New Norms in the Midst of COVID-19

As an essential healthcare worker in New York City, an epicenter of COVID-19, the past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster to say the least and medical experts say we’ve yet to see the worst of it, yikes 😬🤯🤬.

What is COVID-19?

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the respiratory born disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China back in December 2019. 

In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

Many types of human coronaviruses have been identified, including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice external icon for naming of new human infectious diseases. Checkout these helpful links Coronavirus symptoms: A list and when to seek help and What You Need to Know for more information on COVID-19.

This situation is not easy, but easy times don’t forge character – hard times do – and we will get through this together and be better and stronger people for it.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

It’s a challenge in these times to cling to the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life ? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25‭-‬34 NIV

But like the early Christian believers who lived in a frightening world of uncertainty and massive shift, I hold on to faith over fear.  In these days, scripture finds a renewed sense of immediacy and power in our lives.

Jah know, I’m running on faith as I navigate this new norm of social distancing and traveling to work in Personal protective equipment (PPE) – protectiveclothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. The hazards addressed by protective equipment include physical, electrical, heat, chemicals, biohazards, and airborne particulate matter.

NYC has had a long history with the homeless population taking refuge in the underground subway system however with the pandemic this issue has become more pronounced

I want to know, how are you coping though this pandemic? Please share.

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling.

Hold on to hope during these trying times

A Prayer for Our World

God, You alone are worthy of honor, glory, and praise. With You, we can overcome every storm—including the global impact COVID-19 is having on our world.

Right now, we are asking You to:

  • Heal those who are sick and protect those who are not.
  • Give our leaders extra wisdom as they navigate this pandemic and economic uncertainty.
  • Strengthen Your global Church. Reveal to us how we can partner together to reach the needs of those around us.
  • Calm our fears. Fill us with Your hope, joy, and peace as we continue to trust in You.
  • Use this pandemic to pave the way for spiritual renewal. We want Your glory, power, and healing to be on display.

Come, Lord Jesus, come.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Grace, peace and love be with you.

Stay safe and Walk good, Alecia 💞

Published by Alecia, the wanderer

Currently residing in New York, NY, I'm an avid travel foodie born in Jamaica W.I. and a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue) working in hospital administration and active in community, civic, church and youth groups.

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