Overcoming Fear In A Time Of Crisis – Pt 04 – Not Everyone Is At Equal Risk – David Hibbert.
- What Is A Coronavirus?
So, we’re talking about how to overcome fear in a time of crisis. And as I said, What we KNOW is what gets us THROUGH. And so today I want to give us a second reminder, that will cause us to have confidence and courage and calmness.
And the second thing I want to remind us of, is that NOT EVERYONE IS AT EQUAL RISK. Not everyone is at equal risk in this pandemic.
The Coronavirus are named for the crown-like spikes on their surface. There are four main sub-groupings of coronaviruses, known as alpha, beta, gama, and delta.
There are four common human coronaviruses – 229E and NL63 which are alpha coronaviruses, and OC43, and HKU1 which are beta coronaviruses.
People around the world commonly get infected with these 4 coronaviruses. In fact, most people will contract a coronavirus in their lifetime. Coronaviruses cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses.
However, there are 3 other human coronaviruses that most people are more familiar with. They are coronaviruses that infect animals, that mutate, and them make people sick and become a new human coronavirus. The 3 recent ones are:
MERS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS).
SARS-CoV (the beta coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS). This coronavirus causes sever acute respiratory illness. It is unique in that it causes both upper and lower respiratory tract infections, and can also cause gastroenteritis.
And the SARS-CoV-2 (the novel coronavirus that causes Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19).
It is called a “novel coronavirus” because it is NEW – it is a new strain of the existing coronavirus.
- Who Is Most Vulnerable?
So, as I said, not everyone is at equal risk. The most vulnerable people are those who are over 60 years of age. It’s not children, it is those who are over 60 years of age with some kind of pre-existing condition that weakens their immunity.
So if a person is over 60 years of age and has diabetes, or heart disease, or cancer,
or upper respiratory problems, or liver damage, or anything that weakens our immune system, these are the people that are most at risk, and need to be the most careful, and most need to be protected.
Also included in this vulnerable list are people who have a tendency to get upper respiratory problems, like sinusitis, or rhinitis, or bronchitis, or pneumonia, from allergies and bacteria’s and viruses.
If we are in this category of vulnerable people, we need to stay home.
- Think Of Others
Now let me clarify. All people can carry the virus, so even if we are not in this vulnerable category, we need to practice social-distancing, and especially avoid the category of people who are vulnerable.
But if we have a friend or neighbor who is in this vulnerable category, phone them, and check up on them. See if they need someone to get their mail, or go to the grocery store or drugstore for them.
I like what Martin Luther wrote in the 1600’s, during the time of the Black Plague.
As I said, the COVID-19 virus is a “novel” virus. That means that we have no prior immunity to it, and we do not yet have any vaccine for it. I’ll say it again – We have no prior immunity to it and we have no vaccine for it. That means that the two things that normally slow the spread of a viral infection are not yet available with this coronavirus.
But remember what I said: Not everyone is at equal risk.
So, we are cautious, but we are not fearful. We can be honest without being foolish, and we can have faith, AND the facts.