Given the events of the past several weeks and the concern of the Coronavirus infection in New York, we wanted to pass on some general information to the church. There is no reason to be alarmed, but we as a church body have a responsibility to be informed and be proactive about decreasing the potential risk of infection and the spread of such diseases.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the name given to the novel coronavirus that has recently made headlines due to it being a "new" virus to humans. Coronaviruses as a whole are just a type of viruses of which most cause symptoms of just the common cold. However, COVID-19 is in a group of just a few types of coronaviruses known to date that can lead to more severe illness, though still, the vast majority of infected persons will only have mild illness. Those at higher risk for developing severe symptoms include the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, including those who have compromised immune systems. From the most recent information, children do not appear to be more susceptible to this virus, and from studies on the known cases to date, children, if infected, typically are asymptomatic or have milder symptoms.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Key Points for Church Members: