The Lockdown of America Begins

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(Mar. 21, 2020) On Thursday night, Governor Gavin Newsome took unprecedented action and locked down the entire state of California.  The following day, Governor Andrew Cuomo locked down the state of New York and Gov. J.B. Pritzker locked down the state of Illinois.

Today, as of the time of publication, 70 million Americans are in mandatory isolation at home in the hopes of stopping – or at least slowing down – the COVID-19 virus that is beginning to spread exponentially across the country. For more information about preparing for lockdown and COVID-19 quarantines, please go here.

Borders between the US, Canada, and Mexico have also been closed by mutual consent between the three governments.

While this may be necessary to curb the virus so as not to overwhelm the medical system, many Americans are feeling distinctly uneasy about their movements being restricted. Especially worrisome is the idea of the National Guard being brought in to enforce the lockdowns, as has been discussed. Somewhere, there’s a fine line between maintaining our constitutional rights and the need to stop a global pandemic.

(Update March 22, 2020) Ohio, Louisiana, and Delaware have issued “stay at home” orders and closed non-essential businesses.

(Update: April 4, 2020) As predicted, at this point, 90% of Americans are under some type of lockdown order.

The states with stay-at-home orders are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The list of cities with local orders includes Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, St. Joseph, and Kansas City, Missouri; Edmond, Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Norman, Oklahoma; Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina; Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio, Texas; Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah; and Jackson, Wyoming.

And at least three states and one territory — Alabama, Iowa, North Dakota, and Guam — have ordered nonessential businesses to close but haven’t asked all residents to stay home.

Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota have no known stay-at-home-orders or business closures in place. (source)

End of update

What do the lockdowns entail?

In all three states, non-essential businesses will be closed and residents have been ordered to stay in their homes unless they must leave for “vital reasons.” Many of our largest cities are encompassed in the lockdown: New York City, Chicago, Los Angelos, San Francisco, and San Diego.

All sorts of euphemisms are being used for the situation. Cuomo prefers to call this a “pause.” California is referring to this as “safer at home.” And Illinois is calling it “shelter in place.”

But for all the nice-sounding words, it is what it is: a lockdown on a massive scale.


The most populous state in the country with 40 million residents, on March 19th, California was the first to lock down entirely and the situation will remain in effect “indefinitely.”

“We’re going to keep the grocery stores open,” he said. “We’re going to make sure that you’re getting critical medical supplies. You can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog, you can still pick up food at one of our distribution centers, at a restaurant, at a drive-thru — all those things we will still be able to do.” (source)

Newsom is confident that Californians will be cooperative.

The order will not be enforced by law enforcement, he added.

“I don’t believe the people of California need to be told through law enforcement that it’s appropriate just to home-isolate, protect themselves,” Newsom said. “We are confident that the people of the state of California will abide by it and do the right thing.” (source)

However, Newsom instructed the National Guard to be on alert and has activated about “500 guard personnel to help with humanitarian work and food distribution.”

New York

Interestingly, only 3 days before locking down the state, Cuomo said that the effort would be ineffective.

In New York, where coronavirus has killed 32 people, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has no plans to impose a statewide mandate.
“My job is to make sure that the state has a coordinated plan and it works everywhere,” he said this week. “I don’t think shelter-in-place really works.” (source)

However, on March 20th, the day after California locked down, he changed his mind, saying, “I want to be able to say to the people of New York — I did everything we could do. And if everything we do saves just one life, I’ll be happy.”

“No, this is not life as usual,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as the death toll in the U.S. topped 200, with at least 35 in his state. “Accept it and realize it and deal with it.” (source)

Cuomo has banned all businesses except grocery stores, hospitals, laundromats, gas stations, veterinarians, and doctor’s offices. Restaurants can operate on a take-out or delivery basis. Residents can go outside to walk their dogs or exercise but must maintain a 6-foot distance from others.

And breaking the rules will have consequences.

