The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at a warning on NSAIDs.

Coronavirus: An Anti-Malarial Drug is a COVID Cure?

Tucker – BREAKING: A peer-reviewed study shows that 100% of patients, after 6 days of taking a Malaria drug were “virologically” cured of Wuhan Coronavirus…. JWR’s Comment:  One major maker of that anti-malarial drug, called Plaquenil, is Sanofi. They have the stock ticker symbol SNY.  (Just a little tip for you.)

Coronavirus: Don’t Take NSAIDs!

Coronavirus: Health official warns against taking ibuprofen as it ‘may worsen bug’. JWR Adds: The latest word is that all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Aspirin, should be avoided when  treated the novel coronavirus.

More Wal-Mart Curtailments

Pat Cascio sent us this news tip:

“Starting tomorrow, Wal-Mart stores will only be open from 7:00AM until 8:30PM. All vision centers closed as of today. All lube/tire centers closed as of tomorrow. And starting next Tuesday, and every Tuesday  thereafter, stores will open one hour early for those 60 and over, to shop early.”

Gun Sales Surge Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Linked over at the news aggregation site: Gun sales surge amid coronavirus outbreak in US. A snippet:

“Many California gun stores saw lines stretching out the door over the weekend, and online ammo sales have gotten an unexpected virus-related boost as well.”

Where Hospitals Will Run Out of Beds First if Virus Cases Spike

H.L. sent this:“No State Is Prepared” – Mapping Where Hospitals Will Run Out Of Beds First If Virus Cases Spike. JWR’s Comment: Not surprisingly, the American Redoubt region should fare well.

A Doctor Shows How to Properly Wash Your Hands

Reader H.L. also sent us this: Dr. John Campbell, Washing your hands.

Millions of Cars Vulnerable to Key Cloning

And finally, DSV sent us this from Kim Komando: Warning: Millions of cars vulnerable to key cloning. This article begins:

“Cars probably aren’t the first things you think of when you hear the words “vulnerable devices.” But despite how they look and run, many cars actually come with multiple digital components.

From car keys to engine sensors, there’s no shortage of computerized parts in your vehicle. And where there’s any kind of digital technology, there are hackers waiting to crack them wide open.”

Attempt to End Encryption Now Before Congress

Reader Alan S. sent this: A sneaky attempt to end encryption is worming its way through Congress

Neuroinvasive COVID-19 and Respiratory Failure

Neuroinvasive potential of SARS‐CoV2 may be at least partially responsible for the respiratory failure of COVID‐19 patients. ShepherdFarmerGeek penned this laymen’s summary:

“Doctors and researchers discovered back in late February that COVID-19 viruses can travel from the nose [and even the lower respiratory airways] to the brain stem where they infect the Central Nervous System (CNS).

There, the viruses attack the body’s normal ability to breathe spontaneously(without conscious effort). This is especially a problem when the person tries to sleep, but conscious effort is required to continue breathing. Hence the heavy use of mechanical respirators.”

California’s Governor Newsom Mulls Martial Law

Fox News reports: California preparing for worst case scenarios. A snippet:

“In readying the National Guard for action, Newsom’s office emphasized that it’s for duties routinely performed during natural disasters and other emergencies. But Newsom grimly added that ‘we have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity.'”

Now Even Longer Queues at Gun Shops!

On the scene video from The Daily Shooter: Lines at Gun Shops Even Worse.

Stealth Transmission: Umpteen Wuhan Marys!

86% of people with coronavirus are walking around undetected, study says. The article begins:

““Stealth” coronavirus cases are fueling the pandemic, with a staggering 86% of people infected walking around undetected, a new study says.

Six of every seven cases – 86% — were not reported in China before travel restrictions were implemented, driving the spread of the virus, according to a study Monday in the journal Science.”

You can send your news tips to JWR. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact form.) Thanks!


  1. On the story about the anti-malarial drug being a cure, it was a small study but had very encouraging results. After six days of treatment, there were 6 of 6 who were 100% cured using the anti-malarial drug + an antibiotic, 57% who were cured using just the anti-malaria drug, and 12% cured using a placebo. As soon as the anti-malarial drug + an antibiotic can be repeated in a larger sample size, we’ll have better results.

    Here’s the link to the study. It’s worth a read for the rib-tickling typo on page 5: “According to a recent Chinese study, about 80% of patients…” It’s nice to know that more than just wimps, heroes, and scholars get quoted.

    1. Hydroxychloroquine in St. Funogas link. President Trump spoke about Chloroquine in today’s press briefing [3/19/2020]. The tests are occurring right now. … It would help allay ‘new’ drug fears, if a current medicine could be used to treat people.

