My friend, a Speech-Language Pathologist, is well-versed in disease prevention in her practice with young children. She and her husband, a pharmacist at a large, national pharmacy, made the following recommendations. “He has been talking a lot about the coronavirus, and this morning he told me that we need to stock up on a month’s worth of supplies (food, toilet paper, laundry detergent, soap, etc) and be ready to not be able to go out in public for a month. He said that we’re seeing cases double rapidly and this virus is lasting longer than the flu (2 weeks). Even if you have had the flu, you will not have immunity from the coronavirus unfortunately. He believes that within two weeks from today (about mid-March) we are going to have a giant outbreak of cases.”
“I have heard that wearing masks is not helpful”, she continued, “unless you’re around someone who has the virus or if you yourself had the virus. Masks are largely unavailable but I did find some washable masks online. Today I went to the store and was unable to purchase large hand sanitizer containers but they did have some small ones.”
“Some of this is hype from the media as we often see with any outbreak”, she feels, “but I bought things that I know I can use anyways, just in larger quantities.”
So the worst case scenario is that the virus is novel, new, and more powerful than previous viruses, drawing comparisons to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. (1) This from a health professional who shared this video by a Dr. who just traveled to China and witnessed the epidemic firsthand.
The big question is what are the motivations of different organizations and individuals? Praying that the Lord would lead us to good information.
The rising spring temperatures may weaken the virus (2), as viruses flourish in cool temperatures according to Dr. Figueroa of Richmond, Va.
Would you use a natural remedy that might help prevent or lower the severity of the illness? No guarantees, but there’s a bit of history. It’s about onions. (3)
(Snopes dismisses it, but they’ve shown bias in the past, and where did they get their authority from?)
Prayer. Rejecting fear and panic, God says to ask and we will receive. He does intervene in our lives, right? Remember Ben Franklin’s speech? And personally, my toe was healed after 18 months of pain, and an accident, when our prayer group prayed for me recently.
So, the conclusion at this time is that the number of cases on the East Coast may increase, even drastically, in mid March. Public health concerns most likely will dictate closing schools and other highly populated venues, even up to a month’s time. Preparing for the worst is indicated, if for no other reason, than the closing down of public places to contain the spread, but the warmer temperatures may weaken the Corona virus.
Our family’s chronicles contain surviving Hurricane Fran in North Carolina in 1996, so we are canning meat in the case of unforeseen complications due to the population being home bound for a long period of time. Think of the slowed internet on snow holidays. Hopefully, our prayers and the warmer weather will see us through and we’ll be able to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection together in a few weeks.