The CORVID-19 virus has had a devastating impact around the globe. We are likely a bit behind the curve in getting a handle on it in America, but people are now stepping up and beginning to understand how important it is to “flatten the curve”.
During this time, it is difficult to know how to be of help to our neighbors and loved ones. It can feel “selfish” to stay in your home when the news brings in so many stories of those in need.
I don’t have any specific answers on how we can be helpful – while maintaining our distance. Of course, as we are able, providing monetary support to agencies that are providing services is valuable. People of faith are and can continue to petition God to intervene on behalf of the entire globe and for those near and dear. But you have, no doubt, already thought of and are practicing these simple steps.
What I CAN do, however, is strongly encourage you to seriously set aside that all American “independent streak” and self-sequester as much as possible. Many foolish pundits on social media and television are “bragging” about how they are ignoring this advice and that it won’t make any difference, etc. Folks, science is science. Like it or not, social distancing WORKS for pandemics.
“But I’m healthy!” you say? You truly do not know whether you are or not. And even if you feel OK, that doesn’t mean that you are not carrying this virus along to someone that it could KILL. Young people, in particular, are ignoring the social distancing because they think the virus will not impact them. But that is very dangerous behavior. The virus CAN kill younger people. And if it does not kill you, it can still result in a long and very expensive hospital stay and recovery period. You put health care workers at great risk and also your loved ones – who may be in the high risk categories.
As difficult as it is, if we can love our neighbors as ourselves by practicing social distancing for a time, we can all get back to the things we love, to our jobs, to our outdoor activities, to school. People are working hard to come up with a vaccine and to figure out how we can get through this situation with the least difficulty for everyone. YOU CAN HELP.
Below is a very good, very balanced article from Adam Pick at HeartValveSurgery.com. Please read it. Some of you have NO choice but to continue being around people. Most of us have to get groceries and pick up prescriptions. But let’s ALL do our part when we must get out. Keep it short, wash your hands OFTEN, don’t hug others, you know the drill.
God Bless and Keep You!