PHOTOS: Store Shelves Across the Country Are Emptying Fast

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by Daisy Luther

Author of Be Ready for Anything and Build a Better Pantry on a Budget online course.

As people across the country frantically attempt to get prepared for the possibility of quarantines and illness during the Covid-19 outbreak, store shelves across the country are getting stripped bare. And with the supply chain interruptions that we’ve written about previously, some of these items may not be coming back any time soon.

I asked a group of readers to show me what their local stores looked like and the photos that follow are the ones they sent me.

Washington State

Franklin County, Tennessee

Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Hampshire

Greenville, South Carolina

 

 

Michigan

 

Alaska

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Arizona

Tuscon

Scottsdale

 

Texas

Spring, Texas

Azle, Texas

Waco

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh

Belle Vernon

Ohio

East Gate

Virginia

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 

Oklahoma

 

Not every store is barren.

Several readers told me things were business as usual in their local stores. Folks from Oklahoma, the Mid-West, Northern Virginia, coastal Virginia, Boston, Niagara Falls, Montana, and Indiana report business as usual in fully stocked stores. I was in Columbus, Ohio on business over the weekend and checked out the stores there. I saw no visible interruption in supplies.

A source from a Walmart store in the midwest told me that the warehouses are now distributing goods like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, and that managers can no longer order specifics

The things that are sold out

There’s a distinct pattern in the things that have sold out (or nearly sold out.)

  • Masks
  • Gloves
  • Bleach
  • Lysol spray
  • Lysol or bleach wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Canned Tuna
  • Vitamin C
  • Cold and flu remedies
  • Bottled Water
  • Rice
  • Powdered milk
  • Hand sanitizer

Surprisingly, there was little mention of canned goods, something I personally grabbed for my daughter’s house.

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It’s not just an American thing.

Many other countries are also seeing shortages. Here are some photos contributed from outside the US.

Australia

Stockholm, Sweden

As well, a friend from Germany told me that cleaning and sanitation supplies were dwindling quickly at the local hospital.

My doctor told me today he will need to cancel his operations room because he can no longer get access to antibacterials and I needed to use a wound spray to change the bandage for a surgery wound and he had to call the pharmacy and use his special doctor pull to get me the last wound spray on hold!

When will things go back to normal?

If the virus continues to spread (along with panic) we can only expect to see more bare shelves.  As we’ve written before, the United States is extremely dependent on China for a wide variety of essential consumer and medical items. Since the factories haven’t been running regularly since early January, there simply are no products to ship.

And if they are being shipped, are they arriving in our ports? That’s the big question, as the virus has been said to last up to 9 days on surfaces. Will the United States allow these shipments to come into the country?

How are the supplies looking at your local stores? What kinds of things are local shops running out of? Share your experiences in the comments.

About Daisy

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) PreppersDailyNews.com, 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.

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) PreppersDailyNews.com, 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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  1. I was in a Costco in Leesburg, VA on Tuesday. They were out of chicken and toilet paper.There was unusually high traffic that day; similar to a Saturday. People are starting to panic.

  2. Copperas Cove, TX (Next to Fort Hood) All of our stores here are out of hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and some items are low. Bleach and Lysol sprays and wipes. Kleenex is almost out even at HEB. Band-Aids and most first aid supplies are also getting low. I’ve heard irate customers arguing with managers in every store. Vitamin C is still available though, which I think is funny since China and Korea are using both oral high doses and IV treatment successfully on patients with the virus. I’m not worried because we’ve been stocked up on everything for quite awhile.

  3. hard to tell at our local Walmart as they are resetting the store, however at the pharmacy pick-up the little hand sanitizer display was empty. Personally, I always have at least 1 back of Lysol wipes, bleach, hand sanitizer and about 3 months of food. Because hubby has a compromised immune system we avoid crowds at all costs – use Walmart Pick-up for groceries, shop thrift stores where there are hardly ever more than 2 0r 3 other people. I stopped shaking hands about 25 years ago and explain why, nobody has ever cared. Helps that we are retired and don’t HAVE to go out. Also, our schools (county wide in FL) are doing full disinfecting cleaning including wiping down door knobs and light switches – shouldn’t this be done routinely even if it means assigning a student daily in each classroom to this chore?

