Countdown To The Next Lockdown: US Will See More Restrictions

For most of the first half of 2021, the vast majority of Americans believed that the COVID pandemic was nearly over. But now the Delta variant has changed everything. We are being told that the number of confirmed cases is absolutely skyrocketing, and new mandates and restrictions are now being instituted all over the nation. If the number of newly confirmed cases each day continues to rise, could we also see a return of widespread lockdowns and school closings? Such a notion would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago, but now the Biden administration is openly admitting that it is a possibility…

The United States will not lock down again to curb COVID-19 but “things are going to get worse” as the Delta variant fuels a surge in cases, mostly among the unvaccinated, top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.

A sufficient percentage of Americans have now been vaccinated to avoid lockdowns, Fauci said on ABC’s “This Week”.

“Not enough to crush the outbreak, but I believe enough to not allow us to get into the situation we were in last winter,” he said.

Just a few weeks ago, much of the world seemed poised to leave Covid behind.

U.S. President Joe Biden declared the U.S. close to independence from the virus. Britons hit the dance floor to celebrate “Freedom Day.” Singapore’s legendarily strict government signaled it would begin to loosen its zero-cases approach and make life and travel more manageable.

But if those places were ready to be done with Covid, Covid wasn’t done with them.
The sputtering U.S. vaccine campaign has run headlong into the highly-contagious delta variant. The U.K.’s reopening has coincided with a new surge in cases and fears of “long Covid” in younger people. In Africa, deaths have spiked as vaccine supplies remain meager. And in Japan, rising infections have forced the already-delayed Summer Olympics to be played in empty stadiums and arenas.

Around the globe, people and governments are finding out that Covid won’t be thrashed into extinction, but is more likely to enter a long, endemic tail. With that will come delayed recoveries in the places that have had the least access to vaccines. And vaccine- and resource-rich countries will still face their own health and economic aftershocks, as the U.S. and U.K. are discovering.

Top Infectious Disease Expert From Korea Explains The Delta Variant

“The virus is going to do what it wants to do,” said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, “and not what we want to do.”

Vaccines have made a difference — in the places that have deployed them widely. In recent weeks, U.K. cases had risen dramatically, but there hasn’t been an equivalent surge in deaths, and the number of new infections has dropped over the last few days. The shots are literal life savers.

At its current pace of vaccination, 75% of the EU population will be inoculated within two months, a level that may be sufficient to push back the virus. China and the U.K. are running at a similar pace, according to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker.

But after racing ahead, the now-stalled U.S. vaccine campaign will take eight or nine months to reach 75% coverage because of entrenched pockets of vaccine resistance in parts of the country. Other places are in more dire straits: Indonesia, with a raging outbreak, is a year and a half away. India will need another year, at its current rate. In Africa, countries like Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa are at least a year away — or far longer, according to Bloomberg’s analysis.

Vaccine Coverage Race
A handful of places are only a few months away from completing vaccination of 75% of their populations. But others are lagging.

Many lower-income countries are reliant on Covax, the program set up last year to equitably distribute vaccines to every corner of the planet. But the initiative has delivered just 140 million doses of the 1.8 billion it aims to ship by early 2022, hurt by delays in supplies from India.

“The world is divided between countries which do have vaccines and countries which don’t have vaccines,” said Klaus Stöhr, a former World Health Organization official who played a key role in the response to SARS in 2003. In the have-not regions, “the virus is going to end the pandemic, not the vaccine, unfortunately.”

The pandemic struck $15 trillion off global output in the worst peacetime recession since the Great Depression, and the vaccination disparity is creating an economic wedge as richer countries recover more quickly than less-wealthy ones.

“It is creating a two-speed recovery process,” World Bank President David Malpass told reporters on July 15.

On Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund held steady its outlook for global growth at 6% for the year, but within that projection cut its outlook for emerging markets and raised its forecast for advanced economies.

