Why would anyone expect the US to run out of toilet paper? There should be a special word for that kind of insanity.
“All the grocery stores are going to have pallets of toilet paper sitting in the aisles, and nobody is going to buy it, because who needs to buy toilet paper when you’ve got a year’s worth sitting in your garage?” Daniel Stanton, a supply chain expert and author of “Supply Chain Management for Dummies,” tells CNBC Make It.
But what about food?
Even if the COVID-19 pandemic stretches over months (President Donald Trump said it could last until August), there will be no big food shortages, especially on staples like milk, eggs, cheese, bread and meat, according to three supply chain experts who spoke to Make It. __ Toilet Paper Everywhere
While there is no national shortage of toilet paper, the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired “panic” buying, making it difficult for retailers to keep shelves stocked.
That’s provided an opportunity for some restaurants and bars that are losing significant sales after closing off dining areas to comply with health orders aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.
On Tuesday, the Cambridge Bar and Grill in Cambridge, Minnesota, announced on Facebook that any “to go order” over $25 comes with a free roll of toilet paper.
Many of their customers may prize the toilet paper more than the order of food and beverage.
Fear-Mongering is the New Normal
As an MIT PhD in Biological Engineering who studies & does research nearly every day on the Immune System, the #coronavirus fear mongering by the Deep State will go down in history as one of the biggest fraud to manipulate economies, suppress dissent, & push MANDATED Medicine!
… In many places, they are telling us when we can leave our homes and when we must return to them.
They have decided what events or religious services we can attend, how many people are allowed to be there and which businesses are allowed to stay open.
In the process, the global economy has crashed with the assistance of the media stirring everyone into a mass panic. __ Four MIT Degrees Speaking
Having four degrees from MIT doesn’t make him right about what the Deep State is trying to pull off. But we have had a lot of experience with the Deep State. There is almost nothing that the swamp would not do in its own interests.
Russians Begin to Look at Their Own Predicament
For weeks we have been treated to derision from the East, as Russians laugh at all the panic manifested by silly western Europeans and North Americans. But although Putin’s Russia knows how to restrict information flow, restricting virus flow may be a lot harder to do.
Foreign nationals are now banned from entering until May 1 as part of an effort to slow the spread of the virus, and Moscow has barred all outdoor events and limited indoor gatherings to fewer than 50 people. Older Russians have been told to remain inside. Schools are now closed, as are major tourist attractions, while Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced a $4 billion bailout package on Monday to help businesses that are at risk due to the drop-off in economic activity. Russia has also shut its sizable land borders with its 14 neighbors, and the city of Moscow is currently constructing two large hospitals to house patients infected with the coronavirus.
The recent speed of the government response may in part be due to recognition that the virus is, in fact, spreading throughout the country. __ https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/18/fortress-russia-coronavirus-spread-covid-pandemic/
Just as in China, getting true information out of Russia is next to impossible. Watch what they do, not what they say.
Politicians Don’t Want to Bother With the Details
With all the grand posturing being done by governments around the world, very little is said about exactly how people are going to survive all of these political measures being laid down by the pompous fat-heads.
Even people with the means and the flexibility to work from home and fully isolate still need to find ways to provide food and other essential goods and services for their families. And, if they’re unlucky despite the best of precautions, emergency medical services. In other words, like it or not, we are all interdependent on other people still willing, able, and allowed, to do their jobs. That means the entire global supply chain; a distributed network of farmers, ranchers, pickers, packers, truck drivers, shippers, distribution centers, grocery stores, delivery services, and the thousands of other functions I don’t even know about, and untold millions of people with special skills you don’t have.
So when I see politicians mandating, or regular people demanding, as a moral imperative, that all human interaction cease immediately until the risk of infection ends, I know that they are probably not considering the consequences of such a policy. They are likely not thinking about, or are totally unaware of, the incredibly complex division of labor and distributed responsibilities that drive our prosperous modern economy. Millions, even billions of people you don’t know, are all working together constantly to ensure that each of us gets what we want and need to sustain our lives. We all contribute to this beautiful process, each of us deciding for our own selves, who does what best. __ https://freethepeople.org/during-a-pandemic-who-will-keep-us-fed/?
