Above is the weekly trend. It aint good. To understate a bit.

The Federal government never really took charge when the pandemic struck. At first it denied, then minimized, then threw it to the States.

Now, the mantra will be: live with it.

Which translates to: die with it.

From a purely survival standpoint, this is a rather unprecedented event. We’ve had pandemics before and we will have them again. Indeed, we will have one much worse than COVID-19. In a way, this is a dress rehearsal for something that could be much worse if we don’t learn from our mistakes.

At the individual level the mantra must be: social distance and wear a mask.

Beyond that, don’t despair or grow lax. It’s been hard. Often, we’ve felt as if we’re in a movie, badly scripted. As a novelist who has written a book about a pandemic and a former Green Beret who has written a survival manual and also two books on great disaster of history and how to avoid future ones, I can assure if I had written a novel that mirrored our present situation, it would have been rejected by every agent as being unrealistic and over the top.

Stay resolute. One thing I learned in survival training and on various deployments is that mindset is everything. It makes all the difference, sometimes between life and death. Do not give in to despair.

The Green Beret Pocket-Sized Survival Guide (same as above, minus the preparation part in order to be smaller in print)

The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide. Also in Kindle Unlimited.