  4. Not seeing that where I live–was in a VERY WELL stocked Smith’s grocery store an hour ago. I saw no empty shelves. Was in a Walmart Superstore yesterday, and again, everything was well stocked. Of course, 49% of my state’s population lives on some form of assistance–mostly foodstamps and medicaid, and maybe their foodstamps are used up or were already “sold” for 50% of their value. What they do, is let people take their EBT card and buy anything they want in the grocery store, and give the EBT card holder half of the dollar value for the groceries purchased. This way, they have cash to buy drugs…

  5. I live in a small town of 4000, 60 miles from Springfield mo. We have 2 local groceries that are pretty much business as usual. We have a smaller walmart supper store that has been hit harder, especially in pharmacy. No masks, gloves, flu meds, common vitamins multiple, c, zinc, airborn etc. Cleaning supplies and paper were starting to be picked over but the two regular groceries and 2 small pharmacies don’t seem to be affected yet but their buying power is even less than walmart so I doubt they will get restocked when empty. Locals here are not too worried yet. I’m a city transplant so more aware of the world beyond their local ranching community. My husband and I play music at the senior center once a week but cancelled this week just to watch the news. Not sure how much longer we will continue since we both fall in the over 60, pretty condition catagory

  6. We live in a very small Texas town. we have 3 Walmart stores 20 miles in any direction one of which I work
    and all 3 are sold out of every item you stated on your list, Daisy. My husband went last night to get a few items and he was like, “man, of the things I wanted to buy, they were completely out!”
    I just smiled. He wanted to stock up on toothpaste, mouthwash, vitamins and coffee along with advil and related items. All gone.

    I have also noticed our dollar stores are out of these same things. Also though maybe unrelated but you never know, the internet has been acting crazy. I had to try 3 different devices before I could leave this short comment, idk….

  7. You are correct. People are waking up. Too little too late?
    I think so. The dollar store is crazy busy here… For obvious reasons. Not enough cashiers when I went.. ????????⁉⁉

  8. The new standard in which most have never experienced. I’ve only experienced it because of my overseas tours in numerous countries.
    It was often a topic of discussion about how we could just buy anything almost anytime with others. Now we will be having it among ourselves.
    I know one thing all the sudden the Crazy Uncle no one wanted to talk to at Thanksgiving isn’t so dumb after all.

      1. Bhahaha no Not crazy Uncle Joe lol

        You know how it is. You mention preparedness and suddenly no one wants to talk to you cause they think your wearing tin foil and doomsdaying even though that’s not what you said.
        As soon as something happens though they wanna talk or “come to your house”.

  9. South Florida checking in. Winn-Dixie grocery store is out of hand sanitizer, and a 2 per person limit on disinfecting wipes. Local Home Depot had plenty of bleach. A number of disinfectants showed “limited stock” when looking online. Walmart shelves were pretty much empty of wipes, bleach, sprays ect. Same with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Food wise canned goods were thinning out, but still available.

  10. We made a run to our local NW Florida super Walmart yesterday. Soups, canned meats, some canned fruits & veggies were low but being restocked. Brand names still there, generic canned goods, food items low. Masks gone. Generic cold/flu low, brand names still there in the Pharmacy/OTC area.

    I also ordered online vitamins and supplements from a company I’ve ordered from for 20 years. Several items were listed as out of stock, something I haven’t ever seen on that website…

  11. Neighbors vehicle had a recall so we planned a trip into local Costco store. Arrived early as it was the 3rd, retirement payday.
    What I required out of the pharmacy was limited on my list, the only thing restricted was Aspercreme, allowed 4 boxes when I requested 6. Had to wait for the tp to be restocked & paper towels, trucks arrived that morning & the crews were working the backsides off to fill the display area.
    Here is what I noted missing Kirkland roast beef/Kirkland Albacore Tuna/Spam/Organic Cocoanut oil
    Short supplies: Kirkland canned vegetables/Canned tomato products/peaches
    chocolate chips/ground beef family packages.
    Am sure there were other products which were missing but did not catch my attention while we were shopping.
    There was on party, 20-30’s person using a flat bed cart with about 6 units of tp which caught my attention. Other wise it was what appeared to be a normal shopping trip for those in the store. Yet one has to remember the majority of these shoppers are over 50, and been through the up & downs of world events. At one time this was a large cattle and agriculture production area, being self reliant was normal.