It is not their job to worry about how the little people will survive their idiocy. They make sure that they themselves are well-insulated from all the consequences of their poorly considered mandates.
Most People Will Always Remember it As the Wuhan Coronavirus
Some American commentators and Democratic politicians are aghast at Donald Trump and Republicans for referring to the pandemic as the “Wuhan virus” and repeatedly pointing to China as the source of the pandemic. In naming the disease COVID-19, the World Health Organization specifically avoided mentioning Wuhan. Yet in de-emphasizing where the epidemic began (something China has been aggressively pushing for), we run the risk of obscuring Beijing’s role in letting the disease spread beyond its borders.
… Because the Chinese Communist Party was pretending that there was little to be concerned about, Wuhan was a porous purveyor of the virus. The government only instituted a lockdown in Wuhan on January 23—seven weeks after the virus first appeared. As events in Italy, the United States, Spain, and France have shown, quite a lot can happen in a week, much less seven. By then, mayor Zhou Xianwang admitted that more than 5 million people had already left Wuhan.
If that weren’t enough, we can plumb recent history for an even more damning account. In a 2019 article, Chinese experts warned it was “highly likely that future SARS- or MERS-like coronavirus outbreaks will originate from bats, and there is an increased probability that this will occur in China.” In a 2007 journal article, infectious-disease specialists published a study arguing that “the presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.” It was ignored. __ Atlantic
A Lot of Conflicting Views and Information
Perennial Optimist Matt Ridley struggles against despair:
A vast experiment is happening as different countries try different strategies, with some in Asia having notably more success than others in Europe. But to stop the virus gaining a permanent foothold in the human population will require every single one of those experiments to work.
In the long run, we will get through this. Effective drugs will be found. Methods for keeping the very sick from dying will improve. The milder forms of the virus will probably out-compete the harsher versions. A vaccine may yet work — though it has come as quite a shock to find out just how little vaccine development has improved in recent decades. Genomics allows us to read viral genomes in a flash and make messenger-RNA vaccines, in which the body manufactures the viral proteins, doing away with the need to put killed or attenuated viruses into the body. None the less, a scientific paper that I failed to read last year warned: ‘The current state of vaccine development is an expensive, slow and laborious process, costing billions of dollars, taking decades, with less than a 10 per cent rate of success.’
We must not despair or return permanently to autarky and localism. With the right precautions, an open, free-trading, free-moving, innovating world is possible without pandemics and is essential for raising living standards. Government must both splash the cash and slash many of the things it does that are not urgent to alleviate human suffering, and there are a lot of them. But in the midst of our misery let us be thankful for one thing: unlike many plagues, this one spares children. __ https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/we-are-about-to-find-out-how-robust-civilisation-is
When faced with the exponential rise in cases that has been seen almost every time the virus confronts a new, vulnerable population, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the rapid growth of infection.
Do Warm Temperatures Discourage Virus Spread?
We have been discussing the possible effect of warm temperatures on the contagiousness of Wuhan Coronavirus for weeks now. Evidence is slowly trickling in:
“Notably, during the same time, COVID-19 failed to spread significantly to countries immediately south of China,” the paper notes. “The number of patients and reported deaths in Southeast Asia is much less when compared to more temperate regions noted … The association between temperature in the cities affected with COVID-19 deserves special attention.”
But, he cautioned, “… We can expect a dip in the summer. But that doesn’t mean that we will be out of the woods … Everyone in the scientific and public health community expects it to be back in the fall and we expect to be in this for quite some time.” __ More, with links
Scan the countries in the table below, and note a rough correlation between the number of cases and the temperature/sunshine conditions for the specific country in March.
China Could Have Reduced Spread by 95% !
The communist party government of China took the opposite path, and destroyed the early medical evidence of virulence and spread which the global community of virologists and epidemiologists needed so desperately.
It is too bad that China dropped the ball and put the rest of the world in danger.