No, we’re not talking about college basketball and the NCAA, THAT March Madness is already baked and done. Disappointing for so many as conference after conference and events are cancelled. I understand the thinking, but I also am still of the mindset that public officials are reacting out of fear and the general public are reading only the headlines, which are inevitably alarmist.
As of this morning, according to the CDC and Worldometer, of the 2,340 confirmed cases in the U.S., only 10 are labled as “serious/critical”, and of the fatalities, the vast majority had complicating health conditions that put them at greater risk. This is out of a population of more than 326 million. Here’s what that looks like: 320,000,000 vs 10. Of course a large part of the concern is that we don’t know exactly how infectious coronavirus will ultimately prove to be. However, does anyone remember the Swine Flu of 2009?
According to the CDC’s website on the Swine Flu H1N1, it resulted in more than 60 MILLION cases.; 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths, here in the U.S. alone. During that event, President Obama declared it a national emergency six months after the first cases appeared. To date, governments have taken unprecedented measures to slow coronavirus, but at what point does the cure become more damaging than the actual illness? We have protected ourselves from so many dangers these days that we forget we live in a world with danger and death all around us. Growing up, we didn’t wear helmets while riding bikes. We built tree houses 30′ in the air out of scrap lumber with nothing but pieces of 2″ x 4″s as ladders nailed with a 10 penny nail into the tree trunk. Danger is just a fact of life, but as for me and my house, we’ll continue living as we always have.
At the same time, the pandemic might be just the thing to help you decide now is the time to prepare with a bugout property in our mountains of western North Carolina. If living in a large metropolitan area concerns you, then come on up to our sparely populated mountains with clean air, fresh water and neighbors who look out for one another. Where would you rather hunker down, in a suburban subdivision with neighbors ten feet away knocking on your door to borrow toilet paper, or on your own ten acre spread with a comfortable cabin by a creek such as this amazing three bedroom, three bath home by TWO creeks? The coronavirus will eventually go away, but another will arise in the coming years (i.e. West Nile, Zika, Ebola, Swine Flu, etc.). So go ahead and plan for the future today. But it doesn’t have to be just an escape route, it can also be a family getaway for recreation in the meantime as well as a potentially good investment! Year-to-date, we are far ahead of all of last year’s activity, which means others are recognizing this line of thought and interest rates are at all time lows. So if you’re in a position to do likewise, why not call us today and make the move to the mountains? Spring is here in the mountains and its going to be glorious!