More people are now saying that the coronavirus came from a lab in China. We want to know why it happened. We need an explanation for our pain and suffering. There is a documentary called Tracking Down the Origin of Wuhan Coronavirus. It is a captivating and a well documented 1-hour video. It is a must-see.
It reveals scientific evidence of the source and creation of the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus) from the P4 Lab, run by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The origin of the coronavirus had its origins in an experimental research laboratory, the Wuhan P4 Lab. This documentary lays out the facts backed up by credible scientific journals and papers, and lays out the timeline of what happened in China’s labs. I’ve had to watch this three times myself before the facts and arguments presented came together for me.
The research Lancet Papers had shown there was already a cluster of people infected with coronavirus before any were found related to the seafood market. If there were no bats sold at the Huanan Seafood Market, why blame the wet market? Was it to distract attention away from the P4 lab? The Huanan Seafood Market was only 280 meters from the Wuhan P4 lab.
The Wuhan coronavirus was very closely related to the two viruses (bat-SL-CoVZC45 and bat-SL-CoVZXZ21) sampled from bats in 2018 from Zhoushan by the People’s Liberation Army. These bats exhibited severe respiratory syndrome, and there was a clear resemblance of genome sequencing. The bat’s coronavirus had 100% match in amino acids in the E proteins in SARS-Cov-2. These scientist claim that these viruses were engineered to enable transmittability into the human body via the S-protein. It was published in the Nature Medicine (here). Numerous other papers were published by top Chinese virologists, including Shi Zhengli (nicknamed China’s “bat woman” due to her extensive research into bat viruses).
These experiments were covered up and information was suppressed. The CCP government ordered research findings be destroyed. This lab was silent during the Wuhan outbreak. Very strange indeed. Are these indications the CCP is hiding something sinister?
This documentary is not the only one informing the public. There is also the National Review here, plus many others. Millions of Chinese people inside and outside of mainland China are publicizing and talking about this. It is all over China’s social media and the CCP cannot possibly censor everything.
This video seems to be censored by Facebook. I checked. Try sharing this on fb and you might get this message: “Partly False Information: Checked by independent fact-checkers.” The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bXWGxhd7ic
When someone exhales a big sneeze, they’ve found that viruses can travel up to 8 metres (or 26 feet). Talking can also transmit tiny molecules. Sounds scary? The only thing that can prevent tiny molecules from traveling through the air is a facemask, and an N95 is even more effective.
Early research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health suggests that droplets expelled while talking may transmit the virus that causes COVID-19. Findings show that a facemask is very helpful in preventing particles from traveling through the air (videos below).
As I blogged about this before here, and here. I still believe the public is not being rightly and properly informed that facemasks are helpful in this area of coronavirus prevention.
When I’m shopping for groceries and observe how people react to others with facemasks, I get the impression they feel that they’re the ones who are sick. The irony is that those who do wear facemasks are most likely safer than those who don’t.
Our public attitude toward this needs to change. Personally, I’ve already started using a facemask in public and I still don’t feel comfortable with something sitting on my face. I’m finding that I’m subconsciously keeping my distance from others who do not wear a facemask. A change in my own attitude is gradually happening. In Canada, we have been extremely slow in making this change. I’m glad the Trump Administration has already encouraged wearing facemasks in the United States.
In Asia, even before coronavirus pandemic, they’ve been wearing facemasks habitually in order to prevent catching the flu. They’ve already gone through the cultural change due to lessons learned during SARS in early 2000s.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer; and by night, but find no rest.
Psalm 22:1-2, Bible
This psalm from chapter 22 is often read on Good Friday. Christians have associated this text to the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus on the cross. Jesus quoted this in part while on hung on the cross to die.
The Book of Psalm contains many complaints. For this reason, it wasn’t one of my favorite books of the bible. There are many joyful psalms of praise and celebration which I prefer; and then there are many sad and depressing psalms of lament, which I dislike (especially if I’m not in the mood to read it).
