People should be doing what they can to prepare for disruptions to everyday life. This virus is spreading rapidly and it’s hard to predict what exactly the responses will be from various governments and health agencies etc in the near future. It is also likely that the global economy will be hit increasingly harder. Here are some things to consider when contemplating tailoring your own personal response and planning for contingencies.
The Dow Jones has lost over 2,000 points so far this week.
The Wuhan coronavirus has now reached at least 44 countries. It has ( officially) killed nearly 3000 people and infected more than 80,000. Though there’s no guarantee that China in particular, has been honest about the numbers there.
Today The USA now a confirmed coronavirus case of “unknown” origin in northern California…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday confirmed an infection in California that would represent the first U.S. person to contract the virus despite not visiting a foreign country recently or coming in contact with an infected patient.
“At this time, the patient’s exposure is unknown,” the CDC said in a statement. “It’s possible this could be an instance of community spread of COVID-19, which would be the first time this has happened in the United States. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s also possible, however, that the patient may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed on issued an emergency declaration on Tuesday aimed at preparing the city for an outbreak.
On Wednesday, Orange County in Southern California– which has had one case ( the person has recovered) – declared a local health emergency.
South Korea now has1,766 cases and 13 deaths. Italy has over 400 infections.
Australian prime minister warns of a “global pandemic.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has not waited for global health authorities to declare the coronavirus a pandemic. On Thursday he said:
“We believe the risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us,” he said. “And as a result, as a government we need to take the steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic.”
“This is a rapidly changing situation that the world finds itself in,” New Zealand’s Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. New Zealand currently has no cases of the coronavirus, but Robertson said there was “a high probability” that New Zealand would have a case of Covid-19 coronavirus at some point.
So folks – do what prepping you can now. Hopefully we won’t see a massive global pandemic. But plan as if we will!
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