Privately and publicly I have been so thankful and blessed not having contracted COVID-19 and having been able to continue to travel domestically /internationally in my TV broadcasting life, without any interruption.
Of course exercising wise/critical judgement has been critical to my narrative, given that so many of friends/colleagues were violently ill and a few died from the virus. So many of us have decided to embrace freedom over fear as the CDC continues to warn us of the virus variant dangers.
Since the beginning of the virus we have constantly interviewed physicians, scientists and victims about the progress and unseen dangers of the virus. While I have no intentions of being vaccinated, it doesn’t certainly lessen the dangers and continued rapidly spread of the disease.
While my faith remains unshakable and unbreakable, we should never toss caution to the wind.
Paul writes in Corinthians that “…we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen…” It was an unseen peril that gripped the world for the last year. This COVID-19 plague arrived cloaked and invisible. It was spread among us by countless millions who were themselves unaware that they carried and dispersed the virus into an unknowing public. In ancient times the lepers had skin lesions for all to see. The Bubonic plague likewise left a mark on its medieval victims. The more recent SARS epidemic was contagious only when people were already ill. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, that so far has infected 96 million people throughout the world and killed 2.6 million, arrived as a thief in the night. As many as 40% of the individuals who tested positive for the virus had no symptoms at all. They were the vector that resulted in the rapid spread of COVID-19 from Wuhan into Europe, America and rapidly throughout the world. It was twenty times as contagious as SARS and spread before people knew they were sick. No one had preexisting antibodies. All were susceptible either to contracting and spreading the disease or simply spreading it, unaware of any illness. By January 2020 the DNA sequence of the virus was coded and published and the world had its first look at Disease X, the term that was used to describe the nightmare contagion that would imperil the world.
Chinese physicians in Wuhan realized the depth of the crisis. They found that COVID-19 victims typically spread the disease to two other people and the caseload was doubling every 7.4 days.
Two months later the curve of growth became exponential (see figure one, attached Washington Post article). How rapidly this disease could spread from the healthy carriers to sick patients in a small town is graphically evident in a simulated model (Whittier, Alaska simulation model, Washington Post article, attached).
What has spared us from utter global devastation are the rising number of individuals who have recovered and developed acquired immunity and the rapid proliferation of safe and remarkably effective vaccines that confer immunity now on a rapidly growing segment of the population.
The next beast, though, is now lurking in the woods. There are an estimated 1.6 million viruses among mammals and birds that we know nothing about, and fully half may have the potential to move from animal hosts to humans and infect us. Some 60% of infections among mankind come from viruses that have jumped from animals to man, including Ebola, AIDS/HIV, MERS, SARS and now COVID-19. We cannot know what is next, from where it may come or the calamity that may ensue. David, though, in his 91st Psalm, reminds us that for those who know the Lord, “A thousand will fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee…” So this unseen mantle of protection is there for the asking.
Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is the owner and manager of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the Year. He is the author of “Reawakening Virtues.”