The Coronavirus (COVID 19) has spread like wildfire. Some countries are handling it well; some are not. If you are in the USA – I have some bad news for you. Your country is not. This isn’t a problem exclusive to the United States. The United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, France have all been slow to respond. Unfortunately, this means things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better. This has left many people wondering what they can do to protect themselves. This means thinking long and hard about what you might need to buy to keep yourselves going for the next few weeks/months. There are more important things to buy than toilet paper! This article lists many such things that you might not have considered were important/useful. I can assure you that they are.
Why are People Mass Panicking?
There are always going to be diseases that make their way around the globe. We see them all the time. Ebola, Sars, and the Zika virus, just to name a few. So, what makes Corvid 19 different? Its ability to spread quickly and quietly. People who have the Coronvarius may not get symptoms for up to a week; some may not get any at all. Regardless, they are still highly contagious. The cold weather doesn’t kill the virus. The hot weather doesn’t kill the virus. This means the virus can live in its host quite comfortably, regardless of its environment. Testing is hard. Typically, testing for a fever is enough to determine if someone is sick. If they have a fever, they are contagious. This is usually the case. However, with Corvid 19, these tests do very little. As mentioned above, someone may not show any symptoms at all. They might have a perfectly normal temperature, feel 100% fine, but have the capability of killing someone should the virus transfer to a new host. That’s why social distancing is so important. We have no way of knowing precisely how many people are infected. The only safe course of action is to assume everyone is.
What are the chances of catching the virus?
The chances of catching the virus are unfortunately very high. The distinction that many people fail to make, however, is that getting the virus does not equal dying from the virus. We are constantly bombarded with two numbers. Total infected and total deaths. What they neglect to include is the total recovered. Currently, the virus has a 1-3% mortality rate across the whole population. Why is this important? Because it shows just how few people will die from this. Currently, there have been fewer Coronavirus deaths than your average flu year. The number will, of course, rise, but it is nothing to become hysteric about. In that 1-3% of people, many are already ill, and many are very old. If you are under 65 and otherwise healthy, your odds of seeing any symptoms at all, let alone dying, are tiny. Again, you should be as careful as possible. But you don’t need to panic.
What to buy for survival?
When you are deciding what to buy for survival, some items jump off the shelves at you. Some items of obvious importance can disappear entirely in a matter of days once the panic sets in. Just think about how difficult it has been to find toilet paper recently. Toilet paper is essential. Sure. But you will struggle to live very long if that’s all you have to eat. Here are some of the items you may not have considered are essential, but are: