My daughter is doing well after being treated for an unknown sinus/bacterial/viral infection.
She finished her Z-Pak and is feeling better and is back at work. They did not do a COVID test on her because the test is still not generally available and she got better. Thank you for your prayers.
In the meantime, we were due to meet her boyfriend at Easter which will not happen. However, he was a chief support to her during her illness, staying with her to make sure she was safe. His actions during this time means he has passed the mom test with flying colors.
Julie Roys exposed a pastor who told his staff not to tell members about a COVID-19 outbreak.
The lead pastor of Calvary Church of Naperville—a megachurch in the Chicago suburbs with an attendance around 6,000— this week told his staff to keep secret news that an assistant pastor had tested positive for COVID-19. Calvary Lead Pastor Martyn Sloan also instructed his staff not to tell anyone that the assistant pastor’s wife and son, who’s also a pastor at the church, were having symptoms.
This is according to two emails leaked to me earlier this week by a staff member who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job.
Pastor arrested in Florida for refusing to shut his megachurch for meetings.
Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne said he wouldn’t close the doors of his Tampa, Florida, megachurch until the End Times begin. The police weren’t willing to wait that long.
On Monday, Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested the evangelical pastor, who has continued to host large church services despite public orders urging residents to stay home to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Hint: Read the comments by the true believers.
Wade Burleson responds to Mark Dever’s (9 Marks) refusal to stream services during this pandemic.
On March 20, 2020, during the midst of a global pandemic, Roman Catholic Pope Francis issued the following proclamation.
“People who cannot get to confession because of the coronavirus lockdown or another serious reason can go to God directly (without confessing to a priest), be specific about their sins, request pardon and experience God’s loving forgiveness,”
It is amazing how a global epidemic has a way of exposing doctrinal errors.
…But then Mark goes on to say that there will be no on-line worship services, nor will there be any on-line ministry by Capitol Hill Baptist Church during the Covid-19 crisis because…
“A video of a sermon is not a substitute for a covenanted congregation assembling together and all the various means of God’s grace in that. I think it would be healthier to respect God’s strange providence in a period of abstinence from meeting together.” (Mark Dever, March 13, 2020)
Allow me to translate.
“God’s grace is only imparted as you gather in a covenant congregation to receive instruction from those men set aside (“ordained”) for your oversight. It’s better to abstain from going online for your spiritual encouragment than to risk minimizing the spiritual authority that God has placed over you (i.e. “pastors/priests”).
FDA approves use of hydroxychloriquine for COVID-19: My thoughts
Let me give you some insider information. There are doctors in the US who are taking hydroxychloriquine asa a prophylaxis as they treat patients with COVID. Today, the FDA approved the use of this drug (and its cousin, chloroquine) for the treatment for the disease.
- The Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine products can “be distributed and prescribed by doctors to hospitalized teen and adult patients with Covid-19, as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible.”
- HHS said Germany’s Sandoz has already given 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to the Strategic National Stockpile, the federal government’s supply of medical supplies for public health emergencies, while Bayer has donated 1 million doses of chloroquine.
- The agency is fast-tracking a process that usually takes years while the FDA conducts clinical trials in New York, a hotspot for the virus.
- HHS said the emergency authorization was issued because the potential benefits of the product outweigh the risks and acknowledged that “anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, but “clinical trials are needed to provide scientific evidence that these treatments are effective.”
Let me say a few things about this. Hydroxychloroquine has been around since 1955. This means we have 60 years of safety data. There are few drugs that you take today that have that much safety history behind them. Therefore, one can be fairly comfortable with the safety end of things.
I worked for Glaxo for a short time. All drugs go through years of testing-the best being double blind, prospective studies. On this blog you may often hear my disparage *anecdotal* experience. Those are good reports but they can be biased.
However, this is a unique time in history. We have a pandemic and we do not have time to do the years of studies. Therefore, it is wise to look at the the anecdotal experiences and set up quick studies, knowing that this drug is a very safe drug to begin with.
However, no one should take these drugs without being overseen by MDs, PAs or NPs. They know how to monitor your health, They can ask you questions that you might not think about.There was the man who died from taking what the media first said was chloroquine. It wasn’t. It was chloroquine phosphate which is used in aquarium cleaners.
Hydroxzychloriquine is sometimes used along with a ZPak to treat coronavirus. Yes, there is the possibility of a heart issue when they are combined. This does not mean that they cannot be used together. It means the patient should be monitored carefully.
Pay close attention to this guidance from the American College of Cardiology. If this treatment is used, it should be used under the guidance of a cardiologist. In other words, be smart.
As I said before, I have taken this drug for over 5 years for arthritis. I have had no side effects. And, if I were to be entirely truthful, I’m rather glad I am taking this drug during this time. My husband will be doing extensive work in the hospital in 2 weeks. He is planning to isolate himself in the house staying in a remote room because I am immunosuppressed due to Xeljanz which I also take for my arthritis.
Depression and suicide may rise during pandemic.
Two deaths of cadets by suspected suicide since Thursday at the Air Force Academy, where 1,000 seniors are the only students on any military campus in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, has rattled the service from senior leadership to its trainees.
The Air Force’s top civilian and military brass rushed to the academy on Monday to reassure cadets and steer the service through the turbulence of a global crisis and tragedies close to home.
Unlike the Army and Navy, the Air Force has kept cadets on campus – socially distant in single rooms, away from their roommates – since the coronavirus began upending military and civilian life earlier this month.
Suicide hotlines across the country are reporting new increases in the number of calls they are fielding since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak and new social distancing requirements that are keeping people apart.
…In Boston, a help line run by the nonprofit group Samaritans said it received about 350 calls a day over the last week, a hundred more calls than are typical on a given day. A spokeswoman at the national Crisis Text Line told the Boston Globe they handled 6,000 conversations last week, about twice as many as usual
This is a hard time for all of us. For some of us, depression can be overwhelming. Please reach out to friends, family and professionals if you are feeling overwhelmed.
Here is the National Prevention of Suicide website and phone