15 Things You Can Actually Do for Yourself and Others about Corona Virus — 6 Comments

    A friend of mine said that the country is having an anaphylactic reaction to this and it is creating a larger than necessary reaction to this whole thing.  I think he is spot on. The stores don’t have to be empty, but they are. Jack, you said yourself in January this is no big thing, now it is. The illness itself sucks especially for those at higher risk, but is it worth the cost of our freedoms?
    I agree with your article, but like many other things from the government, it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Especially if we rely on the government to fix it, and I work for the government. This will be in my mind a long term, slow burn, shit show. Eventually, people will remember that we can actually put our big boy pants on and just be better versions of ourselves.
    Most of us have been preparing for years for this exact thing, now it is just time to put our plans in place and go with it. I have found many places where I am not as ready as I thought I was, and now have plans to change that post-haste. It is also a great time for us to help our neighbors that didn’t take time to do the preparations we have been able to (without compromising ourselves) and maybe they will be a little more prepared next time. I have many layers at my disposal and am not really afraid to help. The goodwill it will bring will be profound.
    The biggest thing I can say is using the analogy of allergies and my own allergy of bee stings, don’t scratch it….

  2. Jack, thanks to you I’ve had a 30 day supply of food and a Berkey water filter for a long time. Now with the virus scare, my wife has built that up to 60 days if we stretch it. I finally talked her out of buying water. After all… we have a Berkey, but she was buying water anyway. When I asked her why she was doing that she could not explain. I suspect it is a herd mentality. If everyone else is buying water… you know how that goes. Same with toilet paper. I checked our gas cans. We have enough although I can’t imagine where we would go.

    The question my wife asks me is “What else do we need?” The answer depends on what we are preparing for. If it is a zombie apocalypse, I must admit that we are not fully prepared. The same goes for an EMP strike or a nuclear holocaust. But short of that, I think we are OK, and I think we have enough to help our neighbors too. As you have said, “It is easier to feed your neighbors than it is to shoot them.” I agree.

    Thank again, Jack.

    Alex Shrugged

  3. Likely the best post in TSP history.

    Easily sharable. To the point.

    Shared many places.  Even got a nod from a nurse friend within our local health department.


    One of Spirkos shining jewels.

  4. Even though we have only one case in Prince Edward Island, our department was told to work from home for the foreseeable future.  Some grocery stores opening one hour early, and only for seniors to keep them somewhat isolated.  As Chris Martenson had been saying: “Case, Case, Case, Cluster, Cluster, BOOM”

    I’m ready, was always ready and have not been to the stores in over two weeks.  All good up here and hell of a garden planned this year

  5. You hit that one out of the park, Jack 🙂

    If I could add only one thing to the list, #16 would be to save more money! Living with these kinds of restrictions the past 7 weeks, the economy here has taken a big hit with a lot of people out of work and some businesses forced to reduced hours or restricted from operating at all.

    This advice is probably a little less critical for most of your audience, and if you have no shortage of savings then yeah spend some supporting restaurants (delivery or take-out of course) and other local businesses if doing so doesn’t put you at risk. But for the general population I think it should be a top concern, because that has been the biggest impact of the pandemic to people around here. I’ve been affected hard too even with working from home… my crypto-mining income is being beaten down like the red-headed stepchild of a rented mule!

    So if one is not on rock-solid financial support, for the love of god save more money! Maybe this advice is a little late for some already, but for those communities yet to be hit there may still be a little time. This has been proving to be an endurance race, not a short-term blip.

  6. I totally agree. I have a very high risk child who spends at least a week in the hospital every time he gets a cold. I do not want to spread this or bring it home.

    However, I am getting very concerned about the populous around me. I feel like if the government said exactly what you have here, a vast majority of people would happily comply. When they start saying “You cannot go shopping for non-essential goods” or you will be imprisoned. I wonder how many times they will be able to enforce that before there is a problem. Especially if they exempt the homeless. There are only so many police officers while there are a lot of people that will want to visit lonely friends (“You cannot invite friends over to your home to hang out.”).  I really feel like explaining the situation and asking nicely will go a lot further than threatening jail time.