Selco’s Advice: What Should You Do About Covid-19?

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I might call this article “Coronavirus Update” or “The Latest about Covid19” or something flashy like that, but in essence, it is not about that, mostly because I do not have anything too smart to say about newest situation, and I am not here to frighten you into something, or to bring panic, or to “shovel fear”.

I call it simply “continuing preparing”.

The smartest people from the medical field do not have any huge updates or ideas about the virus, except that it may go in a few different directions. Some of those are very bad, but all of us are simply waiting to see what will be.

What I want to write about are a few interesting things that I noticed.

Panic is contagious

How many times have we heard those words “panic is contagious?” Especially we in the prepper community?

And how many times have we discussed and concluded that once something serious is about to happen, we are gonna stay calm while everybody else around us is panicking?

Well, panic is contagious, so even people who like to think they are prepared are going into panic everywhere as I see.

Once more it is proven that as much as the availability of information on public media and numerous “breaking news” stories are good, because we have a choice and timely information. But it is also proven that false media can bring people to make bad decisions because they are panicking.

For example, is there any sense in running into crowded stores now to buy stuff if you are a prepper and you believe there is a danger of pandemic and catching the disease in crowded areas?

Well, there is sense only if you are not stocked already, and then you are not a prepper, or you simply planned wrong.

I know, I know, there are always those “last runs” to get something important. I have been there too.

But there is a moment in time when you have to realize that you’ll have to work with what you have, which brings us to an even more important fact:

Yes, it might be bad, but it is what it is.

As many times as you go for those “last runs” to shops, buying things, piling up stuff at home, you will not be able to sustain the quality of life you had prior to the collapse (for lack of a better word.)

It is not only about you. It is possibly about the failure of the whole system. So, stuff will help you to cope with it, but no matter what you bought, it will be a different life. It will be much harder.

Now, it is very important here to mention is that I do not advocate having nothing when the SHTF and just sitting there philosophically and hoping for the best. No, of course, you have to own stuff that is gonna help you. But again, even we can easily fall into the trap of panicking and buying stuff at the wrong moment or simply investing all our money in wrong things, or maybe because of panic, failing to notice some important information or a change in the events.

You are a prepper. You are ready as much as you can be. Do not fall too much into panic and “last runs”.

Bending the rules

It is a new world. It is already today a new world, so you should adapt yourself and your actions to it. Do not try to “bend the rules”.

If you want to go on vacation, do not go on vacation and use excessive amounts of hand cleaning gel and masks. Do not clean the doorknobs in hotels or wear a mask in airplanes, etc.

If you think that all that needs to be done on your vacation then simply DO NOT go on that vacation. It is not worth it.

Do not bend the rules.

It is simply about new priorities. It is about what is important and what is not important.

A perfect analogy would be (as an example only) that you bought a power generator for SHTF in an apartment building to put on the balcony in a tough neighborhood.

The SHTF and you want to have electric power by a generator. But the only apartment with a power generator will be yours.


Not really. You’ll simply have to adapt to life without electric power because everyone else around you does not have it.

The lesson here is that you cannot have all the “cool things” of normal life once the SHTF. You will have to adopt that thinking now.

It is a different life. Pay attention to basics instead of the cool things. In my courses, I talk about how life changed once the SHTF. You have to let go of your old life and understand you’re living a different life when things break down.

Oh my God, we are all gonna die.

No, we won’t. Life will go on in any case, even if the worst scenario becomes the truth, life will go on. We still do not know how bad this will be.

Maybe this all pass away and be nothing too serious. Maybe not. Nobody knows.

One more important thing is that even if this illness goes very mild, the damage that happened worldwide economically is something that we are all gonna feel for years. At this moment maybe we do not see it because we are looking at more important things like survival. But economics alone will bring a lot of bad changes in the coming months and years, worldwide.

You are a prepper

Yes, you are. Otherwise, you probably would not read this article. So by definition, you should be better prepared than most other folks.

Again, go back to basics and stop panicking about this (if you are).

Instead of running in circles do something useful in the basics department. For example, check what kind of medicines your family members regularly take for chronic conditions and research how you could obtain a stash of it for a few months or at least some natural substitutes. Check how many rainy days your area has just in case you have to collect your water from the roof for a few months. Or simply sit down and think about what essentials you need for a one-month period of not leaving your home.

Go back to the basics of survival. That should be your focus.

About Selco:

Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution. 

In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today.

He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless of what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations as Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months.

Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, globe-trotting blogger. She is the founder and publisher of three websites.  1) The Organic Prepper, which is about current events, preparedness, self-reliance, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, 2)  The Frugalite, a website with thrifty tips and solutions to help people get a handle on their personal finances without feeling deprived, and 3), an aggregate site where you can find links to all the most important news for those who wish to be prepared. She is widely republished across alternative media and  Daisy is the best-selling author of 5 traditionally published books and runs a small digital publishing company with PDF guides, printables, and courses. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, Gab, MeWe, Parler, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  • Meh generators here are common in tornado/ice storm country so it’s no big deal at least the first 3-5 days. After that they begin to wonder where your getting fuel so then I’ll have to adapt.
    Most likely I will get it. It’s just the nature of the beast in my profession. We are all seeing examples of selfish folks spreading it because they won’t do what’s needed.
    What I can’t do is bring it home because she is immune compromised. So soon I will be quarantined to the trailer and having conversations in a different manner. What I’ve stored ain’t for me it’s to keep her alive.

  • If you want to stock up a little more, go to a 24 hour Wallmart after 11PM. The place will be practically empty.

  • Since VP Pence indicated, in an admittedly coded message not meant to be understood by most, on Feb. 27th that mefocal martial law had been activated ~3 weeks prior … and since Covid 19 has now been declared “endemic” in the state of Washington … and since this plague is a pandemic, and has apparently completely overrun entire nations such as China, Italy and Iran, and may well the US soon … and since this virus mutates, thereby making it impossible to predict its entire path of destruction … and since our globally-dependent economy and supply chain is almost totally destroyed … it seems only prudent to act on the reality that any one course of action will bring us through this … except for the Blood of Jesus Christ.
    In the natural … there is no way life, as it was, can continue or be restored. Those extremely rare few who are totally self-sufficient in shelter, food, fuel for heat, energy-production and water … will still hit a bump in the road the moment any of those facets of sustainability needs to be repaired or replaced externally.

    • “Blood of Jesus Christ.”

      God does not take sides, pick winners and losers, or have “chosen people.”

      God gives free will to humanity to make choices and suffer the consequences.

  • I really appreciate Selco and his common sense advice he gives. The lack of trust citizen’s have for their government(s) and the lack of competent employees at this moment in time is contributing to the fear and panic level we see today. I get extra supplies for my pets try to take care of basic needs. That’s all I can do.

  • Exactly what I been thinking. I got the Second level shopping done this week, which was infant and child medicines for respiratory issues… with the ingredients for mucous in lungs and coughing, as well as the acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

    A year ago we had a big snowstorm with 42 inches of wet heavy snow. When it was forecast, we only needed to top off our gasoline tank.

    Our emergency prep then wast to buy a nice big chocolate cake, because we had stocked up everything else. We were prepared.

    Now for todays panic and tomorrow’s economic impact from both the panic itself and the coming 60 to 90 days of disease impact, we are just topping off our gasoline and buying another big chocolate cake. We have everything else ready for our family, of which I am the patriarch.

    And more important, we put our faith in God Almighty to guide us through this time. He is the one who gave us the wisdom and ability to be prepared, for food and security and everything else. He prepared us, and now we must get to work and do our part.

    Thank you Selco. You are amazing!

  • I agree, this was a helpful piece. It hasn’t (as far as we know) made it to Alaska, but it’s spring break!! lots of folks went outside… my school district has already had several plans presented to public for after break. I went out yesterday for ‘a few more things’. I know we are getting close to ‘that time’ where staying at home is it. I too have been stocking up on pet food – lots of geriatric mouths to feed.

    I took Daisy’s advice yesterday – no Covid-19 news/searching, no disaster movies…. it’s hard to find something else interesting, but I did feel more relaxed at night!