The good bishop, N.T. Wright, recently wrote in Time:
“Yes, these poems often come out into the light by the end, with a fresh sense of God’s presence and hope, not to explain the trouble but to provide reassurance within it.”…. “It is no part of the Christian vocation, then, to be able to explain what’s happening and why. In fact, it is part of the Christian vocation not to be able to explain—and to lament instead. As the Spirit laments within us, so we become, even in our self-isolation, small shrines where the presence and healing love of God can dwell.”
When the psalmist could not see any relief in sight, all he had was pain. He doubted God. If you haven’t read from the bible of the numerous chapters of people feeling sorry for themselves, open up to the book of Psalm. It’s full of it. This is why so many people can relate to the psalms. These writers complained about their pain and they accused God of forgetting and for not caring. Job’s friends came up with invalid reasons for his extreme sufferings (read about it in depressing book of Job). They blamed his sufferings on his past sins. How inconsiderate. If I had friends like Job, I’d tell them where to go.
If one were to contract COVID-19 (or any other sickness for that matter), we might want a spiritual explanation as to why we contracted the disease. There is no good “spiritual” reason why a person contracted COVID-19 or any other disease. No, I’m not talking about a clinical reason, but rather, a spiritual reason. Spiritualizing it doesn’t improve a person’s emotional agony or discomfort. It doesn’t do a person any good.
God wants us to put ourselves in a proper place and be subordinate to the will of God. That is to humble ourselves. It gives room for God to come into our lives and give us peace–a true peace that is beyond all human understanding.
This is the same realization Jesus might have had on the cross as he suffered in pain. He experienced the love and peace of the Holy Spirit while he writhed in pain at Golgotha. I know. Sounds wierd and ironic that peace and pain can go together. Peace and pain can co-exist. This is the irony that so many people find so difficult to understand.
As Christians, and as non-religious folks, we all want answers to our problems, and we want them now. Our natural human desire is to alleviate our pain. We hate pain. We want it to disappear.
One direction people take is to doubt the existence of God. When we witness or hear of so much pain in the world, we begin to rationalize: “How can there be such a cruel God? Who would allow human beings to be put into cruel and painful circumstances? Such an inhumane or merciless God simply cannot exist!”
Another way our mind can wander is to wrongly attribute cruelty toward a loving and merciful God. We begin to doubt God’s goodness, and that God is truly good. We lose faith in a good God. We walk away from the Church. Emotionally and intellectually, it easier to doubt that a loving God can allow injustice and suffering. As a result, we push God out of our lives.
Another way our minds will rationalize a seemingly irrantional God of peace and pain is to find reasons why we might be deserving of pain and suffering.
“I have done something very bad and sinful, so now it’s payback time… God is getting even with me now and that’s why I’m suffering.”
“I hurt that rotten person years ago, and that’s why God took away my son or daughter, my father or mother.”
“I’m such an evil person. That’s why God gave me cancer,” or “That’s why God sent the Coronavirus… to wipe out this evil world of evil doers.”
When we demand answers for which there isn’t an answer it’s a vain attempt to spiritualize our pain away. Our human capacity to accept uncertainty is limited, so we prefer to limit God by putting Him in a box. We relentlessly search for a rational answer. We set limits on ourselves as humans beings, and we end up pushing God further away.
Why do we do this? We want to put God where it makes more sense to us. We want to set God in his place. We prefer to think, “that if there truly is a God, then this is who God is. This is what God is like; and so this is how I can be stronger.”
We prefer to own our own problems. By setting God in a place where we want him to be, we think we can garner more control over our lives. We come up with our own solutions to our own problems.
Our goal for a human solution is empty and vain. It is not where God is found. God likely has a totally different solution. God’s knowledge is infinite and All-knowing. If we really knew the mind of God, what God already knows might actually surprise us.
It is not our job to rationalize God. God does not want to be included in our human equation. In God’s mind, there is no such thing as a human equation. Our job is not to put God where we think He ought to be. That is to falsify God and take God’s name in vain.
