It is impossible to turn on the news and not hear about the Corona Virus. Social media is filled to brimming with memes and miracle cures. When you go to the grocery store, the shelves holding toilet paper and water are empty. Should you worry?
Corona Virus: What is True
The World Health Organization (WHO) indeed declared a public health emergency of international concern. COVID-19 illness can be without symptoms in many healthy individuals. The risk groups for infection and subsequent illness, which could result in death, are the elderly, those with immune system problems, and those with chronic conditions.
Limiting Your COVID-19 Infection Risk
Researchers suggest that an infected person who sneezes or coughs can spread the disease. Moreover, virus particles travel about two meters (six feet). After that, they fall to the ground or other surfaces. Therefore, you can also pick it up when you touch a handrail, doorknob, or countertop.
Not surprisingly, health experts have warned that proper hand-washing is the number one prevention tip for the Corona Virus. Also, do not touch your face with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizers with an alcohol concentration north of 60%.
The use of face masks does very little. Unless you use the N95 masks that medical professionals use in the ER, there is a good chance that the convenience store or big box home improvement store masks will have little effect.
Why a Christian Response to COVID-19 is Imperative
In the wake of the first news reports, there have been incidents of discrimination based on race or ethnicity. Similarly, there is a lot of fear that is spreading on social media and beyond. Also, as Americans, we like to be in control of situations. When something pulls this rug out from under us, you see behaviors such as panic buying and toilet paper hoarding.
However, now is the opportunity for Christians to model a true faith response. In addition to hand-washing and common sense prevention behaviors, we must remember that we are to trust God. Our sense of security should not come from the WHO or the CDC. Now is also the time to share our source of comfort, strength, and confidence with others.