Ok, so coronavirus is now in the United States. Do we need to be worried? I would argue that it is a bad idea to worry too much.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a nasty virus. I will concede that point. It has a much higher mortality rate than most other viruses that we have experienced. There is even a relatively good chance that the virus was created as a bioweapon by the Chinese government. How can it be so virulent, so deadly, and have such a long incubation period?
It is possible that natural evolution led to the development of the disease. And does it really matter how it was created? Global politics needs to know how the disease showed up, but to you and I, it matters not. The cat is out of the bag and there is no getting it back in there.
Panic is going to get us nowhere. Rarely is panic a positive response to a crisis. Can you remember the last time you panicked and it had a good effect? I’ll wait…
Solomon reminds us, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” We should not be of such small levels of strength. After all, we have God and his grace to guide us during the upcoming difficult times.
The psalms tell us “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” We need to trust that God has given us the tools and strength to overcome and heal ourselves when we get the infection. The odds are that you will get the infection. It is just a fact. Epidemiologists are predicting 40-70% infection rates all over the world. The odds of you not getting it are lower than those of you getting it.
We should dwell in this land and be faithful to His will. Unfortunately, we could see upwards of 2 million dead in the US if the worst projections come to fruition. If it happens, you will inevitably know someone to perish from this disease. How to deal with this? We should deal with it just like any other tragedy. We should mourn the loss but continue to battle on.
The Catholic getting the coronavirus needs to remember that life is rarely fair. Jesus never said life would be easy. Perhaps this virus is your cross. Perhaps it is the cross of a loved one.
Anger at China, anger at the government, anger at God…all of these will not make you well. The only thing that we can do is prepare our bodies to defeat the infection. Don’t let hate or anger harm you. Harboring these negative emotions can affect your health. It has been shown in many papers that negative emotions can lead to decreased immunity and overall health.
Just remember, we at Just a Catholic Couple are praying for all of our readers and listeners. I ask that you pray for us as well during these trying times ahead.