Our place is to be subordinate to God and become willing vessels of God’s will. When God has His rightful place in your life, it is then that you will have peace. When God feels welcomed in your life, it is then that you will have joy and hope.
What God wants more than anything is to wrap his big arms around you and tell you that He loves you. He desires to be with you. His presence surrounds you and protects you like a mother hen who guards her chicks. The love and mercy of God is greater than what we can imagine.
God wants to come to you in the midst of all your suffering… even in the midst of your chaos, your pain, sadness, sickness and disease. The capacity of the love of God is much greater than our human capacity. God’s love is deeper, wider, and higher.
Our own human capacity to love is extremely limited. We do not have the patience, the courage or the kindness to love like God can. That’s why we prefer to push aside a God who allows suffering. But God is much bigger than our vain human imaginations.
If God the Father absorbed all the pain that Jesus suffered on the cross, God can certainly live in us with all our pain and suffering. How so? God is God, and we are not. God can come into your life, filled with pain and chaos, filled with burdens that you cannot bear, and then fill it with God’s own peace.
Millions of Christians in the world today have experienced the overwhelming love and mercy of God. Christians in the world today currently suffering are experiencing God in the midst of their sickness and pain, in their wars and violence, in their persecutions and personal troubles. Millions more will enter into the Compassionate heart of this Triune God. He is calling out to each individual person, and that person might be you today.
I admit, the idea of a suffering God is not popular in Christian circles. The suffering Christ was once nailed to the cross. The crucified Christ was nailed on Friday. Well, we call it Friday but we really don’t know what day it was. We also like to call it “Good Friday”. It was not a good thing that happened but we call it “good” anyway. Behind this, there is an extremely important truth. It is a “Good Friday” because we already know there is hope coming on the third day. Jesus would soon rise again from the dead. We know the ultimate outcome is renewed life–a resurrection from the dead.
When we invite guests to come over to our house, we want to make sure we have it cleaned up, spotless and all tidy. We do this not for their sake, but we do it for our own sake. We take pride in our own perfection.
In God’s economy, God is not like this at all. God’s way is like this. As we welcome God to enter our lives and live within our pain and suffering, the Holy Spirit will fill us with peace, joy and hope. This is why we can invite God to come into our hearts and homes while we are still a mess. Yes, from our human point-of-view, this sounds unconventional and very different to what we think ought to be normal.
The good news of Christ is not that God came to wave a magic wand to banish away all our pain and problems. The good news of Christ Jesus is that God vanished from the empty tomb and resurrected in bodily form on the Third Day, and rose to live again in the flesh. He conquered and defeated death. If death could not hold Jesus in the tomb, then death will not be able to hold us down in the grave. This is why we celebrate Easter this Sunday.
Death is one of the biggest fears of humankind. If God in Christ Jesus defeated death on Easter, we also have hope of eternal life with God forever. May all praise, honor and glory be to God our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
When we don’t have a need for things, they just sit there on the shelf. When we do need them, everyone is going after them. Hospitals have been asking for medical supplies. Everyone is going after the same supplies and there’s not enough to go around—at least for the present time.
Here in Canada, the Prime Minister just announced that thousands of manufacturers are offering to manufacture medical supplies. What is coming soon are test kits, ventilators, and personal protective equipment, including 30,000 ventilators. Hopefully, there will be a glut of supplies after this whole Covid-19 ordeal is over and done with.
Since President Trump announced that N95 facemasks would not be leaving the United States, we realized that we would be in a hugely weakened position. Canadians just realized that we cannot depend on American manufacturers for supplies. We cannot depend on anyone to supply us when we are in a bind. Same goes for every country in the world.
This crisis has forced us to understand how important a domestic manufacturing industry is to our own country. One huge benefit to any country is to have its own manufacturing industry. We need to be self-dependent. We need to produce what we use, and use what we produce. Self-reliance is good for our country.
We also want to have our own natural resources. In Canada’s case, we have lots of oil, minerals, and natural resources. in a worst-case scenario, we can rely on our own resources.
