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It’s Not Over: 5 Reasons Why The Next Wave May Be Worse

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It's Not Over: 5 Reasons Why The Next Wave May Be WorseAlthough the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, there are indications that we have flattened the curve. This shows that the steps we’ve taken are slowly but surely having an effect on this fight against coronavirus.

The world faces pandemics so infrequently that it’s difficult to fully comprehend their effect. However, history has taught us that illnesses like this don’t simply disappear. They continue to circle the Earth with wave after wave until humans collectively develop some antigens to the virus and slow the rate of transmission.

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The Spanish Flu of 1918

The second wave of the Spanish Flu of 1918 was more deadly than the first. So we can surmise that the second wave of the coronavirus may be even deadlier than the first.

Fortunately, just knowing and accepting this fact can help you prepare better for subsequent waves of this virus. If history holds true, this current pandemic will loom like a shadow over the Earth for the next two years.

In the video below, City Prepping shares five reasons the next wave could be worse. Here they are:

1. It’s not going to disappear and go away. The primary reason is that the virus is easily transmissible which makes stopping it almost impossible.

Succeeding waves will create herd immunity, but the Spanish flu had frequent waves before it ended as a pandemic in late 1919.

2. Vaccines take time and are difficult to create. It also will not create 100% immunity from the virus. The timetable for rolling out a new vaccine is 12 to 18 months. What makes the coronavirus particularly challenging is that it is mutating.

As a result, a vaccine may be designed for one version of the virus but will not defend against a mutated version. Researchers then have to modify their vaccine and this takes more time.

3. Governments don’t coordinate efforts well. Many governments have taken specific steps to forestall the spread of the coronavirus from lockdowns to social distancing. But some governments have either not taken these steps or have taken them in a limited way.

Individuals in many countries have also chosen to ignore recommended steps which will cause the virus to continue to spread. And that gets to number 4.

4. Some communities and individuals don’t take it seriously. This is a significant reason the virus will continue to spread and why the second wave will be worse.

As people grow tired of lockdowns and shuttered stores, they rebel. And the unwillingness to heed the common-sense precautions fuels the spread of the disease.

5. It’s not too late to prepare for the second wave of the pandemic. If the coronavirus behaves like the Spanish flu, the second wave will occur in the fall of 2020.

Governments will no doubt implement past protocols to control the spread, but governments take time to act. That’s why you should prepare:

  • Begin to store non-perishable food.
  • Learn gardening and plant a robust garden.
  • Purchase and store personal protective equipment

For a more detailed discussion of the second wave of coronavirus, be sure to watch the video below.

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8 Comments

  1. Elbert Jones on July 11, 2020 at 1:17 am

    America’s major problem’s our president. He has never taken the panademic seriously. Once we get a viable vaccine; How much do you think It will cost to be treated?
    How long has HIV/AIDS BEEN AROUND? We still do not have a vaccine that will cure it.
    Yes ; Bill Gates is a Billionaire. But he’s spending his money to help people ALL OVER THE WORLD!!
    One of the projects he’s funding is a water filtration unit. It’s cheap enough so extremely poor people can afford to buy it.

    • Donna. on September 13, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Take some personal responsibility, and if YOU thinks it’s real than take your OWN precautions. Why listen to anyone? Do what is right for you and protect yourself and your family. Stop blaming the government. If you think the government is going to protect maybe you should revisit Native American history. Just saying.

  2. tuesdayissoylentgreen day on May 25, 2020 at 9:28 am

    I am setting on the fence on this virus…
    Why were Americas lied to by how many people had the virus? Texas and Colorado have blown the numbers by at least 20%.
    Screaming vaccine, vaccine. BUT we want Bill Gates to be over it? Never mind that it mat have a chip or Aborted Fetus tissue.
    But the main topic, is when the Gov and the Bankers go their trillions in their pocket and the Americans got or some got a pittance of money. Suddenly we are talking about getting out of lockdown? How strange… The gov and Bankers get trillions… Ok, surfs…. you can go out and play now.
    How many Mayors, Govs have trampled the Constitution? While some have not?
    This counrty is on a road to Rebellion…

  3. Calm Prepper on May 15, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    All countries are trying for the same outcome: not to overwhelm their healthcare systems. If too many people have serious infections our hospitals will be full. That is why we are trying to flatten the curve. Building immunity is an unknown as we don’t know if immunity is temporary. For example the common cold is a Coronavirus but we have different strains every year and we still get sick. COVID-19 is much more lethal.

    Sweden is a country that hasn’t gone on lock down. However, it has still told older citizens (over 65) to stay inside, for people to work from home if they can, to not meet in large groups, to social distance and keep washing hands and covering up. They still have had thousands of deaths, much higher than their neighbours Finland and Denmark who have had a few hundred deaths. Sweden is trying to create a policy that will be sustainable for years if necessary.

    The problem is we can’t compare them to the USA. The size of their country is the same as California but because it is very cold and barren in the north, only 10 million people live there. The USA has 350 million people. They also only have one major city (which has had most deaths) while we have many cities and most people live in cities. Also most people in Sweden live in single family homes with a few people, very few live in apartments or with different generations. So its easier for them to live apart.

    Sweden also has universal healthcare and 80% of their population are native Swedes. They are a very homogeneous (similar) population are trust each other and their government. They are a wealthy nation with little poverty.

    In the USA many people don’t have healthcare. We have high rates of obesity and diabetes (9%). We are a diverse population with a lot of poor and unhealthy people, many live close together in cities. We don’t trust each other or our government.

    So if we copy Sweden we won’t get the same result. We probably would have a much higher death rate as we have a lot more people with risk factors. What we need is testing so we could discover where the virus is in the community and quarantine carriers at home. This is called test, trace and isolate.

    Even if a sparsely populated state such as North Dakota tried to copy Sweden (they only have 900,000 people) they probably still have a lot more obesity and underlying health conditions.

  4. Deborah Reinke on May 15, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Thank you for keeping this site current and relevant. This is the calm sensible advice we will need to survive this.

  5. Trish on May 15, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Yes, this situation will get worse after the respective state governments that have been on lock down open the door to our personal jail cells called homes and let us out.

    BUT there are EIGHT STATES and a handful of countries that DID NOT go on lock down that have WAY LESS deaths than those states and countries that DID lock down. How is it possible that these states and countries DID NOT have a horrendous amount of deaths like those that DID lock down?

    If these state and federal governments are keeping us on lock down and waiting for a vaccine like Dr. Fauci and Bill Gates is wanting to happen…. they had better look at the fact that the SARS(CoV-1)/Coronavirus of 2003 STILL DOES NOT HAVE A VACCINE!! This is SARS/CoV-2!! So, waiting on a vaccine for THIS “mutation” of the SARS/CoV-1 coronavirus is going to have the country on lock down until hell freezes over.

    • MIKE on May 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      Amen to that Sister! My question to them is “HOW DO/CAN YOU KNOW THAT WILL BE A NEXT WAVE?”
      UNLESS, OF COURSE, IF THEY GIVE IT TO US!!!

  6. Kay on May 15, 2020 at 11:21 am

    I don’t think the “virus” per se is the reason “it” is not over, we will be dealing with fallout for quite some time and will have the best indication of how that may play out after the election.

    Still need to continue remaining prepared and enhancing preparedness.

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