Coronavirus

Note

“Coronavirus” is actually a category of viruses, sort of like “Poodle” is a category of dogs. The virus popularly known as “coronavirus” is more precisely known as SARS-CoV-2 (though also referred to as 2019-ncov, for “2019 Novel Coronavirus”) and is in the coronavirus family. One of the best sources of information on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease COVID-19 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The interactive data map from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (verified safe link) is also a great source of visualized data, close to “real time.”

Probably the best COVID-19 information in Canada.

Keep an eye out as well for Coronavirus Scams.

 

For related posts at SharperIron, see also COVID-19.


 

GARBC has scheduled a time of prayer on Facebook for March 19, 1:30 PM Central

"As our nation grapples with the Coronavirus disease, we will be going Facebook Live on our GARBC facebook page this Thursday, March 19, 1:30 p.m.(CT), for a special time of prayer. Join National Representative Mike Hess and ministry colleagues as we pray together for the following requests..." - GARBC

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Preparation Is Not Panic and Confusion is Not Chaos

"...there have been some moments of poor behavior as people have realized they may not be able to easily purchase some of life’s necessities. Hence, 'Panic As Shoppers Fight Over Toilet Paper!' There’s no doubt there have been moments of confusion as airport lineups have swelled in response to stricter policies—'Chaos at America’s Airports!' But it seems to me—and I have been following the news very closely—that such moments are relatively few and far between." - Challies

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3 Ways Facebook Groups Can Bridge the ‘Social Distancing’ Gap in Churches

"Streaming a sermon over Facebook Live for a week or two is a fine temporary substitute for in-person Bible teaching. But how can churches use technology to support the community provided by the local church gathering while we are prevented from meeting?" - F&T

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Ministry & COVID-19 Roundup

Here's a collection of some of the latest (at this moment) COVID-19 related news and views, mostly from Christian sources. 

Christian perspectives... 

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Is Social Distancing a Christ-Like Response to Covid-19?

"[H]ow can we practically serve God during this season dominated by Covid-19? Three main ways: 1. Diligently praise God for His sovereignty. 2. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, do not give in to fear. 3. By God’s grace, serve those in our communities who are the most at risk of being adversely affected by Covid-19." - John Ellis

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How DC Churches Responded When the Government Banned Public Gatherings During the Spanish Flu of 1918

1918: "DC churches responded by calling an emergency meeting of the Protestant ministers....they 'voted unanimously to accede to the request of the District Commissioners that churches be closed in the city.' As The Evening Star reported the next day that the 'Pastors Federation of Washington' would comply with and support the safety measures called for by the city." - 9 Marks

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