The downside is that we would have to shut down our borders and not allow anything to come into our country. Doing so would shut off the supply valve from other countries. Then we would be forced to purchase our own Canadian labels. This is a closed-system, which would not be good for the country. A closed economy causes inflation. In the end, it would mean higher prices for everyone. Do we want to pay higher prices? No way.
Another way to get around this would be to slap on huge tariffs on imported goods coming into the country. This is protectionism. This is the way of the Trump Administration. It is a counter-measure to open borders and free trade in order to boost up a country’s manufacturing industry and produce more jobs.
I don’t think Trump is against free trade. He is also for fair trade. Fair trade will produce more Made in U.S.A. labels. Perhaps this is the type of environment our world needs right now. We need to be more self-reliant when there is a crisis.
If there are a few good things that will come out of all this are new manufacturing jobs, plus a greater pride in our country’s products. Made in Canada… and greater patriotism. May God bless our nation’s people with ingenuity, technology, and manufacturing.
Wang Fang, an accomplished author of novels, keeps an online diary and is followed by 4.2 million people in China on Weibo. During the middle of Wuhan’s coronavirus lockdown, CCP authorities were repeatedly censoring her WeChat account. As a response, she would repeatedly update her followers to her new accounts every few days. Now, that’s dedication to speak the truth–true journalism and real news.
Chinese people have found solace in her voice that spoke truth to the devastating situation in Wuhan. Below, she courageously declared who the government is for and who its master is:
“The government is the people’s government; it exists to serve the people,” wrote Wang Fang, a Chinese writer better known by her pen name, Fang Fang, in a social-media post. “Please take back your arrogance and humbly show gratitude to your masters—the millions of Wuhan people.” (quote from WSJ).
Applause and thanks to Wang Fang. Keep it up. I pray that you will be safe from the government in Wuhan. Fang Fang concludes: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” May God bless you and watch over you as you keep fighting the good fight.
This Coronvirus pandemic is taking a toll in the U.S. It’s getting worst everyday. Today, New York reported its highest daily rise in deaths. The Trump administration has now recommended Americans to wear facemasks in public to reduce the community spread of the virus. I had blogged earlier that this would eventually happen and it did on the same week. Although I hate wearing those darn things, I know that it will be safer for everyone if we wear them. We can share everything except for viruses. I’m sure nobody would want my germs. “No thanks” you say!
I was just thinking and feeling grateful that I still had a job. I could just as easily be jobless right now. If you are, I pray for those who are, that you’ll be able to get by till the next few months. Thank God for the financial support through the government’s aid package. May God be with you all who have lost their job or are worried of losing theirs in the near future.
Bless the charitable organizations out there who are helping. I know good hearted people and young people at some churches are volunteering their time to deliver groceries to seniors by dropping them off at their door.
As a society, we have been humbled. This virus has brought us to a point of temporary helplessness, at least within my lifetime and possibly yours too. I don’t remember having ever experienced such low rate of social disengagement. The positive of this might be this. I have a friend who told me, now that he has so much more time, he can hear God’s voice more clearly. Amazing what we can do when we have time–time to pray. Yay!
Here in Canada, news headline have announced a massive layoffs of tens of thousands of employees from two of our main airlines. Major U.S. airlines like Boeing are encouraging early retirement. The U.S. military is at risk. The USS Theodore Roosevelt has over 100 sailors who tested positive and is alongside in Guam.
I pray that all soldiers, sailors and aviators will remain safe. To our pilots, air stewards, and military service members around the world: you are precious to society. Hang in there. Stay healthy because after we get past this virus ordeal, we will travel again. We will always need our brave men and women in uniform to defend us at all times and in all places.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles, and some well-known icons have tested positive. The wife of Canada’s P.M. Sophie Trudeau also test positive. If they can get it, so can any one of us regular folk. We need to remain vigilant.
Young people, you all stay safe. No one is invincible. We need young people more than anyone to stay safe. Although you might be asymptomatic and have fewer symptoms, when you stay safe, our grandmothers and grandfathers will be safe too.
