Seems like a lot of people are taking a wait and see attitude concerning Coronavirus and the potential for a global pandemic. To them it is just another “the sky is falling” scare tactic. Even the experts are not sure where it is going. They freely admit they don’t know everything about the virus or when or if it will mutate. Since the beginning of the year we have seen the rapid spread of Coronavirus from China to other countries
Already we have seen the economic consequences in China from the Coronavirus. People are losing money and jobs over this. Local and state officials are putting plans in place but no one is sure what will happen or how to cope with it. There are still too many questions on the table.
When do critical decisions about limiting transportation or shutting down schools or businesses get made? Your local official may tell you to stock up on food and water for 5 days and wash your hands. A pandemic could keep you housebound for months. What happens when millions of people stay home from work out of fear of contacting Coronavirus? The economic consequences of a global pandemic will be catastrophic. Every day another state or city is making plans to prepare for a pandemic but fear and panic can quickly blow those plans out of the water. And for those who have had their heads in the sand and don’t consider Coronavirus a big deal will be caught off guard. When the first case of human-to-human transmission is confirmed in the US, grocery stores will have their shelves cleared within hours. Every ATM will be emptied of available cash. State and Local officials will be scratching their heads and saying “we didn’t plan for this” And then there will be the finger pointing and the blame game but by then it will be too late. By starting to prepare now you can eliminate fear and panic and have a plan in place for you and your family. When human-to-human transmission is confirmed the luxury of having the time to prepare will end.