And yes, I know its COVID-19, it’s a bird-flu pun. We have people literally avoiding Corona beer because of the name so everything is on the table.
If you’re buying ammo and mags for the CoronaBoog with Lime… cool. (Go see my guys at Widener’s)
If you aren’t also buying super basic pharmaceuticals, disinfectants, and some midterm sustainment stuffs for when supply chains go bonkers because everything is made in China.. you are a loot drop.
Look, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, AH-64’s and A-10 Thunderbolt II’s, the infection is here.
We know that. We have confirmed cases and deaths in Washington state and this, like every other nasty infection, is going to run its course. It’s highly contagious, it’s going to attack weaker immune systems, it has a longer infection and gestation period than your average bug so if you are sick stay home and get better.
Otherwise, prevention and recovery wise, this is the flu. It’s just longer lasting and with no good immunity base so, if exposed, a lot of people are going to catch it.
Don’t worry about infections any more or less than other infections.. worry about supply chains
Look at what the economy is doing. China, the maker of all the things, is at a standstill and our supplies from them are going to be disrupted. That means shortages in our on demand supply society because things that normally get stocked everyday are not going to be. We, as a planet, did this to ourselves. We sole sourced from China because of cost which always meant that if China went offline, even short term, the world would take a hit.
So, the question is how much do you have ready in basic pharmaceuticals? Assume you will get sick rather than assuming you won’t.
Do you have some stable food and clean water? Assume there will be days, a few at least, where you can’t get the stuff you want from your local stores. Our grocery supply chain is short order on a national level, shelves are stocked daily and deeper stockpiles only exist in a few locations that supply many.
Keep your eye on large events and have an expectation that things can and will be cancelled. Arnold Sports Festival, a massive bodybuilding and strongman expo, just canceled on short notice. That is going to cost a lot of people time and money. It’s going to disrupt plans and may put people in tighter financial straights.
Be aware that every action that is burning money for no return is going to make things tighter and a cascade effect could further strain local resources.
Buy a mid-term supply of water, pharmaceuticals, and some food you feel like eating and probably being sick with, right now. Think 2-4 weeks. Up your use of vitamins and sanitizers to reduce infection. Buy it sooner rather than later. Stores are already experiencing higher volumes and harder supply problems.
And above all else, don’t panic. Panic has the potential to cause magnitudes more damage than the Corona with Lime. Remember that.