Some stores and businesses in Canada will be laying off half or even all of their staff. Some say that stores might be permanently affected and never reopen their door. I don’t want to believe that. Entrepreneurs, you are the backbone of our communities. You take the risks of opening stores to sell us your products and services. Without entrepreneurs and small businesses, our nation would not be what it is. We support you owners of small-businesses.
See this sign? It says, “Temporary.” Temporary means temporary. I have never seen so much fear around contracting a virus that we have to be holed up in our homes. Yes, what’s happening now and in the near future will be very difficult. It’s almost beyond our human control. It might be devastating for us fiscally, economically, socially, perhaps even politically and environmentally but not if we can help it. We all need to believe in each other. We can make it past the hard road ahead.
We don’t know how long this will last but hang in there. Our people will come back into your shops, restaurants and cafes, small and big. We need our entrepreneurs.
Some of our schools and colleges are considering being called off for the rest of the year. You might be a parent wondering when or if your kids can return to school. Parents and students, this is not forever. Though you might have classes online, you will return back to class and see your awesome classmates again. Learning is still learning, whether it’s online or in class.
Yes, it might feel almost like something from post-apocalyptic movies. There is something in the air that is post-Armageddon about this whole thing. But it could be worst. We must not lose hope. Despite what some might say, I don’t believe that this will be the new normal. This is only temporary.
In Canada, Global News has just come out with a story for wearing facemasks in public. We will eventually be changing our attitudes and practice of wearing facemasks in the near future. Studies are showing from Asia that this is a factor why Asian nations have a lower infection rate than Europe and North America. We need to start changing our practice soon.
This video is a must watch. Stephen Park, YouTube Vlogger at Asian Boss, did an invaluable interview recently with Dr. Woo-Ju Kim, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Korea University, College of Medicine (one of South Korea’s top experts on the Coronavirus). It’s already gone viral. He’s gone through SARS in 2002, and MERS in 2015.
He’s convinced me about the benefits of wearing a facemask in public. I have decided to wear a facemask in public beginning now (when I can get my hands on some). I’m predicting that Canada, the U.S., Europe, and the world will begin changing our policies and attitudes toward wearing facemasks in public.
Despite what we’ve been told in Europe and North America, I believe we’ve been misinformed due to our ignorance and inexperience in dealing with infectious diseases. The truth is that government-policy stakeholders already know that we do NOT have enough masks for everyone. That is why we are being told to not wear facemasks.
My advice to readers here is to listen to the advice of this South Korean medical expert and start wearing facemasks in public. Do it. It will save lives. You’ll need to read the English subtitles. Very informative.
Note: English subtitles. Language: Korean. Length: 35 minutes. Will require patience to sit through its entirety
I hope more of us can learn from Dr Kim’s experience and knowledge. If you learned something from this interview, feel free to share it with your friends.
What I’m about to say in this blogpost will sound very spiritual so you’ve got to hold on. I’ve been blogging lots on our current situation with this Coronavirus pandemic. It has affected every single person. As long as you haven’t been living under a rock, I’m sure it’s affected you in some way too. This virus has brought us to a new level, at least within my lifetime and possibly yours too. I don’t remember having ever experienced such a devastating event.
[ In China, the real number of deaths due to Covid-19 is far higher than what’s been reported. People in China no longer trust the Communist CCP government to tell the truth. They have blatantly lied and covered up the real numbers of deaths to the people and the world. Countries suffering from this epidemic today are left to deal with China’s dishonesty. People can no longer trust their governments, nor their health care systems, nor their savings, economies, nor markets to save them. People are now questioning everything about society’s protectorates. They have now been awakened to seek for truth outside established sources. ]
The spiritual landscape today
Spiritually-speaking, there will be a spiritual awakening in the midst of the Coronavirus. It will not be the cause of it but a sort of triggering point. This event will cause many people to seek deeper to look for answers in their lives. I have had this feeling inside me during the last week that there will be a sort of renewal in faith, spirituality, and religion in general.
