Get Ready for Round Two

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

I don’t know if you remember it, but shortly after the “experts” started talking about the need to “flatten the curve,” they started talking about the second wave of COVID-19. Then a short time later, that was modified to be that we would see a second wave in the fall, when flu season started. But what we’re seeing is something quite different.

There’s absolutely no question that we’re seeing the beginning of the second wave now. Almost half the states are seeing a sharp rise in the number of new cases reported. This is probably due to states allowing businesses to open back up, while consumers aren’t taking the appropriate precautions.

Allow me to clarify. I don’t think the state governors was wrong to start opening their states back up. There was no way we could keep those businesses closed forever and all those people out of work, expecting the money for them to live on to come out of nowhere. Nor do I believe the businesses are at fault. Every business I’ve seen is going to great lengths to ensure the safety of their staff and their customers. Even my barber was masked, and he’s one of those who is not concerned about the disease.

Where the fault lies is directly with the masses. We the People have not stepped up to the bat, taking the necessary measures to protect ourselves and our neighbors. While I can understand those who say that forcing them to wear a mask is infringing on their rights, I can’t necessarily agree with them. If I am to be “my brother’s keeper” than doesn’t that include protecting his health if I can?

Some might argue that we aren’t supposed to be our brother’s keeper; but God didn’t compliment Cain when he tried to use that excuse. So I really doubt He’ll compliment anyone who tries it now.

Regardless of who may or may not be at fault, the situation is that we are seeing a second wave and that wave is upon us now. We’re seeing a rapid rise in the number of new cases, and in many counties, the number of new cases is two to three times higher than anything they’ve experience before.

The question that faces us, is what are we going to do about it, personally? Whether or not you mask, practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible is up to you. But what I’m concerned about is whether or not we, as a society, are ready for this second wave.

When you look around the stores, our supply chain is just now catching up with stores being bought out in the first round of the battle with COVID-19. Some items still aren’t back to normal. And here we are, heading into round two, which already looks like it will be worse.

Are you ready?

Based upon what happened earlier this year, I would say that we have a window of a few days to stock up on anything we need to have, in order to get through this next wave. That means that anything you used in the first wave, you’d better make sure you have plenty of. In fact, I’d say we all probably need more for this second wave, than we did for the first. The first wave only lasted a couple of months; this one will probably last till next spring.

Keep in mind that we are in the midst of summer; the time when disease is usually at its low ebb. Yet there is no low ebb to see. We already had it and it is gone. Disease spreads faster in the winter months (unless you’re at extremely high altitudes), due to less ultraviolet light striking the surface of the Earth and us spending more time indoors, where disease can spread easily from one person to the next. So there is no reason to expect this disease to slow down anytime soon, unless it mutates to a less benign form.

That’s not something to count on. In fact, I saw a report out of China, stating that the SARS-CoV-2 virus had in fact mutated and that it was even more dangerous than before. That’s actually not unusual, as many times that viruses mutate, it is into more dangerous versions of themselves.

So get to the store and stock up on everything you need to battle the pandemic, before it is too late. I’d be especially sure to buy: masks, gloves, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, bleach and alcohol. Maybe you should add TP to that, just in case there’s another run on the stores. But whatever you do, don’t let yourself get caught unprepared.

It’s really not that different than keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

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