“These provisions will be enforced,” Mr. Cuomo said at a briefing in Albany. “These are not helpful hints.” (source)

In New York City, police officers will patrol and begin giving out warnings on Sunday evening.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said summonses and arrests would be issued as a “last resort.” (source)

The state of New York has a population of close to 20 million people.


In Illinois, Governor JB Pritzker instituted a “stay at home” order which will begin today, March 21st, and remain in effect until April 8.

Pritzker has said that no matter how tight the lockdown becomes, “interstate highways, gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies would remain open.” He asked people to keep this in mind when stocking up.

“There is no need to run out and hoard food, gas and medicine,” the governor said Thursday. “Buy what you need within reason. There is enough to go around, as long as you do not hoard.” (source)

Although Pritzker activated the National Guard earlier in the week, he says that they will not be taking quarantine enforcement roles.

Instead, 60 service members will be deployed to establish drive-up testing sites, help with food delivery to disadvantaged families impacted by school closures and possibly prepare closed hospitals to reopen.

The vast majority of currently activated troops are health care professionals — doctors, nurses, medical technicians — who would not be tapped for an law-enforcement assignment. (source)

Illinois has a population of about 12.6 million people.

Where and when will the lockdowns spread?

Other states already have strict rules in place but are not quite “locked down.” Maryland was the first state to order “drastic actions.” Pennsylvania has closed down all non-essential businesses. Hoboken, New Jersey has instituted curfews. It’s really only a matter of time before this spreads across the country, whether by state mandates or on the federal level.

Last week, I wrote an article about when the lockdowns would occur based on the patterns established by China and Italy. The first lockdowns occurred right on cue, on the 19th and 20th.

We have already had some small regional lockdowns and people in quarantine after traveling, but the quarantining of large groups of people has not yet occurred in the US. YET. We are on day 50 since the initial case was diagnosed in the United States. However, the first case of community spread was on February 26, and this may be a more important marker than the first case in a country the size of ours. “Community spread” means the illness was not contracted through traceable means, like a family member with the virus or travel history to places where the illness was running rampant. So if we’re counting from the first day of community spread, the US is on day 15.

If massive lockdowns are occurring on about day 22-23 in other countries, that means we may have 7-8 days before we see major lockdowns and quarantines here. That would put us at March 19th or 20th. We may see some early lockdowns of cities or regions where the virus is rapidly spreading like Seattle and New York City. The lockdowns in other countries expanded in about a week to encompass greater geographic areas and larger numbers of people. This would put us at approximately March 26-27th. (source)

So if this pattern still holds true, we may see many more regional lockdowns coming within the next 5 or 6 days.

States that already have restrictions in place, like Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are likely to increase those restrictions next. Places with a large exponential spread like Washington state are also likely to mandate lockdowns.

Is a national lockdown in the works?

It depends on who you ask.

President Trump has said as recently as yesterday that he doesn’t think that there will be a need for a national lockdown.

Despite approval for the states’ actions, Trump said he does not think a national lockdown order will be needed, adding that other areas don’t have the same hotspots as California, New York and Washington.

“We are working with the governors, and I don’t think we’ll ever find it necessary,” he said. (source)

On the other hand, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert for the National Coronavirus Task Force, has said for at least a week he believes stronger measures need to be taken and that he’d like to see a “dramatic reduction in activity” to curb the spread of the virus.

Asked by CNN’s Brianna Keilar on “State of the Union” if he’d like a “national lockdown” where people are being told they need to stay home and out of restaurants and bars, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said he’d “like to see a dramatic diminution of the personal interaction that we see” in those places.

“Whatever it takes to do that, that’s what I’d like to see,” Fauci added. (source)

Given the speedy turnaround made by Governor Cuomo, it is certainly not impossible that we might see a lockdown mandated at the federal level. If you aren’t yet prepared for what this entails, check out this article and this PDF guide that is specific to the Covid-19 pandemic. If supplies are low in your area, you may be able to find some ideas for substitutes here. And finally, this article has some advice on how to prep for potential lockdown without spending any more money.

The National Guard has been activated in many states and other Guard members are on “enhanced readiness” status. But don’t worry, all the governors assure us that they’re only there to help dispense supplies, not to enforce lockdowns.

Numerous sources have reported being given “federal travel papers” over the past 48 hours. People working in food delivery, the medical field, distribution, and grocery stores have said under cover of anonymity that they’ve received papers from their employers to “show to the police” if they’re stopped during their travel to and from work.

Whether our country is turning into one in which authority figures demand to see your “papers” remains to be seen.

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), 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), 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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  • I’m presently in California.
    There is no lockdown. I repeat NO LOCKDOWN.
    Vast majority of California’s population will not comply.
    Drove yesterday and this morning and everyone is out and about. No panic in the streets or stores. Yes, some shelves are bare, but product is up the next day, business as usual.
    No signs of National Guard.

    • Well, not surprising. But after this is over maybe CA will be a purple state or maybe even a red state. After so many of the people out there catch the virus.

    • Same here where I live. In fact, somebody had to tell me what was going on about these orders as I don’t pay attention much when a Demoncrap is in kontrol since they are communist and I don’t comply to communist but since the people vote communist all the time I just have to ignore their invectives lest I go crazy like them in committing cultural and constitutional suicide.

      But she told me plenty of people are out and about and most are not paying any heed or attention to their Demoncrap governor. So gives me some hope.

    Most of North Carolina’s Outer Banks closing to tourists to limit spread of coronavirus
    By Kaelan Deese – 03/17/20 03:11 PM EDT

    Officials in North Carolina’s Dare County, which includes part of the state’s Outer Banks, are restricting access to visitors beginning Tuesday afternoon to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    “In response to updated guidelines from the CDC to avoid discretionary travel and follow the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, the Dare County Control Group has made the decision to restrict visitor access to Dare County beginning today, Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.,” the group announced in a statement on the county’s website.

    The order comes after the CDC and President Trump urged Americans to limit unnecessary trips and to avoid meeting in groups of more than 10.

    The control group said they would establish checkpoints at entry points to the county to ensure that only permanent residents, “essential” personnel, such as government or medical workers, those who work at critical businesses, such as pharmacies, groceries or gas stations, and those who are property owners would be allowed in.

  • I am mote concerned about the aftereffects of this. Will our freedom and privileges as Americans be taken away then only some returned when they decide the virus is done? And will we accept this as the new normal just as we have accepted so many other infringements on our rights?

    • Yep, same … so much conflicting info. But I am definitely waaaaay more concerned of the consequences of shutting the economy down..!! You’d think people were running around w blood spurting out of their eyes!!????????‍♀️

      • Well. DILs twin brother in Seattle has been carrying on business as usual all around the Puget Sound area. Went to the ER coughing up blood. Tested positive for COVID19. Maybe not out the eyes but blood is involved. WA state really should slow their peeps down a bit.

        This thing is a seriously mean mutating monster. It’s one thing to ride your motorbike out because it’s a beautiful day after days of pouring rain stuck inside. But don’t stop anywhere.

        There is also a problem with folks from a neighboring community wiping out the grocery store before the locals even wake up.

        Human nature is what it is. Hate to sound heartless, but in many ways, senseless people deserve the government they get. We have to back to the sense of the honorable.

  • Notice how often Trump says he is a war time President, or we are at war…

    Martial law may be declared by President in time of war! Hmm…

    Martial law is really military dictatorship. The Bill of rights can also be suspended. Think about that!

  • Governors issuing “unconstitutional” “stay at home” orders
    New York : Andrew Cuomo Democrat
    Illinois : J.B. Pritzker Democrat
    California : Gavin Newsom Democrat

    • YES! I noticed that. PA has orders that non-essential businesses are to be closed. Only grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies are to be open. Non-life sustaining businesses found open could “face fines, citations, license suspensions, and other penalties”. And “they would lose their ability to receive disaster relief” and “have state loans or grant funding terminated and have licenses revoked”. This is all per the Pennsylvannia Post on March 19. Is this constitutional?

      And guess what……the governor of that state is a Democrat, Tom Wolf.

      Be safe everyone!

      Daisy, thank you so much for all of the information, dedication, and raw truth here on your blog. It is from this blog that I knew the possibility of this happening before anyone else around me so I was not in a state of shock or denial when it started. Most of those I did talk to about it did not think it would get to that. You have my greatest gratitude. God bless you & everyone else on this blog!

    • Ignore warnings at your own risk. Be responsible. Not a woah as me hurt feelings baby. China now is basically in control of the virus while the rest of the world is floundering and is too afraid of hurting someone feeling to make the hard decisions. Someone has to do it. Trump doesn’t have the balls. He’s too worried about getting reelected but there may not be a country to elect anyone if we don’t collectively get our heads out of our butts and stop worrying about hurt feelings and your rights to be irresponsible a-holes.

  • No mandatory lockdown in N.Y. yet, but then again I’m in upstate N.Y. and we tend not to listen to Cuomo anyway and if it were to become mandatory it wouldn’t really be enforceable.

    • Well said Bill.
      But those of us in the UpState are generally, but not always, smarter than those Downstate.
      We are self-isolating only because even if I had it, and it was mild, the responsible thing to do is not to spread it to someone who may have a compromised immune system or a pre-existing condition.

      Trying to look out for my fellow Americans and not be “that” guy.

  • Daisy, it’s not a mandatory lockdown. I think you’re sensationalizing this and you yourself have urged calm. I’m not saying it can’t happen but lets not rush things.

  • I’m in rural mo and no one seems concerned at all which is frightening in it’s own way. Our medical care here is useless in good times. We drive 90 miles just to see a GPS and the local hospitals are dangerous in good times which forces us to sprinfield or st Louis for any critical care. I think it is irresponsible of people to just go about unconcerned. All the kids who went to Florida to party on the beaches are now facing cases of their own folly. I am scared to death of a china like lockdown but wake up people. BE RESPONSIBLE!!!!! or that is what you will be facing to have any chance to survive. I am also infuriated if I see one more person on facebook amen someone who says God will solve it all. My grandmother had a time old saying. God helps those that help themselves. So stop being so f@#$&g selfish with your hurt feelings and your me me me additives and grow the f@#k up. Prayer comes with responsible action, not a token amen and going about business as usual. I can feel the hate mail coming now. Sorry daisy.

    • I am also between Springfield and StL, and have worked at the local FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers). Yeah, medical care is hit or miss in the rural areas.

      People do have to pull together and act responsibly. Perhaps that is why there is the threat of force, but I don’t see it happening. Seems people have forgotten how to cooperate, like they did back in the days of WWII. Instead of binding against a common enemy, people are looking out for themselves.

      Pretty pathetic.

    • What ever happened to using common sense as we have in all the years I’ve been around? What is this crazy out of proportion fear factor about? If you a believer in God then why such fear? Christians are not supposed to go about with an attitude of fear. How many times does scripture itself tell us to NOT be afraid?!

      Please let common sense prevail and stop feeding off the main stream media. They are only interested in creating pandemonium and as far as I can see it’s working very well. The financial disaster happening is being hidden well as people freak out over a so called-novel virus that may or may not even exist.

      People need to stop and really think, The economic fallout will be by far the worst of this insanity. Just wait another week or two and see what its like. This fear pandemic needs to be stopped in it’s track by common sense and remaining calm.

      Thank you Daisy for continuing to put out all sorts of news and helps. Folks just really need to stop running wild in fear and stop and think. Common sense seems to be in short supply currently.

      The gubmint is NOT our friend. Take care of yourselves as we have for so many years.

  • This is not a joke. I just read where a new caravan has left Honduras with people seeking to find work in the U.S. Again,this is not a joke.

