Keep COVID in perspective
We are all concerned about the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Current knowledge about this virus leaves us with many questions about transmission and just how lethal this threat is.
These unknowns have created an atmosphere of panic, as there is nothing more terrifying than the unknown. Perhaps we should look about us for some reality.
For many years, we have faced an annual epidemic of Flu (H1N1). Putting health issues in perspective, the number of flu-related deaths in the United States for 2017-18 was about 80,000. Worldwide, the Flu kills on average 646,000 people each year.
The 2018-19 flu claimed “only” 61,200 American lives.
I clearly remember the 2017-18 epidemic; I was in ER with a heart attack that February. The ER doctor found the last hospital bed within 150 miles in Coos Bay — the rest were filled with flu patients.
Do you remember that epidemic?
Do you remember the name of anyone who died then?
COVID-19 has become a personalized media event with daily updates of tragic stories and predictions of further disasters.
I ask only that we settle down and confront the problem rationally.
I will however, continue to follow the mandatory guidelines.
—Keith R. Kraft
Protecting each other is the least we can do
So far, Florence has not experienced a positive Coronavirus infection (that we know about) but all of us must adhere to the required safety measures to keep us safe.
Social distancing and wearing a mask should be done by everyone in town, which includes store employees and shoppers.
I recently had to go Peace Harbor to confer with my primary doctor. On arrival, my temperature was taken before I sat down in the waiting room where every other two chairs were turned towards the wall so no one could sit next to you.
Of course, I had a mask on, as did the check-in person, with my chair six feet away. And instead of signing my name on a pad, I gave an “OK.”
Needless to say, the nurse and doctor also had masks on.
What made it a bit funny is that communication through the mask was a bit difficult, so the volume of the spoken word was raised.
I think it should be mandatory that everyone wears a mask when in contact with others. The virus is not going away in a month or so, and will likely be with us for months.
What we can do in the meantime is protect each other and our community.
These times were prophesied 2,630 years ago
With virus fears hanging on and life moving slowly forward, I’m compelled to write. Knowing I will receive criticism as a fool beckons actually reassures me.
The pandemic and its inducement of states’ restrictive control of Americans has been a trial run of the Antichrist’s spirit being alive on Earth. This spirit persuades millions of people worldwide that worries, suspicions, problems and hatreds will dissolve with one leader and his religion within his global government.
It is said that seductive talk of social justice, peace and prosperity will captivate the majority of Earth’s population, and that a sign of goodwill and loyalty will be needed; a mark.
For buying and selling, traveling, locating someone, and proof of vaccination, this mark will be vital. Along those lines, Bill Gates has recently been speaking of a microchip with those capabilities.
Those of us refusing the mark will be vilified, criminalized, ostracized; when we have been taken up, the world will celebrate.
Daniel, in his book, prophesied these events some 2,630 years ago.
Jesus foretold of these times in the books of Matthew and Revelation.
Thanks for support of local vets, seniors
We want to thank Fred Meyer, Safeway and Bi-Mart for all they have done — and continue to do — for Florence’s veterans and seniors.
We think their employees are the real heroes. Showing up for work every day, keeping the shelves stocked with what is available, cleaning, sanitizing — and always with a smile.
We thank you all for your service to our community.
Stay safe and may God bless you all.
—Jim and Lillian Swant