The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is a pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019.
- Disease: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19)
- Virus strain: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
- First case: December 1, 2019
- Origin: Wuhan, Hubei, China
- Symptoms: Initial flu-like symptoms, such as fever, coughing, breathing difficulties, fatigue, and myalgia
- Incubation period: 1-14 days
- Mode of transmission: Human-to-human transmission via respiratory droplets
- Prevention tips: Avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequently washing hands with soap and water; not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and practicing good respiratory hygiene
- Research: COVID–19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19)
5IVE THINGS WE ALL CAN DO ABOUT THE SPREAD OF COVID 19:
1. Stay Informed and Only Spread Truthful Information
It doesn’t take a lot to cause a panic. It takes even less for people to fall into fear or turn to their own self-preservation. Right now, we’re seeing a lot of reacting, and not all reactions are positive or even rational.
This is a medical emergency, and there are many people around the world who are sick and suffering. Ignorance and complacency kill, but so can panic, and sometimes our response to crisis can be just as dangerous than the threat itself.
That is why we can help by seeking out accurate information from medical organizations like the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization and only sharing facts and truthful information, not more hysteria or misinformation through social media or word of mouth (Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 11:14).
This is a medical crisis, but a world living in fear is also a spiritual crisis. After all, no one benefits from a confused, fearful, and self-centered world more than Satan.
2. Do Not Surrender to Fear
While the world lives in fear, we all must look to the peace and power of God and be the living the hope found in His name. Faith can be an antidote to fear, and nothing strengthens a believer’s faith like the promises of God.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. – 1 Timothy 1:7
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3
There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear. – 1 John 4:18
3. Practice Personal Hygiene
This seems like the most obvious response to fighting an infectious disease, but knowing what steps the Center for Disease Control actually recommend can go a long way to help prevent sickness and dramatically reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Faith-Based Nation must remember to keep a Biblical worldview. We think GLOBAL and act LOCAL. Remember, it’s not just about you. Just because you are healthy and strong enough to fight off the virus doesn’t mean that others around you will be. And just because you don’t currently have symptoms doesn’t mean you aren’t infected or incapable of spreading the virus to others.
If you’re not sick:
-Avoid close contact with those who are.
-Thoroughly and frequently wash your hands.
-Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
-If you can avoid public places, stay home!
-Understand that quarantines will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you are sick or think you might be sick:
-Stay home. Seriously. Consider your impact.
-Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
-Wash your hands frequently!
-Disinfect surfaces you’ve touched.
-Wear a face mask if available. If not, cover your nose and mouth.
4. Choose Compassion over Personal Convenience
As mentioned before, a global pandemic like the coronavirus impacts more than just our physical health and well-being. To reduce the spread of the virus, most event centers, sporting arenas, and public gatherings have been temporarily closed and their events canceled or postponed.
While this may feel extreme, canceling or postponing large public gatherings, even ones we enjoy, dramatically reduces the number of people who will be exposed to the coronavirus in the coming months. In doing so, lives will be saved.
Yes, our personal comforts and entertainment may be restricted or put on hold, but not going to Disneyland, Coachella, or the Lakers’ game is a small price to pay for the health and safety of others around the world, even those we have not met.
Believers who complain about all the things they have to give up in this season while people in the world suffer are not practicing the love and compassion of the Jesus they claim to serve (Romans 12:15).
As Paul wrote, “do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:4-5)
5. Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
In being willing to sacrifice for the good of others, we should also be considerate and not buy more than they need. It’s wise to prepare for the future (Proverbs 6:6-11), but that doesn’t mean we should stockpile supplies that are desperately needed elsewhere. “Panic purchasing” and stockpiling has led to the kind of shortages we’ve seen in recent weeks.
You can help by:
-Refraining from buying respiratory masks. Surgical masks are essential for doctors and nurses, and without them, they cannot effectively treat sick patients, including those with coronavirus.
-Washing their hands with soap when possible and saving the hand sanitizer for nurses, first responders, and trauma centers.
-Saving bottled water for those who do not have immediate access to clean running water. Use the tap or filtered water first.
-Saving baby wipes for babies. There are other ways to clean and sanitize one’s house.
Remember, God has promised to be your daily bread (Luke 11:1-4) and provide for all of your needs (Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:25-34). As Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.