV remote
  • Sink faucet and knobs
  • Vacuum/Sweeper
  • Dinner table
  • Your phone!!!

What About Public Places?

If this is indeed a serious virus, getting a face mask and latex gloves could go a long way in reduce potential contamination. Do not touch anyone at all. When you get home, immediately wash your clothes and take a hot shower. Afterwards, disinfect anything you may have touched before you cleaned yourself. This is if the virus is very severe and does indeed end up causing many fatalities. I will be the first to admit this is extreme but this could make a serious difference if/when this virus is declared a global emergency.

Should I Stock Up on Food?

Stocking up on food is always a good option as well. In addition to immune booster supplements and eating HEALTHY food. AVOID fast food or public restaurants because the cook could be a carrier as well (again if this becomes a global emergency).

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If this is indeed declared a global emergency, it will be far too late to stock up on food or supplies as many people will immediately head to store to prepare for what is to come. Be safe and prepare ahead of time. Get what you can (within your budget!) before it is declared an emergency and beat the crowd. If it ends up not being an emergency than you just have some extra food and supplies you will eventually use anyways.

Would a Flue Shot Help? Is it too late?

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In a way yes the flu shot would help but not in the way you may think. It is not going to make you immune to the virus. However, it could help researchers and medical personnel with diagnosis and initial reports. The two share many initial systems so the less people with the common cold would help not waste time or resources.

I do not believe this virus will be the next global pandemic that will kill millions, but it is better to be safe than sorry. HOWEVER, At some point in time, one will happen again. It is not a question of if, but more so when that will happen.

Five Things that Should Always Be in Your Camping Pack

Five things you should always have camping

Camping can be an amazing experience if done properly. A true bonding time for the family and/or a chance for people to get back to our primal roots. However, it should be done properly and with the equipment to ensure whatever your objective is, that you are successful. This starts with having the proper gear. These are five things you want to make sure are included that people often forget.

Essential camping gear

1. A Dependable Knife

A nice knife or ever a hatchet is something that can be used someway every single time you go camping or really do almost anything in the outdoors. This is an absolute must have that people tend to forget for some reason.

Essential camping gear

2. Proper Weather Attire

This is another thing that can not be understated. You don’t want to be miserable the whole time because you are cold or even wet. Be prepared for anything that could be thrown your way when you are camping. Pack a jacket and be safe rather than sorry.

Essential camping gear

3. Batteries

These little guys can make or break your trip. These can power some of the stoves you may use, flash lights, and lanterns. not just having batteries, but having some spares can go a long way in having a successful trip.

Essential camping gear

4. Duct Tape

You never know when you are going to need some duct tape. From fixing a tent that has ripped to taping down table clothes during high winds. Duct tape should be something that everyone has handy whether it is in the vehicle, home, bug-out-bag, and in their camping pack.

Essential camping gear

5. Bug Spray

This is one that cannot be stressed enough. Nothing can ruin a fun time in the great outdoors like having mosquitos all ever the place and having to deal with these pesky creatures. having some bug spray handy could pay off in a big way. Additionally there are things to put into your fire: lavender, mint leaves, sage and citronella all do some amazing work when it comes to keeping these nuisances away.