  12. Baking soda and salt can be used for toothpaste. I am lucky that I have a well on solar so water doesn’t bother me. The food shortages are not a surprise. Remember all the crops here in the USA that was lost due to flooding and freezes last year. I kept telling people that watch for shortages and increase prices this year. I am prepared for the long haul. Only animal feed is on my immediate concern. The Virus is just the flu and people have recovered. It is not worrying me only the threat of martial law. The only purpose is to take away our rights. Plus they are saying now that cash spreads the disease so they want us to go cashless. More control is all it is. Plus then they can dictate what you can and cannot buy. It is all about control and population reduction. We need to be responsible for our own care.

  13. I went shopping yesterday in Phoenix and honestly nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Everything was stocked. Only thing I noticed was big displays of bleach and sanitizer in Lowes and in a home decor store someone had a bad cough and people in line were grumbling about why they were in public, lol. But the stores (at least what I went to) had stocked shelves. I guess the panicking is limited to certain areas. I have noticed online shortages however.

  14. Northern Nevada here. Some of those pictures of Walmart look normal for here. Others a bit empty. I noticed several weeks ago Home Depot had NO masks and there was a sign limiting the amount one could buy. The midrange grocery on Tuesday night did not look any worse for wear. My grandmother, who raised me, survived the Great Depression. I have practiced stocking most of my adult life when I could. Our family used to think she was crazy with all the stuff in the pantry. Always have a back up. Wish I had the room we did as a kid to have a real pantry.

  15. Please double check the authenticity of the photos – the photo for Kansas City is the same for one of the photos from Stockholm Sweden.

  16. I’m definitely good on what I should need to fairly comfortably weather the situation if needed, but I feel like preps can always be improved, so I’ve picked up some more supplies and definitely seen empty shelves (I live in St. Paul, MN). A while ago a friend of mine mentioned in conversation that Tuesdays are supposed to be the best days to shop because that’s when most stores get their new groceries in (her dad works for Lays). On my multiple trips to the store lately, I have paid attention to that detail and I can say it does seem like shelves had been restocked when I went out on a Tuesday. Of course if the trucks stop running that becomes a different situation, but in the mean time I think it’s worth keeping in mind.

    1. I work in a grocery story. I am not sure how the big box stores work, but am sure it is similar. We get deliveries daily. We do not have a large dock with ‘stores’, we work on a ‘just in time’ delivery system. There is truly no ‘one best day’ to shop as far as deliveries go. Midweek is probably best, because ‘everyone’ shops on the weekends, so you are more likely to find items depleted. The one thing to watch is what day your local store changes sale items. In our store, it is Wednesdays. So Weds/Thurs are good days to shop our store/chain. Just some FYI from someone who lives/works it. 🙂

  17. Last week when I shopped at my local grocery store there were some empty shelves. Then I saw some of the stuff moved to another part of the store. I have never understood why stores move their stuff around. It just frustrates regular customers.

    I went again yesterday and most stuff was back in stock, even dried beans. Frankly I didn’t notice the hot button items as I much of that as did my heavy buying throughout Feb. Even this week I had no trouble getting canned meat and fish and canned veggies and dried beans. The only thing they were out of was hand sanitizer.

    I have been doing most of my shopping with the walmart order and pick it up service. I noticed about 10 days ago that I wasn’t getting some things. I switched my orders to a small town walmart 20 miles away and have gotten everything I ordered there.

  18. Corona virus in Richmond Tx Fort Bend county!! 45 minutes from me ????
    It begins. So much for warm weather stopping it. Texas has had no winter here.

    1. Someone getting it and then coming in isn’t the same as it spreading Becca. Hold on to that hope.

      1. “Hold on to that hope.”

        Hope is a very poor strategy, and soon this will be apparent to all.

        1. Hope doesn’t mean lack of (fill in the blank with words like action). It’s not an either/or.
          Just because I get the virus doesn’t mean I die either. At 3% death rate traffic is more dangerous some days.
          For a “DR” you sure are negative all the time. You don’t have any hope for your patients?

