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Freedom, Flus and Facts: A breakdown of the current worship pitfalls and the truth for us all

Editorial by Crystal Leo

 I saw someone post their conspiracy theory on their FB wall about COVID-19 and comparing it to the 2017-2018 flu season. Let's compare, shall we?  1) As explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, COVID-19 is "caused by one virus, the novel 2019 coronavirus, now called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2." The flu is "caused by any of several different types and strains of influenza viruses."  2) Per the CDC: Flu season can start as early as October and can last to March. It tends to "peak" in February. During the 2017-2018 season, influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity began to increase in November, reaching an extended period of high activity during January and February nationally, and remained elevated through the end of March. ILI peaked at 7.5%, the highest percentage since the 2009 flu pandemic, which peaked at 7.7%. Influenza-like illness (ILI) was at or above the national baseline for 19 weeks, making the 2017-2018 season one of the longest in recent years. That's a 7 month span and a reported 45 million cases of flu and 80,000 reported deaths in the US.  80,000 is 0.17777777777778% of 45,000,000.  Coronavirus COVID-19 hit the US at the end of January 2020 and we're still not sure at roughly on 4/11/2020 with 1.7 million+ confirmed cases and over 100,000+ deaths if we have "peaked" or not globally. We have 529,768 confirmed cases in the US and 20,456 reported deaths in a little over 3 months.  20,456 is 3.8613128765799% of 529,768.  That's literally 18 times more deadly than the 2017-2018 flu season reported deaths.  3) 18x! <- Holy smokes Batman!  So, more or less, at less than the 4 month mark of COVID-19 we already have 18 times more dead than 2017-2018 flu season AND we have no idea if globally if we have "peaked" yet.  Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor. As for me and mine, we can worship the Lord in our house tomorrow and I figure he'll understand.  The 2017-2018 flu season is the flu season that almost killed my dad. Both my parents and in-laws are considered "the vulnerable" for COVID-19. So am I and my youngest child because we have asthma.  I go to work because I am "essential" and I come home. I don't go gallivanting about and I am a-okay with that. What I'm not okay with is people who think it's cool to do mass gatherings where germs can be spread to the vulnerable.  Stop talking about your rights and start thinking of your neighbor.  Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.