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COVID-19 Now a Pandemic
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect people and can spread between people sustainably. Because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads worldwide.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is infecting people and spreading easily from person-to-person. Cases have been detected in most countries worldwide and community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. On March 11, the COVID-19 outbreak was characterized as a pandemic by the WHO. (From CDC website)
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What is “flattening the curve?”
Flattening the curve refers to using protective practices to slow the rate of COVID-19 infection so hospitals have room, supplies and doctors for all of the patients who need care.
This image was adapted from the CDC.
A large number of people becoming very sick over the course of a few days could overwhelm a hospital or care facility. Too many people becoming severely ill with COVID-19 at roughly the same time could result in a shortage of hospital beds, equipment or doctors.
On a graph, a sudden surge in patients over a short time could be represented as a tall, narrow curve.
On the other hand, if that same large number of patients arrived at the hospital at a slower rate, for example, over the course of several weeks, the line of the graph would look like a longer, flatter curve.
In this situation, fewer patients would arrive at the hospital each day. There would be a better chance of the hospital being able to keep up with adequate supplies, beds and health care providers to care for them. (Information from Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHP) )
How are we helping?
This page will be updated periodically as information becomes available. We want to encourage the members of our church to use caution as we enter the coming weeks. The church will be practicing physical distancing as a way to keep exposure to a minimum for our congregation. Soon a CARE page will be made available through which you can request prayer, help with groceries, get connected to a mail ministry and more as we move forward into this unprecedented time. Please know that we are covering all of you and this situation in prayer. God is still at work here. In His name we pray.