Are you Seeing Panic In Your State?

The Pfizer vaccine may be less than 40 percent effective against the Delta variant of COVID-19. We hit 49,746 cases on July 23. Are people around you panicking, or is it just the media?

We went to a restaurant the other day when my daughter was visiting and we brought my baby granddaughter, which means there’s always the chance of a screaming baby ruining our dinner and the dinners of everyone else in the restaurant. I am happy to report it went smoothly. She charmed the wait staff by smiling and waving at everyone. Service was good, the food was excellent, and by the time we left, almost every seat in the place was full. There was no sign of COVID concerns.

After the kids headed home, I dropped off the garbage, got the truck its 7,500 mile service, went to the post office, and ran a couple other small errands. Everybody I saw was friendly and helpful, and I didn’t see a single person wearing a mask. The only place that had a sign about masks was the post office, and their employees were not wearing one.

No one where I live seems to panic about the possibility of another COVID-19 wave, but I get the feeling that may not be the case in other parts of the country. Just reading the headlines about “breakthrough” cases that happen in the vaccinated and the failure of the Pfizer vaccine against the Delta variation in Israel is enough to cause some people to panic, and the echo chamber effect of mass media and social media is making the problem sound worse than it is. It’s also causing the anxiety levels in our society to increase, which will inevitably lead to more panic and over reactions.

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Warning: Another COVID-19 Wave Could Strike the U.S.

You can get bowled over by the wave, or you can ride it. Your choice. preparing, just in case, will help you ride it.

I am concerned that a fresh wave of COVID-19 could hit the U.S. this fall and carry through the holiday season. Around the world, the COVID-19 Delta mutation is causing new lockdowns, new restrictions, and a return to masking. Evidence from countries like the UK and Israel point to the possibility that the United States will experience a surge in cases as the Delta mutation strikes not only those who are unvaccinated, but sickens some of the vaccinated as well. This could unravel much of the progress we have made fighting COVID-19, and cause significant social disruption.

If we see another wave—and I will admit that it is only a possibility—then what effect will it have on the economy and society and what can you do to prepare for it? Yes, the hype about Delta may be overblown. It may be the same old crowd the blew prior COVID-19 concerns out of proportion doing it again, as this article suggests. But my opinion is that we should prepare in any case. Even if Delta is overblown, there may still be lockdowns and restrictions, especially with Democrats in control.

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Coronavirus Report July 8: Is Panic Buying Back?

Panic buying resumes in Australia, where several provinces are going back on lockdown. Will we see similar situations in the U.S. as COVID-19 continues to spread?

Yesterday, we wrote about the new lockdown in Australia. Well, the lockdown wasn’t without unintended consequences. Shelves are bare again as “Panic Buying returns as Melbourne Braces for Lengthy Lockdown.”

Are you ready for wave of panic buying in the U.S.? Have you restocked toilet paper and other essentials? How’s your stash of canned soup, spam, flour and yeast? Have you re-stocked your freezer with meat?

More importantly, are you mentally prepared for the possibility of another lockdown? Can you imagine going into the fall with the kids at home doing so-called “distance learning?” Have you done anything to better prepare yourself for being potentially locked in and locked down through the fall and winter?

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Why are you Buying Bottled Water?

I’ve been following the Wuhan Virus for months now, and I have seen no reports stating that it affects the water supply.  So why are y’all buying up all the bottled water? 

First, you’re not going to catch the coronavirus by drinking tap water.

Second, it is extremely unlikely that the infrastructure that brings us all the miracle that is clean, water pouring out of our faucets will fail due to the virus.  Even China, with more than 80,000 cases and Italy, with more than 20,000 cases, have kept the water on.  So why do people think they need to buy bottled water?

Only reason I can think of is that its habit.  When a hurricane hits, bottled water sells out, so the non-preppers, the panic-stricken folk who react at the last minute, do what they always do and buy bottled water. 

Let me give you folks a suggestions: Buy food, because no utility is going to deliver it to your kitchen. See our list of items to stock. They don’t require refrigeration and they’ll last anywhere from six months to three or more years if you don’t need to eat them right away.

I can’t help but be amused that these same folks are buying water are buying up all the frozen food.  Doesn’t it stand to reason that if the water stops flowing, the electricity is going to have been long gone?  (Let the record show that I fully expect both to stay on for the duration of this emergency.)

These are the same people who crowd the hurricane evacuation routes at the last minute and have only a quarter tank of gas.  Then they complain that all the close nearby are booked solid.

Where’s Darwin when you need him?