The bacon is canned and 38 half pint jars await washing and labeling. There probably would have been a couple more jars, but Oldest Son took home about a pound of bacon and I, of course, had to do some taste testing. I am really glad to have those jars to add to my food storage.
Yesterday was sort of a 'rest day.' I have those once in a while in between days of much activity. Today is 'catch up' day for all those small chores that were left undone while canning.
I have been reading about the Coronavirus that began in China. As of this morning Chinese news is reporting 81 deaths and about 2,500 known cases. I am skeptical of the numbers. China has quarantined several cities with a total population of at least 50 million people. Stores and schools are closed. Public transportation and flights from the area have been halted. Citizens are being told to stay in their homes. Hospitals are overrun. Thousands of medical workers are being brought in. A normal flu season has thousands of casualties every year without quarantines or lock downs of the population. Just saying.
As of this morning there are five cases of the virus being reported in the United States with others sparsely scattered world wide. I do not believe there is any reason to panic. But there is sufficient reason to avoid crowds and take precautions, for this virus is reported to be airborne. And it is communicable before the symptoms surface.
I have to wonder what will happen to those people who are confined to their homes when their food runs out. Stores are closed. Exits from the cities are blocked. They have no way to get more food. I don't know if the people in China or elsewhere are into food storage, but if they aren't, they are in deep trouble and not just from the virus.
I know very few people who take food storage seriously. I am in no way saying a pandemic will happen here. But, what if...