Yes, I’m Afraid Of Covid 19

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49 Responses

  1. London says:

    This.
    Except the reason I wear a mask is I live with an elderly person with cancer and heart issues.
    I will wear a mask no matter who says anything to me.

  2. Michael says:

    London,
    As will I, my friend.

  3. bob1 says:

    Count me in. I’m old with 2 high-risk conditions.

    I think if you don’t feel some fear, something ain’t right.

    Or maybe it’s just a figment of our imagination, eh?

    Riiiiiiiiiiiight!

  4. Em says:

    FWIW
    As i understand it, the covid19 originated in the animal kingdom (excluding man). As a result our immune systems do not respond…etc
    I have no idea as to what China is doing or thinking…. I do believe in deep state hidden governments and conspiracies. 😇 I believe in the devil, too… Nazis and bolscheviks and…. egotistic haters and… Power drunk cuckoos and the ring of fire and. … and the second coming – just don’t know when
    God keep

  5. Captain Kevin says:

    Michael, with all the health issues you’ve had, you have every right to be afraid of COVID-19 or any other condition. I mean heck, both my parents died of cancer. Do I run around in fear of cancer? No. Am I afraid of it? You better believe it. Keep walking in grace, my friend.

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, CK…you too!

  7. Erunner says:

    I’m ashamed so often when this topic ends up turning believer against believer. Instead of agreeing to disagree it’s as if our pride will absolutely not allow it. So we see some making fun of others. Some questioning the intelligence of others. Others questioning the spiritual standing before God of others. So often Jesus is lost amongst our words as we dig in. Meanwhile satan dances with delight.

  8. Jim says:

    I don’t see the controversy. While I’m what some online call a flubro (pro-Swedish model), it’s only rational for someone at risk to take every precaution. My son and his spouse contracted covid living in NYC. They do not have co-factors, and exhibited minor symptoms. My local son in law is type 1, and is self-quarantining.

    I haven’t been sick since 2007, so it would be silly for me (knowing what we now know) to be worried about getting sick or dying from covid, but I wear a mask when interacting with those who are at risk, understanding that masks alone are for those who don’t want to infect others, and are poor protection for those at risk.

    So no, you aren’t a wimp, you’re rational. My local son in law is a 40 year old stud who expects nothing from society, as his health is his responsibility. We were happy to celebrate my grandson’s 13th birthday at a distance, because concern for the threat was rational.

  9. Michael says:

    Erunner,

    My friends list on Facebook is a yo yo…between masks and conspiracy theories I can’t win.

  10. Michael says:

    Jim,

    Thanks.
    At this point we should equip and warn the vulnerable and open it up wide.
    If the consequences are tragic, perhaps we will learn something.
    If not, we’ll have learned something anyway…

  11. Erunner says:

    Michael, things are so upside down. Some just can’t let go and then bring you into it. So very sad.

  12. Michael says:

    Erunner,

    The further ruin of relationships that started with politics and is seeing it’s full flower in the pandemic will affect us for years to come.
    I’ve lost some folks I never thought would go over such things…and getting used to those losses may be the real “new normal”…

  13. filbertz says:

    the way I see it, the lack of genuineness, honesty, and vulnerability from leadership in Christian circles (such as unwillingness to admit fear, temptation, failure, fault, struggle, etc.) is at the root of the divisions and judgmental mindset we are witnessing not just in society at large, but most alarmingly in the church. Your tone and transparency is not just refreshing, but a template of how leadership can influence believers moving forward. It is not weakness to admit fear or struggle. Weakness is denying it.

  14. AA says:

    Glad you are staying as healthy as possible & doing what you can to stay that way. Praying for your health. I look forward to meeting at church for time with the saints, hope it’s soon. ⛪️

  15. CM says:

    Michael,

    A healthy fear (or perhaps respect would be a more accurate term) for things that can harm us is good. Anyone who has ever been involved with workplace safety knows about PPE. If you are cutting or grinding materials, people don’t criticize you for wearing safety glasses. There is a reason why safety glasses, hard harts, chemical resistant gloves, etc. were invented and are worn.

    I would love see all those macho anti-mask types see how tough they are when they try to use their bench grinder without their safety glasses.

  16. CM says:

    Michael,

    This is perhaps the clearest example as to why wearing PPE is a good idea (safety glasses in this case):

    https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/4npyfu/safety_specs_saved_this_guys_eye_from_an/

    This should be printed to poster size and put up in every machine shop.

