THIS JUST IN: God is bigger than the coronavirus.
Earlier this March, President Trump announced that we are experiencing a coronavirus pandemic, meaning there are multiple cases of coronavirus throughout the world and we should proceed with caution. Georgia isn’t immune to the spread, either. In fact, there are 197 cases of coronavirus and 28 cases in Cobb County as of March 18, according to WSBTV-Atlanta.
Schools, gyms, stores and other places in Cobb County have been closing down temporarily due to the growing cases of coronavirus in Georgia. Just recently, the West Cobb Regional Library of Cobb County was sprayed heavily and disinfected for fear of a worker carrying the illness. With the spread of coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) happening not only offline but online in the form of scary news articles and social media posts, it might seem like your life is getting out of control. We’re here to remind you that God is in control. And with Him and proper health measures, you can increase your chances of staying safe.
How to Stay Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Take a break from news regarding coronavirus.
That’s right. Although handwashing, social distancing, and other forms of prevention are important, having peace of mind is just as important, and you cannot do that if you’re consuming hours upon hours of CNN or FOX. If everywhere you look is news on the coronavirus, it might be time to give it a rest. There are a lot of things that you probably have learned from the news, like how to wash your hands, who it affects, and what you can do to protect yourself. But there is no doubt that listening to the news constantly can lead you to panic and stress about the coronavirus.
If you’re looking for information on when this will stop or when exactly a cure or vaccine will be created and administered, the news outlets don’t know. The doctors don’t know. Even scientists don’t know. But God knows.
We serve and praise an omnipresent and all-knowing God who does not rely on TV ratings and views, much like news stations do. While healthcare providers and facilities have gone to great lengths to control coronavirus in Cobb County and the world, we don’t know everything and can’t predict who will be healed and who won’t be. The Lord, the author of our story, has the final say on our lives. He is our refuge. He is who we can truly trust and have faith in.
Enjoy the indoors of your home, especially in Cobb County
Social distancing isn’t a new term, but it demonstrates how we should distance ourselves from many other people in order to make sure that we are not accidentally spreading the coronavirus in Georgia. After Fulton County, Cobb County has the second most cases of COVID-19, so social distancing is especially important for us. That’s why churches all over Cobb County and the country are going online and how gyms are closing down. Reducing our contact with other people who might be containing the coronavirus is the best way to stop this illness from spreading.
But instead of just saying “stay inside”, we are encouraging you to enjoy the indoors. Although this is a great inconvenience for many mothers and fathers that now have to entertain their kids while working from home, we encourage you to take this time to seek the light of this situation.
You can spend more time with your husband. Your wife. Your children.
You can finally get back to that hobby you’ve been neglecting.
You can exercise in your home (FOR FREE) without worrying about people staring at you or confused about certain machines.
And of course, you can SLEEP. You can sleep sound knowing that you and your family are protected: not only by the mechanical structure of your self-quarantine but also by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Pray and Prepare
While it’s important to seek the beauty in all situations, we won’t sweep under the rug the fact that there are people that are less fortunate. There are people who actually are suffering from coronavirus. 38 people have died so far from this disease in Georgia, and as of May 25th, there are 86 cases of coronavirus in Cobb County. There are healthcare workers afraid that they can contract the virus from their patients and spread it to their children. There are families now worried about how they will make ends meet when a parent has been laid off. We’re not going to lie and say this doesn’t hurt or make us feel frustrated that we don’t have the answers. It is in times like these that remind us why we should not lean on our own understanding and trust in the future that God has planned for us. Here are a few of our favorite bible verses to get us through this COVID-19 pandemic:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. –Psalm 64: 1-3.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?–Luke 12:25-26
Remember: You have the peace of the Lord.
And we also want you to be prepared. We don’t mean panic-buy copious amounts of toilet paper. We mean to prepare 2 weeks’ worth of food and regular supplies. A few things we recommend making sure you have in stock during the COVID-19 self-quarantine:
- Prescriptions and essential over-the-counter medicine
- Vitamins and other supplements to help with boosting the immune system (probiotics, vitamin D, antioxidants like those found in green tea)
- Shelf-stable items like rice, beans, and canned foods
- A good reading list to keep you busy
The keywords here are two weeks, friends. Not two months! Just because everyone else is panicking, doesn’t mean you need to as well. When you trust in the Lord with all your heart and believe that he is a sovereign and just God, there’s no need to panic.
Know how to wash your hands
Now, we can’t avoid talking about handwashing as a health center! You all know the importance of washing your hands for 20 seconds. Because the coronavirus has been shown to be spread through droplets from when an infected person coughs or sneezes, it’s important that we keep great hand hygiene. Did you know that before handwashing was recommended, there was a high mortality rate for infants? Once doctors started washing their hands, that all changed.
We touch a lot of things with our hands: our eyes, our nose, and our babies. That is why we are advised to wash our hands even more than usual during times of a pandemic.
Also, don’t forget to wipe down frequently touched places such as phones, desks, and keyboards.
What to do if you have the coronavirus
The bad news is, the coronavirus is a contagious disease. But the good news is, current research states that there is a 90% survival rate for those with the disease.
If you’re sick or showing symptoms of COVID-19, all hope is not lost. The CDC states that most cases are mild and can be treated at home with a doctor’s guidance. However, if the symptoms worsen, such as if you have an even higher difficulty in breathing, dial 911 and visit your health provider. Follow the doctor’s orders as best as you can and pray.
Who is at risk of the coronavirus: Those most at risk are individuals aged 65 and older and those that have underlying conditions. These diseases are often heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, according to the CDC.
This doesn’t mean if you’re not at risk that you should ignore best practices for keeping safe. You might have seen headlines saying a team of millennials is traveling during this time now that ticket prices are low. Yeah, we’re not a part of that team.
You might not be part of the at-risk population affected by the coronavirus, but you could still be carrying the virus and pass it along to a teacher, a mother, a father, grandmother, or grandfather that is at risk. This is why we implore you to enjoy the indoors of your home.
Please be aware that you are not immune if you are younger than those at risk. You can be a younger individual and still contract coronavirus. Likewise, listen to your doctor, take the medicine they give you, isolate yourself from the rest of the family/population until your symptoms lessen, and pray. Just think of yourself as having the flu or a really bad cold. You wouldn’t want anyone else to contract the illness as well so it is best to stay at home, keep track of your symptoms, and recover. Make sure you have a thermometer readily available so you can track your fever. A fever for many illnesses is an indication that you are contagious. For more information, visit the CDC’s guidelines:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html
When the world is telling you to freak out and panic because the future is uncertain, we’re reminding you that you are loved by a righteous God who has been through this ALREADY. God has overcome all obstacles and He is bigger. You are not alone. We as a nation will get through this, not by living in fear, but living in faith.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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