Pandemic 2020. It’s the worst thing to hit us since the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. I realize that it may not seem like currently, but it’s critically important to realize this pandemic is not over. Right now, people are getting political over this virus or are ignoring it completely. Neither of these behaviors is going to make this go away – in fact, it’s likely to make it worse.
Probably like a lot of you, when this pandemic hit, I spent a lot of my time rounding up last minute supplies. Because it doesn’t matter how well prepared you are, if you have the chance, you’re going to stock up while you can. Since then, I have been doing a lot of, what I call, preparedness projects – things needing to get done.
I’m sure this is no different than many preppers. Even though we knew this could happen, the reality shines a spotlight on those things in your preparedness plan and supplies that become suddenly glaring and need fixing!
Right, we’ve got a pandemic to talk about…
The last pandemic was the Mexican swine flu in 2009, which had more than 18,000 deaths worldwide. This pandemic ran its course from January 2009 to August 2010. It has 491,382 lab-confirmed cases and killed 18,449 people (lab-confirmed deaths reported to WHO). We had twice that many COVID-19 cases in the first 3 months of this pandemic. Ponder that for a bit.
Luckily, that pandemic turned out to be very mild, but the Spanish Flu pandemic, 1918-1919, killed 3%-5% of the world’s population. Taking the average (of 4%) and applying it to today’s population of 7.8 billion would be 312 million (312,000,000) people dead. Putting that in perspective, that’s 95% of the entire population of the United States.
It works out to 1 death for every 25 people, which would be horrific on so many levels. There is no way the global economy would survive that many deaths in the span of less than two years.
This current pandemic has the ability to kill as many people. The only difference is we are (presumably) better educated and can communicate faster than in 1918. These two factors appear to be helping in some parts of the globe, but in many areas it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
When it became apparent the pandemic is going to spread across the globe, hopefully you were able to stay ahead of the general public on doing a final stock up. It wasn’t too long before everything even remotely preparedness-related was in short supply. If you wanted TP, ammo, guns, gun accessories, storage food and any number of useful items – they were suddenly in backorder status.
And here we are today, still in a state of flux, not knowing what the future holds. I can tell you it doesn’t look too good, right now. Despite our best wishes, this pandemic is going to have long lasting effects. This virus was first reported to the WHO by China on December 31, 2019. It hasn’t even been five months yet. So, yes, the worst has yet to come.
We’ll be discussing this more in future posts. There’s a lot to cover.
Get Prepared, Be Prepared.