Another, earlier analysis predicted that inequitable allocation of vaccines would be a drag on GDP in advanced economies that have protected most of their citizens, depriving the global economy of trillions of dollars.

The burden is likely to be greatest in the world’s poorest places, Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary and a paid contributor to Bloomberg, told reporters on a call earlier this month.

“Covid will be remembered as one of the grave economic events of this century for the U.S., but potentially the gravest event for parts of the developing world,” said Summers.
There’s a danger this year’s V-shaped rebound mutates into a W shape, where growth lurches lower again before recovering, said Warwick McKibbin, a professor of economics at the Australian National University. Governments are running the biggest deficits since the Second World War and have provided more liquidity in the past year alone than the previous decade combined — limiting their options to prop up economies further, McKibbin said.

The highly contagious delta variant has added to the uncertainty. According to an analysis Monday from Bloomberg Economics the fast-spreading strain could widen the split in how fast more- and less-vaccinated places bounce back.

 

Warnings of those inequalities have been ringing loudly for some time.

In Africa, only about 1.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to the WHO. The continent has been hit by a wave of infections and rising deaths, while health systems are in dire need of oxygen and intensive care beds.

The disparity is stark in the Southeast Asian nation of Indonesia, one of the pandemic’s latest hotspots. There, cases surpassed 50,000 a day, similar to the U.K.’s recent peak.

But the lower-middle-income country has only given full vaccinations to 6.9% of its population, compared to 56% in the U.K. That lack of vaccination has contributed to the country’s 1,500-a-day death toll. In the U.K., that number is less than 100.

Tale of Two Surges
Indonesia and U.K. see similar trends in new cases, but divergent deaths

That inequality is repeated around the globe. According to the Bloomberg Vaccine Tracker, the wealthiest 25 countries and regions around the globe have administered 18% of the total doses given, despite having only 9% of the population.

Those conditions are “a toxic cocktail for disaster,” said Joanne Liu, professor of global health at Montreal’s McGill University and former international president of Doctors Without Borders.

“It’s like climate change,” she said from Tunisia, where she’s helping in the Covid response. “We see it coming, we don’t know how we’re going to stop it. It needs a huge collective effort, meaning solidarity, sharing and equitable distribution of vaccine and goods.”

Inequitable distribution of vaccines also could enable the virus to keep circulating and spawn more worrisome variants that could escape the immune protection from vaccines and pose a threat to everyone, including rich countries. That would be especially alarming if those strains advance at the start of winter, when conditions are ripe for respiratory viruses.

“We are letting this virus run wild in most of the world,” said Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health.

Although the worst is likely over for the U.S. and its European peers, those fortunate countries can’t let their guard down. The U.K dropped virtually all remaining restrictions on July 19, but scientists worry about rising numbers of people suffering from persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive issues and a range of other troubling problems. About 1 million people in the U.K. already report having those “long Covid” symptoms. The country prioritized older-age groups in its vaccine drive, meaning a lower percentage of young Britons have received their shots.

In the U.S., vaccinations slowed to a crawl just as the delta variant began circulating. While the rate of deaths hasn’t yet followed the spike in cases, hospitals in less-vaccinated American regions are filling up with Covid patients again.

Although the worst is likely over for the U.S. and its European peers, those fortunate countries can’t let their guard down. The U.K dropped virtually all remaining restrictions on July 19, but scientists worry about rising numbers of people suffering from persistent fatigue, shortness of breath, cognitive issues and a range of other troubling problems. About 1 million people in the U.K. already report having those “long Covid” symptoms. The country prioritized older-age groups in its vaccine drive, meaning a lower percentage of young Britons have received their shots.

In the U.S., vaccinations slowed to a crawl just as the delta variant began circulating. While the rate of deaths hasn’t yet followed the spike in cases, hospitals in less-vaccinated American regions are filling up with Covid patients again.

“This virus has no incentive to let up,” Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a July 22 briefing. A handful of cities and states have considered or are starting to re-implement public-health measures like masking, but most have not.