  • ha, for a moment after quickly glancing at the article’s title I wondered … but then, Selco again showed why he survived.

    “If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs … “ (R. Kipling)

    “One more important thing is that even if this illness goes very mild, the damage that happened worldwide economically is something that we are all gonna feel for years.” Selco, quote from article

    “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
    Florida Marquis

    Remember after 9-11 President Bush went on television and told the U.S. public to go out and buy something to jumpstart the economic reaction to that event?
    Whelter for whatever reason,

    … it just goes to show how easily lead, corralled, we are.

  • We can’t go out of the house now? We can’t go to the doctor for appointments, we can’t go shopping, we can’t go places to site-see and enjoy the day. For how long?

    This is crazy – I am having a hard time believing anyone that reports on the virus. So, we the American people are told not to go out in public, do nothing but stay home.

    Who do we believe? What is actually in the Virus they created? I heard HIV AIDS with SARS was merged with the basic coronavirus, so what happens, do people who get infected with the virus, do they now have AIDS HIV forever?

    Who has the real truth, the facts, no speculations or opinions, but the facts?

    I am getting really tired of the news about this – because I do not believe half of it. There are too many people even George Soros said he wants to crash the stock market so he can make sure President Trump does not win in 2020. Bill Gates wants to depopulate the earth. He has given a grant to the company who has the patent on the virus (see below).

    Patent number: 10130701
    Abstract: The present invention provides a live, attenuated coronavirus comprising a variant replicase gene encoding polyproteins comprising a mutation in one or more of non-structural protein(s) (nsp)-10, nsp-14, nsp-15 or nsp-16. The coronavirus may be used as a vaccine for treating and/or preventing a disease, such as infectious bronchitis, in a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Erica Bickerton, Sarah Keep, Paul Britton

    • Read an article today that Bill Gates is developing an at home testing kit for the Coronavirus and it will be available soon.

      Okay, so call me crazy. The man buys the virus. Now he’ll sell you the test kit for a fee to test at home. Results mailed to you after you send it to him. What are the odds 100% of his tests will be positive?

  • Heads up!

    Market is crashing today.

    A credit freeze is on the horizon, and approaches rapidly.

    Go the the bank today and withdraw some cash.

    The debt bubble is bursting, and liquidity will be a significant factor when your ATM no longer works.

    The Trump administration minions are all over the TV today and saying : “BTFD.”

    Old Chinese proverb: Man who tries to catch a falling knife becomes fillet.

  • If things go bad, you do not want to stand out. This another good article. I am not doing last minute runs as well I have things in plave. Growing up most of what I do now was common sense. But it is what it is. Pay attention. I have for a couple of months been seeing gaps in stores and ability to get stop getting bad. Certain prescription medicines have been running short since January.

  • We have seen the videos, not unlike Black Friday. We have seen the headlines about folks panicking. But the sheep I know have done NOTHING in the last two weeks. OK, maybe some bought some water and TP. Food? ha ha. That will be next week. Then gas. Then cash. The sheep will NOT wake up until it is too late.

    Pray for the innocent children who depend on the willfully ignorant sheep for protection.

  • My wife and I are at our investment property, 90 miles West of Denver. Not our primary residence, nor our BOL. Have about a weeks fresh food on hand and some long term stuff on the shelf. Not overly concerned other than dodging the spring break crowds on the streets and in the stores. The ski slopes are another reason of concern – “lookout Mary Beth that’s icy”. Sorry Tex, white waxy stuff isn’t ice. Come to Pennsylvania.

  • Daisy, many of your readers including our family have prepared thanks to your help. God bless you for your tireless efforts.

  • “As many times as you go for those “last runs” to shops, buying things, piling up stuff at home, you will not be able to sustain the quality of life you had prior to the collapse…”

    “You are a prepper. Yes, you are.“

    Yep. You got me wide-eyed on both of those!!! Great article. Thanks!!