If you’ve noticed that in the last ten years, the larger part of western society has turned away from established forms of religion (like the church). In doing so people and families have lost their religious traditions including their spiritual roots. We have become a very secular society, which irreligious society and it has removed and numbed our sense of spirituality.
In the east, namely China, the CCP has tried to control the Christian church. This will no longer be possible. God the Holy Spirit will start a sovereign move to breakout of its shell. Chinese people in the mainland have lost faith in the integrity of their once beloved CCP government. They will be seeking outside the regime to a higher power for salvation. The Christian church in China will begin to rise to become that Christian nation it is destined to become.
The spiritual landscape has been very dry, such that even a spark can ignite a fire. To use this analogy, it will be like a fire that cleanses and renews us–almost like a purification. To use another analogy like a dry parched land, rains will be coming down upon us.
I don’t believe this is merely coincidence. An opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal also spoke about such a spiritual revival: “A Coronavirus Great Awakening?” (article here). The author’s point was that sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event. Another article I came across was from First Things. Pope Francis is calling for repentance (article here).
A coming awakening of spirituality
The heart of God has been hurting and saddened in our neglect of him. Can God feel hurt? I think so. Like the prodigal son who has run away from home, his parents are reaching out him to calling him to return home. God will be calling us to turn our hearts back home–even during this Coronovirus pandemic.
The Holy Spirit will begin moving to renew societies and cultures worldwide. What is coming in the future will be a spiritual revival of hearts, minds and lives like we have never seen before. From God’s perspective, God can take a bad situation and turn it into something good.
Those whose hearts had been cold toward God will return to him again. People you might have never expected will begin to seek after spiritual things. There will be a big return back to God. The Holy Spirit will be calling people into repentance and return to God, to come to Jesus the Savior, and experience peace.
This pandemic has shown us that control over the events of the world does not rest in our own human power. It is not our call and it never was. We might be rich, powerful, strong, healthy, smart and intelligent, funny, beautiful, but ultimately we are all the same like everyone else who are not these things. Human power will not be enough to overcome the evils that have impacted our world today. As peoples and nations, it will be a humbling thing to come to this realization. It is what God wants us to realize.
A spiritual revival or renewal is on the horizon. It will bring a spiritual peace to entire societies and cultures around the world. At last, people will be free to live for God again, so get ready.
Get ready for God’s sovereign move
1/ There is still hope. This hope will not be found in ourselves. This hope rests solely in the love of God. The peace of God will be freely given. The gifts of God will be poured out into your life and cover all your disgraces, all your poverty, your losses, and yes, even the sins you have been keeping disclosed. That is the amazing love of God that Jesus came to give us.
2/ Another thing we can do is to pray to God and ask Him for forgiveness and be reconciled with God again. Christ the Lord will come into your life and give you His peace. The Holy Spirit will live with your family and give your spouse and children a peace that cannot be found anywhere else. Jesus is about love, peace and joy. So pray.
3/ This is just the start, but God is moving in this world to change, renew, and align our hearts and minds to that of God’s heart and mind (God’s will) . A new wave of revival will cause our cold and hardened hearts to return to God. This will be a sovereign move of God’s Spirit to soften our hearts, renew us and ultimately, renew society and culture. Then we will have hope of liberty and freedom to live in unity with God.
4/ Each of us, each of our families, each of our places of worship, will do well by preparing our hearts for this future coming. Be open to what God is about to do in our lives. Jesus Christ may be looking at you and desiring to have your heart and spirit re-awakened and re-aligned to be in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. If so, get ready. It’s starting soon.
When Asia was in the thick of Covid-19, to not wear a mask in public was seen as inconsiderate. It’s like how we might see others who fail to sneeze into their own sleeve if we’re not quick on the draw, and just letting the germs fly in the middle of a crowd. Disgusting right?
Personally, I have never been one for wearing face masks but I’m noticing more people wearing them in public these days. We are being told to wear face masks only if you are sick or if you are a frontline worker like a nurse or a doctor. We regard this practice as socially unacceptable.
