Makeshift Morgues By Charles Taylor

     I hope you Aussies are doing ok, are all prepped up from panic buying of supplies at the last moment. Here in the US (I reside in Florida), fear rules. Everybody, even liberals are buying guns, because they can see where this is going. It is hard to find anti-gun articles in the press at the moment. Me, I have always been fully armed up, with four black rifles, legal here of course, some Glock pistols, all legal, and shotguns. And, now I am diversifying, moving to get an array of medieval weapons, buying largely swords and fighting knives from Cold Steel over in Kalifornia, being all cashed up from selling of my business and retiring three month ago. Now I am into full scale apocalypse prepping, and having the time of my life buying up big. Poor Chris back in OZ with no real weapons beyond his wives rolling pin. My wife could not have kids, so there are just the two of us, and we have all we need to last us for years. Praise the Lord we are lucky. Others are dead, and some states are setting up makeshift morgues to house the dead:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/health/after-nyc-morgues-near-capacity-states-ask-emergency-fema-help

“New York City morgues are nearing capacity and will be full as soon as next week, according to a Department of Homeland Security official which was corroborated by a Politico source. Another person familiar with the situation said that the city's hospital morgues hit capacity sometime over the past week. That said, if New York City runs out of morgue space as the number of COVID-19 deaths increase, the Trump administration will step in and assist, according to a former senior admin official - who noted that the George W. Bush administration sent mortuary assistance after Hurricane Katrina and the September 11 attacks. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that one Manhattan hospital has set up a makeshift morgue in preparation for the surge in coronavirus victims as the city's death toll approaches 200. That said, not everyone is concerned. For now, city officials do not seem especially alarmed. Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokesperson for the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), said concerns about morgue capacity may be unfounded. In Manhattan alone, she said, OCME’s morgue can store up to 900 bodies. The city has a morgue for each of the five boroughs, she said. “We have the ability to expand pretty dramatically,” she said. “If you look back at what we did during 9/11, we have the ability to create mobile stations that allow us to house bodies if we run out of space.” -Politico

That said, NYC has never dealt with mass casualties at the same rate in recent history. In Italy's Lombardy region, deaths are topping 500 per day. All hospitals within the city tend to have small morgue spaces, so it’s possible that with the capacity of hospitals in New York City, there may be an expectation … that they’ll run out of morgue space," said Worthy-Davis.”

     The image of temporary morgues, sprawled across the landscape brings to mind the worst of the 1918 flu pandemic.

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