Friday, April 24, 2020

Oregon COVID-19 - The Victims

Here are the numbers as of April 24, 2020: 

Total number of positive tested cases in Oregon: 2,177

Total number of deaths from Coronavirus in Oregon: 86

Total number of unemployment applications in Oregon: 329,093

The week ending 3/14/20 reported 4,000 claims filed which is the normal number for this time of year.

What interests me is the fear that many of those under 40 have and the take-it-in-stride attitude of many over 60. I think it may be due to the fact that under 40's are more tuned into the news/social media and so are bombarded with fears and cures from "experts" and the media.

Unfortunately, the experts haven't done so well on curbing the 24,000 - 62,000 US deaths from regular flu even with annual free vaccination programs.

Not too many of the experts seem to have done real research on the 1918 flu or figured out that in all probability many if not most of us will be exposed to the Coronavirus sooner or later (as happened with the 1918 flu). What will truly be helpful is not social distancing or closing down businesses and jobs. The main benefit of that will be to spread out the number of cases so that hospitals won't be overrun in a given time period. What will truly help is better antibiotics and vaccines with "immunization strategies that mimic the often impressive protection that early childhood exposure provides".

In Oregon 2,177 cases have obviously not overwhelmed medical facilities and hospitals. But cancelling "non-essential" surgeries and treatments have negatively impacted tens of thousands of people who might have had relief had they been able to get treatment in the normal time period.

There are lots of victims. Victims of the Coronavirus as well as victims of public fear and public policy.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

He is risen!

Happy Easter!

This day we celebrate Jesus' resurrection from the dead.

He gave Himself up to crucifixion in order to pay the price of death for our sins.

Overlooking Ephesus: view to the harbor and Aegean Sea

He rose from the dead to give His new life to all who love Him, receive Him, believe in Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12-13)
Fresco of the anastasis in the Church of Chora depicting the risen Christ
destroying the gates of Hell and leading Adam and Eve into His new life