Hold onto Hope

Hold onto Hope

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Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
 
The holidays are approaching, and coronavirus positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths are rising. A glimmer of hope is sparked as two vaccines are nearing application for approval by the FDA. We are sad. We long for family celebrations! This is perhaps the hardest time to continue our vigilant effort to protect ourselves and others by maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and washing our hands frequently.

The truth is that even when a vaccine is available, it will be distributed in a phased process to healthcare workers, first responders, the most vulnerable, and finally the general population. It will be a long process. So for now, the most loving thing we can do is hold onto hope, stay connected at a distance, practice patience, and educate ourselves.
 
Many people are concerned about the safety of the vaccines being developed for coronavirus. The CDC provides information about the Myths and Misconceptions that are circulating. Here are the key facts according to the CDC:
  • COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. The body builds a response to the vaccine over a few weeks so it is possible someone could test positive for the virus just before or after the vaccination.
  • COVID-19 vaccines will not make you test positive on Covid-19 viral tests. You may test positive on blood antibody tests, showing you have some protection against the virus.
  • Even if you had COVID-19 your doctor may recommend vaccination.
  • Get your information from a credible source such as the CDC, World Health Organization National Network for Immunization Information (NNii).    
You can keep up to date on the conditions in your area through your state health departments. Rev. Don Remick wrote a summary of each state’s coronavirus response with links to state websites for information in his blog on Nov. 12, Covid Update.

Another great resource for getting the most up to date information for your specific area is the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). This site provides a map with links to your local health departments where you can find out specific guidelines for your area. Rhode Island does not have a link on this site; information can be found at Rhode Island Department of Health.

States are releasing apps for tracking coronavirus:
COVID Alert CT
Alerts MA
Crush COVID RI

Author

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Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen is Transitional Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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