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How To Prepare For Federal Mass Coronavirus Quarantines

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How To Prepare For Federal Mass Coronavirus Quarantines

The biggest news story of 2020 is undoubtedly coronavirus. The illness has found its way into the United States, but certainly not at a capacity that’s threatening our livelihood.

That said, the dire images of massive quarantines throughout China have many in the United States feeling unsettled.

Could the United States come under a large-scale quarantine? And what would the ramifications of such be for everyday citizens?

Each morning, our news feeds are rich with coronavirus narratives. Whether it’s death tolls, or the potential coronavirus coverup, or death smogs, or even videos of Communists dragging Chinese citizens from their homes, we are a spooked society.

On January 28th, the ACLU issued a coronavirus warning regarding how the public and government might overreact to a potential outbreak.

Unfortunately, our history of reactions to infectious disease outbreaks suggests that if this outbreak becomes severe, we’re likely to see strong pressure to the contrary.

Americans now must consider two potential threats:

  • A potential pandemic – a threat to life.
  • A potential martial law/quarantine – a threat to liberty.

It’s the second threat that many people find the most unsettling and that’s not the least bit irrational. For the priority threat, a virus, people can prepare by putting together a pandemic survival kit. For the latter, we are probably a society too far gone to counteract complete, opportunistic subjugation.

On January 26th, the conversation of potential quarantines began with a Tom Inglesby Tweet. Inglesby is the Director, Johns Hopkins SPH Center for Health Security, where he focuses on pandemic survival.

I’ve linked the tweet below, and below that, the meat and potatoes we should all be paying attention to.

Global and national leaders should be looking ahead to what must be done to prepare for the possibility nCoV can’t be contained, even as we continue to work as hard as possible to contain it in China and beyond. (8/x)

The work to prepare for the possibility of failed containment could be called something like: Plan for Global Mobilization to Respond to a nCoV Pandemic. There are a series of highest priorities that should be at the top of that Plan, including: (9/x)

Crash vaccine development. Top of list because would so dramatically change response and outcomes.
@NIAID & @CEPI working on vaccines, as are others. All pharma+biotech companies that could have a vaccine or therapy candidate of relevance should be enlisted in the effort. (10/x)

Multiple vaccine efforts should be pursued in parallel. Money should not be rate-limiting. Timelines should be shortened in whatever ways possible that doesn’t get in the way of a final safe, effective product. Rapid clinical trials prepared. (11/x)

 

Inglesby is far from the only scientist/official in coronavirus reaction mode. Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, believes that if we don’t contain coronavirus soon, we will be thrust into a full-blown pandemic.

“If it’s not contained shortly,” Bedford said, “I think we’re looking at a pandemic.”

Fair or unfair, the media’s coronavirus hype train left the station weeks ago. Now it’s tumbling, with no brakes and a full load, towards a community station near you.

The United States 195 people from China for 14 days. Until the CDC can verify they aren’t infected with coronavirus, they’ll remain at a California military base. This is the first time since the 1960s that the U.S. government has issued an official quarantine. This has many people wondering, what is the potential that it happens right here in the United States? And what would the consequences be?

Dr. Elie Saade, an infectious disease specialist at University Hospitals, called blocking entire cities a “nightmare scenario.” She sees a massive United States quarantine as something experienced at home, while watching Netflix.

The psychological and economic costs of mass quarantine are undeniable. In 2001, a report determined that a mass quarantine in the United States could lead to infections in otherwise healthy people.

“There’s just no good evidence, at least in modern times, that (a mass quarantine) has made a big difference,” said Dr. James Kazura, the director of Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Global Health and Diseases.

“If you put people who are quarantined together in close quarters, if there’s two people infected, and the other 1,000 aren’t, then it puts those people at risk,” Kazura said.

Legally, the CDC reserves the right to examine people at quarantine stations located at ports-of-entry in 20 U.S. states and territories. A number of states imposed three-week quarantines for medical personnel returning from Africa during the Ebola outbreak. The ACLU called this move medically-unjustified and unconstitutional.

A mass quarantine in the United States could prompt a massive civil uprising. Given the state of our political affairs, it’s hard to believe the government would risk pouring gasoline on burning embers.

“The public health community has learned over time that treating sick people like potential enemies only spurs them to ‘go underground’ and avoid the authorities, which exacerbates the spread of disease,” the ACLU blogged back on Jan. 28.

The fact is, much like gun confiscation, the government risk placing itself in a position to enforce its will. And that means a potential consequence of violent backlash.

But the presiding theme to digest here is that a mass quarantine, while unlikely, becomes less-unlikely with each day the media pushes forth the potential pandemic narrative. Its the media’s job to inform, whether some of you despise that position or not. Pandemics, historically, have been one of mankind’s great threats. We need to know what’s happening in China. But we also need to realize that our fears of coronavirus may turn out misguided. If coronavirus fear leads to more government intrusion and control regarding our lives, that’s the biggest failure.

It’s good to be pandemic prepared, but it’s also intelligent to realize you may need your SHTF plan in order just as well. Because it might not be a pandemic that serves as your biggest enemy today.

Here’s a shortlist of preparation items you might consider grabbing now.

Mass Coronavirus Quarantine Preparation List

  • Water
  • Canned Foods
  • Ammo
  • N95 Masks (be careful, this may not be as good as advertised, plus a lot of sellers are jacking up prices and orders are largely delayed)
  • Full Tank of Gas in Car(s)
  • Generator
  • View Full SHTF List.

Author: Jim Satney

PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.



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