COVID-19 Update 9 March 2020

Global markets are hitting circuit breakers, 16m Italians are under quarantine, and Americans still can't get tested for the virus.

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Housekeeping Notes

  • Henceforth, The Intelligent Prepper will refer to the novel coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic. It's not been formally classed as such by the WHO, but it clearly meets the definition.
  • We've also removed Chinese numbers from our latest stats section because they distort the disease's global growth. If China becomes relevant again, we'll put them back in.

  • The Latest Stats (non-China)




    United States

    Today's Biggest Developments

    • Global markets imploded Monday morning due to the joint pressures of coronavirus and a Saudi-Russo price war over oil. In the UK, a barrel of oil costs less than a KFC party bucket.
    • Italy quarantined 16m people in the north after total cases passed 6,000 and more than 350 people have died.
    • There are now more American states with coronavirus cases than without. Total cases blew past 500 over the weekend, and 22 people have died.
    • The American CDC refuses to reveal the number of people tested or disclose how many test kits are available. The site hasn't been updated since noon Friday.
    • Expect the number of cases in the US to increase into the thousands this week as more test kits become available.
    • Expect the number of cases to reach five figures by next week.
    • The coronavirus R0, or effective reproduction number, remains well above two in most countries. It needs to fall below 1.0 to show a decrease in the pandemic.

    Wondering if you have coronavirus?

    Carter Hopkins

    Carter is a former US Army Ranger, US Army intelligence officer, and counterintelligence officer with the Defence Intelligence Agency. He has a BA in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown.

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