Let’s Discuss The Cornavirus
Obviously, this subject is not going to go away and so let’s start a discussion on what you are doing to prepare. Let’s keep the conversation civil (avoiding the blame game or politics) and let’s not be irrational as well.
What is happening in your state? How are you preparing? How are you praying?
P.S. If you are going to quote facts, please include your sources.
P.S.S. Again, let’s encourage each other during this time…
We have taken precautions in our church to eliminate hugs and handshakes for now. The sick should stay home. Pastor’s who might previously preach, lead music, sing or serve when sick are instructed not to do that and stay home. There is no panic, no fear, just simple precautions. We trust in the Lord and pray for His direction, leading, and blessings. Ther are a number of other changes we have made.
I’m in Cali, which is pretty much a hot spot. I’m not that concerned. Washing hands frequently, on the lookout for symptoms, etc. I’ll do what I can to prevent my family from getting sick. Other than that, I can’t control it, so I’m not going to worry. There’s a lot of panic in my town, though. Grocery shopping has become interesting.
I was in a city with a high percentage of Chinese immigrants for a work conference last week. The mom and pop businesses there are really hurting. No one’s going out. I’m there quite frequently, and I’ve never seen parking structures so empty. The waiter at dinner told my colleagues that we were his only customers all night. He also rushed to assure us that although he is Chinese-American, he hasn’t been to China in 30 years and has no symptoms. I felt so badly for him, knowing he has been the target of racism as a result of this. I tipped him well. Going back next week and am planning on hitting up my favorite Asian bakery for the same reason.
My prayers are going for people in that situation, as well as those who are ill. It’s so hard to watch people who are directly affected.
We need to be careful to not allow fear to take root so we can move forward in Faith, and at the same time we also should prepare as best we can. Pray for people suffering that God would give them healing.
I’ve always had some preps and so this was a time to freshen them a bit in case we are stuck at home for weeks or longer. We had an ice storm many years ago that kept us home for two weeks straight so having enough supplies/food is always a good idea.
The real thing with this virus is to try to do what we can as a society to most effectively move through it. The window of containment is long past. At this point ideal is trying to slow the progression so that medical systems are not overwhelmed by too many people needing critical care all at the same time. If they get overwhelmed, more people will die than had to, but if things can be staggered, it will be better.
We live in Northern Italy – right in the middle of the largest outbreak at the moment. It has certainly changed our life drastically for the past weeks. Three weeks ago they shut schools down. Then we were advised not to travel outside our region. Then it became a mandatory travel ban (except for emergencies or special cases). Next the travel ban was narrowed even further to the province. As of yesterday we are asked to stay at home and leave only for essential tasks such as work, groceries, medicines, etc and now the trave ban has been narrowed even further to our town or county of residence. Despite this, unfortunately the virus has continued to spread rapidly, so further measures will go into effect tomorrow. They have just passed a 14-day shut-down of non-essential businesses. It was a hard call which will have grave economic impact, but the only option to get this thing under control. We understand the difficult position the country’s leaders find themselves in. It seems they are making wise science-based decisions. The one thing I appreciate is that the top priority seems to be the citizens’ health (vs focusing on the economic impact). It’s a delicate balance though.
I have to say that I have been fairly impressed with the response of the general population. Besides a few bad scenarios (which of course have been overblown in the media), people have NOT raided the stores to stockpile food or other essentials. In general, people seem to be fairly calm and have started following the guidelines (once they finally understood the severity of it).
The good news… Through it all we feel at peace and are realizing that we are truly in the Lord’s hands. There are certainly some positive outcomes for us as a family as well. Although this is not our idea of a “vacation”, it is one way that we have been forced to stay at home together as a family. Often when you’re on a real vacation you are distracted by many other things (sightseeing, the beach, adventures, etc) but during a lockdown you are forced to find simple things to do together – play table games, play music, soccer, etc. We are also realizing that there are lots of things that we usually take for granted that we will now appreciate much more (like socializing with friends, going to church, working out at the gym, etc). So it is not all negative. But of course our hearts go out to those families who have lost loved-ones because of complications from the virus (just yesterday +196 deaths in Italy alone).
I’ve had a slight “prepping” bent for awhile now, so we already had stuff like extra food/toiletries and a reliable water supply, so unless this turns into a months-long mandatory quarantine thing or at worst complete societal collapse, we’ll be ok. My biggest concern right now is not so much catching the virus, it seems like something that my immediate family is hopefully healthy enough to beat if we do, but the long-term financial, societal, and political ramifications if this crisis worsens or lasts too long could be significant. Also I’m concerned for older family and friends who might have a tough time beating the virus if they catch it, as well as having them or my immediate family have some other medical problems spring up that we can’t solve on our own at a time when the health care system is overwhelmed.
Ultimately of course, God is in control, and all we can do besides the obvious like pray, is just be prudent about maybe having a stash of extra food/water/etc just in case and hope God’s plan for us on an individual level is to make it through it unscathed.
We’re a little more insistent about our kids washing their hands, especially after interacting with other kids at school and church. Our biggest concern is secondary infection with Wifey’s dad who just had open heart surgery, and with Wifey who is taking a low dose immunosuppressant for an arthritic disorder. Other than that, we’re not overly concerned.
I am not anxious about it. I am doing very little to “prepare” for it. I tell my family to keep their hands washed, in a balanced way, not OCD like, and I pray and teach them to plead the blood of Jesus over themselves and our family, reminding them the visual of the passover.
I am a little concerned about the run on toilet paper for when we need to purchase some 😀 …. hopefully the shelves are restocked by then.
We are not too worried here, either. But we live in a sparsely populated area, quite a distance from any city. We aren’t travellers, either. And we have a small community school, so no worries from there, either.
DH’s only worry if we get it is being quarantined! I pray that we will stay safe and that the inocent will be protected.
Not doing anything. Not a major concern in our state/area of the country. Talked to a nurse attending our church and she’s disgusted by all the hysteria. Wash your hands. The most vulnerable to it and death are those who are 70+ with respiratory issues or other health complications.
For me, I have not been watching the mainstream media because it is all fear-based and even Drudge Report has gotten in on the fear.
I go to websites that have or give rational solutions and explanations on what is going on. Ths sites I use are:
- roberscottbell.com (the podcast is here: https://soundcloud.com/robert-scott-bell)
They are all from a secular worldview and No More Fake News can go into weird directions at times so use discernment.
For the spiritual view, I go to contendingfortruth.com (I do not agree with some of what he says doctrinally…he still places the focus on the proper place which is looking to the Lord and preparing just in case).
On the home front, we have provisions stored in our apartment. I need to get additional items that I can. As far as locally, we have an app that tell us what is going on. Our state has a hotline for cases and the state opened up a website dedicated to the issue.
When I get fearful of the news, I recite and review Psalm 91 and listen to the Psalms to calm me down along with prayer and deep breathing. With God’s help, we will expect the best and prepare for the worst.