          1. “For a DR you are negative all the time.”

            Truth is not negative. Truth is often painful but it has the possibility of setting one free.

            Truth is like disinfectant for the soul.

            Most people are self delusional because truth terrifies them.

            Hope is based on nothing. It is a dream that often does not come true.

            I never give my patients hope.

            I tell them that I am going to help them, and then I back it up with results.

            Do I get results because I am that good, or that lucky, or because my words are very powerful placebo?

            Who cares, all that is important is results.

            Now to bring this a little closer to home: Trump supporters still hope he is going to build a wall, they hope he will stop the H-!b invasion, they hope he will deport DACA dreamers, they hope he will bring back the jobs and manufacturing, the hope he will drain the swamp instead of wallowing in it.

            In this case, and the vast majority of cases, hope leads to heartbreak.

            1. Wow lol
              Went from negative Dr to hopeless person to push a political agenda all the while claiming no hope on a preparedness website that the entire premise of is hope through actions. So what is your purpose of this site?

              1. “Hopeless and negative.”

                None so blind as those who will not see due to their own personal bias and outdated paradigm.

                Truth has no political agenda.

                The topic is government response, empty store shelves, and hope.

                Since the Trump administration is in charge in the US, then it is a fair topic for discussion. And so far, they have failed in a dramatic fashion.

                Trump supporters hope he has it under control, but the unfolding chaos shows otherwise. This demonstrates that hope is a poor strategy.

                I am happy for you that you are an ardent Trump supporter, and that it gives you solace and comfort. You are going to need it.

                As to my agenda here. I have only one: To help those who have eyes to see and ears to hear as this pandemic unfolds. In January I identified the wuhan virus as a bio weapon. Long before others adopted that perspective.

                Soon my job will be done and I will be gone.

                If you don’t like what I have to say, don’t read it.

                Simple.

                1. I’ll read what I please. I’ll reply if I feel like it too. You don’t get to tell me anything lol.
                  I’m not sure where you read ardent President Trump supporter but ok.
                  The discussion wasn’t political but you try and turn it that way to fit your agenda.
                  Hope doesn’t have an agenda.

                2. “I will read what I please.”

                  Of course you will read what you please.

                  I am not trying to control you.

                  I suggested that if you do not like my posts, just don’t read them. That will reduce your stress level and you might be happier and live longer.

                  “You made the discussion political.”

                  Of course this discussion is political.

                  Everything happening now is political.

                  You may not like that fact, but it is reality.

                  “Hope doesn’t have an agenda.”

                  Everything and everyone has an agenda, to think otherwise shows naiveté, and a lack of perception.

      2. Thanks Matt! You are so right!
        I ♥️ our community here with Daisy!! I’ll admit I’ve read too many other articles today????

    2. Don’t worry.

      In an interview with Hannity, Trump said: Those with a mild case of corona virus can still go to work, and get better.

      Apparently the current administration has plans to infect us all. Either through stupidity or intent.

  19. It’s not “realty” that people respond to, but the “perception” of reality. Hand sanitizer is a perfect example, it is anti-bacterial, but not anti-viral. While it may help to keep one’s hands clean from some infections, it will do nothing against COVID-19

    1. “Serenabit sez:

      “Hand sanitizer not antiviral.”

      Partially true. Alcohol based hand sanitizers kill most bacteria and fungi, and stop SOME viruses.”

      Nothing beats hand washing with soap, and done with a precise technique.

  20. Walmart in Des Moines Iowa was out of hand sanitizer this weekend. The Walmart in my rural community still had some so I bought several for my city friends.

  21. Spent most of my life in big cities and suburbs. Now I’m in a small farming community in the Midwest. Our stores remain well stocked. People here are not ninnies. No panic. Life goes on. We just shake our heads at the rest of you. No way I’m saying where it is. The last thing we need here is the hordes heading out this way. And shame on you, Daisy…profiting off of other people’s misery. You’re a parasite. This thing has already peaked in Asia. It’ll peak here soon enough, too.

  22. Hope they keep buying the TP!
    Locally our biggest employer is a tissue mill.
    And the second largest makes ammunition.