  • Yes, ‘normal’ will not be the same. Selco and Jose have made that quite clear in their writing. Wise ppl will have paid attention.
    My state ‘finally’ has their first ‘confirmed’ cases. And The Ohio State University has taken the bold move to switch all classes from in-person to ‘virtual’. While I have not yet seen ‘panic’ shopping, I expect to see that change come tomorrow.
    No ‘panic’ shopping here, just slowly adding to what we have, like normal. Of course, I feel like we are never ‘prepared enough’, but i take comfort in knowing we are better prepared than most.

  • We got pretty much everything we wanted. Had to wait for Husband a Dr appointment today my to get newer prescriptions changed to 90 days from 30 days. Dr agreed so the changes have been made. My prescriptions have been on a 90 day cycle for a while. I have materials to work on projects at home. Food in place. Water on hand and a manual winch to install on the capped well. Ill get the property taxes paid this week so that’s cared for. We’ve done what we can with a couple of last runs to town this week. Then stay home and work on garden and a new chicken pen. I have new books to read and as long as power is on and tv broadcasting hubby will be happy. He’s failing with Alzheimer’s so tv or movies are important to him. Less so for me. Buying up is done. Its taxes and replacing a lost drivers license and health insurance cards that I have to take care of. Already stopped the debit card. Dropped credit years ago. Stolen wallet last night causing a pain but it’s all doable. License and taxes I have to take care of I. Town. The rest I can do by phone.
    No sense panicking about anything. Just do what has to be done. Prepping the last three years a bit at a time was just for retirement to feel like retirement. It’s done.
    Not rich. Nothing fancy but it’s ok. Truck is repaired. Foods put away. Have a ham to can most of them finished till the garden produces. I’m sure ill think of things to wish for but what I can do, is done.

  • I am not panicked about Covid 19… At least not yet. We will not be traveling especially on mass transportation like planes, trains and buses.

    Pandemics like Spanish flu in 1918 get more contagious but less deadly over time.

    This said I am very concerned about the financial side. Currency debasing, gold confiscation, market crash are more real possibilities now.

    Also I am concerned about long range resupply. With everything coming on a slow boat from China we are only seeing shortages from a month ago which will only get worse.. and once the crisis is over it will take months to start getting things moving out of China again.

    Our reliance on foods grown hundreds or thousands of kilometers away and shipped in is likely to stress everything as local farms don’t have the capacity to feed everyone at any price… Especially in large cities like Toronto. Small Town will likely fair a bit better till the city dwellers come looking…

  • Honestly I’m treating this just as I did the H1N1 “swine” flu a few years back. Avoid large crowds, wash hands frequently and remember to not touch any part of my head(hardest part) until I’ve washed my hands good. Hand sanitizer until I *can* go wash my hands with soap and water.

  • … and avoid fear-porn.
    I’ll only stress your immune system.

    New word (for me anyway), Infodemic,

    What a shame Mary Jane


    Question, who would you rather be around in the SHTF, fear-porners, people profiting from chaos and panic like now, people freaking-out, or someone levelheaded like Selco?

    Now for a reality check, reverse the situation, would a community of level-headed people want to be around you? How did you react during t his “pandemic”?

    • Avoiding fear porn is harder than it seems. Its all lies of one brand or another, but like a bad car accident, its hard to look away.

      I have been freaked the F out since Christmas, but have held it in, and taken a measured approach to everything. Everyone at work poo-poo’d talk of Wuhan a month ago, but over the last month, all the machismo and attitude turned. They realized it was serious.

      The question of whether the virus is a killer or not is actually pretty irrelevant. The fact that panic buying has erupted and there is nothing to wipe your heinie matters immensely. Panic buying begets more panic buying, and with a likely shattered supply chain that all flows back to China, shortages will become a way of life for some indeterminate time frame.

      Unlike Y2K, there are people dying. Panic buying comes first, then shortages, then chaos.

      China and their cheap junk will have the world by the short-hairs in the next 30 days.

