Daily Reflection from Fr. Mike
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We continue to walk through these days in faith and trust...let us be willing to accept the challenges and the changes needed in our daily way of life to work to keep our ourselves, our families, and our society healthy and safe.
Because of our faith, we will turn crisis into new opportunities.
Let us pray and do our part for a safer and healthier world!
This is an email that I received from Dr. M. G. LaMar, a retired Navy doctor who is a member of our Parish Family. His comments on the Coronavirus make for an easy read:
Coronavirus is a family of viruses first discovered in 1937. They infect numerous mammalian and avian species. Coronaviruses were found as a cause of the common cold in the 1960's.
Two serious human coronavirus infections that occurred in the recent past are SARS and MERS. Added to that pair, we now have the much milder COVID-19.
This virus came from an open-air market that featured wildlife, in Wuhan, China. All other theories are without evidence to support such speculation and just cause fear and panic.
When the first cases broke, the Chinese government mishandled them, and the disease rapidly spread. It spread easily because it is NOT usually serious, nor quickly fatal like Ebola; so people can walk around spreading it without knowing that they are contagious.
The cases skyrocketed. China then responded to the epidemic with draconian measures. In truth, they needed to because the genie was well out of the bottle by then.
As cases developed around the world, governments were lax in their response at first. Then the mathematical reality revealed itself in spades. The WHO soon declared a pandemic. We now have somewhat draconian measures at play to varying degrees around the entire world.
Still, the overwhelming majority who get this infection will have no symptoms, or mild symptoms, or a fever and a cough +/- breathlessness. Few will get deathly ill. Here's a CDC chart:
Stage of severity
Rough percentage of people with COVID-19
Mild disease from which person can recover
More than 80%
Severe disease, causing breathlessness
Critical disease, including septic shock,
respiratory failure, and the failure of
more than one organ
Overall case mortality is still not yet clear. It is speculated that it will be < 1% as the denominator grows with more testing. The people who are most at risk are the elderly (>65 y.o), people with lung disease, those immunocompromised for a host of reasons, and smokers.
So why the quarantine for something just not that deadly to most? Well, 1-2% of 300,000,000 is 3-6,000,000 potential ICU players. We don't have that capacity. So we seek to slow the propagation of the disease to keep the case numbers low. "Containment" is just to prevent the number of severe cases from overwhelming the medical system. See this graph: