RE: Prepare Now
I've been tracking the cases in each country, at first the numbers were barely changing every four days, then it started changing every two days now we are down to changing every day with five new countries added today. Still no known cases listed number wise for NK yet. I am surprised how low the numbers are for places like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia since they've been on the list. It's not like they are the most sanitary places in the world yet their numbers have stayed consistent or maybe have grown by one or two people since 2/8. It wouldn't surprise me if they held down numbers afraid of a shut down on their countries. Then there is the 691 others with no known mention of where those others are.
One other thing that bothered me was this specialist they had on Dr Oz who said they would be asking people who felt sick to come in for testing rather than if they discovered people who had the virus ask for a quarantine for fear people would take off out of those area's yet those people who tested positive would have been in contact with a whole lot of other people before being diagnosis-ed and those others would be out infecting others before they became to sick to go to the hospital. By then it's to late and the end result will be the same, a quarantine will be issued. I think it will just take one large city here in the US to start seeing cases multiply that will set off panic buying.
Last week I went out and stocked up on Tylenol, Ibuprofen and flu medication. I evidently am not the only one as the stock for the largest size bottles were down to about ten, the whole section was slim pickings and the double wrapped bonus buy bottles were nearly depleted, usually those are the ones you see a lot of stock of because in reality who really needs to be buying bottles with hundreds of pills wrapped in a two bottle discount savings wrapper....that's a whole lot of pills, you'd think anyone needing that many would be poisoning their liver to death. You couldn't even find a daytime flu med, all there was left were the night time bottles. Researching and pricing mask were the same, most are already out of stock and listed as unable to get from the manufacture. I am like you, I highly doubt I'll survive this if it strikes here, we have several people in the immediate family I don't think will either, two have asthma, including a grandson, his grandpa has a autoimmune disease that if he lives till next year Nov he'll be the longest surviving person in the US whose ever had the disease, and his son in his twenties was born with a host of complicated stuff whereas now he has a pace maker. The good news is I have a twenty five hundred square feet of a duplex so taking in twelve people will still be rough if a quarantine were to be issued but we won't be totally squished as if I left it up to my kids to prepare for any perceived upcoming disaster we'd all die so this will be quarantine central for us. I think my mom and step dad will be okay, probably safer than being with us given they live in a small town north of here. I told her over the weekend to just go get the mask, what's the worse than can happen then you may end up tossing them but don't wait for a rush to happen. I am researching what foods have natural antibiotic properties to incorporate into a potential three month stock of food items if I feel over the next couple weeks I need to start taking that measure. Three months was all I could handle thinking about right now as any further preparation to feed twelve people beyond that was quite overwhelming. I am only thinking about this because I feel I am being forced to given that what we see happening is nothing like we've ever seen before. I want to have that list in hand so if I do I don't find myself out running around not knowing what it will take to survive for us and end up just grabbing stuff off a shelf. Just thinking about the amount of toilet paper we'll need is giving me a headache...lol. In the end though, like you said, what's the worse that can happen if we end up not needing it it's not like we can't use the stuff, including the mask to do drywall or mix cement. If I have time to get that all in place without a rush by that point I think we'll know what the inevitability will stand and at that point I'll get a few games to add to collection, some cards and other activities to keep the grand kids from driving us insane and ourselves for that matter. The weather could warm up and this could start to die down if that doesn't seem to be the pattern taking shape then it's better to be implementing a worse case scenario.