“What we’re seeing is irrational exuberance,” said Bruce Aylward, a senior adviser to the WHO. The view instead should be “cautious optimism,” he said.

“We’re in the heat of the battle with an enemy that we’re only starting to understand and come to grips with,” he said.

Hotspots could emerge in parts of the U.S. and in other places with patchy coverage. But there are worries that even in well-vaccinated areas, risk will remain. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease doctor, said Sunday that booster shots may be necessary to protect some people such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

U.S. Vaccines Past Their Peak
The number of Americans starting vaccination has plunged since mid-April

Outside the U.S. and Europe, it may be a year or more before vaccine production ramps up to the point that the pandemic can start to be under control, said William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Around the globe, there are many places that have taken strict measures to stop infections from arriving, but haven’t used the time to vaccinate.

In Australia, less than a third of its population has received a first dose, and the country has imposed new lockdowns on half its people after the delta variant leaked into the country. Even after catching up on vaccines, other nations such as Singapore have returned to lockdown-like conditions in the face of new clusters and growing uncertainty.

China, meanwhile, seems no more able to move past the pandemic than any other country. The country successfully stamped out the virus a year ago and is now just a couple of months away from fully vaccinating three quarters of its vast population, an astounding feat. Life has been normal for the majority of its citizens through the past year, and the economy has boomed.


Yet the border is firmly sealed to outsiders and citizens cannot return without serving a long quarantine. Despite widespread vaccination, it continues to deploy aggressive measures whenever virus flare-ups occur, from locking down housing compounds to mandatory mass testing of entire city populations. The efficacy of its vaccines has also been questioned after other places that have relied on them including Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates have seen new infection surges.

“We’re still early in this fight,” Moss said. “We are going to continue to see widespread transmission in most countries in the world.”

After more than 4 million deaths and almost 200 million cases, the world is weary.

But the bottom line is nations will need to figure out how to live alongside the virus. Many scientists expect the disease to become endemic, circulating for years to come but likely posing less of a threat over time as people develop some immunity to it through natural infection or vaccines.

“It’s clear that we have to also balance the social impact of lockdowns with the health impact, the mental health impact and the economic impact,” said Sally Davies, England’s former chief medical officer. “There’s a lot for us to learn, and we don’t have the answers to quite a bit of it as yet.”

In Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, another Covid emergency in Tokyo and a decision to bar spectators from the main athletics events has overshadowed the country’s hosting of the Olympic Games, smashing hopes for an economic springboard.

And like a track sprinter easing up too soon before the finish line, leaders and people around the world have been too quick to want to declare an end — or the beginning of the end — to the pandemic. The 1918 influenza pandemic that killed 50 million people before it burned out had three major waves running from March of that year to the summer of 1919, according to the CDC. Meanwhile, vaccination campaigns against other major viral diseases have taken many years to reach the far corners of the world. More than 60 years after the first polio vaccines, rare cases of polio still occur in some countries.

“Wanting the pandemic to be over has really caused many people to just not face the facts,” said Osterholm, the University of Minnesota infectious disease expert. “I don’t think the final script has been written for this pandemic at all.”

Take a look at this collection The Lost Book Of Remedies, taken word for word out of a circa 1845 manual.

What is The Lost Book of Remedies? The Lost Book of Remedies PDF contains a series of medicinal and herbal recipes to make home made remedies from medicinal plants and herbs. Chromic diseases and maladies can be overcome  by taking the remedies outlined in this book. The writer claims that his grandfather was taught herbalism and healing whilst in active service during world war two and that he has treated many soldiers with his home made cures.

How does it work?

The premise is that many modern day medicines work on the basis that they treat the symptoms and not the cause, but contained within The Lost Book of Remedies are a number of tinctures and tonics made from plants and leaves that will treat the cause of the illness, thus eradicating the disease altogether.

