How, then, do we sort out everything that is being said about this pandemic? For instance:
A group of experts in Australia predicted “that even the best-case scenario is 15 million dead and a $2.4 trillion hit to global GDP.” Yes, that was their best-case scenario.
According to Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “It’s the most daunting virus that we’ve contended with in half a century or more.”
At the same time, other researchers are claiming that the virus is not as deadly as previously reported. Much more deadly than the common flu, for sure. But not as deadly as the WHO has claimed.
What I would suggest is this.
First, there is no reason for panic. Caution, yes. Panic no.
Let’s remember that the media, by nature, can be sensationalistic. That means that coverage of the coronavirus will also be sensationalistic. Count on it!
So, analyze the reporting with your head and not just your heart. Then, make wise decisions, especially based on your health. You can be cautious and practical without being in a panic.
Second, for followers of Jesus, there is no room for fear.
If we truly have God as our Father and are in right relationship with Him, we need only fear Him (in a holy, reverential way). We need not fear sudden disaster or wasting disease.
He is our shield and our strength, our lives are in His hands, and we trust Him, whatever comes our way.
Plus, the greatest antidote to fear is a healthy, Bible-based faith. At times like this, it is good to build our faith with passages like Psalm 91.
Third, let’s not only think of ourselves. Let’s think of others too.
As stated in an open letter by Akos Balogh, “The truth is, we don’t know for sure. And so as a society, we’re increasingly anxious. Anxious for our loved ones. Anxious for ourselves. It’s a time of fear. But whatever happens, dear Christian, know this: this is our time. God has raised us up for such a time as this. It’s no accident you’re here. This is our time to think not about ourselves, but about our neighbors. Many of whom are scared, and will only grow more so as the virus spreads.”
Let’s use this opportunity to brings words of faith to others. To encourage them to put their trust in the Lord. And to let our friends and co-workers and neighbors know, no matter what happens in this world, we can enjoy eternal life in the presence of God.
Fourth, keep on praying for divine intervention, for a speedy end to this virus, and for millions of people to turn to Him.
Stateside, pray that the progression of the virus is slowed down by proactive responses of government, civil and corporate entities. We are beginning to see that now. A couple of months can make all the difference in the world to prepare our nation to cope with its impact.
The virus itself is deadly. But we can use it to bring life and hope to many. This will not be the last virus we face but we will never face them the same again.