Yesterday (July 15, 2020) I addressed a promising treatment that has been in clinical trials since May of this year. While a clinical trial provides the last word for medical researchers as well as major medical centers and hospitals, a doctor in the US has the prerogative of prescribing medicines “off-label,” meaning if the doc decides there is benefit for a particular patient he/she can prescribe Vaporub for treatment of lymphoma. 😀
While researchers and agencies wait for clinical trial results, some doctors like Dr. Bartlett are going ahead with their own therapy of Inhaled Cortico-Steroid (ICS) for the Wuhan Virus, and counter to advice to reserve it for when a patient becomes seriously in need of oxygen, his idea is to provide it as soon as Covid-19 is diagnosed. The patients he has successfully treated are ecstatic that their doctor solved a health crisis for them.
But then we ask, what is there to fear about Covid-19? For a Christ-follower there should not be any reason to fear this disease. Lane Martin said when he was 17 years old, “Nothing happens TO a Christ-follower. Filtered by His love, it only happens FOR us.”
That does not mean a Christian should act foolishly. If you jump off a cliff God will probably not cushion your landing just to prove a point. This was Jesus’ warning to those who wanted proofs in miracles. (Matthew 12:38-39) He is not into magic tricks. So if you attend a church service with infected people singing vigorously, you may get the disease. Or you may not. And even if you do, barring other underlying health issues, you will probably recover. And even if you have underlying health problems, Inhaled Cortico-Steroids may just be what the doctor ordered. ASK YOUR DOCTOR!
Results from the Recovery Trial in England are significant: “The preliminary results from the RECOVERY trial are very clear – dexamethasone reduces the risk of death among patients with severe respiratory complications. COVID-19 is a global disease – it is fantastic that the first treatment demonstrated to reduce mortality is one that is instantly available and affordable worldwide.”
In the meantime, even before the Recovery trial the number of recoveries far exceeds the number of deaths to the tune of 97% to 99.75%! As of yesterday, July 15, 2020, the CDCP was reporting less than 4% of diagnoses are resulting in death in the US. While some, like the Washington Post, try to massage numbers to make this number look like an underestimate, the fact that many more are probably infected makes 4% probably a very high estimate. That said, the number of deaths attributed to Coronavirus exceeds deaths to other diseases, e.g. flu, but these numbers become suspect when we learn that anyone with the virus is counted as a Covid-19 death, even if some other illness may have caused death. (The attached photo of Wolf Blitzer is a joke, folks, so don’t anyone blow a gasket!! 😉 )
Add to this that numbers from even medical labs are coming under suspicion as some Florida labs were reporting 100% POSITIVE rates which at first glance looks really bad, but it turns out they were NOT reporting negative results!? These lab reports are being fixed by the Florida Department of Health, but what of labs that only over-report less than 100%?
Who can one trust when police and protesters are suspect, when labs are suspect, when politicians on both sides of the election are concerned with ballot-authenticity, when they will say anything to get elected/reelected? And why is Biden’s camp escalating groundless fears that Trump will refuse to concede results if Biden is elected? Who do you trust!?
I do not trust Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer or Justice John Roberts. But neither do I trust Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, Senators or any other supreme court judges. (Okay, I trust Mitch McConnell, so far, but that’s because I know him.) But more than any of these, I trust that The God Who Is Here is reeeally here. He sees what is happening in our health ‘crisis,’ in our politics, in our world. He is here and He is not silent (with apologies to Francis Schaeffer).
For the Christ-follower who is schooled in the Bible, we must remember that Father determines who will be our President, who will rule Russia, who will be the leader of China, and this is true of all the nations (Daniel 2:21, Psalm 22:28, Romans 13:2). So if all the leaders of the world are first of all chosen by God, how do we account for the Khans, Hitlers, Stalins, the Obamas and the Trumps? There is more to this answer than I can give in a short blog, but we can live in confidence that He has it all under control.
So what is there to fear? Nothing at all! Not Covid-19, not Trump, not Biden, not Antifa, not KKK! The most important aspect of this is to obey the Holy Ghost of God, the leading of His scripture and the example of the Lord, Jesus, the Christ. My friend, Larry Smith, has served a growing Christian community for over 35 years in a country that is still over 90% Muslim and less than 1% Christian. His comment to me once when I asked him if he felt safe in such a small minority and facing an expansion of radical Islam was, “C.A., there’s no safer place to be than where God wants you to be.”