  23. Daisy, you’re awesome. Don’t mind the naysayers. This is my favorite site for preparedness and current events issues. I share it with my family and friends all the time. Thank you for your hard work.

    NY/NJ border… rural area with many conservatives despite what people assume about us. I went shopping early today. Bleach, Lysol, Lysol wipes, toilet paper, paper towels all low. People are definitely worried.

  24. We are in a very small, Middle GA town and the only thing that looked like wolves had come through was the lysol/clorox wipes and spray area.
    Our WM struggles to keep up normally because we only have an IGA and a small grocery store, along with dollar stores. They were doing a good job stocking this afternoon. Had a church friend say that everything was low Sunday afternoon and that is normal here.
    So far GA cases are in ATL, although there were rumors yesterday of possible cases in Augusta which is closer to us.
    We have been picking things up a bit at a time for a couple weeks now. We went to Costco early Saturday morning, arriving when they opened. We drive over an hour to get there. We were done in an hour and otw home so we didn’t see how the crowds were later in the day. And everything was well stocked except for hand sanitizer.
    Keep up the good work Daisy! People come here for news and updates. Thanks for all that you do!

  25. My husband spoke with his son this afternoon. Tobi lives in Germany (he is a German). His wife stopped at several stores to pick up a few items. Everywhere she went there was no TP, mask, gloves or fresh food such as veggies and fruit. She went to several different stores from Aldi to Target. At the same time they are changing the gun laws over there taking more gun rights away.

  26. I took a stroll through a rural North East TX Walmart today. TP & bottled water were obviously depleted but most other things were fully stocked.

    My neighbor is teaching me to make wine so we plan to have a happy quarantine around here. 🙂

  27. I guess it must be regional since there is plenty of items where I live. People are overreacting as usual

  28. I was in the Billings, MT Costco yesterday evening and I was in a rush so I didn’t look too closely. However they were low on toilet paper, bottled water, gloves, peroxide, and various other preventative medicinals like emergen-c. I have never seen the shelves get like that even with a blizzard warning.

  29. went to Kroger in South Richmond VA just now, and they had plenty of everything.

    no supply chain reaction yet!

  30. As you noted, Daisy, here in Central Ohio, we aren’t seeing the ‘panic’ buying just yet. But we also have no confirmed cases either. Once the state/area DO have a confirmed case or two, I imagine we WILL see bare store shelves. I don’t do ‘big box’ stores, but in my little town just outside of Columbus, no ‘bare shelves’ but at the local Kroger (who as a chain are limiting purchases of some supplies) some sanitizing wipes//sprays were low but not sold out. I did not notice any particularly bare shelves in the local CVS. Dollar Tree has been out of regular face masks and nitirle gloves for several weeks now, and I doubt they will be getting any in soon, based on their business practices. But they still have plenty of cleaning and sanitizing supplies.

  31. Shocking… I am in Ontario and have not seen anything like this yet. I have noticed slight drops in supply levels but no bare shelves. If I saw that I might be a bit more panicked… Thank-you for sharing as if this continues it will be some time before resupplies – most coming from china a=on a moth plus delay…. Resupplies may not be coming anytime soon the month till they come is my concern…

  32. No argument from me that specific items are now in short supply or even completely sold out. However, I think one major practice thats contributing to shortages/outages is the practice of ‘just in time’ inventory. Once the shelf is emptied thats it until the next delivery, which may be scheduled days away.

