In light of the barrage of statistics concerning the Coronavirus, it’s important to focus on our own context in our country and state, and about what we actually know.
What we know currently is that state and national health officials report despite the number of cases – over the entire population there still indicates a low risk of the general public contracting Coronavirus.
For our interests as a faith community, the best actions for us to take are to follow recommended guidelines, which are much the same as we would for any contagious illness, including the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. This one is difficult; we all subconsciously touch our faces numerous times in the length of a worship service. Just try your best to be aware.
- Stay home when you are sick. Stay home if you have a respiratory illness. Coming to the congregation coughing might upset people and make them anxious. Be kind and considerate.
***Yes, even if you’re in charge of something that is supposed to happen. Let others know, and someone will cover it. You DESERVE to rest and heal when you are sick. ***
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Minimize the physical contact – during this active season try to transition to fist or elbow bumps, a wave, or a verbal hello. Save hugging and handshakes for when risks are down (again, this is just good advice anyway since this is primarily flu season).
- Even if you are feeling well – be good to yourself and build your personal resilience: get enough sleep, keep hydrated, eat healthy foods.
- We have hand sanitizer available in the sanctuary for additional precaution.
Again – all indications at this moment show no reason for us to panic or be more concerned than we would during flu season. If you are sick and are staying home, or if you are concerned and choose to stay home, remember that we record the Sunday sermon when possible. You can listen in to the recording once it gets posted.
Lastly, if your anxiety about this, or anything else going on in the world, is at a breaking point, or just feeling too much, you are not alone. Reach out to someone you trust. Risk connection. Make some time to visit or talk with me.
We are in community and in this together,