  • I live in New York State under a supposed “lockdown.” Yet I can go out and do everything I would normally do: go to the bank, the pharmacy, the grocery store, Home Depot, the gas station, post office and even the pet supply store (yes, that’s considered an “essential service” even though pet food can easily be ordered on or Amazon). If I wanted to, I could also go for a vet appointment and a routine doctor appointment. It’s hard to see how these measures will stop the virus from spreading.

  • Hubs just talked with one of his supervisors, who said that they are going to be handing out the “travel papers” next week.

    Papieren, bitte.

  • Unfortunately our country has lost the feeling of country. Bunch of subgroups putting themselves first, hopefully at the destruction of others.
    If people gave any concern about anyone but their selfish selves we wouldn’t be this bad. Hospital workers wouldn’t literally have to put their lives at risk to help some idiot.
    Nope, jerks are saying can’t make me stay home, it’s no big deal and I’m going out.

  • Well, there they go again…we are being made prisoners in our dwelling places by the government for our own good. It seems to me they have overreacted worldwide and have scared the devil out of most of the world’s population. If Marshall law is eventually implemented here there will be a huge firefight with that sizable population who has put away as many supplies as possible. Civil war could easily be the result. Our economy will collapse if they take this much further in a matter of days or weeks. It is a serious disease but if we destroy our worldwide economy there will be massive chaos, war and far more death that what the virus will cause by itself. Mankind is in peril, and perhaps human existence will come to an end by overreacting governments worldwide, through chaos, war and the Covid 19 virus in that order. Get right with God in case this is it. WWW III could be near.

  • The virus and the lock downs (bad as they are) don’t frighten me as much as predictions of a 24% contraction of GDP in the next quarter.

  • Just got back from Farmer’s Market (in CA). Everyone is keeping 6-foot distance, even while in line. The market was missing a lot of booths, and there were fewer people there, compared to last week. Many are going to cashless systems with no signature to avoid spread.

    Around here, it looks like people are taking it seriously–people going for walks with their dog or children are keeping distance.

  • You cannot stop the virus. It must burn itself out.

    You can mitigate contracting the virus, and there are treatments for pneumonia, but you cannot stop the spread.

    The lockdowns in the West are destroying the global economy.

    It was all a sham anyway. Just a house of cards waiting for the right moment to collapse.

    The virus, while serious, will be used to further the agenda of the 1%.

    The Trump DOJ just quietly asked congress for the power to detain without due process.

    • I can’t believe how frightened people are, and how many on here are already taking a “follow the orders people”…. They will be good little government slave snitches.

      But you hit the nail on the head.

      We are being tested and we are failing miserably..

      Watch, people are gonna beg daddy government for the “savior vaccine”.

      Heard President Trump give his approval of Gruesome Newsom…. Lovely !

      Like Michael Savage said, civil liberties taken away without a wimper.. how easily we are controlled.

      If that last DOJ order that was passed, doesn’t piss people off, then they are truly useless eaters ..

  • I live in NYC. True, no one is being welded into their apartment building. Yes, people can leave their homes. But everything’s closed except for essential services. So if you leave your home, there is little to do but buy food or medicine or take a walk. People are asked to stick to solitary outdoor exercise and not to cluster. If people want to be idiots and cluster, the police won’t stop them. It appears to me that residents are voluntarily complying and staying home as much as possible. If people don’t value their health or the lives of their older relatives, well, the police won’t try to save you from your own self. Everything Gov. Cuomo is doing has my support. I do think that to knock out this virus we will have to enforce a stay at home policy and make compliance mandatory not voluntary. I feel like i am living in a zombie movie here and i have no patience with conservatives carrying on about the infringement of their civil liberties. When you die of coronavirus they can carve on your tombstone “I wouldn’t let the state infringe on my civil liberties.”

    • 43 dead people in NY is not worth giving up civil liberties, and destroying the economy.

      If the lockdown continues there will be riots and troops on the streets in every major city.