  33. Fol;ks you are being played by the MSM, health agencies, wall street, WHO, and many on the net have fallen for the trap. Read this from martin Armstrong at Armstrong Economics the largest financial firm on the planet whose computers track everything from markets to cycles of virus. His blog title recently: Half-Billion $ Pandemic Derivatives “QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Have you been called in by the World Bank because of the coronavirus? The rumor is you are advising on this pandemic from a financial crisis perspective. Yes or no? Some say you have a financial interest in not calling this a pandemic. Care to comment?
    ANSWER: Yes, we have been called in to do studies and forecasts based on the coronavirus. No, we have no financial interest either way. That makes a really stupid rumor. We do not do such projects on some sort of a contingency basis. I am not at liberty to say by who. However, if there is a pandemic, the World Health Organisation gets to keep money and the bondholders lose. You figure out who would be asking for help.
    For those who are not part of the conspiracy networks, this is related to the outstanding World Bank Pandemic Bonds which will come due for expiration this July here in 2020. This will be in the neighborhood of $500 million which is perhaps a structured derivative time bomb that most people have never heard of.
    These pandemic bonds were sold to investors as a giant gamble in the global financial casino. The World Bank sold “pandemic bonds” which were a scheme like no other. In 2017, these bonds were sold to private investors on the premise that they would lose their money if any of six deadly pandemics hit. They did not pay out in 2019 when the Ebola virus broke out in Africa. The World Bank announced the creation of these structured bonds in May 2016 at the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Governors meeting in Sendai, Japan.
    The World Health Organisation will keep the money and will use it to fight the outbreak. Investors bought the bonds and received regular coupon payments in return, which were substantial in this world of negative interest rates. If there is an outbreak of disease turned into a pandemic, then investors don’t get their initial money back. There are two varieties of debt that are scheduled to mature in July 2020.
    The first bond issue raised $225 million and features an interest rate of around 7%! That was substantial. Payout on the bond is to be suspended if there is an outbreak of new influenza viruses or coronavirus. The second type of bond was even riskier which raised $95 million with an interest rate of more than 11%. This second type of bond keeps investors’ money if there is an outbreak of Filovirus, Coronavirus, Lassa Fever, Rift Valley Fever, and/or Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.
    Then the World Bank issued $105 million derivative that works in a similar way.
    Obviously, we have cyclical models that also cover disease. It does not take much to figure out that we would be called in to project the risk. It would be in the interest of the World Health Organisation to declare this coronavirus a pandemic. They would benefit from the cash. The bondholders will lose. We have NOT been called in by the World Bank. That much I can say.”
    Of course the World Health Organization is the same entity that has the Pandemic Bonds sold by the World Bank to investors and if a pandemic is declared, the WHO gets to keep the originally face value and investors lose which is the group Armstrong Economics was hired by. Now you can understand why the MSM has been pushing the coronavirus when in fact more people are dying weekly by the flu. The bonds pay around a 7% return which is unheard of in today’s low yield environment so the question that many should be asking is, “Where is the hell did the World Health Organization get the money to pay 7% interest to investors”?
    This is about money with Congress now giving billions to “fight” the virus. It is also about eliminating cash as many have now suggested with none other than WHO leading the charge. The fact is there is millions more infected from the 4 types of flu and tens of thousands more people dying worldwide. The CDC can never receive way more funding from just the flu but a new virus is custom made for this. The MSM can never receive more viewers and the advertisers thereby making more money from just the flu. Politicians, bureaucrats and central banks especially in Europe and Japan and other western countries could never blame their failing policies causing the world slowdown, bankrupt pensions, bankrupt governments, failing banks, higher taxes, more regulations, etc, etc, etc, on just the flu. The coronavirus is again the answer. What is a pandemic? There are a little over 100,000 worldwide with the coronavirus with 3500 deaths. The latest for the flu as of 2/29 is over 34 million infected, over 350,000 hospitalized, over 20,000 deaths including 136 children in the US ALONE! The mortality rate for pneumonia and the flu was raised slightly from 6.8% to 6.9% just under the pandemic threshold of 7.3%. It was at 6.3% and had been rising. In addition the hospitalization rate a few weeks ago was at 25 per 100,000, then raised to 41 per 100,000, then raised again to 47.1 per 100,000 as of Feb. 15 and then as of Feb. 22 is 52.7 per 100,000 and as of Feb. 29 is raised again to 57.9. “Rates among school aged children and young adults are higher at this time than in recent seasons and rates among children 0-4 years old are now the highest CDC has on record at this point in the season, SURPASSING RATES reported during the second wave of the 2009 H1N1 PANDEMIC.  125 influenza-associated deaths in children have been reported so far this season. This number is higher for the same time period than in every season since reporting began in 2004-05, except for the 2009 pandemic.” 
    The flu stats are rising every single week with new infections by the millions, weeks ago this was over 15 million, four weeks this was over 19 million, three weeks ago this was updated to over 24 million, two weeks ago over 29 million and as of Feb. 22 is over 32 million with the latest at Feb. 29 over 34 million infested. Deaths weekly were at over 8000, then over 10,000, then over 14,000 then over 16,000 and as of Feb. 22 over 18,000 and now as of Feb. 29 over 20,000.
    If you have been following the coronavirus especially in China the numbers have been improving as the virus runs its course and people are treated. Worldwide there are 103,830 cases, 41,844 active cases with 35,706 mildly infected and 6,138 in serious condition. There is 61,986 closed cases, 58,464 recovered with 3,522 deaths. These numbers are improving showing the medical community has a handle on treatment. There were over 55,000 active cases, over 41,000 mildly infected, over 12,000 serious cases, and just recently less than 40,000 recovered. Closed cases realy jumped from around 41,000. In the west they have no control over the spread only issuing guidelines but if people will not follow instructions the virus will continue to spread. It is spread like the flu but the incubation is the same.   
    Many people are now questioning the MSM and the net pushing the coronavirus when the flu is killing more people. Even the liberal LA Times had a headline titled: “Why the coronavirus focus when the flu is killing more?” All those people standing in line and hoarding food, water, etc. are potentially infected now with the flu not coronavirus. This is how people are being played and the net has jumped right on the bandwagon!