Face masks: socialized in Asian societies
In Asia, people are expected to wear a mask in public at all times–both adults and children alike. The wearing of masks has almost become a sign of public courtesy. It heightens our awareness of germs and sends out the message that one ought to be cautious of not spreading or contracting germs. Regardless of whether masks are effective or not, it’s seen as a symbolic gesture of social courtesy at the least.
I was surprised to learn that in Asia, to be seen not wearing a mask in public, one might get odd stares. A person shopping for essential items might be viewed as an exposer of germs. He or she will not feel welcomes to shop there.
Asian people are deadly afraid of the virus. When Asia had the SARS and the MERS outbreak, thousands of people died, it didn’t much affect the rest of the world. The rate of fatality was close to 10% for those who did contract the virus (vs Covid-19 at 1-2%). Asians have become extremely sensitized.
For Asians who have come to North America, they have carried this practice over from Asia. It has been deeply socialized in the culture and has nothing to do with whether one has the virus. Should we fault Asians in North America for wearing face masks in public?
In Taiwan, the wearing of face masks is the norm and is highly encouraged by health authorities. It is more than just a social courtesy but also a health precaution for the healthy, and not just for those who are ill.
A person not wearing a face mask while shopping for groceries might be barred rom entry. Some shopkeepers and local businesses take it very seriously. That’s why everyone will carry a face mask or even two with them. Wearing a face mask is a duty and a social responsibility for everyone.
Do more widespread testing
Since the start of the outbreak in Wuhan, Asian countries have been treating the Coronavirus with war-like mentality. Nations and jurisdictions like Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Hong Kong have done a very good job in warding off high infection rates. The wearing of face masks is only one of the contributors to their success.
They also do mandatory public temperature screenings at airports, schools and large public spaces. I know it seems somewhat draconian to have to check everyone.
Public health workers doing temperature screening will wear protective clothing. It gives the impression that the deadly virus could be lurking anywhere and could hit at any moment. It strikes fear in the public psyche. Some might opine that we need to increase this awareness and alertness to the dangers of the coronavirus.
These hardline measures are a stark contrast to our culture where social freedoms and liberties are highly valued and protected. Can we do this kind of thing in Canada and the United States?
Will we get to the point where a wide spread infection of coronavirus will require mandatory or random public check points, and if the donning of masks might become socialized in the western world?
We might be seeing a change very shortly. Rumors have it that the CDC has been considering a change in public directives regarding wearing face masks in public. A change might come after production of face masks gets ramped up in the United States. Is there a reason why we are being fed the line that face masks are reserved for frontline workers and the ill only? I think there might be.
We might be asking ourselves, when is this Covid-19 pandemic going to end? We might be bored out of wit’s end and stuck in our home in isolation but around the world there are other negative events happening this week.
Pestilence of biblical proportions in eastern Africa and Middle East: Massive swarms of 500 billion locusts are devouring entire swaths of vegetation in eastern Africa, i.e., Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and others, and now the Arabian Gulf. The likes of this has not been seen in 70 years. One swath measured 60 km long by 40 km wide. Over 20 millions people are in danger of starvation due to food shortage.
War and terrorism in western Africa: terrorists group, Boko Haram, is mercilessly murdering men, women and children and inflicting harm upon innocent people in Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Cameroon.
We might be able to mitigate some evils but we cannot control all the bad and evil things happening in the world today. The wise teacher from the book of Ecclesiastes speaks of equal and common treatment toward all humanity.
“This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor. The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good or bad, ceremonially clean or unclean, religious or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t.”
Ecclesiastes 9:1-2 (NLT)
Regardless of whether we’ve been a good person, or done lots of bad things, this Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of us in some way.
This shows that control over the events in the world is not in our own human hands. We might be rich, powerful, strong, healthy, smart and intelligent, funny, beautiful, weak, poor, ill, good or evil. We do not have as much control as we might have thought we had. Ultimately the destiny of our world is not in our hands.
The good news is that there is still hope. Hope is in the love of God. There are things we can do to experience hope.