      The virus is no joke, and the governmental response is making matters much worse.

      This virus will kill the elderly and those with serious medical condition who have only been kept alive through modern medicine.

      Some younger people will die as well, but they will not be in the majority.

      Lockdown will NOT stop the spread. It will spread, kill some, then burn out.

      • The lock down slows the spread. Being a nurse working with recycled personnel protective gear, we would appreciate your compliance

        • Dave, Thanks for doing what you are doing. I bought 2 boxes of surgical masks 1 year ago and I just donated them to 2 nurses in my family (daughter & niece) since I won’t need them here in the woods.

          I sure hope the hydroxychloroquine (or whatever it’s called) works.

        • Dave sez: “We appreciate you’re compliance.”

          Fortune cookie sez: “Compliance is for sheep.”

          The lockdown will NOT stop the spread.

          Italy is under martial law and the death toll and infections have increased.

          They did not close their border.

          Russia closed the border immediately and have very few cases of infection.

          This virus must burn itself out. Like it or not.

          Draconian shutdown will destroy the global economy.

          Then you will have riots, disruption of the food chain, and the cities will become killing fields,

          This will be worse than the virus.


        • @Dave,
          Thank you for your input.
          Always good to hear from healthcare professionals and their on the ground reporting.
          Many of us are doing what we can to help you.

      • Will you riot? Every time someone says that to me I ask them if they plan on rioting. They everyone have said no. So, who is going to riot and what the heck are you going to solve with a riot?

        • Riots are not about common sense or solutions.

          Have you ever seen or been part of a riot.?

          Back in the day, I watched the Baltimore riots (from a safe vantage point).

          They burned down their own homes and businesses. They were left with nothing.

          You do not understand riots, rioters, or that mentality.

          Panic and desperation are the ingredients.

          All that is needed is a spark.

  • Mandatory quarantines for serious diseases were enforced not that long ago. It’s just that with modern medicine we have largely made them unnecessary and forgotten.

    As late as the 1930s, scarlet fever of one member of a family led to the whole family being quarantined. That happened to my mother’s family when her older sister got scarlet fever. (Nobody else in the family got scarlet fever.) There were other diseases as well that then got mandatory quarantines, but I don’t remember which ones they were.

    What’s unique about these quarantines is that they are city-wide, even state-wide. Those are what scare me. It’s too late to stop the virus. Because apparently the majority of those who have contacted the virus show little to no symptoms, ever, what is the percentage of those having the virus getting tested? 10%? 1%? Whatever?

    For example, a month ago I was sicker than I had been in years, but I was monitoring my water intake and fever—my fever did not reach my trigger level to see a doctor. I was plenty uncomfortable, but not serious enough to consider seeing a doctor. Apparently most people who get Covid-19 have fewer symptoms than what I had. I did not get tested. How many of those with fewer symptoms that what I had get tested?

    Yes, Covid-19 is a killer. But is it as bad as the fear-mongers make it out to be?

  • 1 must wonder about All news sources as well as this 1. 1st NY declaring a volunteer isolation they can collect the billions in federal funding! 2nd people are ALLOWED to go outside, shopping, dr visits, groceries, and leave or stay in the city. That hardly constitutes a lock down unless your a doom and gloom patriotic news source!!! I Love my country, despise the 2 tier legal system, the pedophiles in congress and the senate, msm and I am beginning to dislike all sorts of alternative media which is like the weather channel when a storm is coming. I have been listening to alternative news since the early 90’s and the end was coming then. Lo and behold then came y2k and these jokers make big bucks when they scream doom and gloom. Factually speaking we get VERY little true unbiased reporting from any 1 anymore. Just be aware of the criers of “wolf” before you act in a rash manner on their say so. Best thing is pray to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His peace crushes the nuts on the right as well as left. Pray and allow His peace to envelope you.

  • Demoncraps can’t wait to put a BOOT on your neck and an iron FIST in your face. Hardly anybody has died from this Chinese flu relative to other flus but they just can’t wait to smash you and your country down.

