My life changed dramatically 10 days ago.
It really feels like it was much longer ago than that. But I checked. It was only 10 days.
I talked to my two daughters who both live in Colorado (that’s a long story.) It was a Sunday. My wife and I usually go out to lunch after worship, and so we did on 3/15. We really didn’t think much of it. But talking to my children changed my mind about what was then the COVID-19 “outbreak”.
We haven’t been out to eat since.
Nor have we worshiped with our community of faith.
We are staying put, avoiding all social interaction, trying to “stay in place” as best we can.
Some of the messages we are receiving are mixed in their information. But one thing is very clear, the less we interact with other people, the lower our individual likelihood is of contracting the virus. But, more importantly, the less likely we will, in any way, contribute to the spread of the virus. And that is the most important thing anyone can do.
It appears that people can be infected and not know it.
That is one of the most dangerous aspects of this now Pandemic.
One scientist indicated that the majority of infections come from personal interactions. Not just passing on the street, or in the grocery store, but more continuous interactions with other people.
This is especially difficult for families. There is a desire to visit and “check-up” on loved ones. Yet that is exactly what could possibly cause the infection to spread. Families with loved ones are not permitted in hospitals or nursing homes or any places where care is provided. Seniors are most at risk.
Over-caution, at this point, seems far more reasonable than not being cautious. It makes it very difficult for people who are relying on the weekly salary to pay the bills and buy food. Some of us are able to do the work we are being paid for while we stay at home. Fortunately for me, my office is in the parsonage. I am actually used to working this way.
Many are not able to do that, so they are faced with the prospect of interacting with people who may be infected, or stop working.
I would ask people who may be retired or may be able to work from home and not be financially affected by the stay-at-home order to consider giving some funds to the Asbury UMC Community Fund. These are funds the church uses to assist people in very difficult financial circumstances.
We will get through this. I have hope and faith in our community and in God. Let us be mindful of those less fortunate than us and think about, and do something about helping them in this “strange new world.”