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If the news reports risk of meat or veggie shortage, prices skyrocket even if it never happens. You also notice the prices don’t come down much either…




The Paranoia Pandemic

by Delilah Penn


What would happen to your pets if the Covid-19 or other disaster strikes and you had to leave them or sit it out without enough supplies or pet food on hand?


As soon as the news commentator says “there will be… a gas shortage, toilet paper shortage or other shortage” we as a civilization, FREAK OUT and actually cause the shortage by rushing to the stores and cleaning out the shelves! I will have to agree with the ‘don’t travel right now’ but have you ever thought of the “WHY” other than the obvious transmittal of the virus?


When all the news erupted about the Princess ship being quarantined with its 3,000 passengers, my 1st thought was “Oh my! I wouldn’t want to be a healthy person stuck on a ship with sick people and no way off.



My next thought was that all those people had planned to be gone 7-14 days and made arrangements for trusted pet care but now what happens to their animals? I don’t know about you but when I decide to go on vacation, I have to hire someone to take care of my Bengal cats and my dog and I have allotted that much cash to be paid to that person. Like most, I come home broke. I also let parents and kids know I will be gone but they live elsewhere so they aren’t handy for care-giving backup.


What happens if you are quarantined somewhere else? I have on occasion planned to be home on a Sunday and told the girl she only needed to come Saturday since I’d be back, what if I wasn’t? My animals don’t roam freely so when they’re out of food and water, they are out of food and water!


What if you don’t have any family to tell you’re going somewhere? I just saw an episode of NCIS and the elderly gentleman gave his dog food that morning, then went into the garage and killed himself. What happens to the dog??? Turns out he left a note with a neighbor… what if he hadn’t?


If you board your pet, you probably budgeted for that money. At least at a facility, you don’t have to worry about starvation… just the HUGE balance due when or if you get back. How much money did the people on the ship have to pay to get their animals back? How many animals died because no one knew to take care of them? Yep, I’m staying home!


The news has also insinuated if you pet an animal with the corona virus (no mention of strain, cause guess what, dogs and cats get corona virus too) you can catch it too. What it fails to say is that you aren’t getting the virus from the pet but that animal has an INFECTED OWNER who has coughed, sneezed, and petted the animal. You come along and pet it and now you’re infected.


My worry is that people are going to over-react and paranoia will over-take common sense and they will put their animals out or ditch them at shelters. Worse yet, will shelters start destroying animals because of an insinuation NOT FACT about transmission. I have this horrible vision of stacked animals burning like they did for mad-cow disease which by the way, never got here from the UK, but drove beef prices through the roof.


The news is being very selective at what they AREN’T saying. For instance, how long a virus lasts on mail, furniture, other surfaces. I know they can’t say because at this point in time, they really just don’t know. They can only go on information of previous viruses.


They think it can stay airborne for about 3 hours depending on “saturation”, I guess how wet the cough or sneeze is. I have heard them say don’t worry about mail because most of the time it is in transport for more than 24 hrs. What about the spit someone used to seal an envelope? Ever use your finger to open an envelope and give yourself a paper cut? What about the plastic envelope windows? Does it live longer on that plastic? They just don’t know.


How long does it live on the push-door at the local market? Some say 2-3 days on plastic, stainless-steel, door handles, plastic-coated or laminated worktops and other hard surfaces. They have found that copper surfaces tended to kill the virus in about four hours. Doctors and veterinarians don’t have a clue about viruses on clothing and other surfaces because they are harder to disinfect but they do think it may die out quicker because it dries faster. Maybe…


The medical people haven’t made it clear how or if SARS-CoV-2 virus caused the disease Covid-19. Like I said, they base their current ideas on other studies of other coronaviruses, like Sars and Mers. Those viruses can actually survive on metal, glass and plastic for as long as nine days, unless properly disinfected. Some can even hang around for up to 28 days in low temperatures so the idea of it dying out when it gets warmer, theoretically, sounds good but again, they don’t know.


So, as an owner of pet dogs and Bengal cats, I have a backup plan for the “just in case I can’t make it home trip”. I’m not rushing to the store to stock up on paper products, I clean with bleach anyway, so my surfaces are disinfected and I have always carried a little hand sanitizer and now I will “remember to use it”. Mostly, I’m not going to freak out and let my paranoia get the better of me.


So for God’s sake people, DON’T take your animals off somewhere and dispose of them! If you happen to get the Covid-19 virus, take precautions so you can’t get your germs on your animals. You shouldn’t be having company over anyway, but if you have health care workers helping you, tell them not to pet the dog! EST 1998 © 2003



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