We’re far from out of the woods with the coronavirus epidemic. All of us at Purple Coquí Tours want one thing out of COVID-19: your continued health and safety. As of this morning we’re look at the following numbers for COVID-19:
- 684,825 cases
- 21. 182 deaths
- 146,400 recovered
The United States continues to rise in cases and deaths, while China is seeing a decline. In fact, the U.S. surpassed China in both cases and deaths, making it number around the world 1. Here are the results of the top 10 countries.
Side-by-side results from today and yesterday:
Although we’re seeing a decline Fortunately we’re seeing a decrease from yesterday’s numbers, which we hope will be a trend, however, there is an issue few in mainstream media are talking about: food supply chains. Even if the pandemic were to end tomorrow, as the saying goes, “things will get worse before they get better.”
I read an article in Scientific American that gave me great pause. There are two major factors that could result in shorter supplies of food and/or an increase in cost of your food over the next few months: Worker shortages could impact growing of fruits, vegetables and raising meat. We may also see food processing hampered. The following summarizes the first point well:
“As winter gives way to spring, farmers across the U.S. are ramping up for the growing season—hiring workers, purchasing materials and taking orders. But measures to rein in the COVID-19 pandemic may derail some of those efforts, experts say. “Everybody is scrambling to figure out what to do,” says Gail Feenstra, deputy director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at the University of California, Davis, who studies food systems and supply chains. “There’s just a lot of disruption.”
And then I found this:
Although there may not be a tremendous interruption in food supplies, prices are expected to increase.
What you can do to ensure your family is able to eat on the same budget as before the coronavirus hit are two things:
- Where possible, I would find a way to grow your own food, which can be done whether you live in a house or an apartment.
- In June 2018, nine months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, I wrote a book called Sarah’s Tips for Preparedness: Minimizing the Impact of a Natural Disaster. The book is in English and Spanish and it’s available on Amazon for $12.99 on Kindle and it’s out of print for the paperback.
Rather than simply offer words of encouragement, Purple Coquí Tours wants to respond to #COVID_19 in a way that is meaningful and helpful to you. As a thank you for signing up for our newsletter, we’ll send you a free copy of Sarah’s Tips for Preparedness: Minimizing the Impact of a Natural Disaster—60 pages of suggestions (most of them free!) you can start using right now.
In Sarah’s Tips, you’ll learn:
- How to save space, money and the environment by never needing to purchase another plastic bottle of water or disposable battery
- That preparation for any natural disaster doesn’t start the moment it’s announced on the news or the earthquake jars you awake in the early hours of morning
- How buying one extra item a week can prevent the mad rush to the store, so you can stay home and prepare your home and the people in it
- How your preparedness can help those around you who aren’t prepared or who were impacted worse than you
- How taking inventory of both your supply closet/medicine cabinet/cupboards in the kitchen along with the strengths and challenges of everyone in the home can be the difference between minimal impact and major loss
- That preparedness isn’t a one-time event—it’s a mindset that anyone can learn
Sarah’s Tips is available in English and Spanish. When you sign up, indicate which language you want to receive the book and all future correspondence.
We can’t control the COVID-19 pandemic, but we can help minimize its impact on you and your loved ones.
However, the book is free to you as my gift just for signing up for our mailing list.
Please stay safe!
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