This is a big deal because I got the “rain check” for a case lot sale and this small country grocery store got hammered by people coming from the “big city” to grab/buy everything for the Wu-flu virus. Small stores/small towns don’t have the basic infrastructure to deal with a lot of people descending on them via this flu.
Folks in the cities, you are not going to escape this virus as it is every where. You could be bringing that virus with you because it has a several days of being infectious though you feel fine. Please stay at home as big cities have larger hospitals to deal with this infection. Most small towns have a health clinic or very small hospital at best. Most small towns depend on big city hospitals for trauma/emergency rooms or ICU beds.
I understand the feelings of fear and uncertainty with this virus. It is a bit of the “fight or flight” syndrome that us human have and it’s tough to stay home and do almost nothing for days or a couple of weeks. Staying home, social distancing and going out to stores only when you need something is exactly the best thing you can be doing. How many hospitals have ICU beds/ ventilators do you think are in Idaho or in any other flyover states?
The Midwest grows food and drills for oil. I’ll agree shipping all manufacturing of critical goods Overseas was a bad choice but the USA makes food, paper products, lumber and has oil along with a lot of basic machinery for mining, timber and other materials to make potential products once factories get up and running in about 3-18 months depending on how much retro-fitting or building factories from the ground up is required.
Despite what the “Elites” believe you can not conjure food nor factories with a “Thanos” snap If we could start up factories yesterday. It will take at least 3-6 months for those factories to produce a large enough amount of products to be put on store shelves. That is a very optimistic forecast in the USA Factories.
Many stores like Dollar tree/Family dollar are hiring. Or other companies that are considered essential TODAY! You probably won’t replace all of your income but if you can pay utilities and have food in the house that is a start. You can work on the bigger bills like, credit cards, rent and mortgages later in 30 days or in May. Mortgage companies and banks are facing huge margin calls, so foreclosure notices should be slow for home owners and landlords. Courts are shutting down and that should limit evictions for 30-90 days.
I’m not saying you should not pay your debts/bills. This is an Emergency and food, fuel and utilities for your family comes first then rent, credit card bills, and the mortgage payment can be put off for a month or two.
Being fearful, scared or feeling a little bit panic is not only normal. It is a rational response as long as you don’t “Freeze” or get overwhelmed and do nothing. Stop your panic, know what you have, know what you need and slowly get those things you need to live. It might be cash to pay your bills. Heck I’ve prepping for almost a decade and while I feel confident in my preps, I feel a bit worn out with the washing my hands, getting the garden ready as quickly as possible rather than enjoying my time in my yard puttering around I’m focused at growing as much food as possible as quickly as possible.
Those tomatoes aren’t going to grow any faster because I’m in a PANIC! This virus panic will take some time to show how bad it will be in the next few weeks. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Get plenty of sleep, take your vitamins, putter around your garden, even if it a few pots of herbs on your balcony or in a window. Clean your house and make it your sanctuary/safe space. This situation is going to suck! This situation will also pass. Humanity won’t die, the earth will be fine and with a little luck all people will realize Globalism sucks!