"Scientists in China are saying this virus is ten times the magnitude of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 when one in ten people infected died."
This is factually incorrect. SARS did have a fatality rate just shy of 10%, but ten times that magnitude would be a 100% fatality rate! The best estimate of the actual rate right now for the coronavirus is about 2-3% of those infected. Much less than SARS. The infection rate is higher, so maybe that's where the confusion is.
There is lots of good, sound advice in this article about being prepared for emergencies, but I would advise people against hoarding behavior during times like this. When regular, healthy citizens begin hoarding things like masks, it routinely leads to shortages for health workers who actually need them. Keeping them on hand is a probably a good idea (I do), but best to buy them prior to a "run on the bank."
My ward has about 100 active members. The suburb in our ward boundaries has about 90,000 people. The closest members to our house are 1 or 2 miles away. We would have to drive/walk past literally 100s of other people to visit them. If all of the ward members (including children) had 90 days of food stored, we could only feed 10% of them for 1 day. Much of our ward includes somewhat transient young singles, couples and couples with a child or two. Few of them store food. A realistic estimate is more like we could feed maybe 1% of the people for 1 day. Are we supposed to ignore the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament in the Sermon on the Mount or some of the parables during an emergency? Personally, at my age with my heart disease, facing the real possibility of contracting a nasty virus which could easily kill me, I could not turn hungry people away. Especially knowing I might meet the Lord in a few days. In non-rural places, where we are a small minority, emergency preparedness has to be organized on a community basis, not on an individual ward or church basis. One last, less-than-noble thought: survivors of hurricane Katrina and Camille (Biloxi MS) told me to store lots and lots of one valuable item and plan on bartering for everything else. Valuable items mentioned: bottled water, batteries, disposable diapers. One could not only survive, but actually make money during a disaster.
My father was a child when the Spanish flue was killing so many people. My grandparents and their six children lived in the very centre of the city and so many people were dying that a cart was sent round the streets each morning to collect the bodies of those who had died during the night. My grandmother had great faith in the power of garlic. She used large amounts of garlic in their meals, cut it up around the house, put it around pillows, down singlets and in socks. It may not have smelled too pleasant but not one of the family got sick.
Carolyn, Thanks for the great reminders! We're checking our kits and making sure we're prepared!
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