LTRP Note: The following commentary is posted for informational and research purposes. We have also posted an insightful video interview below the commentary from an unrelated source as well as other articles we have recent posted on COVID-19.
By David Cloud
(Way of Life Literature)
As the Covid-19 crisis continues and economic problems mount, there is good news. For the redeemed of the Lord, there is always good news in Holy Scripture.
We have never made light of the coronavirus epidemic. It is a major problem, and serious steps must be taken to minimize its spread and devastation. But there has to be a proper perspective, which is not found in the panic-driven media. To put this business in right perspective, while thousands have died of Covid-19, MILLIONS have died of other things. About 3 million people die of all causes in America every year, and 56 million worldwide. That’s MILLION. Worldwide, that’s 153,000 deaths per day, 6,400 PER HOUR, every hour, hour after hour after hour. The leading causes of death in America are, in the following order, heart disease, cancer, accidents, lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and influenza. The reason that the predominant approach to Covid-19 is small-minded is that we DO live with death. We are dying people in a world of death. This is the reality of life on Earth. We live with death in a thousand forms, and we must learn how to live with coronavirus.
Many have mocked the comparison of Covid-19 with the flu, but there is a comparison. Covid-19 is still a small thing compared to influenza, though it is yet to be seen how they will compare in the end. In 2018, there were 80,000 flu deaths in America, which was about 450 deaths per day. Worldwide, about 1 billion people contract the flu, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine, and about 500,000 die annually during the flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That is about 2740 flu deaths per day or 114 per hour. It appears that influenza is not as easily spread as coronavirus, but that influenza is very contagious is obvious by the massive numbers of infections annually. A billion!
If influenza infections and fatalities were to be tracked on a chart and updated in real time and broadcast continually from every news site on Earth and flashed across the length and breadth of social media as per Covid-19, there would be unending panic every year. The six-foot rule would be a permanent reality.
Again, this is not to make light of the coronavirus. It is a major problem and requires serious attention and the application of much wisdom. We aren’t saying that radical steps shouldn’t be taken, such as social distancing, limiting large gatherings, etc. But there has to be a proper perspective. We do live with death. It is reality, and we must learn how to deal with the coronavirus epidemic without pulling down the very fabric of a modern society.
According to The Lancelot Infectious Diseases medical journal, the current estimates on the Covid-19 fatality rate is 1.38% of confirmed cases, .66% overall, and 7.8% for those over 80 (“The Lancet Infectious Diseases: comprehensive Covid-19 hospitalization and death rate estimates,” EurekAlert, Mar. 30, 2020).
This is less than half of the rate that was reported earlier. It means that more than 99% of those who are contracting Covid-19 are recovering and 92% of those over 80 are recovering.
We wonder what percentage of those over 80 who contract influenza recover? We could only find statistics for 65 and over, and 65-80 is a significantly different group than 80 and over. We do know that 12,000 people over 65 died of influenza in America the 2017-18 season (“Flu Deaths Rising for Americans over 65,” AARP. Oct. 2, 2018).
The sad reality is that when you are over 80, you are likely to die of anything, anytime! I don’t think anyone over 80 would argue with me about that. The interesting thing is that three thousand years ago, God’s Word spoke specifically about the ages 70 and 80.
For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. (Psalm 90:9-12).
This is very good counsel. Our earthly lives are like like a passing shadow at best, and we need to apply our hearts to wisdom.
Just an observation here: With all my news watching for the last three weeks regarding the coronavirus or Covid-19 (can’t seem to find reporting on anything else but), I don’t ever recall any of the “experts” or interviewers ever considering the One True God. I have heard from the politicians of all sorts and sizes ad nauseum, the scientists up one arm and down the other-at least the ones in agreement with the story being put forth, and, of course, the ever-present sociologists and psychologists weighing in and putting forth their own particular brand of pseudoscience.
This very fact alone demonstrates that while “God” remains in the national vocabulary, “he” has been marginalized so we might find answers from our true saviors—the politicians, scientists, and the ever-present pseudo-scientists. I guess God isn’t yet convenient or deemed necessary or fit the accepted story line. Actions DO speak much louder than words! Read the actions. While they are seeking for wisdom and answers from all the wrong people, here is what the True God has to say as He reveals Himself and the way in which He deals with men—Listen closely:
The unrecognized and unfaced reality of God’s relationship with men—there are limits—the appeal to men: Proverbs 1:20-31—
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
(The source of this commentary is Way of Life Literature; permission granted to reprint from WOL website)
The following YouTube video is an interview done in Canada. We are posting it for its insights that are relevant to the United States as well as Canada (see other related material below).
“Corona, Rodney Howard Browne’s Arrest, and the Prophet Jeremiah” by Bill Randles
“Teach Me to Number My Days” by Mike Oppenheimer
“Trusting God Through It All” by Warren B. Smith
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