Grocers Stockpile, Build ‘Pandemic Pallets’

Supermarkets are stockpiling groceries and storing them early to prepare for the fall and winter months, when some health experts warn the country could see another widespread outbreak of virus cases and new restrictions. Food companies are accelerating production of their most popular items, and leaders across the industry are saying they won’t be caught unprepared in the face of another pandemic surge.

We has include how to quickly increase your Long Term Food Supply. We learned the hard way that a short term food supply was need when I lost my job two years agao and had to rely on our families preps when we were struggling with one income and larger bills.Discover how our grandfathers used to preserve food for long periods of time.

No need for survival rations or food that doesnt taste good. Eat all your favorites every day or in an apocalypse. We show you how to easily stockpile your own Food Insurance. Prepping on a budget is easy when done on a consistent basis. You dont need to be a doomsday prepper to be more self-reliant. Prepper, prepping and preparedness are all synonymous with self-reliance. Get your short term and long term food supply on track. It is better to have your emergency food supply ready if an emergency comes than trying to clamor to the store during a natural disaster or actual emergency. SHT & WROL situations are no joke.

In my house we keep a storage of food and water that will last two people a full year. It might sound “apocalyptical” but in all reality, all it means is we’re ready for whatever life has to throw at us. You can start your own food storage (even if it’s not a year’s worth) for as little as$5 – $10 a week. Want to see how?

Now I know many of you are saying to yourself, “A year’s worth of food, are they crazy?” and the long and the short of it is no. Over the last 13 years my husband and I have fought alongside of the ups and downs of the economy. We’ve moved more times than I can count, gone through job losses, natural disasters and city boiling orders. We’ve been sick and paychecks have been short and we’ve had to spend extra saved cash on things like medical bills or emergency home improvements.

By having a supply of food it means we can go without making trips to the store if we don’t need to. Plus, the more you focus on eating from your pantry, the more time you spend at home with family, enjoying home-cooked meals, and what can be better than that right?

Starting your own food storage stash isn’t difficult; in fact it’s as simple as picking up a few extra things each time you head to the store. No one is going to the store and coming back with 500 cans of black beans, so don’t worry about looking like the crazy person at the grocer — and if a year’s supply seems extreme, shoot for 3 months instead! Here are a few steps to guide you through the process:

Instructions

1. Determine What You Eat
This sounds silly, but in your food stash, you don’t really want things you don’t eat. Just because one person wants 12 gallons of powdered orange drink doesn’t mean you need to acquire it if it’s not something your family uses.

Make a list of meals. Any meal. Obviously as new recipes come up you’ll want to add those things to the continual list, but make a list of things you eat and the ingredients that go into them. From there you can determine what you’ll actually be after the most when you hit the grocery stores.

2. Determine How Much You Need
Now that you know what you need to stock up on, how do you know how much your family will really consume. There are two options. One is specific and the other is a bit more general (it just depends on what kind of cook you are).

• Add It Up: Let’s say your family would like to eat lasagna once a month, for 12 months. Simply add up the ingredients in the recipe and add it to the list. Do the same for all other recipes to give you a master list of ingredients and combine where needed. It will look huge, that’s ok.

• Average It Out: There are websites geared to help you determine how much of what type of ingredients and supplies you need to have on hand for a specific number of months for survival. You probably won’t find ricotta cheese on the list (like the one above), but you will find the total number in pounds you need of beans, rice and meats. We like this one. Simply enter your family members up top and scroll down slightly to see the amounts you’ll need to shoot for acquiring.

3. So How Do I Do This For $10 A Month?
Although the task of acquiring a years worth of food seems insurmountable, the key is to start small. Each week you’ll pick up what you can (watching for sales never hurt anyone) and roll over any spare change (Even if it’s literal pennies) to the next week’s stash. One week you might pick up 3 cans of tuna, some rice, a few cans of olives and several bags of dry beans and although that doesn’t in itself make a meal, it does make good use of the $10. Here’s an example of what a first month could look like and although boring, the next month might bring variety and new things!

