by Zero Hedge
Every year, I go back a couple of days after Christmas for a retrospective of the year we’re putting behind us. Most years, there are a variety of articles that have caught the attention of our readers, but this year, every single one was related to how the Covid pandemic would affect us here in the United States.
The interesting thing is that the stories aren’t really about the virus itself (which some folks believe is the plague while others believe it doesn’t even exist.) It’s about the lockdowns, what we need to be prepared for surviving government mandates, and the effect this has on all of us.
Because regardless of what you think of the Covid, nearly everyone is affected by the government’s response to it. Perhaps you’ve lost your job or business, or you know someone who has. Maybe you can’t find the supplies you want, or you can no longer afford to stock up. Maybe you’re trying to figure out how to be ready for the next round of mandates – because we know they’re coming.
Never have I written such a grim look back that was so laser-focused on one overriding topic.
These were the ten most-viewed articles on The Organic Prepper in 2020.
Published on May 2, just as we were beginning to see a little more freedom to come and go as we pleased, I wrote about the fact that another lockdown was entirely likely and that the time to begin preparing for it was immediately.
If it turns out to be seasonal, the second wave would be most likely to begin in October. And now, health specialists know what to look for so it’s likely the re-emergence will be identified fairly quickly and lockdowns could occur by November.
Whenever a surge occurs, whether it’s next month or next fall, expect another round of lockdowns.
Incidentally, I wrote an article about the second round of lockdowns on November 13th.
I updated this article repeatedly throughout the year because company after company faced backlogs of orders without enough inventory to fill them. My favorite company, Legacy, dramatically increased production to fulfill orders and still customers had to wait for months in many cases to get their supplies.
This was one of the most popular articles of the year as people who felt they were not quite ready for a longer-term emergency stocked up.
Many of the products listed in the article are currently available at the time of this round-up.
#8) Last-Minute Coronavirus Quarantine Supplies: What to Buy (and Where to Get It) When the Stuff You Want Is Sold Out
Many people had begun to see the writing on the wall in early March, even those who were not preppers. On March 8th, I wrote an article for those who were having difficulty finding the supplies that were on all the standard checklists.
Don’t despair if you can’t the last-minute emergency supplies you wanted. It just means you’re going to have to be flexible and creative. And don’t let people who accuse you of panic-buying or being “selfish” get you down. Sure, you waited later than is ideal but you are doing the best you can, and I commend you for doing so. Ignore the jerks – most of us are really glad you’re here and you’re trying.
The best thing about this is that it turned a lot of folks into preppers who had never even considered it before.
By June 28th, after the first round of restrictions had been lifted, people who were never-before preppers were still paying attention and seeing that the stores in many parts of the country had never fully restocked. I recommended the 9 things I pick up every time I go to the store as a simple way to get ready for the next round.
#6) The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Affect the Availability (and Cost) of THESE Essential Products from China
Back in February, Zero Hedge reports that the virus that was then centered in mainland China had “all the hallmarks of a true Black Swan event.” And they called it. With hundreds of millions of Chinese people locked down like something out of a dystopian novel, this was bound to affect both our supply chain and our economy. Locked down people weren’t out there producing the cheap goods Americans have come to rely upon, and shipping ground to a halt.
It took 2020 to visibly demonstrate to us how little we actually produce here in the US, and how reliant we are on China for consumer goods, medical supplies, and even food.
This article has a massive list of the essentials that my analysis showed might become difficult to acquire. And as it stands, many stores are still hiding the empty spots that used to be filled with these goods.
That list is useful today in that we can use it to predict the products that could soon increase in price, be in short supply, or even be completely unavailable. You can use this list to foresee the things that could become a problem. Some things you could stock up on – like medications – but others are items you won’t know you need until you actually need them – like parts to repair your furnace.
Fears of this escalated even more when China said they might withhold medical exports no-they-were-just-kidding if the United States continued to blame them for giving the whole world the coronavirus.