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Prepare NOW: More shortages coming

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”  ― Chris Bradford, As the coronavirus continues to explode around the country, it’s becoming obvious that there is a rough road ahead, with possible interruptions in service and availability of food and other necessities.  A sharp spike in consumer habits has been noted, with people buying paper towels, hand sanitizer, and emergency food supplies, in anticipation of interruptions in the global food supply.   Dr. Howard Markel, writing for the New York Times, has called for school closings. “My research on the long history of epidemics has taught me that when it comes to outbreaks of contagious respiratory infections, closing schools can help prevent many thousands of illnesses and deaths,” he said...

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Masks are sold out - will you be the only one without an emergency food supply?

Panicked searches for face masks are on, and almost every place is now sold out of masks due to the coronavirus. There are also reported shortages of hand sanitizer and paper towels. A study at Chapman University found that 60% of Americans have not practiced disaster preparedness, even though in 2017 hurricanes and other severe weather-related events have made 2017 the costliest year on record for natural disasters, according to Business Insider.  You’ve probably seen grocery store shelves cleared out before an impending snowstorm. In Marshall Shepherds article “The Science Behind Why People Buy Bread When Snow Is In The Forecast” pondered why people rush out to buy bread, milk, and eggs.  He points out a study by Professor Alan...

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How to protect yourself from the Coronavirus

The World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency.  The following information from the CDC will help protect you and your family: How COVID-19  Spreads  Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.  COVID-19 is a new disease and there is more to learn about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States. Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. - Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). - Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes....

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The Coronavirus Pandemic

Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC issued a strong statement saying that Americans should prepare “for significant disruption of our lives." The fast-spreading virus has killed more than 29,000 worldwide and infected 84,000 more. The first death in Washington state has been reported, and 22 additional cases confirmed in the U.S. Professor of medicine and infectious diseases Dr. Gregory Poland said that “we are basically in a pandemic now and it should be treated as such.” A pandemic should not be confused with an epidemic. An epidemic sickens many people locally. A pandemic is when many people are sickened worldwide. Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that...

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