The world is on high alert as it wrestles with COVID-19. In a few short months, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is causing the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19), has spread widely from its epicenter in Wuhan, China. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands have been infected with this new virus and thousands have died. Conditions are developing so rapidly it is difficult to keep pace. Casualties are expected to skyrocket in the weeks and months to come. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 calls for thoughtful action and the courage to resist panic.
According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.1 Presently, there are no clinically tested and approved vaccines to halt this spreading virus. Some international borders have been closed. Schools have suspended classes. Businesses are requiring employees to work from home. Restaurants are closed. Theaters, amusement parks, and other entertainment venues have also closed their doors. Sporting events and large conventions have been canceled. People have been told to avoid gatherings of more than ten. “Social distancing” is the new norm. In some countries, medical systems have become overwhelmed. In the United States, the stock market has plunged, unemployment is rising, and the economy creeps toward meltdown. Reports of Coronavirus dominate the news, stirring fear and even hysteria in thousands of people. It is too early to estimate the fallout from COVID-19, but there is little doubt that our lives have been dramatically changed.
Given these shocking developments, the following thoughts are a response to the most significant global health crisis of the twenty-first century. Knowing the facts will keep your fears at bay and help you face the future with confidence and hope.