Rev Phil Weaver says the world is facing more than just Covid-19
The Prime Minister has rightly declared it as a ‘time of national emergency’. Mr Johnson also spoke of it as being ‘the worst public health crisis for a generation’. That was before he fell foul of the dreaded virus himself, ending up in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’ hospital. Thanks to our NHS heroes, he was discharged from hospital on Easter Day, and has now recovered.
The virus has taken such a hold it has affected every single aspect of society. In it all a new vocabulary has emerged: Covid-19, coronavirus, self-isolation, social distancing, herd immunity, super spreader, and ‘flattening the curve’ have all established themselves as part of our everyday language. Meanwhile, the future is a complete unknown, with government ministers so busy fighting the pandemic there appears to be little notion of a route back to a working economy.
What we do know is there is no quick fix to this one; we are in for the long haul.
As a church minister for more than 40 years, I am convinced Covid-19 isn’t the only pandemic the world is facing – just as the Bible famously speaks of four riders of the Apocalypse, today we are actually fighting four viruses!
Covid-19 is bad, but there is a related virus – fear – and it can attack anyone at any time. Sometimes we put a good face on it, but deep inside there’s a gnawing worry that just won’t go away, if not for ourselves then for our elderly parents or vulnerable family members. Or indeed, concerning our business or work situation. In my experience, the fear gripping untold numbers of people is almost palpable. Arguably fear is spreading faster and to a greater extent than Covid-19 itself. And as people continue to die at a frightening rate, and with no known vaccine yet, the fear factor is only headed one way.
This article was taken from the Spring 2020 digital issue of New Life Newspaper.