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3 HARVARD EXPERTS HOLD FORUM ON COVID 19: HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?

Heavenly Father, help us be wise in preparations and response and be faithful and trusting You in our attitude, our words, and in our hearts.

For a veteran epidemiologist, an authority on homeland security, and a global health reporter, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus is the type of emergency they had long anticipated. But now that it is here, the three experts said Friday, they still couldn’t help but feel the monumentality of what they were watching unfold.

“It’s the most daunting virus that we’ve contended with in half a century or more,” Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said at a panel discussion Friday at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Helen Branswell, STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter, has covered emerging pathogens since the 2003 SARS outbreak.

But with the new coronavirus, Branswell said during the panel, “It’s bizarre but I find myself startled. Having written about the possibility of something like this for years, I still find myself really startled that it’s happening, and I don’t know why that is.”

She compared the circumstances now to the summer of 2014, when Ebola was racing through West Africa and the world didn’t seem to have a plan to stop it. “Except that I never worried then about Ebola spreading in the city I lived in,” she said. “It’s different now.”

As the panel was occurring, the Cambridge-based drug company Biogen said that top executives had been at a meeting at a Boston hotel last week that was also attended by eight people who later tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes a disease that authorities have named Covid-19. The company asked many employees to work from home for the next two weeks. . . .

Panel moderator Rick Berke, STAT’s executive editor, asked the crowd of roughly 100 people if any of them had considered not coming to the event. A few raised their hands.

“Do I think that this is a bad idea?” Mina said when asked if the panel should be held. “I think we’re hitting the time in the course of this epidemic where we might consider that this should be one of the last types of events like this.”

Here are some highlights from the event.

Why this virus is different

The spread of the new coronavirus has been compared to influenza, which also causes a respiratory illness. But, as the panelists pointed out, there are no drugs or vaccines yet for treating or preventing the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, as there are for flu. In addition, we are exposed to different flu strains throughout our lives, which help us build immunity. No one had immunity to this new virus.

“We have an entirely susceptible population,” Mina said. “The potential for this to burn through a population very quickly is very high without extraordinary measures.”

As researchers race to study the virus, they are finding that it does not seem to be infecting great numbers of children, or at least making them very sick. (Experts around the globe are still trying to figure out just how broadly the infection has spread, given that many mild cases are likely to be missed.) But it is causing serious harm to older people and those with underlying diseases or weakened immune systems.

“This virus, on the one hand, there’s a saving grace that it doesn’t seem to be impacting our young, and that is amazing,” Mina said. “But the mortality rate among people who are getting infected above 80 years old is 15-plus%.”

How to mentally prepare for this pandemic

If you plan for the disruptions that the response to the pandemic could require, it will seem less unexpected when schools are canceled or you’re told to work from home, advised panelist Juliette Kayyem, the faculty chair of the Kennedy School’s homeland security program and a former homeland security official at the state and federal level.

“Get your head around this is practical,” she said. “It’s here, there are going to be massive disruptions to our social fabric in terms of your day to day. All of you have a part in stopping the spread of this … but we have to treat this as part of the plan. We’re at that stage now.”

Unlike with a natural disaster or terrorist attack, “we don’t have a boom moment,” she said, and the virus was more slow rolling. “When do you activate?” she said. “That’s sort of the challenge right now.”

Kayyem, who worked in the Obama administration, also made the point that the response will be a patchwork. Some schools will close, others will remain open.

Planning ahead

Kayyem said that organizers of large events, including the presidential nominating conventions and the Olympics, need to start coming up with Plan Bs. The decisions about whether to actually go with these alternate plans can’t be made yet, but it is crucial to start developing contingencies.

“I cannot tell you when we’re going to activate and when it’s going to impact, but if the parties are not thinking about how you pick your nominee in a different manner, shame on them,” she said about the conventions.

“We don’t know where we will be at that moment,” she added. “I think we need to be comfortable making decisions in week allotments.”

(Excerpt from STAT. Article by Andrew Joseph.)

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6 Replies to “3 HARVARD EXPERTS HOLD FORUM ON COVID 19: HOW CAN YOU PREPARE?”

  1. 2Chron 7:14
    GLOBAL PRAYER OF REPENTANCE
    has been an
    urgency of my spirit for several months. I keep
    seeing the Chinese Dragon sticking out its tongue. Masked Lab Techs holding up viles of orange-
    yellow liquids.

    CONFIRMATION FOR GLOBAL PRAYER CAME:

    Please download APP: IN HIM 15 (Minutes)
    Archive Date: Wednesday,
    March 11, 2020

    Many Prophets
    contribute to this APP:

    Wed. March 11th Cindy Jacobs
    declares-decrees for
    GLOBAL
    REPENTANCE!

    Prophet & Apostle,
    Cindy Jacobs,is co-founder of Generals
    International with her husband, Mike.

    I pray:
    Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ and with the power of God’s Words and the Blood of our Lord &
    Savior, Jesus Christ, High Priest — bring forth Global Leadership to lead God’s Believers to cry out to Creator God in heaven to hear our Prayers of Repentance.”

    2Chron 7:14 God promises to hear our prayers and to restore our land IF we Repent. turn from our wicked ways. and turn our face to God.

    So, LORD God cast your healing shadow as did Apostle Peter,
    over us as we
    Reflect and are forced to pause; set us apart from the crowd & busy life style. HEAL US;
    HEAL OUR LANDS!

    Father God, wilt Thou shine your Light on the evil ones, the destroyers, the partisan government liars and politicians.
    God’s Victory of
    Democracy over
    Socialism
    government
    worship.

    “Vengeance is mine,” saith the LORD GOD.”
    Romans 12:19

    I decree: God will hear our prayers and bring healing. salvation. & peace to His creation.
    GOD BLESS US
    ONE AND ALL!

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  2. Well there is a person by the name of Acharit-hayamim Awakening he’s on facebook, and he has prophesied about the coronavirus in 2018 and the spread of the virus in Feb 2020. It was right on point he have those videos of his on youtube you have to pause the video to read the notes he screen shot from his page the dates that were time stamped from Facebook. Also he saw WW3 getting ready to happen soon. Its written on his Facebook page acharit-hayamim awakening. But here’s the prophecy. https://youtu.be/uzhzCnTCo8A

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  3. Lord, in the light of what has come against all of us in the form of COVID-19 we pray your infinite wisdom, light, healing, generosity, truth, protection, supremacy, provision, peace, grace, loving kindness, and trustworthiness for those you’ve appointed and anointed to bring this emergent virus to heel/heal. Be with them in every facet of this multifaceted fight, and strengthen them in your love and truth to do what is good, right, loving, righteous, and holy in your eyes. Let their be a cooperative and open spirit among all those professionals and experts fighting this scourge across all of the nations affected,the entire earth — our inheritance from you. We give you all the praise, honor, and glory in what you are doing in this situation! Because we know you are good and holy! Amen

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