Watching for sales on dried pasta, beans and other basic pantry staples can be a huge help. Watch for these sales around the holidays (4th of July, Labor Day). If there isn’t anything spectacular on sale one week, it’s ok to save that week’s money until the next week if you know you have something large to buy (say meat for the freezer).

4. Do You Can?
So you picked up 200lbs of brown rice on a sweet deal, but how do you keep it from going bad? Dry pack canning or storing grains in large food safe barrels is the easiest method. Either works depending on where you’ll be storing your food. In smaller homes you might find dry milk packed under the bed or sofa while in a large home with a basement you’ll find large barrels back in the corner. Check here for more information about dry pack canning and here in our archives for wet canning at home (hello fresh garden tomatoes!).
5. Freeze It!
For those that have the space, freezing meals in either individual portions like what’s pictured here or in full pan size portions is a great way to have meals on hand using ingredients from your food storage. You’ll probably order out for pizza when all you see is a sea of wheat, but if you see lasagna you probably know exactly what’s in store for the nightly meal!

6. Don’t Forget To Date
When you bring home or pack up items for your food storage, it’s important to live by the philosophy of the first in is the first out. This will help you use up the oldest items in your food storage first. Just use a black permanent marker to make note of the date on top of the can. This will eliminate the question of “How long has this been in here?” and allow you to utilize all your food without waste.

7. Where Do You Keep It?
So you have a small apartment and don’t even have room to store your winter coat let alone a few months worth of extra food. You have a compact refrigerator and have one lone cabinet — so where do you keep it all? Well usually it’s time to get creative. In the past we’ve met people who keep things under furniture in additional closets throughout the home or potentially in a basement storage space in an apartment complex. Wherever you chose, just make sure the space is clean, dry and low in humidity if possible!

 

The Lost Ways 2 program is to reveal all the ancient techniques and secrets used by our forefathers to deal with harsh conditions such as diseases, wars, drought, and other life-threatening conditions.

In this program the author explains how to grow and store these foods for a long time in pit holes. Other than this, you will find a lot other valuable information explained in this guide on topics such as finances, health, and life crisis among others.

Basically the guide covers majorly on the super nutrient foods that can help you survive during times of food shortages. These foods have a longer lifespan which enabled our ancestors to store them even when they didn’t have access to refrigerators and other related technologies.

Inside this document you will discover how the pioneers from the Wild West hunted deer and how they tanned hides without chemicals and without spending a dime. You’ll also find out how to butcher a deer and what parts are best for certain preservation methods.

Lost Way 2 – second edition show you how to use the activated charcoal to build yourself a simple and reliable water filter that can clean 800 gallons of water.

When all the water is contaminated, and all you can find are muddy creeks and pools with diseases running rampant you’ll keep your loved ones drinking crystal-clear healthy water. Activated charcoal pills are very useful in treating acute food and chemical poisoning too.

 

Do not go around and tell everyone in the area where you live about your prepping. If you do, then you may find yourself overwhelmed with “visitors” when everything falls apart.And please do not go on television and brag about your prepping to a national audience.Prepping is something that you want to keep to yourself, unless you want hordes of desperate people banging on your door in the future.For much more on prepping, I would encourage you to check out the dozens of excellent websites out there that teach people advanced prepping techniques for free.So what do you think about all of this?Are you getting prepared for the coming economic depression?

1 Comment

  1. Jan

    I just came across your site. You have a lot of information. Records and history definitely can help us to prepare for what is ahead. For those who are awake but not “woke”. My main concern is that the “vaxxines” (they aren’t vaccines)are maiming and killing people. Many hospitals in the US are filled with COVID patients who have been vaxxed. Israel is really struggling and bewilderet since 95% of COVID patients in hospitals have received both jabs. Many have already received the booster as well. This info was put out by Israel.Have you seen the VAERS reporting system? The vax IS delta. Thanks

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