Daily Archives: March 22, 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus

Why is it a bigger deal than the seasonal flu?

2020_03 22 social distance

Seasonal flu is an all-human virus – i.e., its DNA/RNA chains are recognized by the human immune system. Plus, we have flu vaccines.

The Wuhan Coronavirus is a “novel” virus, meaning it was an animal virus that mutated and jumped to humans. Then within only two weeks, it mutated again so it could be transmitted not just from its original animal host to humans, but also from human to human.

So it’s a big deal because our immune systems don’t recognize the sequencing of the animal genes, we don’t have a vaccine (yet), and it’s thought to be about three times as contagious as the seasonal flu.

Also, it has mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and strain L, which makes it twice as hard to develop a vaccine.

History has shown that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the past. This is really all we have available to us right now to fight this.

  • CtH: I changed this a bit from the version posted by April Lennartson on Facebook, mostly just to shorten it for clarity.

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Saturday Coronavirus Briefing

2020_03 22 15 days

Stay at home and save lives.

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Holy Mass for Saturday, March 21

My parish has never done this before, but I am hoping they continue it after the quarantine is over.  This is my pastor, Father Daniel, who is from Colombia. His accent may take some getting used to, but he always has wise words.

I especially invite my non-Catholic readers to watch, if only to see for yourselves how rich with Scripture and prayer the Holy Mass is.

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Bits & Bytes

2020_03 22 spiritual communion

DEPRIVATION:One thing every Catholic should agree about regarding the suspension of public Masses in multiple dioceses across the globe: we now will experience the deprivation that our brethren in the Middle East and China experience on a daily basis. Unite your sufferings with theirs, and PRAY!” —Matthew Balan

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