  17. UnCCed says:

    I never really knew how diluted so many were until this pandemic.
    I guess it was a little amusing to hear about “lizard people controlling the government,” because our cooks were mostly harmless.
    But with so many in the church now completing medical school, residency, passing multiple board with just a few hours of YouTube, THEN making decisions that could kill grandma, I’m stupefied.
    What’s next?
    Next time I fly, are they going to demand to fly the plane because they watched a video and it’s their “freedom?”

  18. directambiguity says:

    What kind of mask should I wear?

  19. Michael says:

    directambiguity,

    I’m under no illusion that masks are the end all for protection from this virus.
    My expectation is they may at best lessen the viral load being inhaled or exhaled.
    It may be enough to keep me from getting sick or me getting someone else sick.
    Love of neighbor and myself suggests that is reason enough.
    I don’t wear one because I think it will save me, I wear one because it shows my neighbor I’m willing to do my part to save them.

  20. directambiguity says:

    Michael,

    I have a box of n95’s I use for allergies.

  21. CM says:

    Interestingly, for the masks used in dealing toxic gases (like the elastomeric ones with the cartridge filters, one needs to pass a Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) and be fit-tested for the mask.

    https://www.osha.gov/video/respiratory_protection/resptypes.html

  22. Barbara DeFazio says:

    Absolutely no scorn, judgement, or anything resembling this for you, only total agreement. You are using caution and common sense. As we know, common sense is not so common anymore. My husband has lung and heart issues as well. His doctor pretty much stated flat out if he gets the Covid he will die. I started us with self quarantine before anyone was discussing it here! We still are watching church online, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and staying home pretty much all the time. For the sake of his life, I prefer to err on the side of caution.

  23. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    I think it’s really sad that we’ve come to a place where when we talk about our fears or hopes or are in any way vulnerable, we feel like we’re going to be scorned and judged. Bad thing is..the truth is..we ARE going to be scorned and judged. It’s why most people won’t be vulnerable online. Way safer to attack than be vulnerable and open yourself up to that attack. But I thank God there are folks like you who are secure enough in their faith in God’s love and care for them that they’re at least able to overcome that fear of vulnerability. Praying for you, friend. ❤️

  24. Em says:

    I wonder… How much of our facade is fear and how mucj is pride?

  25. Michael says:

    Thank you, Barb!

  26. Michael says:

    Thanks, Mike.
    I’ve been called everything imaginable over the last 19 years…they can’t bother me anymore…

  27. bob1y says:

    Em,

    I don’t get it.

    How would pride enter into a prudent decision?

  28. Em says:

    bob1 –
    Pride and prudent decisions? Really?
    Well, for one thing pride (ego) can keep us from taking wise counsel AND admitting we aren’t all that smart
    Self esteem and pride are not synonymous terms are they?

  29. bob1 says:

    No offense, Em, but you lost me.

    Have a great evening!

  30. Em says:

    OH NO ! i’ve lost bob1 … well, it’s close to my bedtime… bet he’ll show up here tomorrow
    p.s. bob1, you lost me @7:44 pm tonight 🙂
    God keep

  31. Mike Ehrmantrout says:

    SO..I just listened to a CC pastor explain that what we’re experiencing at the present time is part of the “delusion/lie” written about by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12: “Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
    He mentioned the satanic plan was part of the “agenda” of the “progressive left”. I’m left wondering if the nearly 100,000 dead are God’s delusion sent on us (those who think the pandemic is real?). I’m wondering if anyone else, besides me, sees this as almost literal insanity. Will someone here, anyone, please help me understand? Because SOMEONE IS deluded. So who is it?

  32. Dan from Georgia says:

    Mike E. I agree with you 100%. It is unbelievable in this age that so many people are giving to conspiracy theories, outright falsehoods, and just plain dumb ideas.

    But then again, with Facebook* and twitter* and a distrust in science, maybe not unbelievable after all.

    My cousin and his son tested positive for COVID-19. Suuuuuuure…..that must mean that they are in on it too… (so goes the stupid line of thinking).

    *not advocating ditching Facebook or twitter btw.

  33. Mike E. says:

    DanfromGeorgia..I’m very truly grieved in my spirit over this chasm that has developed in Christ’s Church. We as followers all know this is not as He desires it to be. But what can be done when Jesus followers follow the prevailing political opinions of the day, both left AND right? It’s pure insanity! I’m sorry for your family members being infected. I pray all goes well for them. Thanks for responding. I needed reassurance because after listening to the teacher, I literally had smoking wires coming out of my hand. 🤷‍♂️ *sigh* God bless you and yours, brother.

