People complain about wearing masks and being quarantined for several days. I think much of the increase in spread of this coronavirus would be less if people would simply wear masks in any situation where they are with other people. We know it is not a perfect protection, but it is one that we can all easily do. We know it will not cure the disease, but it will cut down on the spread of it. Many of our young people have never lived through times when there were quarantines or distancing. I have heard people say, “I choose NOT to wear a mask.” They seem to think the rules don’t apply to them, and that they have a RIGHT to refuse to wear them. Because there are so many who refuse to wear a mask, I feel that I must choose NOT to go to market or anyplace else where people gather BECAUSE so many feel they have a “right” to NOT wear a mask. I have not even returned to church, though they are having church now.
In my family, we were all quarantined when we were in grade school because of Scarlet Fever. My mom just got out her quilting frame and set it up in the hallway upstairs. All of us kids worked on quilts along with her for the duration of the Scarlet Fever quarantine. I also remember the scare that infantile paralysis (polio) gave us. Eventually all of us got Salk sugar cube or a vaccine or other preventive. I understand that there is still no vaccine to prevent HIV. Yes, there have been quarantines and somehow people had to learn to live with the threats that come in this old world.
I mentioned before something about the Flu epidemic (really, it was a pandemic, don’t you think?) in the early 1900s. That is when Ivalou Wiant became our “aunt.” Ivalou was born to Ivy (Dennison) and Clayte Wiant. Rex, Vaughn, and Letcher were her older siblings. Ivy’s sister, Myrtle (Dennison) was married to Vernon Wiant, Clayte’s brother, (my grandparents). Ivy died of the flu (possibly a Coronavirus), so my grandmother and grandfather took Ivalou as their own and raised her. That was tragic for her as she grew up wondering about her parents, but it was wonderful for me and my siblings. She was a fun and wonderful aunt who used to read great stories over the radio in Weston that we would hurry home so we could listen to them.
Thinking about quarantine and distancing made me search out Old Testament records of leprosy and other infectious diseases mentioned. There are many references to lepers being barred from entering the city until declared clean by the priests. Not only were they kept out of the cities, they were also told to wear torn clothes and to say out loud, “Unclean! Unclean!” (Now, THAT was distancing!) Moses’ sister Miriam had to be “shut out from the camp” for seven days due to leprosy. Numbers 12:10, 12 – 16.
Isaiah 69:9 tells us that when we are afflicted, God is afflicted. Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am they God.” We are never alone. He promises to be with us always. See Hebrews 13:5.
Jesus is coming soon and all the wickedness, sickness, troubles, trials, will be over for eternity. Read Revelation 21. If we believe in Him and accept the sacrifice of His life given to redeem us, we can look forward to living in this world made new, as He wanted it to be in the beginning, and we can’t even imagine all that He has planned for His people, so don’t give up.
In the meantime, wear a mask.