In China, hospitals are overrun with coronavirus victims. Emergency rooms are packed with people waiting hours to see a doctor.
Healthcare workers are exhausted from the huge influx of patients. At least eight medical professionals have died after treating patients.
The coronavirus has gotten out of hand in China, where it started in December. And now it has spread to at least 43 other countries.
Very soon hospitals and clinics in these countries could be taxed beyond their capabilities. The coronavirus is on the verge of being declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
A U.S. Outbreak Could Be Imminent
The big question on everyone’s minds in the U.S. is, what if it spreads here? What if it spreads to my state, STATE?
As of this writing, there have been 57 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in America. Fortunately no deaths.
In South Korea, there were 28 cases in mid-February and 763 just 10 days later. Italy’s confirmed cases went from 10 to 152 in three days. And that’s just as of this writing.
If the coronavirus spreads as rapidly in the U.S. as elsewhere, how will that affect our healthcare system? Could the medical community contain the virus?
As you read this, hospitals and medical centers across the U.S. are preparing for the coronavirus to “take a foothold in the U.S.”
That’s according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier. She’s the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Officials at these facilities have been warned to “open up your pandemic plans and see that things are in order.”
Dr. Anne Schuchat from the CDC says healthcare providers need to prepare for a “surge at a hospital (and) the ability to provide personal protective equipment for your workforce.”
‘No One Is Ready’
If the coronavirus becomes a pandemic and spreads in the U.S., emergency rooms will unfortunately be overrun. Shortages of medicine will occur.
Many hospitals are already stretched thin by a worse-than-normal flu season. A huge increase in people sickened by the coronavirus would be catastrophic.
Although many hospitals are doing what they can to prepare, they’re facing a big challenge. Dr. Tara O’Toole is a bioterrorism and biosafety expert. Here’s what she says.
“No one is ready for a worst-case scenario for a really bad, lethal, fast-moving pandemic.” She added that keeping critically ill patients in isolation will be difficult with limited space.
Stockpile These Items Now
We know there is a strong possibility that our healthcare facilities may not be capable of providing the care we need during a pandemic. But there are ways you can ready yourself if the time ever comes to protect yourself and your family.
Here are some items you should have on hand:
- Survival food. Stock up on nutritious food with long shelf lives. At least three months’ worth.
- Clean drinking water. As much as you have room to safely store. Also have kitchen and portable water purifiers. And fluids containing electrolytes.
- N95 respirator masks. Surgical masks won’t do the trick. Respirator masks are much more effective.
- First-aid kit. This should be a comprehensive kit, including fever and cough medications, thermometer, and anti-diarrhea meds.
- Hand soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies including bleach, anti-bacterial wipes and paper towels.
- Large garbage bags and smaller plastic bags for waste.
- Toilet paper. You can never have too much of this item.
- Disposable paper items including cups, plates and bowls.
- Disposable rubber gloves. Another item you should have plenty of.
- Emergency radio. At some point during a pandemic, the Internet could go out. A radio will help you learn what’s going on around you, including where to go for help, which areas to avoid, etc.
- Pet food, litter, bedding and toys for all your pets.
- Duct tape. Just because. You might find many more uses for it than you’d suspect.
Be Prepared for the Worst
Here in the U.S., we can hope and pray the coronavirus does not reach levels being experienced in China.
But the fact is, we need to be prepared if the time ever comes where we do need to limit our exposure outside and keep ourselves healthy. Especially when it comes to food.
However, recent reports are showing massive food price-gouging during this coronavirus crisis. Just the other day, a supermarket in China was fined $70,000 for having cabbage at $9.00 per head.
Sadly, we’re now seeing some emergency preparedness groups here in the U.S. increase their prices 50%+ overnight to take advantage of people looking to stockpile supplies.
That’s NOT what my buddy Frank does over at 4Patriots. In fact, he’s proud to provide our survival food kits – which are available and ready for immediate shipment – at the same prices today as he did way back in 2013.
Plus, we’ve also made it available on an easy monthly payment plan to help put these important survival items in your hands today.