    1. Thank you for the interesting comment.

      I’ve written about the pandemic bond previously and some very rich people definitely have some skin in the game. However, my friends in healthcare assure me that the Covid-19 coronavirus is anything but a hoax. The numbers you’ve provided are flawed, as I’ve also written before. There are far more people infected than the official numbers but because they aren’t being tested, they aren’t being counted.

      The coronavirus and the flu are not the same thing. The symptoms are different.

  34. So, far… here in Ventura, CA… we have not noticed much of a run on the canned goods or toilet paper seems to be plenty of supply… grocery stores are limiting the purchase of disinfecting supplies to 2 each per purchase or 4 each… Luckily, I have been a prepper for years and always buy three or more and replace as needed… of cpurse, If you stay home pretty much and its just youband ypur wife at home and dont receive visitors… you won’t use much of these disinfectant supplies except for your usual cleanings… you really need this stuff when you go out into public… personally, we are just staying home until we here an “all clear” from the C.D.C. or our local government… no travel… just living like hermits. I work from home anyway… will do our grocery shopping at 3AM.

  35. In my neck of the woods Canada, I have managed to incrementally built up supplies in my pantry. Saskatchewan, like the rest of the provinces,has been brainwashed to believe the media and socialist/communist governent, so they are slow to react to the coming collapse. I still see grocery stores like Costco, Walmart, and smaller stores still fairly well stocked with food and chemical cleaners. So I will add to my pantry because soon the programming in the gullible population will wear off soon and then things will get scary in the stores. God bless all you Preppers.

  36. I live in Texas and I (for the first time) am ashamed of being a Texan and an American. Many (far too many) of my fellow Texans and fellow Americans across the nation, have turned into gutless, terrified, sheep and willing puppets to the media and globalist that are using this to bring down the President and the country. In all my 72 years , I have never seen such rampant cowardice. The gutlessness of the American people is a greater threat to the nation than the Wuhan Flu. Yes it is a strain of flu not some exotic disease. But calling it Corona Virus or Covid 18 sounds more apocalyptic than the Wuhan Flu., and allows the media to create the national panic which is now a self feeding cancer consuming the nation. If this generation had to have fought World War II , they would have raised the white flag at the first shot.

    1. Wow, 6 months later your comments are still 100% true and accurate. So, the question is “where do we go from here”? – I plan to re-read Daisy’s other articles on pandemic response, as well as others, and then ACT.

  37. A caller on a talk show yesterday had something unusual happen to a family member, who is a trucker. The trucker was attempting to deliver his load of goods, but was told he could not, because he was the “wrong color.” It was not made apparent what “color” was referring to. Nor was anyone’s race in this phone call mentioned.
    I believe this trucking run was to be delivered into Chicago. I wasnt fully listening to the details at first; but i believe it had nothing to do with coastal locations.

  38. In am somewhat pessimistic! I am really worried because I keep hearing that those that took the vaccine will be dying in the next five years. If even a large percentage do die how will we have enough workers to continue to run the country?

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