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A Message From Italy

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A message from Italy ... FYI

I am writing to you from Bergamo, Italy, at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The news media in the US has not captured the severity of what is happening here. I am writing this post because each of you, today, not the government, not the school district, not the mayor, each individual citizen has the chance, today to take actions that will deter the Italian situation from becoming your own country’s reality. The only way to stop this virus is to limit contagion. And the only way to limit contagion is for millions of people to change their behavior today. If you are in Europe or the US you are weeks away from where we are today in Italy. I can hear you now. “It’s just a flu. It only affects old people with preconditions” There are 2 reasons why Coronavirus has brought Italy to it’s knees. First it is a flu is devastating when people get really sick they need weeks of ICU – and, second, because of how fast and effectively it spreads. There is 2 week incubation period and many who have it never show symptoms. When Prime Minister Conte announced last night that the entire country, 60 million people, would go on lock down, the line that struck me most was “there is no more time.” Because to be clear, this national lock down, is a hail mary. What he means is that if the numbers of contagion do not start to go down, the system, Italy, will collapse. Why? Today the ICUs in Lombardy are at capacity – more than capacity. They have begun to put ICU units in the hallways. If the numbers do not go down, the growth rate of contagion tells us that there will be thousands of people who in a matter of a week? two weeks? who will need care. What will happen when there are 100, or a 1000 people who need the hospital and only a few ICU places left? On Monday a doctor wrote in the paper that they have begun to have to decide who lives and who dies when the patients show up in the emergency room, like what is done in war. This will only get worse. There are a finite number of drs, nurses, medical staff and they are getting the virus. They have also been working non-stop, non-stop for days and days. What happens when the drs, nurses and medical staff are simply not able to care for the patients, when they are not there? And finally for those who say that this is just something that happens to old people, starting yesterday the hospitals are reporting that younger and younger patients – 40, 45, 18, are coming in for treatment. You have a chance to make a difference and stop the spread in your country. Push for the entire office to work at home today, cancel birthday parties, and other gatherings, stay home as much as you can. If you have a fever, any fever, stay home. Push for school closures, now. Anything you can do to stop the spread, because it is spreading in your communities – there is a two week incubation period – and if you do these things now you can buy your medical system time. And for those who say it is not possible to close the schools, and do all these other things, locking down Italy was beyond anyone’s imagination a week ago. Soon you will not have a choice, so do what you can now. Please share.

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Thanks BK - a very sobering post.

 

The UK Govt is finally getting its act together. Most churches are now not sharing the peace or administrating wine at communion.

 

I expect there will be other steps taken as we brace ourselves in the rest of Europe.

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I really think these types of posts need to be verified before sharing. We already have a media (here in the US) that seems too eager to stoke the Corona virus hysteria for ratings and/or political posturing.

 

While we need to take this situation seriously, we also need to move forward with factual information and a calm demeanor.

 

I wrote a novel about a flu pandemic. My story was based around a reemergence of the Spanish Flu, and I did a lot of research on the 1918 pandemic. I can tell you right away that with all the facts at this point, the Corona virus is VERY different, and far less lethal than the Spanish Flu. But it's still dangerous to the elderly and those with underlying conditions. 

 

I think the worst threat we face with this pandemic is hysteria and panic. Be VERY skeptical of information shared on social media. Check it against CDC information. But above all, remember Psalm 46:10  "Be still and know that I am God." 

 

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I agree with @Accord64; I would really take everything the media says with a grain of salt. Of course, we need to be ready in case anything does come of this virus, but the media is going to completely blow it all out of proportion to further their agenda. 

 

I'm mostly worried about the spread of the virus in Asia, especially Japan. I worry a lot about the Japanese people. 😭

 

But I always remind myself of this truth; I recently shared this video with you guys, but I think now would be a good time to share it with you again:

 

 

 

 

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I think the point of that post -- which I do not doubt was genuine -- was that health care systems that are already close to capacity (i.e. not enough intensive care units, etc.) are not ready for this virus. While some countries might be able to handle a limited number of cases fine, if too many hit at once, a lot of people will die. So the best we can do is try to slow it down via extreme cleanliness, social distancing, or whatever until warmer weather and, eventually, a vaccine come.

 

Remember, they were telling jokes in northern Italy (I have friends there) just a week or two ago about the virus being no big deal. It needs to be taken seriously.

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20 hours ago, Miss Erin said:

I agree with @Accord64; I would really take everything the media says with a grain of salt. Of course, we need to be ready in case anything does come of this virus, but the media is going to completely blow it all out of proportion to further their agenda. 

 

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves

and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

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8 hours ago, William D'Andrea said:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves

and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

(2 Chronicles 7:14)

One of my favorite Scriptures!! 🥰🥰

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