05 March 2020

Second Thoughts ~ Coronavirus

Greetings Dear Reader,

We are all hearing news about COVID-19 or the Coronavirus.  With each serious problem comes the flood of memes, jokes, and lampoons that seem to entertain us in the midst of trouble.  As I ponder the problem, I also consider the things that are the real concerns with this pandemic.

It troubles me greatly that the Coronavirus has actually impacted the sales of Corona Beer negatively.  This beer from Mexico has been erroneously connected with the COVID-19 virus.  A recent survey suggested that 16% of the people polled could not dissociate the beer from the virus.  How do we reconcile that people actually believe that the two are connected in any way?  This points to the lack of practical education in our society.  Anyone with a lick of sense knows that the beer is from Mexico and the virus is from China. 

Another posted meme made it clear how much we need some comic relief from the fear of the virus.  It seems that an Amazon employee in Seattle has a confirmed case of Coronavirus.  The meme pointed out that if we ordered within two hours, we could all have the virus within two days.

My genuine concern here is that there will be 16% or more of my fellow humans who will think they can get Coronavirus from shopping on Amazon.  If this happens, I may fully choose to believe that we are doomed as a culture.  It seems plausible that there are those who will see ordering online as a viable virus transmitter; especially if their antivirus is not up to date.

There is also the reminder to wash our hands.  We are supposed to do it for twenty seconds and there are songs to sing whilst doing it.  Then we can liberally apply hand sanitizer if we can find any left in the stores.  I saw one place selling a 16-ounce bottle for $800.  Let the profiteering begin.  Oh, and if you buy it by the case it comes in bubble-wrap inflated with air from China.

Other questions plague me relative to the virus.  Does this mean that we will see a lag in popularity for Weird Al because of his 9 Coronas parody?  Will lime sales be hurt with the decline in Corona sales?  Will we learn from this how little control we have over the world? 
Perhaps we can take another approach and be sensible.  Washing our hands is good.  It is wise to be vigilant about our health in a reasonable way.  We may wish to avoid Chinese beer but a cold Corona is a good idea.  What is most important is that we realize just how foolish we will look with masks that cover our faces and not our fear.  Have we already forgotten the image from the summer of SARS?  Do we believe that our worry and panic will protect us? 

I have to believe that the Father even has his hand on this.  I know that it will be difficult for some.  Caution and care are wise.  Worry is worthless.  I will focus on the things that matter.  I will laugh at the memes.  I will care about the lives impacted by actually being sick.  Perhaps we should just keep calm, have a Corona, and wash our hands whilst recalling that God is not surprised by any of this.
Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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