Pastorbluejeans Weekender: Be Patient!
As of 4pm yesterday, May 22, 2020 the Philippines has a total number of 13,597 COVID-19 cases with 3, 092 recoveries and 857 deaths.
Last Wednesday, May 20, Duque disclosed that the Philippines is “actually” on the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, citing epidemiology experts. He was probably referring to epidemiology expert John Wong, who said in televised press briefing with the Department of Health (DOH), that the first COVID-19 wave in the country happened in late January when the Philippines recorded its first three confirmed cases.
The second wave of the COVID-19 infection in the peaked at th end of March, said Wong, who is also part of the government task force on COVID-19 sub-technical working group on data and analytics. (www.pna.gov.ph)
Duque’s statement was disputed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año. The following day, Thursday, Secretary Francisco Duque III clarified that the Philippines is still in its “first wave of sustained transmission” of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
The second wave of the 1918 Spanish flu was deadlier then its first and third waves combined.
The second wave took place in the Fall, 1918. It was during this season that deaths were jammed in a three month period. There was a shortage of medical personnel around the United States due to the increased number of health professionals served in the U. S. military during WWI. There was a decline in the economy as businesses and factories were forced to shutdown.
A mutated strain of the virus was believed to be the cause of the sudden resurgence of the pandemic, which is now known as the deadlier “second wave.” This mutated strain can kill a healthy young person within 24 hours of showing the first symptoms of infection. The movements of troops deployed in Europe carried the Spanish Flu.
The exact number of deaths during this second wave are unknown. However, the CDC, as quoted by usatoday.com stated that about 195,000 died during the second wave, which was roughly 28% of the 675,00 total deaths in the United States. Thus, the pandemic’s second wave was responsible for most of the U.S. deaths. (Read more: https://kapeatkamalayan.com/2020/05/22/lesson-from-history-the-second-wave-of-the-1918-spanish-flu-was-deadlier-than-its-first-and-third-waves-combined/)
A passage in the book of James in the New Testament teaches us to be patient, James 5:7 says, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.”
This pandemic that oppresses us will soon come to an end. Instead of taking matters violently, we should wait on God patiently. That does not mean that we could not speak out our anguish and sentiments, it only forbade violence and personally hostile speech.
In Israel the early rain comes in in October and November soon after the grain is sown or in germination, and the later rain comes in March and April for maturing grain just before harvest time. Farmers rely on good harvest that comes from patiently waiting for the first and second waves of rain. Amidst the threat of a second wave of COVID-19, let us rely on God and wait for him patiently because a day will come when all our suffering will be over. Let us keep our eyes and our heart fixed on that joyous day!
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