This is a follow-up post with a focus on prevention.
I have no idea whether this pic, obtained on 4chan, has anything to do with the coronoa virus. But it does set a certain mood, does it not?
And a more humorous pic, also obtained from a 4chan thread, before we move in the grim business of the 2019-nCoV (the official name of this strain of the virus) and how to keep your family safe.
How grim? You don't do this (image source) unless you know there is a major problem. No, a catastrophic problem.
The coronoa virus numbers exploded yesterday
Part of this is due to the fact that it is hard to get accurate numbers in the storm itself. Part of this is the CCP trying to keep a lot of it off the PR radar. And part of this is that there are just not enough medical personnel to handle the problem.
The first step in prevention is SEPARATION
Go back up to the pic of the kid with the gun, or to the pic of bricking over the road. I always say that the best chance to avoid a problem is to reduce all chance-vectors of causing that problem to 0% (ZERO).
If you do not come into contact with the infection, you will not be infected.
- Stay away from people
You can tell me that the epidemic isn't in your area yet. Happy you /sarcasm. Here's what I'll tell you: this damn thing doesn't exhibit symptoms in it's incubation period. Oh yeah, let me add this question for you...how many folks escaped the containment effort in Wuhan?
You don't know? Neither do I. And let me follow up with another question for you...how does I don't know equal 0% chance of infection? It doesn't.
Contain yourself and your family. Luckily, the internet allows you social contact with other people without risking contamination.
We are at the stage where it is too early to make a rational decision about missing work and school...the problem is that by the time we can make rational choices about that, it will be too late!
IF you can bug out now to a secluded location, then do so (more about this decision downpage)
- Physical separation
Some of you have the physical space to dig ditches and put up barbed wire, some of your wives will even let you do it! (In my own experience, i.e. I have no studies on this, women suffer from normalcy bias and the need for social grouping more than men).
But how to do this if you are in an apartment building? You have a couple of problems. 1- Central air 2- no space to put up exterior defense.
Block your central air vents and ventilate w/ outside air. Yes, it will be cold. But it won't be air circulated through your neighbor's coughed-out living room either. You can tack up sheets over your windows to create a filter. You can't seal up tight because you need fresh air to live, and because you probably don't have the capability to do so. Consider plastic sheeting and duct tape.
- Food and water
GET IT NOW!
Worst comes to worst, you have extra food on hand down the road. If, however, you wait and see, what will happen is that you will be waiting in line seeing the last supplies go out the door once the panic kicks in. We rely on a Just In Time supply chain in which stores only carry 3 days of normal supply. Guess how long that will be if everyone spergs out at the same time.
Figger out how much food you need to live in terms of calories (averages out to about 2000 calories a day to survive). Decide what you want to eat for a month or two, and go get it.
You'll need a minimum of half a gallon of water a day for drinking purposes alone. You'll need more to wash your dishes, flush your pot, and decontaminate if necessary.
What happens if the power goes out? Do you have a place to cook and boil water?
DO NOT GRILL INDOORS! you will die from carbon monoxide.
- Community Organization
Do you have a neighborhood watch? Drop a hint about emergency preps. As this gets worse, expect normalcy bias to get worse in turn! But if you can convince your neighbors not to be morons, you can establish checkpoints.
Maybe you can even set up food rationing or quarantine locations (the bug tent).
However, don't expect this to be an option until it's too late. In addition, why would you share your food with retards that refused to help you set up a resilient community?