Be teachable and listen for God’s soft voice during self-isolation/quarantine/lock-down.
Take this time alone to focus and pray to God. Ask yourself: what is God’s will in my own life.
Enjoy the good gifts that God has already given to you. There’s always something.
Pray to God for joy and hope, even in my own suffering, anxiety, sadness (or even boredom).
Someone has written a series of very reflective thoughts. Some have mistakenly attributed it to Bill Gates says the Independent newspaper (UK). Any way, it’s still quite good and I’m sharing it here.
I’m a strong believer that there is a spiritual purpose behind everything that happens, whether that is what we perceive as being good or being bad. As I meditate upon this, I want to share with you what I feel the Corona/ Covid-19 virus is really doing to us:
1) It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should to. If you don’t believe me, just ask Tom Hanks.
2) It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another. It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport. It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.
3) It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have moved to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.
4) It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet roll.
5) It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials that we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.
6) It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.
7) It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.
8) It is reminding us to keep our egos in check. It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.
9) It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Indeed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colors.
10) It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation has happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.
11) It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, where we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.
12) It is reminding us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off of shelves. We are sick because our home is sick.
13) It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phase in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.
14) Whereas many see the Corona/ Covid-19 virus as a great disaster, I prefer to see it as a *great corrector* It is sent to remind us of the important lessons that we seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.
In the news, I heard a story about a spouse who could not leave the house to plan for her husband’s funeral. There was also a doctor who worked in the same hospital where his father had died. The sad thing was she could not be with him due to mandatory quarantine so he died while apart. For those who recently lost loved ones, here is my prayer for them, and for us, and you may also make this a prayer for yourself too.
Dear God, guide us as people on earth from nations to support and care for one another during this pandemic. May your healing wings rest upon us and cover us with your protection.
Show us the reason and purpose for our lives so that we may live with hope which is in God, in life, in death and in life beyond death.
Loving God, by the peace of Your abiding Presence, give us your peace and comfort us through the support of our family and friends, though we may be in imposed quarantine or in isolation.
Merciful God, You created us all in your image Continue to hold us in your arms through these trying times. Thank you for the gift of your servants who have recently passed from this world, for the gift of their life, and for the love and mercy they received from you,
Holy God, we entrust all your people who have passed into your tender care and everlasting arms. Amen.
It felt eerie while driving through the city today. Everything in downtown was closed. My favorite Starbucks was closed. Chairs and tables were stacked. My favorite Vietnamese restaurant was closed. The only stores open were grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, fast food joints for takeout or delivery, and hardware stores. That’s the basic extent of what I noticed anyway.
I finally found toilet paper at a pharmacy today. Some places have to stay open like essential goods and services but most people are staying home. Here in Canada, we’ve begun to take it very seriously. I know there are pockets in every city where people are still out and about. We all need to take social distances and self-isolation more seriously and stay home.
From the start, Asian countries have been taking this pandemic extremely seriously because they lost many lives through SARS. Today, they are ready and are already taking health precautions more seriously than Europe and North America. Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore are testing the public with more intensity than we are in North America.
Asians say they feel safer in Asia than they do here in Canada. Asian nations take more precautions than we do in America, Canada and Europe. Experts are now saying that Asian nations could see a second wave of the outbreak.
State governors, provincial premiers, city mayors and civic leaders are now sending a stronger message to the public to stay home. COVID-19 is now spreading amongst the community who have not traveled internationally. The coronavirus is being spread by and to others who did not travel outside the country.
Today, it sounded like President Trump would like to have restrictions lifted by April. What we can draw from this is that he is concerned the coronavirus will hurt the economy and people’s jobs, savings and assets.
We all know this not the time to even consider lifting restrictions on social distancing. We need to stay the course, otherwise, we could endanger more people.
Hospitals in Italy, Iran, Spain are now in panic mode and bursting from the seams. So we need to stay healthy and isolate ourselves at home. Don’t go outside. Otherwise, we will be where Italy is today. Let’s each do our part.