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Midweek reaction (Corona Chan has left the reservation)

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The Corona Chan

The schools in Italy have been closed because Coronavirus is now in Italy. They are taking the economic hit, now. Locally, some suppliers are running short. We were working on shelving over the weekend and the local big box store has run out of such. We put an order in, now. We may not be able to do that in a few weeks. It appears the supply chain is broken.

From one of Vox Day’s Dread Ilk.

I am a steel & poly carbonite broker. I have buyers in China,Korea and Mexico who procure thru the mills the products that my US customers need.
I made orders of fasteners (almost all fasteners are made in China), steel and poly back in mid December, pre knowledge of Corona.
About 75K worth.
None of it is any closer to getting here now than it was the day I ordered it.
My employees in Beijing have fled the city, with one leaving for Japan and two more who went to more rural areas, one dropped off the map and I haven’t spoken to her since Feb 1st.
It’s not good. Don’t expect to get any meds or other desperately needed items from there if the SHTF here. Its not gonna happen.

From looking around the links, I found some practical advice. To date, there are no cases in NZ — but the Chinese students coming to NZ for the first semester have been told to self quarantine if they are here. I don’t expect our local people to be that proactive.

If you need medications, then get a script now.

We’d like to share with you some of our recent everyday life experiences in talking about pandemic preparedness with people who perceive us as a bit knowledgeable about what may be on the horizon. Some of this overlaps with the more generic comments above.

1. We’ve found it useful to tell friends and family to try to get ahead on their medical prescriptions if they can, in case of very predictable supply chain disruptions, and so they won’t have to go out to the pharmacy at a time when there may be long lines of sick people. This helps them in a practical sense, but it also makes them visualize – often for the first time – how a pandemic may impact them in their everyday lives, even if they don’t actually catch COVID-19. It simultaneously gives them a small “Oh my God” moment (an emotional rehearsal about the future) – and something to do about it right away to help them get through the adjustment reaction.

2. We also recommend that people might want to slowly (so no one will accuse them of panic-buying) start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last their households through several weeks of social distancing at home during an intense wave of transmission in their community. This too seems to get through emotionally, as well as being useful logistically.

3. Three other recommendations that we feel have gone over well with our friends and acquaintances:

a. Suggesting practical organizational things they and their organizations can do to get ready, such as cross-training to mitigate absenteeism.

b. Suggesting that people make plans for childcare when they are sick, or when their child is sick.

4. And the example we like the best, because it gives every single person an immediate action that they can take over and over: Right now, today, start practicing not touching your face when you are out and about! You probably won’t be able to do it perfectly, but you can greatly reduce the frequency of potential self-inoculation.

We don’t need to stop doing things yet… but get ready to minimize crowds. If it hits, the schools will close, church will close, and we should do as much as we can by distance. You can expect that we will lose medical and nursing staff if the virus remains as vicious as it is in Wuhan — a large number of doctors and nurses are in late middle age.

It would be better for NZ if we closed our borders now. Afghanistan has, and they are probably wiser than we are.

Godzone

The Sttes worries about Russian interferece in their elections. We worry about the Chinese: who are our largest trading partner, though this is chaning. Donations at this level are around influence.

Labour Party president Claire Szabo said in a statement that Zheng Hengjia donated $10,000 by buying a piece of art at a silent auction in April 2017.

Additionally Zheng Shijia donated $1940 in 2018.

Szabo said both were included as donations in the Labour Party return filed in the respective years.

The two men, along with Jami-Lee Ross and Zhang Yikun, face charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to two $100,000 donations made to the National Party in 2017 and 2018.

From Gab.

UPDATE

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The World health Organization has put out guidelines for health practitioners. This is the background.

It’s worth noting that they recommend personal protective equipment, and that staff monitor themselves for illness. Staff are high risk.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses belonging to the family of Coronaviridae, which infect both animals and humans. Human coronaviruses can cause mild disease similar to a common cold, while others cause more severe disease (such as MERS – Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and SARS – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). A new coronavirus that previously has not been identified in humans emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

Signs and symptoms include respiratory symptoms and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome and sometimes death. Standard recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 include frequent cleaning of hands using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water; covering the nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or disposable tissue when coughing and sneezing; and avoiding close contact with anyone that has a fever and cough.

This is a good post from Virology Down Under.

For now, you are more than likely not living in an area experiencing widespread community transmission of SARS-CoV-2. If more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) keep rapidly appearing, and more of them can’t be traced to existing transmission chains, the efforts in some countries to contain COVID-19 will have failed.
At some point, we’ll be in the main phase of a pandemic; epidemics of an efficiently transmitting pathogen spreading widely within the community of two or more countries, apart from the first one to report it. A pandemic doesn’t necessarily mean the disease is severe. Also, this word may bring to the attention an event that some still manage to ignore when softer words are used. And let’s face it if we don’t start using this possibly scary word and talking about and planning for the possibilities now – how much more panic and fear will result because we were taken totally by surprise?

This is his list of preparations to do now and at the last minute. I’d modify it: I don’t use bread or yoghurt. We do use eggs, but we may need to get them from the neighbours. You should have a garden going (if flatting, potting mix and pots will work) and you may need that. I’d add frozen vegetables are good if the power remains, which is more of an Australian Problem.

Below we list things we’ll need to have in case of a more major interruption to supply; a stock that will last 2 weeks. Some of these things will last much longer and include items that may not be a top priority for authorities to keep stocked:

  • Extra prescription medications, asthma relief inhalers. Some of these may be a problem, so talk to your doctor soon.
  • Over-the-counter anti-fever and pain medications

    paracetamol and ibuprofen can go a long way to making us feel less sick

  • Feminine hygiene products
    Family pack of toilet paper
  • Vitamins
    In case food shortages limit the variety in your diet
  • Alcohol-containing hand rub
    Soap
    Household cleaning agents
    Bleach, floor cleaner, toilet cleaner, surface cleaning spray, laundry detergent
  • Tissues, paper towel
  • Cereals, grains, beans, lentils, , pasta
  • Tinned food – fish, vegetables, fruit
  • Oil, spices and flavours
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Ultra-heat treated or powdered milk
    Ian is not drinking black coffee, no matter what
  • Soft drink or candy/chocolate for treats
  • Think about elderly relative’s needs
    Their medications, pets, pandemic stash, plans for care (see later)
  • Pet food and care
    Dry and tinned food, litter tray liners, medicines, anti-flea drops
  • The last-minute fresh list
    In a more severe pandemic, supply chain issues may mean fresh food becomes harder to get. So this list is an add-on to the one above, and its items should be the last things to buy if you have a hint of when supplies might slow or stop for a (hopefully short) time.

  • Bread, wraps
  • Meat for freezing
  • Milk
  • Eggs
    Yogurt
  • Vegetables, fruit
  • Fuel for your car