  • We are not panicking. My family can see through the lies of the news media causing this pandemic catastrophic event. This is flu season and it is normal for people to get sick this time of year. Before the Coronovirus was known, 636,000 died from the flu. WHO says “Globally, there are nearly 1.7 billion cases of childhood diarrhea disease every year.” From poor hygiene and bad drinking water. ” Nothing in the news about that.
    Cancer killed 9.6 million world wide in 2018 – Nothing said and No panic!
    17 Million die from Heart attacks and Stokes each year world wide. And No Panic!
    Yet My Wife observes 30 boxes of toilet paper disappearing in 10 minutes at Sams club. Now there is nothing. You would think we had a problem with Rhinovirus, giardia or cholera.

    • Good grief, Paul. I’m trying to be nice here so I’ll just say, you need to pay attention to what is being done, not what is being said. You’d have to be a fool to watch literally MILLIONS of people worldwide being locked down causing the economies of nations to tank. Your blithe disregard of this is mindboggling.

      • I’m a huge fan of your work, Daisy, and read articles here frequently. In this particular case, it turns out Paul was correct – that the virus itself was not very deadly, and made significantly worse by the “cures” of the governments. We would have all been better off to proceed with life as normal.

        • Yes, Paul was correct. Lately I’ve been reading posts and comments on the internet from 2020 and 2021 and it saddens and sickens me how terrified ordinary people were; the oligarchs didn’t believe it because they didn’t comply with their own rules. And not just Americans, by any stretch. The most basic of freedoms, the paranoia, the injustices, the severed relationships, the old people who died alone, the list of evils goes on and on. And there have been ZERO apologies for what was done. No government has said to the people they are supposed to serve “We were wrong.” No corporation. The only repentance I’ve seen has been from some pastors who regretted their compliance.

    • Paul makes many good points. Among them,

      ” … poor hygiene and bad drinking water.”

      Notice how many diseases originate from China where conditions are less than ideal concerning pollution and sanitary issues that lead to a compromised immune system. And a weakened immune system is an open invitation to be hosted by foreign organisms.

      The Coronavirus and the reaction to it are two separate issues. Unfortunately, the MSN is feeding into the fear and panic unnecessarily contributing to the economic situation. I have seen this many times during Hurricane season where the MSN weather continuous 24/7 newscasts whips people into a frenzy causing …

      … yes, no toilet paper on supermarket shelves.

      Considering this is a Selco post on OP, we all need to sit down, breathe in deeply, center own base chakra and solemnly ask ourselves,

      “What would Selco do?”

      Luckily we don’t have to channel da kid since he kindly wrote the above article. Having an anxiety attack? Read the article. It’s worth reading multiple times.

  • I get the idea of being practical.

    Just went shopping at WallyWorld at 1am, 6 hours after the first Wutang Virus death (unreported until death…sweet, right?)

    I went without a list on purpose. This was my last planned outing. I already had what I needed to hunker down for a while, but was compelled to make one more run.

    Bread: zero inventory. They went through the bread like a swarm of locusts. Luckily I like a niche whole grain bread. There was a single loaf in the back of the bottom shelf.

    Cleaning products: zero inventory. ‘Kyle informed me people were fighting over wipes this evening. Glad I plussed up my inventory before it went crazy.

    Milk: 30% of normal inventory. I like to keep too much milk on hand. No issues other than forgetting to get the heavy cream for cooking.

    Pasta: EHT! More locusts. Amazingly, there were two 3lbs boxes of basic-b noodles in the back of the bottom shelf. I already had what i wanted, but 6 more lbs of noodles doesn’t hurt.

    Pasta sauce/ingredients: Savaged. There was still some there, but you could see it had been savaged by irrational surge purchasers.

    Meats: Fully stocked. Its like no one thought to put any ham on all the bread they purchased. F-it. It went straight to the freezer. Seafood was fully stocked. Hamburger was pretty picked over.

    Cooking oil: Someone had violated nearly every large (1+gallon) jug of cooking oil. Looked very deliberate, and had me carefully inspecting everything I put in my cart.

    Overall: A mixed bag. I went with no list. Mainly because I didn’t really need anything, but 1. wanted to see what happened after the first official panic, and 2. I figured shortages of some particular item didn’t need to be a reason to get discouraged. I came away with a lot of useful stuff, and dealth with nearly zero competition. Its about time to seal off from the world for a while.

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