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 are linking to a plethora of Wuhan Coronavirus news.
South Korea’s Hospital Bed Shortage
The Reuters news service reports , with a possible preview of some American news headlines, once Mr. Wuhan arrives and transitions into full community transmission: Thousands wait for hospital beds in South Korea as coronavirus cases surge
Macron Orders Seizure of Face Masks
Reader DSV forwarded this from the Reuters news wire: France reports fourth coronavirus death, requisitions masks. JWR’s Comment: So is is it supposed to sound nice and “legal”, when they call seizing private property “requisitioning”? Note to Monsieur Petit Tyran Macron: Your truncheon is showing!
Army Doubles Purchase of Sniper Rifle
From Zero Hedge: Army Doubles Purchase of New Sniper Rifle. A snippet:
“The Tennessee-made PSR, which is produced by Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, is a bolt-action Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) system and called the Mk 22, which will be chambered in 7.62×51 mm NATO round. The PSR is the next generation of sniper rifles, and it’s lightweight, more accurate, and more reliable than legacy systems. “
Native Bees are Reliable Pollinators
C.B. sent this: Flower faithful native bee makes a reliable pollinator
100,000 Global Coronavirus Cases
Global coronavirus cases climb past 100,000. JWR’s Comments: Yikes! The latest count is 100,330 cases and 3,804 deaths — a 3.8% mortality rate. That is even worse than was calculated for the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu pandemic. The death rate is only 0.7% in South Korea, but 3.9% in Italy. And even more troubling is this: That of the 39 cases at the western Washington rest home, 10 people died. (Almost 25% mortality!) I’ve concluded that there will be a pressing need for anyone over age 60 or who is immuno-compromised to self-isolate, once the virus is reported spreading in your county. Get ready, folks!
EPA Releases Antimicrobials List for Coronavirus
An EPA press release: EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19. (Thanks to M.B. for the ink.)
Two Strains of Coronavirus and New Methods of Transmission
Andre sent us this: Coronavirus: there are 2 types, Chinese researchers find, while authorities say faeces and urine can transmit the infection. Here is a quote:
“A group of Chinese scientists analysed 103 coronavirus genomes and identified mutations in 149 sites across the strains.
They found that one type, which they called the L type, was more prevalent than the other, the S type, meaning it was more infectious. They also found that the L type had evolved from the S type, and that the L type was far more widespread before January 7 and in Wuhan, ground zero of the outbreak.
Human actions soon after the outbreak was discovered in December may have changed the abundance of each type, the report said, citing the Chinese central and local governments’ drastic containment measures including lockdowns of cities, which it said may have curbed the spread of the L type.”
Coronavirus is Sparing Children
My #1 Son forwarded this news, reported by NBC: ‘We simply do not understand why’: Coronavirus is sparing children, puzzling experts
Southwest Airlines CEO: Drop-off in Domestic Travel
“Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Thursday that the company has lost several hundred million dollars in a week’s time thanks to a decline in bookings amid increasing fears over COVID-19. Kelly added that the drop-off was “noticeable” and “precipitous” and has continued declining on a daily basis.
When prompted by CNBC’s Phil LeBeau over whether the drop was reminiscent of former dips in demand spurred by the 2003 SARS outbreak or the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Kelly said the new coronavirus outbreak was more like the latter.
‘It has a 9/11-like feel,’ Kelly said.”
Licensed Security Guard Arrested for “Hollowpoint” Ammo
DSV. sent us this news from the Totalitarian Alternate Universe of Neu Jersey, USA: New Jersey: Carry-Licensed Security Guard Arrested for So-Called “Hollowpoint” Ammo
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