A Time to Centering Ourselves in Christ Community
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Our church homes are communities of caring, healing and wholeness. The spread of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, inspires fear as we are all wondering how best to be with one another and also care for the health and well-being of ourselves and one another.
I encourage each of us to remember our integral connection through Christ Jesus as we weather this storm together.
The most important thing we can do for ourselves, our families and our communities is to follow common sense daily precautions. Being prepared can reduce our fear, anxiety, and the spread of flu, common colds and the Coronavirus.
We are hearing that the symptoms of the Coronavirus are flu-like and often mild in healthy adults, despite the highly contagious nature of the virus. That is good news, and unfortunate news because often people who are infected do not know.
In effort to support our preparedness, The California-Nevada Disaster Relief office has developed a list of simple precautions to help stop the virus from spreading.
Know the Facts
- The best sources of current information around COVID-19, also referred to as the Coronavirus, are the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Practice Personal Precautions
- If you are feeling sick contact your health care professional immediately and excuse yourself from personal and professional obligations that require you to leave home.
- Wash your hands often and for at least the length of the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
- If you can’t wash your hands use an alcohol based sanitizer.
- Give folks extra personal space by greeting with a wave or hand over your heart.
Create a Family/Community Plan
- Gather immediate family, relatives and friends and talk about what should be done if a community outbreak happens and what the needs of each person will be.
- Talk about ways to care for those who may be at higher risk of complications. If you are currently healthy your risk for complications should you get the virus are fairly low if you take care of yourself. However, those who are medically fragile or infants might be more affected by the virus. What would you do if the services they need are not available?
Identify Resource Organizations
- Create a list of those organizations in your community that can provide assistance with things like counseling, food and other supplies.
- Make sure you have a nutritional supply of food and plenty of water on hand. Items like additional hand soap and sanitizer, tissues and N-95 masks are also important.
Prepare Your Home
- If someone in your home becomes ill, have a dedicated space for recuperation and recovery. Clean and disinfect your home daily.
- Keep frequently touched surfaces and objects – doorknobs, railings, computer keyboards, phones, toys and desks - clean with soap and water, bleach and water or an EPA approved disinfectant.
Prepare for Possible Closures
- Identify alternative childcare if needed and prepare for possible office closures.
I am praying for each of you and know that we will find ways to care for one another. In this time of seeming uncertainty, I am certain that God is with us.
Bishop Minerva Carcaño