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2020 The Crowning Virus

Updated on April 11, 2020
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Author is a retired government worker at the state and federal level. He has freelance/publisher credits in national papers and magazines.

During the 2020 pandemic they reconsidered this sign's wording.
During the 2020 pandemic they reconsidered this sign's wording. | Source

Other viruses we have had, but this 2020 one was somehow more fearsome.

Shopping rushes here in Utah, where 80% of the population are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), are somewhat humorous. LDS prophets, dating back to when I joined the church in the ‘70s. have advised church members to have a year’s supply of essentials, including fuel where allowed. Yet, the stores here have been just as jammed as most places around the USA; jammed with anxious shoppers wondering how they can survive two weeks at home.

I wrote nearly ten years ago in an LDS church newsletter about just this situation, and how members might one day think it too dangerous to even go to a grocery store, or the post office.

As in all groups, some listened and many did not. This crowning virus scare has been for many a sudden taste of just a little of what wartime in the USA would be like, if Americans had to survive on what is available….including toilet paper.

“Face, Hands, Elbows, Feet (six feet apart)!” For some who would follow through in observing this admonition, soap was also essential, along with hand sanitizers, sanitizers for counter tops/door knobs/etc., along with staying home as much as possible, and staying out of groups of 10 or more.

All LDS meetings were postponed worldwide, and essential group meetings were urged to be done by computer when possible. The semi-annual April Conference was to be broadcast worldwide without being held in the Conference Center, or with any but small groups assembled.

One shopper I interviewed, said that her daughter had sent her shopping for some last minute essentials because some people with a U Haul and out-of-state license plates had cleaned out the daughter’s small town’s store!

Another shopper said she had gone early to a local box store and before the doors even opened, the line stretched around that warehouse store with people lined up to get in.

The manager at a local supermarket, said there was a similar line when he opened his doors at 6:30 AM.

Fear and uncertainty were prevalent; a lack of even basic preparedness was common.

The U.S. Government has at least six emergency warehouses stocked with medicines, respirators, and other national security supplies. Those are guarded and secret. So, many essential supplies were available, had the pandemic worsened.

Fortunately President Eisenhower and others in the years since have anticipated the needs. America's national security remains provided for.

This crowning virus, if I can be permitted to call it that, became a social mirror, one that allowed Americans, governments, and people around the world, to truly see themselves as they are today.



What lessons have we learned?

This threatening virus was likely to have been of major concern for a relatively brief period of time. So wise people looked quickly at their reflection, and weighed the true significance of the moment.

Worse things can still come, and have,

If nothing else, make sure you have enough toilet paper to last for a month or two, food, water, and medicines turned out to be very important, too.

© 2020 Demas W Jasper

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Here in Britain it is, of course, the same. Supermarkets have told everyone that supplies will be adequate but have wisely rationed certain produce.

      Why do people not stop to think about sharing?

      The upside of it is that many are making sure their elderly neighbours are ok and not left feeling lonely and isolated. The community spirit has strengthened again.

      I'm away from home but returning on Friday when I and my partner will be self-isolating for 12 weeks. How cosy and how many jobs we'll manage to finish!

      I hope you and yours keep safe and well.

      Ann

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      Demas W Jasper 

      15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Doris, The only item we added to our supply that already included rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, paper products, baking soda, supplies of foods, and savings, was a 40 oz. bottle of kitchen and bathroom sanitizer. We regularly use a disinfectant spray on our toilets and waste baskets. It doesn't hurt that we own a health store, and my wife is a trained, retired MD/RN/Master Herbalist.

      With the lessons this pandemic is teaching all of us, we should surely be better prepared for next year's flu season, and the next epidemic/pandemic./national emergency.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      15 months ago from Beautiful South

      People think this toilet paper shortage is comical and make jokes about it. I was 9 years old before we got our first indoor plumbing, and we always kept a Sears Roebuck or Montgomery catalog in the outhouse in the event we ran short of toilet paper. But I can see why people are panicking. Today we don't have the catalogs or even telephone books if we ran short. You can't use an iPad to wipe. That's not funny.

      Another thing that isn't funny is these professional hoarders who buy up all the supplies of essentials like hand sanitizers, alcohol and other items to keep our homes safe. Like the jerk in Tennessee who went around to every discount store within miles and bought up all the hand sanitizer and alcohol. Then he put it on Amazon and EBay for 100 to 1,000 times the price. Amazon shut him down (I don't know about EBay, I hope they did too.) Now he has a garage full of those supplies and nobody else in his area has any, unless somebody has brought more in. I hope the government throws the book at him. Price gouging is illegal.

      We didn't go stock up because I'd already bought a large package before the corona virus hit. I hope you did, too. I'm sure you did because your article makes sense.

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