    So can’t the MSM who also hate your guts with their lying wonders.

    • Really, as I write this 12,950 have died worldwide out of 303,180 confirmed cases. That’s 4.25%. Things always get worse before they get better. I think we have 3 or 4 months of worse ahead of us. I expect to see several million deaths, worldwide. All these jerks going out and about will make it happen. I just don’t want to be one of those who die.

  • If we can all just do the bare minimum of staying home so that you don’t inadvertently spread it. It affects all of us (not just the high risk people) if our hospital system is overwhelmed with sick covid 19 patients and the medical staff is probably carriers you really don’t want to be having heart attacks/strokes/broken bones/ trauma victims going into that hospital. This is no joke- current guidelines say that if you are health care workers Even after exposure to covid you report to work unless Febrile with cough/sob!!! You really think it’s fake news? No one trusts China but Italy and Europe is in on joke too?? Wake up !! All they’re asking is for cooperation in staying home So that we don’t overwhelm the health
    Im a physician and don’t want to be making decisions on who gets that vent – especially if it’s to save your selfish a$$

    • @Fireswamp: You’re right, this would be an absolutely terrible time to have a stroke, heart attack, or broken bones, or need an appendectomy. What on earth is happening to all the cancer patients needing chemo. This is an awful time to be injured or to be sick from any reason.

  • Daisy, you should be a little more optimistic. If you read the regulations carefully, you will find tremendous leeway in why you can travel between point A and point B. You van visit friends if you have a romantic interest in them. You can drive anywhere to help friends if they are over 60 age. You can take a drive if it gives you mental relief. You have to delve deep into the regulations to find all kinds of exceptions to shelter in place. So, FOR NOW, one can go and do just about anything one wants as long as you have the “right” reason!

  • What a bunch of babies. “Red rules, blue drools.” I’m sorry. How old are we? You don’t have to believe in COVID 19, COVID 19 believes in you. Facts are, trump fouled this all up by playing the narcissist egomaniac he is. Just because he says it, doesn’t make it true. I thought most people on a website like this would be independent thinkers, not somebody to ever let anybody tell them what to think, especially not in the government. Grow up and open your eyes. Our dear leader has screwed the pooch and is, in typical fashion, trying to make himself come out smelling like roses. This whole thing has nothing to do with red or blue. We are first and foremost humans, above everything else. Help your fellow humans and be nice. If you get sick, the person to save your life may be on the other side of the political aisle than you. Play nice kids. This too shall pass. Let’s all do what we can to make sure as many of our fellow humans can come out alive on the other side.

  • I am not on lock down. Non-essential businesses are closed (spas, salons, the mall, gyms) to help stop the spread of the virus. I can get gas, groceries, hardware supplies, auto supplies, building materials, plumbing supplies etc. You can take a walk, walk your dog, go for a run, must maintain social distance. I can order carryout – curbside pickup, drive thru, or walk-in (no loitering).
    I’m more concerned about the states doing NOTHING. Well nothing to address the virus that is. Some are busy enacting stricter voting laws or weakening laws protecting trans-gender children. These are states with rural populations (with a lot of senior citizens) and not enough medical facilities to serve their residents without the virus hitting. And more cases hitting those in the 30s and 40s.
    You are perpetuating a fallacy. But least only one at this point. Unlike the quasi-campaign rally that passes for the federal COVID-19 briefing. I’m not convinced its origin is China (remember the “Spanish” flu?). Could have easily been a US resident brought it to China. No shortage of US residents owning businesses in China.

  • It’s too simple. Stay at home unless you NEED to be out.
    The government shouldn’t have to be involved and yet here we are.
    Take care of the elderly and sick around you. Touch base with the neighbors.
    Use PPE and sanitize when you go out.
    Don’t blow your mind up with overload of news, antics of politics and get worked up on things you can’t control at this very moment. There’ll be time for that latter.
    Y’all stay safe.

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