On Thursday, leaders of Capitol Hill Baptist Church announced the suspension of Sunday worship for the first time in 102 years. Pastor Mark Dever said the last time the D.C. congregation canceled worship was during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918.
â€śLetâ€™s pray for Godâ€™s mercy and grace on us and our community in these days,â€ť he wrote. â€śAnd for it soon to be safe for us to meet again.â€ť
Itâ€™s a stirring example of a sobering dilemma facing churches across the country (and the world) as authorities try to mitigate the spread of coronavirus: To meet or not to meet?...
I would encourage all people with an underlying health issue to please consider staying home from church on Sunday or large groups. Worship at home with your family. Iâ€™ve had type 2 diabetes since 2014 and past 65plus. My doctor has said, this virus can stay on a surface for 72 hours, unless wiped off with a a antibacterial spray or wipe. It is spread by direct contact or by droplets from coughing or perspiration from a high fever. If you can recover at home good, this is a pneumococcal virus and the threshold for hospital admission, most often is to be put on a ventilator. As my daughter has said, the young people need to avoid crowds, if it crosses into the millennial generation population and that group starts dying, we could loose close to a 7 million people.
Excellent question, Amishchristian. There is a significantly higher death rate from this virus, which causes severe complications requiring hospitalization and assistance breathing in about 18% of cases. There is a higher risk to older adults with health issues. The best explanation is that the authorities want to protect that most vulnerable segment of the population. And the healthcare system can become overwhelmed if the virus really starts sickening many.
Well so far this flu hasnâ€™t interrupted our life, school or church wise. But could someone help me understand why this flu is worse than all the other fluâ€™s that are going around? The store business has been about the same as usual and this subject hasnâ€™t really come up in conversation, but I guess now I am a little reluctant to bring it up lest someone thinks weâ€™re helping spread it by not closing.