“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”― Marie Curie
I was surprised that my *I don’t have time to do a post* post generated over 300 comments with discussion centered around coronavirus. None of us have faced such a stunning change in our day to day lives.
Today, we were told by the federal government that we should not gather in groups of greater than 10 or eat out in restaurants. My elderly mother lives in an independent senior facility. Today we were told that I cannot visit the facility except to help her with her medicines or to deliver food. I have decided not to bring her to my home since my husband has daily contact with patients. Two physicians in the US have been infected with the virus.
Two American emergency-room doctors — one in Washington State and one in New Jersey — were in critical condition with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, the American College of Emergency Physicians said on Saturday. Dr. William Jaquis, the organization’s president, said it was unclear whether the doctor in Washington, who is in his 40s, had contracted the virus at the hospital. The physician in Paterson, N.J., who is 70, had been leading his hospital’s emergency preparedness
So here are some things I’ve been thinking about. I would like to know what has changed or happened in your daily life.
Have you prepared for the possibility of a two week quarantine?
I have often kept canned food around when there are predictions of storms. However, canned goods expires. So, a couple of months ago, I purchased 10 days worth of freeze dried foods for four people that have a shelf life of 25 years. I keep these on hand for an unexpected emergency. I purchased enough fresh food for a week and also have enough canned and frozen food for another 10 days.
What is missing in your local grocery stores?
Besides the toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and hand gels, I’ve noted the scarcity of dairy products, eggs and chicken.
Have your church, schools, and planned activities been cancelled?
My church services and activities and the local schools have been cancelled for two weeks. Our Christian medical group had planned a continuing education course for this past weekend. It had to be cancelled because two speakers got sick. Our local venue allowed us to postpone and did not charge us.
Have you done something dumb during this time?
Today, I was waiting in a pharmacy line, a nice employee who often gives me a quick side hug stopped to say *hi* and I automatically attempted a side hug but quickly switched to an elbow bump. Kicked myself for the rest of the afternoon.
Have you seen someone else do something dumb?
In that same pharmacy line was a woman in front of me who had a terrible cough and looked feverish. I backed up, waaaay back.
Have you heard or seen anything humorous?
My mother insists on using half and half in her coffee. She became upset when our local grocery store ran out. She said “Surely they can find some half and half for an old lady.” I had to school her on the situation out here.
One TWW reader claims that this is a world wide judgment from God. What do you think?
He believes the world is being judged via this virus.
John Piper once claimed that God sent a tornado to destroy the spire of a liberal Lutheran church because of their support of LGBTQ initiatives. He also appears to believe that miscarriage took place possibly due to a man’s porn viewing habits.
So, did God send my daughter a brain tumor to punish her at the age of 3? I believe that bad things happen to all people due to the fact we live in a fallen world. I also believe that God walks with us in our pain and suffering. However, I am interested in hearing from you on this matter.
Can members of your family work from home?
My husband is a cardiologist and must go into the hospital and medical office within that hospital. However, the docs are looking at telemedicine so patients can stay at home but still get some medical care. They will still do this from their office. I can stay at home.
What about this situation frustrates you the most.
Both my husband and I miss our Saturday evening church service.
Who do you feel for during this time?
- the elderly
- those dependent on jobs like those in food service who will not be getting tips.
- single parents who don’t know how to care for their kids who are out of school
Have you or those close to you contracted the virus?
I don’t know anyone at this time. I bet that will change in the near future.
How confidant are you that a cure or treatment will be discovered?
I believe in the ingenuity of the medical and scientific world.
Are you afraid of this virus?
Yes and no. I am immunosuppressed due to medication I take for my psoriatic arthritis. However, one of those medications Plaquenil (aka hydroxychloroquine), is being used to treat COVID-19.
Update: As I was getting ready to publish this, I just heard on a news show that a study is about to be released that will show the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine against coronavirus. For once, there is a upside to my arthritis.
Finally, do you have a Bible verse or saying that you find comforting or inspiring during this time?
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you for good health and safety during this time.
Here’s a picture of Cold/Flu/Coronavirus symptom list that you can right click and download to your computer. GBTC