Christians Respond to Coronavirus - “2019-nCoV”
CEN Advisory 1.27.20
TLP-WHITE for broad public release
Christians Respond to Coronavirus - “2019-nCoV”
The Coronavirus outbreak is an emerging, rapidly evolving global situation. CEN is monitoring its own sources for accurate and timely information and guidance. In addition, CDC may provide updated information as it becomes available.
The CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China last month and continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with “2019-nCoV” in China, including outside of Hubei Province. Infections with “2019-nCoV” also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.
Currently, there are five confirmed cases in the US. The patients, located in Southern California, Chicago, Arizona and Washington states, traveled from Wuhan to the U.S. in recent weeks. Mapping the spread of the new coronavirus: The United States, France, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, Macao and South Korea have all confirmed cases of the infection.
Darryl Walker CEN National Safety Security Officer: “With Coronavirus situation increasing in the U.S. every church leadership should be reviewing its ALL Hazards Emergency Operation Plan. if a church doesn't have one they need to develop one immediately. Go to ReadyChurch and follow the specific steps found in the chapter titled: ReadyChurch Planning/Risk Assessments
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DIMINISH your contracting an epidemic virus by using the 10 STEPS
1. When you leave your home, wear gloves—winter mittens or outdoor gloves—and keep them on in subways, buses, and public spaces.
2. If you are in a social situation where you should remove your gloves, perhaps to shake hands or dine, do not touch your face or eyes, no matter how much something itches. Keep your hands away from contact with your face. And before you put your gloves back on, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water, scrubbing the fingers. Put your gloves on.
3. Change gloves daily, washing them thoroughly, and avoid wearing damp gloves.
4. Masks are useless when worn outdoors and may not be very helpful even indoors. Most masks deteriorate after one or two uses. Using the same mask day after day is worse as the contents of your mouth and nose eventually coat the inside of the mask with a smelly veneer that is attractive to bacteria.
5. Stay away from crowds, and I keep my distance from individuals. A half meter, about 1.5 feet, is a good standard. If someone is coughing or sneezing, Ask those who may be infected to put on a mask—to protect from potentially contaminated fluids. If they decline, step a meter (about 3 feet) away from them, or leave. Don’t shake hands or hug people—politely beg off, saying it’s better for both of you not to come in close contact during an epidemic.
6. Inside your household, remove all of the towels from your bathrooms and kitchen immediately, and replace them with clean towels that have the names of each family member on them. Instruct everybody in your home to only use their own towels and never touch another family member’s towel. Wash all towels twice a week. Damp towels provide terrific homes for viruses, like common colds, flus, like coronaviruses.
7. Be careful with doorknobs. If it’s possible to open and close doors using your elbows or shoulders, do so. Wear gloves to turn a doorknob—or wash your hands after touching it. If anybody in your home takes sick, wash your doorknobs regularly. Similarly, be cautious with stairway banisters, desktops, cell phones, toys, laptops—any objects that are hand-held. As long as you handle only your own personal objects, you will be okay—but if you need to pick up someone else’s cell phone or cooking tools or use someone else’s computer keyboard, be mindful of not touching your face and wash your hands immediately after touching the object.
8. If you share meals, do not use your personal chopsticks and utensils to remove food from a serving bowl or plate. Tell your children to never drink out of anybody else’s cups or from a container of shared fluid. It is customary in China to prepare several dishes for a meal and then allow everybody at the table to use their personal chopsticks to pull food from the common dishes: Don’t do this until the epidemic is over. Place serving spoons in each dish and instruct everybody at the table to scoop what they want from the serving dishes onto their personal plates or bowls, return the serving spoon to the main dish, and then use their personal chopsticks to pick food from their personal plate or bowl into their mouth. Wash all food and kitchenware thoroughly between meals and avoid restaurants that have poor hygiene practices.
9. Do not buy, slaughter, or consume any live animal or fish until it is known what species was the source of the virus.
10. Open your windows, when the weather allows, at home or work, letting your space air out. The virus cannot linger in a well-ventilated space. But of course, if it is cold or the weather is inclement, keep warm and close those windows.
CARING for others:
Finally, if you are caring for a friend or family member who is running a fever, always wear a tight-fitting mask when you are near them, and place one on the ailing person (unless they are nauseated). When you replace an old, dirty mask from the face of your friend or loved one be very, very careful—assume, for the sake of your protection, that it is covered in viruses, and handle it while wearing latex gloves, place it inside of a disposable container, seal it, and then put it in the trash. While wearing those latex gloves, gently wash the patient’s face with warm soap and water, using a disposable paper towel or cotton swab, and seal it after use in a container or plastic bag before placing it in your household trash. Wear long-sleeved shirts and clothing that covers your body when you are caring for your ailing friend or relative. Clean everything your patient wears or touches very thoroughly in hot soapy water, including sheets, towels, and utensils. If you have space, isolate the sick person in your household in a room, or a corner of a room, where they are comfortable, but separated from the rest of the household. If the weather is tolerable, open a window that is on the opposite side of the room, so that air gently blows past the patient’s face and then outdoors. Of course, don’t do this if it is very cold, as your friend or loved one will be made sicker if uncomfortably cold.
Be safe. Do not panic. Take common sense precautions.
See the complete CDC release here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
- For wisdom for WHO, CDC, and other health organizations, hospitals and doctors who are directly involved and seeking prevention of further spread of Coronavirus. Pray for God given direction in their responses; actions to be taken. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
- For persons infected both in the US and other parts of the world. Pray for revelation knowledge, effective treatment and an antidote. "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:22
- For all government officials of countries affected, US, Federal, State and Local officials whose citizens are affected. Pray for them to work hand in hand with health officials. “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
- By listening to those you know who are gripped by fear. Ask them if you can pray with them. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
- By reaching out to health officials and offering words of encouragement. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- By telling your pastor you will help to lead the ReadyChurch team as a support in equipping your church to be prepared for any crisis, small or large. “So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6
- By offering your own story of how your faith in God anchored you through your personal storm. Share how God gives peace that passes understanding in every circumstance that threatens our peace. “The wicked are blown away by every stormy wind. But when a catastrophe comes, the lovers of God have a secure anchor.” Proverbs 10:25, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7
- By offering a “PRAYER” when you see a doctor, nurse or EMT, who need encouragement for putting themselves in harm’s way for the good of others! “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.” Matthew 23:11