  34. Mike E. says:

    **Hand should read HEAD.

  35. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thank you SOO much Mike. I would have been furious with rage too had I listened to his teacher. I know of one co-worker who thinks it’s overblown. You are not alone in your concern about this schism in the Church. When I peruse other blogs and my community website and read people claiming it’s a conspiracy, I frankly don’t know what to do because many of these people cannot be convinced otherwise, despite rational thinking and facts being presented to them.

    Thanks again brother!

  36. Em says:

    Kind of interesting ponder here…. The Church is solid, but the churches are infested with false teachers… I would say these are “perilous” times and i do not visit facebook, other websites than Michaels nor do i have a circle of trembling acquaintances… Well i am hooked on the gov’t earthquake site. 😋 there really is a whole lotta shakin goin on… If i lived in Puerto Rico, I’d leave asap, bit then i do live downwind of the next Cascade volcano that is predicted to blow, so… ?
    Sometimes, praying to the Father, i have to confess insincerity when i say, “Thy will be done on earth” … as i realize to get there there will be some serious shaking…
    That said, i was privileged to grow up in my grandparents’ home and i have seen how a focus on The Kingdom – on Christ – brings stability. But i had to come to redemption myself before my eyes were opened ..
    “…The things of this earth grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace…” Shame on any pastor or teacher who is self serving or scandal mongering.. We would see our Lord, we would see Jesus! Please and thank you
    Pontification over. 😇
    God keep

  37. CM says:

    It is getting really bad. When pastors, Christian TV shows, and “Christian” blogs push all kinds of conspiracies from COVID-19 to anti-vaxxer to “free” energy a la Nikola Tesla to denying that Einstein’s Laws of Relativity have not been scientifically proven, all in the same of liberty, natural rights, and standing up to the bullies in the “elite establishments”, I have to conclude have all of Christ’s followers gone mad?

    https://www.wthrockmorton.com/2020/05/26/eric-metaxas-uncritically-features-anti-vaccine-proponent/

    It is little wonder why people with engineering, science, and technical backgrounds want nothing to do with Christianity.

  38. Dan from Georgia says:

    All these conspiracy theories. I think there was something in the Bible about avoiding foolish talk and controversies.

    Of course unless it bolsters your opinions and makes the other guy look like Hitler, then its acceptable.

  39. CM says:

    Dan from GA,

    Good to see you again. We have interacted on other blogs and please feel free to read my comments on the link I posted as well my comments on the other blog in which we have interacted (see my comments on that blog’s posting of 23 MAY 2020 (and from there feel free to go the blog I was referring to).

  40. Dan from Georgia says:

    Hey CM! Yep, I saw your comments on the other blog you speak of! Good to see more pro-science people here and elsewhere.

  41. CM says:

    I am not a virologist, nor biochemist, nor microbiologist, but my education and professional experience is in materials science and engineering most recently in the area of electronic materials (semiconductors).

  42. CM says:

    Dan,

    Which is why in the area of physics and the like I get rather perturbed when people post stuff they have no idea. Same thing for those people who posit that 9/11 was a conspiracy (like Rosie O’Donnell another others). Steel does not need to reach its melting point to have a failure mode. There is something called creep (specifically high temperature creep). Once the steel starts to creep, the stressed caused by the loads will cause the steel to pull apart like taffy.

  43. Dan from Georgia says:

    CM,

    I really appreciate engineers. Aerospace Engineering is one of my fantasy careers. Instead I work as an Aviation Meteorologist, so I do get some of my aerospace fix there!

  44. CM says:

    Dan from GA,

    In your field you can certainly appreciate that the GPS satellites correct for the relativistic effects of their orbits and orbital velocities.

  45. Dan from Georgia says:

    CM,

    I love learning about scientific/engineering concepts, like you mentioned about steel failure points, and satellite technology. There is a whole body of research and applications on satellites in meteorology.

  46. Em says:

    Watching the two guys about to enter the dragon (not a reassuring name) saying goodbye to their wives and sons… Praying that it is God will that they return safely.
    My late husband had a degree in nuclear physics and for the record, he was a convinced, practicing Believer. 😇

  47. CM says:

    Em,

    The launch was scrubbed for today. They will try again on May 30th.

  48. Em says:

    Thanks, CM… I caught that also
    Will try to keep them in my prayers (Elon Musk, for some reason, doesn’t seem real professional – probably is – can’t trust TV coverage)

  49. CM says:

    Em,

    Thanks for the bit about your late husband. I wonder what he would say about pastors who push conspiracies and incorrect assertions about physics on their blogs and refuse to be corrected.

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