      Most of the victims of the Wuhan Flu are elderly, and also the people with other types of health problems already.

      GGHD = My opinion. = The hysteria all over the world occurring right now is only reasonable, if the Wuhan Flu possibly originated in a Biological >Weapons Laboratory in Wuhan China.
      And YES, people are suffering-dying from the Wuhan Flu, but so far, fewer people are suffering-dying , than what occurs with all seasonal flu epidemics.

      Be Wise and Safe for now. Follow the advice given by SurvivalBlog in “Protecting Your Family From an Influenza Pandemic.” ~ When, How, Wherever possible.
      Many of the comments here at SurvivalBlog contain excellent advice.

      The new morbid joke might become: Being Close Counts in = love, horseshoes, hand grenades and also the Wuhan Flu.


    I just saw this article and thought,

    “Hey,The Powers That Be, have just caused mass poverty and by extension, soon, mass hunger by removing most jobs. They are crashing the world economy to go digital: The Beast system of Revelation 13. It’s a perfect storm to tell everyone who is hungry, to take this Chip/Electronic Tattoo and we’ll deposit money in your account automatically so you won’t starve. In other words if you don’t take the chip, no food.”

    How deceptive, how easy for Satan to take people under his control.

    It’s no different than Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of lentils; Selling their souls for food.

    This is also similar to the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. Joseph was a savior for the house of Jacob during the famine, in that he saved a portion of the crop harvest for seven years to feed them. But at the same time for the Egyptians/gentiles he was a type of Anti-christ because he took all of their substance and land in exchange for food and in a sense enslaved them to the government.

    Be aware! Be Wise! Be discerning. Do not take ANY electronic mark on your body.

    If we trust in the Lord God; He will provide for your every need. He will feed you, miraculously, if you choose Him, and trust Him and proclaim aloud His promises. All of the Psalms show God’s protection and promises. Read them. They bring peace and assurance to one’s heart.

    Jesus, said to “pray that you would escape all things.” Keep praying. He may hide and keep some of us alive until His glorious coming in the clouds. Daniel 7:13-14. This will be at the sixth trump and is the time of the rapture. This is just before God pours out His Wrath on all who took the Mark.

    Revelation 14:9-12: The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone i the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night. who worship the beast and his image , and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keepeth the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    May you be blessed today, may you heart be calm and at peace today in the midst of this chaos.


    1. Avalanche Lily… would you please repost the link that was discussing tattoos / electronic tattoos… it was posted by you fairly recently… TY… Robert

        1. Okay,

          Now listen to this ILTV News brief from this morning, titled: “Israel Under Surveillance”

          My thought is, if too many people break quarantine/surveillance requirements by leaving their cell phones at home, then the governemnts will want to tighten their control over the population by putting chips in everyone to stop this “Civil Disobedience” for the future…. Just a thought…

    2. Lily, we already seem to have our number marked on us, it’s called our social security number…We’ll just need to have it chipped in our skin!

      Yes, you are correct, without it, look at all the things we can’t do without one – open a bank account, get any federal aid, apply for credit, etc, etc.

      God bless in these trying times.

      1. Yup,

        We do already have that number. But, not until we receive it on our hands or forehead are we condemned. It will be a choice. May the Lord give us all the strength to resist it, even at the threat of death.

        Rev 12:11
        And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

        Revelation Chapter 15:1-4

        And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
        And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
        And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
        Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

          1. I looked up the Ground Glass Opacities. Very scary and troubling indeed!

            And it seems that these patients with this and fibrosis have permanent lung damage, even if they survive. We don’t want this disease, folks. Stay home!

          2. “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire….”

            Made me think of the radiological images of the lungs we are seeing.

            The Scripture is quite interesting in this context to me.

    3. Lily,sadly we were already at depression levels of unemployment but it was just covered up by extensive welfare(50-90 million). The real destruction of the economy is going to be a real shock not seen since the Black Death or Fall Of Roman Empire(both real disasters not this engineered PANICDEMIC)

  3. As others have I said here as I did myself, the loss of personal liberties will be significant from this whole covid19 virus.

    In a visit to my doctor yesterday he said that every community will get it and the infection rate will be high. What they are trying to avoid is overloading the healthcare system like as has happened in Italy. We in the do not have the beds and equipment to treat vast numbers at one time. So instead of having a high infection rate for a couple of months, they are trying to stretch it out over many more months. His words.

    1. He is exactly correct – that is the current strategy — with the mix in that most folks aren’t talking about – of hoping that a treatment (not vaccine, but treatment) to reduce the severity of the disease can be found in the next month or three.

  4. Some of my thoughts today

    Zinc lozenges taste awful !!

    In my LAST trip to ANY store yesterday there is not much of anything to buy. Grocery store still stripped bare but now there are limits signs on everything (nice try) !

    Today they start early hours for seniors only grocery shopping
    (Too late, there is nothing to buy unless they restock so they get first pick).
    We have what we need and I really cannot take chances getting sick, too many people in my circle depend on me.

    My washing machine is getting a major workout, is yours?

    Vitamin C of any kind is GONE! I have enough but just checked anyway. Interesting, all other vitamins seemed kinda stocked.

    Ladies, do you or are you still wearing makeup? I threw out my $2 mascara days ago but I’m just throwing it out there. We don’t need it!! We’re super cute the way we are!!
    The neighbor downstairs from mom & dad left me a lovely thank you letter for thinking of her. (I left a sticky note on her door with my phone number & instructions to call me if she needs anything and the days that I will be over at mom & dads) She is 86.
    I also got a text from the other neighbor downstairs (he is a Chicago Police Sargent) . He is aware of mom & dads issues. He will call me immediately if anything happens when I’m not there & he knows his stuff so I feel better now. ( I feel EXTREMELY guilty when I leave my mom & dad to come home & I struggle with this daily).

    I will only be going to mom & dads & then directly home from now on.

    Take care & Rock on

    1. Yes,

      I’m chuckling RKRGRL68. 🙂

      My washer is getting a workout these days, that is on the few days, I’ve had to go out and do things. I really don’t wish to leave any more. I have one more thing coming, maybe….?, that I have to pick up. Then we can isolate. Jim should be coming home, early, very soon. Pray for him, please, everyone.

      It’s true, we ladies, are cute without makeup. Make-up, the applying and washing it off, messes with our skin health more than just leaving it off. I very seldomly wear make up. I only wear it when I wish to “devastate Jim and knock him off of his feet”. His Words not mine. 😉 May the Lord God protect you and your parents and their neighbors during this time. May He give you strength and wisdom and guide and direct all of your steps.


      1. Lily,
        You’re the best! I’m trying to keep some humor in all of this. Success!

        So glad Jim will be with you soon, praying for his safe journey home.

        Thank you for your kind words and prayers, I appreciate them more than you will ever know.

        I recall you saying your mom was possibly getting sick? I hope she’s feeling better.

        I’m thinking of you and your family often, and I cannot be more grateful for the day I found Jim’s book How to Survive the end of the world as we know it, more than 10 years ago. It changed my life and the path I now follow, physically, and spiritually.

        Have a Rockin great day!

        1. Dear RKRGRL68,

          I called my mum this morning. She is now on an antibiotic and is very slowly getting better. She didn’t ever get a fever, just a terrible cough. She had a bit of a breathing episode early in the morning, this week, (probably a longer than usual apnea spell, due to the Delsyn cough suppressant that she took for the first time, ever, the night before, and of course the phlegm build up.) She had the EMS come and check her out. She did not have pneumonia, Thank God! It appears to be that terrible cold going around that is lasting for more than three weeks. May that be the only thing she gets…

          Thank You for asking about her. I told her that folks from the Blog were praying for her. She is very appreciative and thankful for all of your prayers. :). She is also a very strong believer. 🙂

          I married Jim ten years ago, and started this Preparedness lifestyle in earnest. I am in astonishment of the events that are currently taking place right now. That we are now in a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI event right now! It feels so surreal.

          Every now and then, I stop in my tracks and just say, “Wow, wow wow! with that deep feeling of dread, but also with assurance from the Lord. You know?

          I thank God so much for speaking to Jim, and using us, to help His people to prepare for what is here, now.

          It’s amazing to think that so many people relaxed when Trump came to power.

          But we felt that this was the WRONG time to relax and tried to warn people not to stop prepping

          Now look where we are!!

          You know also when God does things or allows them to take place, they happen suddenly. This is a suddenly for many people. Sadly. They were caught unawares and un-prepared. Many are still in denial.


          Concerning Trump, please don’t be mad at me, please pray and ask for discernment. Everything he is doing outwardly looks so good and seems so helpful, but please be cautious, you do not know what he does behind closed doors, and who he is working with and for….

          I think he COULD be the biggest DECEPTION that Evangelical Christianity has ever witnessed….

          Watch. Do not put your trust in Man! Trust in God alone!

          Pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment for all things.

          Rock on! 😉



          1. Lily,
            I’m so glad your mom is doing better. I’m sure it’s very hard for you to not be able to physically see her. I’m so thankful that I am able to care for both of my parents in their own home even though it’s heartbreaking to watch them mentally and physically decline right before my very eyes.
            When Trump first became President, I thought yay, at least it wasn’t the other one (I don’t need to say her name as she is a despicable person) but I watch him perform in front of the cameras and I don’t have tons of confidence, especially lately. He has quite an ego.

            I have always had an urgent sense in my heart that I needed to NEVER stop preparing. I’m not sure how else to explain it, but I’m convinced now that these feelings are God helping me to help my family and others as he directs me to.

            I’m having a good cry of relief right now. Thank you

            Rock on

          2. It is better to trust in The Lord than put our confidence in man… It is better to trust in The Lord than to put your confidence in princes…. may The Lord watch over all of us and let us pray for wisdom, understanding, and discernment to use…God bless the SB community

          3. Hi Lily,
            Do you think it’s possible that it could be a bit of both, regarding DT? I thought his state of the union was super, even though around this time there were a lot of pictures of him looking tired. But after the initial Covid reporting from China, even though he said basically not to worry about it, the pictures I saw of him, he looked so tired and super concerned/unwell. Like he knew what was coming, but was trying to stay calm and keep people calm. Since he switched courses and started taking this seriously, he has seemed more like his fearless, bold self. But I wonder if, his whole term even, he is trying to play both sides? His obligations to whoever is behind the scenes, but also his care for the people? He does so many ‘bad’ or ‘unhelpful’ things, but there seem to be so many ‘good’ things too. I don’t know about the issue of giving Israel land to Palestine, but so many of his speeches he really seems to acknowledge God, which is more than I can say for any other Gov official that I know. Anyway, I do think he is better than the other option, and I definitely agree about trusting in God, not man. Thank you so much for both of your hard work and this blog. I have been reading here for 10+ years, and have learned so much from everyone here.

      2. Godbless JWR on his travels home!
        Lets all pray:
        Traveling Mercies Prayer for a Long Journey (Psalm 121:7-8)
        Lord, please provide me with traveling mercies and keep me safe from all evil on my journey. Watch over my life and preserve my soul. Be with me from the time I step out the front door and until I return. Both now and forevermore

        Lets hope jerrycans and wire-cutters are not needed 🙂

        Jim – don’t forget to attach the wet-floor sign to your grill before setting out!

  5. Wow The day that we have all been preparing for might be right at our door step, still seems kind of surreal, I am most great full for all that has been presented here on this site and to both JWR & Lily and all the contributors for all the thoughtful and informative information. Have not been out to any stores and do not plan on going to any in the foreseeable future.
    I am however currently helping one of the senior women from our church cleaning out her late husbands shop/garage and making ready an estate sale of his treasures.
    It has given me time to pause and reflect on things that matter as well as acquire some items that are always to remain in stock around the ranch that some day some one else will be going thru from my estate. I believe that there will be a lot more of this happening in the near future
    I think the bearings on the printing presses might be burning out soon,so will be getting away from all forms of paper and going all in on PM’
    Stay safe everyone

    1. Going in on Saturday to play/record worship music to put with our pastor’s sermon online. We did it last week and it went well. A large number of people tuned in. We recorded everything on Saturday with a bare bones group, then had the video up and running on Sunday.

      1. Yep, the 12-step group I’m in will be meeting on Zoom Saturday. Then I’ll worship with my fellow believers on Sunday.

        Carry on in blessing

  6. If anyone is interested, there will be a worldwide praying of the Rosary at 9 pm Rome time today, St. Joseph’s feast day, led by the Pope. That’s 4 pm EDT. Blessings to all.

  7. I wanted to share a couple of articles with y’all. I honestly believe that much good will come out of the current economic situation. These articles explain much of that.

    My take away is that the economic reset in our country will be great for Main Street rather than Wall Street. The globalists and politicians who have enriched themselves at our expense, are irate, which is why you find them pushing “fear porn” out to the masses.

    For your edification.

  8. From the references above… “Neuroinvasive COVID-19 and Respiratory Failure”

    This is important coverage, and a very, very serious matter. We hope and pray that everyone will govern their choices accordingly. Our shared objective should be to survive to the other side — and, in so far as we can, to help others do the same.

    Heads up, everyone!

    Remain steady. Be safe. Stay well.

  9. We started a virtual challenge in my extended family today. The challenge is, as you go about your day, every minute focus on something you are thankful for, then text it to the group. The result should be that our focus changes from fear, depression, denial, panic, whatever stage you’re at, to focusing on the goodness the Lord has given us. It could be something very simple to something large, but moment by moment “guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7. In order for us to be filled with the peace of God, we have to open ourselves to that, accept it, welcome it in. Otherwise, we are fighting it by insisting on concentrating on our fears. Again, I’m not trying to be PollyAnnish, I’m offering a practical approach for our mental and spiritual states. I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death myself, a few times actually, so I fully understand fear, despair, panic, outrage even. It’s a horrible dark place to be and leaves a wound. But, I have also been healed by the power and sovereignty of God Almighty. When I couldn’t carry myself, He did, much to my shock and amazement that I survived! And as well, I’m not ignoring or denying the reality of the wicked world we live in. I’m fully aware and as “prepped” (my lamp full of oil) as I can be, but after all that, I can only look upwards and be thankful that there is a God who sent His only beloved son to save the world from sin, Who has prepared a place for us, Who does not give us a stone when we ask for bread. Look up y’all. Hugs to all.

    1. Thank You SaraSue!

      I am very thankful for all of you readers and for all of the encouragement and excellent advice and information and experience that you share with everyone here to bless and help them in their preparedness walk and their walk with the Lord God. I am thankful for full larders, and beautiful warm sunshine today, though the air is still very nippy. I am thankful that God will and is using me to further His kingdom and to bring you all awareness and peace to withstand what is coming in the days ahead. I am thankful that despite the Evil all around us, He is a God who desires good for all who love Him and call upon Him. He will care for us and enable us to do great exploits for His glory in the days that are coming. Let us lift up our heads to HIm and praise Him and be strong and bold in Him!


  10. We could mention the most affordable, effective malaria cure in the world, which has the most minimal adverse side-effects. Also, the US Army used it successfully against Ebola. However, the FDA is absolutely hot to blast anyone who mentions it. So, I guess it is for those who already know.

  11. Some Colorado trivia: Last night (Wed March 18 PM) Big R is out of most common ammunition. I grabbed a liter of Hoppe’s 9 and the wiped out the rest of their biggest 12g 3″ magnums: Turkey 4 only 5 boxes. Firearms are still available in the glass counters.

    At the point of Sale, The clerk mentioned there are still 6500 pending CBI background checks with an estimated 4 day wait time, down from a week wait earlier.

  12. what if the number of actual infected people is 10 or 100 more than the number of confirmed cases? does that make this response more or less reasonable?

    what if that many people more already had and recovered from this virus in dec/jan/feb? how would that info change the perception of what is going on?

  13. regarding the early opening hours. A lot of stock does not come in before 8 am. Milk and bread in a typical store gets delivered between 9am and 4pm. If you live in a rural area the pm delivery is the norm. Milk and bread is disappearing off the shelves so you have to show up shortly after it is stocked to get some.

  14. My opinion is changing about this crisis from caution to serious belief that this is more than another ordinary disaster. I now believe that it is a Biblical event and definitely part of the end times. If you haven’t seen it before, please watch this video from Steve Quayle.

  15. The article below might provide a reason why older people are more likely to die form the Covid-19 virus. I have read or heard that the virus attacks through what they call the ACE-2 receptor in the lungs, causes pneumonia, damages the lungs, and fibrin is produced in the lungs as a result. Some people who have recovered have significantly diminished lung capacity. Proteolytic enzymes are necessary to break down fibrin. This article states that proteolytic enzyme production decreases as a person gets older. Bromelain is a common proteolytic enzyme supplement.

    More interesting information on bromelain:

  16. As I sit hear with my wife, son/wife and grandkids I can’t help but wonder where we are headed. It seems that the prevailing outlook is very negative with long term survival being based on how prepared we are and where we live. I could go political and ask what leader has offered us a glimmer of a better life and belief in God since Ronald Reagan. None, no matter how compassionate they appeared to be. I told my daughter yesterday about my mom’s WWII stories about blackouts at dusk, gas rationed severely, no rubber for tires, etc., searching for scrap aluminum or brass, long hours for women filling jobs for men fighting the war, shortages of the basics. You get it. My wife and I also got back from a trip to Israel a couple of weeks ago. We stayed overnight in NYC before flying to Tel Aviv. Visited the 911 museum before we left NYC. In Israel saw a vibrant, loving, strong country, even to Arabs who have every right Jews have. Went to the Holocaust Museum and saw the epitome of man’s inhumanity to man. Horrible!! What’s my point-yes we are blessed by God as the Jews are. Do not despair because we are so much better personally and as a country. This whole virus experience is a great awakening for many people in this country. As a famous man said, it is not the beginning of the end but maybe the end of the beginning. Be ever vigilant and believe in God and obey the Ten Commandments.

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