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 some more Wuhan flu news.
Coronavirus Floods South Korea; Europe Begins to Isolate Italy
We’ll start with this piece linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: “Tsunami-Like” Coronavirus Floods South Korea With New Cases; Europe Begins To Isolate Italy: Live Updates. A snippet:
“None of these numbers are even remotely credible any more, and serve merely the propaganda purpose of giving the impression that Beijing is winning the war against the spread of the Coronavirus, when in reality nobody has any idea anymore what is going on on the ground in China, and is why workers refuse to show up to their place of business. “
JWR’s Comment: I’ve had several readers write to ask for advice on how to make the decision on when to self-isolate. I’d say that you decision point should be based on A.) The age and health of your family members, B.) the first reported cases in your county, and C. Any news reports of mutation to a more deadly strain. If anyone in your family has a chronic lung condition, immunosuppressed, or is over age 60, then you need to be ready to self-isolate once there is a reported case in your county. But regardless, you should keep your family well-stocked, to be ready. (“Worst case” is the advent of a new virus strain that has a higher rate of lethality.)
Iran: Severe Virus Outbreak?
Steve Bannon: Pandemic! Coronavirus Is Out of Control
Bahrain: Apocalyptic locust swarm stops traffic
61.5% of Coronavirus Patients with Severe Pneumonia Won’t Survive
Reader Randy S. sent us this: Researchers Find 61.5% Of Coronavirus Patients With Severe Pneumonia Won’t Survive. Randy asks: “Is your Pneumococcal vaccine up to date?”
Florida’s Feral Monkey Population
Tim J. sent us a news story from Florida: Silver River monkey population grows unchecked. Here is an excerpt from the article:
“An estimated 176 monkeys lived on the Silver River in 2015, according to the UF study, which was led by Jane Anderson.
The study, which appeared in the Journal of Wildlife Management in 2019, detailed the state’s history managing the monkeys.
From 1984 to 2012, about 1,000 monkeys were removed or sterilized through permits issued by the state. But since 2012, the Department of Environmental Protection stopped issuing removal permits after a wave of criticism hit the agency when it became known that trapped monkeys wound up at research facilities.
It was about the same time that the DEP’s Florida Park Service took full control of Silver Springs from private operators. For decades, the Silver River’s headwaters were part of a theme park attraction.
Since then, the monkeys have continued to reproduce unchecked. The only state action came from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which in 2018 prohibited the feeding of wild monkeys.”
Bluetooth Stickers Tracking Your Clothing?
Reader C.B. sent this: Bluetooth stickers on your clothing? Startup Wiliot gets $20M for tracking tech. This article begins:
“Giants in technology and consumer products are funneling more cash into a small tech startup in San Diego that’s developing tiny bluetooth stickers that can transform everyday items—like clothing, wallets, or Amazon packages—to trackable “connected” devices.
The startup, called Wiliot, just raised $20 million from PepsiCo and Verizon’s venture capital arm, among several other investors. Last year, the company attracted the attention of tech giants Amazon and Samsung, which have also backed Wiliot.”