In the areas where Coronavirus, Ebola or Zika is the most active, there are several organizations keeping an eye on the virus, ready to report any big changes.
The latest life threatening virus outbreak in 2020 is the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The respiratory infection, which is closely related to SARS and MERS, has been spreading across China, and cases have been diagnosed in numerous other countries, including the United States.
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, COVID-19.
Chinese officials shut down all public transportation including buses, subways, trains, and the airport, affecting 35 million people. The first was Wuhan where the outbreak reportedly began, which has a population of about 11 million. Factories were shut down as people were afraid to get out in public, resulting in global economic issues as products sat in shipping containers on China’s docks, not being shipped.
As the world’s second biggest economy and largest manufacturing hub, China is the source of many consumer and industrial products such as cell phones, TVs, clothing, pharmaceutical drugs, solar panels, auto parts and steel.
- Apple warned that sales in the current quarter could fall short of forecast because of production delays tied to the virus infection. Apple’s manufacturing partner in China, Foxconn, is facing a production delay.
- Some carmakers including Nissan and Hyundai temporarily closed factories outside China because they couldn’t get parts.
- Other U.S. companies such as WalMart have since issued similar warnings.
- Proctor & Gamble warns of 17,600 products using 9,000 materials from 387 factories in China… ALL impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. [Natural News]
- The pharmaceutical industry is also bracing for disruption to global production.
Since I began tracking this and writing about it, the numbers change daily… sometimes dramatically, even doubling in one or two days. The majority of cases are inside China, but the spread outside China is disturbing. So far as of this writing, according to Chinese officials, the virus has sickened 77,780 people and killed 2,666 in the country.
Multiple first-hand accounts from China and a growing number of experts state the numbers are in reality much higher.
Realistic estimates put 300,000+ infected, and 30,000+ dead.
The so-called authorities like the WHO and CDC have not yet defined this outbreak as a pandemic (meaning it is an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide,). But, so far coronavirus cases have been confirmed in China, 33 countries, and in the United States. Outside China, coronavirus has infected more than 2,459 in 33 countries resulting in 34 deaths. Technically, that’s a pandemic.
The World Health Organization said recently that it remained “too early” to declare an international public health emergency over the outbreak “given its restrictive and binary nature”.
While CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, they continue to say the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time. They cite their “aggressive containment measures” and the low number of confirmed cases in the U.S. as they are doing everything they can to prevent the American public from panicking.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told the public the virus has been “contained” inside the U.S. by “aggressive containment measures”. Yet, at the same time he and CDC officials admit it is likely there may be an outbreak in the U.S. and community mitigation programs may need be invoked.
It seems the CDC’s strategy is to avoid testing anyone as a way to avoid reporting confirmed infections. In fact, the CDC has released a coronavirus testing flow chart that quite literally prohibits any testing of Americans who have been infected in the United States:
As you can see from the chart, any American showing symptoms but who didn’t travel from China and who doesn’t realize they’ve had any close contact with an infected person will NOT be tested for the coronavirus. According to the CDC website, they have only tested 426 individuals. 47 U.S. states are testing ZERO people for coronavirus.
As this coronavirus spreads, you should closely watch the latest outbreaks. You need to track these outbreaks because when there is a potential pandemic, you need to know what’s going on.
Otherwise, you’re operating in the dark and you could end up accidentally heading into an area that’s become a hot zone. Staying informed of where you shouldn’t go can help protect your family.
Knowing what’s going on with the outbreak can clue you in as to whether or not you need to vacate your area.
You don’t want to rely on just one source when it comes to keeping up to date. There is certainly an abundance of social media posts that are completely bogus. You’ve got to do your due diligence. Some news organizations could have information that other ones don’t. While the mainstream media generally reports and tracks notable cases, you can’t totally rely on these sources for the actual news. Acting as a gatekeeper of information, allowing and burying stories they feel fit to report, the mainstream media does not always report the complete stories.
It’s important to understand it’s not so much “what” the media reports or “how” they report it, but more importantly what they “do not” report.
You DO NOT want to rely only on the mainstream media for news about COVID-19. They are largely simply propaganda arms of the government filtering the real news from you in order to prevent a panic. Little real investigative reporting is going on among the MSM and they are only parroting what they are fed by the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control.
Following are the “so-called” authoritative official sources for information:
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
You want to be up to the minute. One of the best ways to keep track of what’s going on with the outbreak is by using the Internet and some alternative news sources.
- WarRoom: Pandemic
- ALERT: Coronavirus Pandemic Event Now A Serious Risk
- China’s Coronavirus is Much Worse Than You Think
- Coronavirus – Inside info and discussion
You can see breaking news online and the majority of news organizations do have an online presence.
But even better than that, the Internet has real people communicating second by second on various social media outlets. You could be able to hear the up to date news as it happens thanks to this human news chain. For example, you can use #coronavirus on Twitter to get up to the minute reports.
Besides the Internet, you’ll want to be aware of what the news is saying on the television and radio stations. The local news in your area will cover things specific to where you live. So you get a closer to home approach with the news that way. If there are any evacuations in place, your local news will have that first before other news stations will.
The possibility of losing power (although unlikely) is one of the reasons that you want to have a battery operated radio on standby. The radio can give you the news as it happens, and can also alert you to any emergency situations. So make sure you have a supply of batteries on hand to keep your radio running.
Ham radio equipment can also become very valuable, especially in case of a quarantine. It may become your only means of communicating with the outside world.
I believe we can take clues from what’s happened in China and elsewhere around the world as some impacted countries have experienced mandated quarantines, restricted movement, and disruptions of supply chains.
If an actual pandemic breaks out, expect the following to happen quickly:
- Travel within and especially between countries will be restricted if not completely banned.
We’ve seen this in the 1019-nCoV outbreak where flights into and out of China have been banned.
- Critical shortages of materials will develop, especially medical supplies, doubly especially antivirals.
Within hours after the first case of coronavirus was detected in the US, surgical masks reportedly began selling out in pharmacies and online. People are stockpiling masks and making “runs on pharmacies”. Large purchases of N95 masks are being made by Chinese visitors and companies, shipping them back to China, indicating China was ill-prepared for this event. Inventories of masks are all but gone at the online retailer, Amazon. And there are reports of speculators reselling N95 masks at highly inflated prices. Wholesale distributors have nearly tripled the cost of a box of medical masks.
- In cities with lockdowns or quarantines, food will disappear rapidly from shelves.
It’s recommended you stock up on food,fuel, batteries, and other goods to sustain you and your family for up to one month.
While novel coronavirus has caught the attention of the world in recent weeks, I believe it’s important to keep this 1019-nCoV outbreak in perspective. I don’t want to downplay the importance of keeping track of this disease but I also want to point out there is a far more deadly disease in our midst. As of January 29, 2020, CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu.