Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.
CDC: Many Americans will probably be exposed to coronavirus at some point, ‘and there’s a good chance many will become sick’
Anna Medaris Miller. Business Insider•March 9, 2020
In a media telebriefing about the novel coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier said “many Americans” will be exposed to the virus at some point.
She also said “there’s a good chance many will become sick.”
Still, she said, most people aren’t expected to develop a serious illness from the virus, but should take precautions especially if they’re in a higher-risk population.
Americans should get used to the idea that they’ll likely come into contact with the novel coronavirus at some point over the next year or two, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a media briefing on Monday.
“This virus is capable of spreading easily and sustainably from person to person based on the available data,” she said.
A World Health Organization report on the outbreak in China “describes the virus as being highly contagious,” Messonier said, adding that “there’s essentially no immunity against this virus in the population because it’s a new virus.”
As a result, “it’s fair to say that as the trajectory of the outbreak continues, many people in the United States will at some point in time, either this year or next, be exposed to this virus, and there’s a good chance many will become sick,” she said.
Still, Messonnier emphasized that just because many people will be exposed to the virus, most won’t get seriously ill or die from it. Based on numbers from China, about 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild, and the 15% to 20% of cases that lead to serious illness seem not to include children.
“This seems to be a disease that affects adults and, most seriously, older adults,” she said, as well as people with underlying health conditions. People who are both older and have a chronic health condition like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are especially vulnerable to more serious outcomes.
But everyone has a role to play in helping those people stay safe, and slowing the progression of the disease’s spread, Messonier added.
“What we as a community need to do is do everything we can to protect ourselves and our families in our communities so that, if it does spread, it is in a slow fashion so that we’re all better prepared and so that our healthcare sector can take care of patients,” she said.
Messonnier said people at higher risk should take precautions that will allow them to stay close to home
People who are over 60, as well as though with chronic health conditions, should limit their trips to highly populated places like grocery stores and stock up on food, medications, medical supplies, and other necessities now, Messonier said.
She reiterated advice to avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash your hands often and well, steer clear of “high-touch” surfaces in public places, avoid crowds (particularly those in poorly-ventilated spaces), and cancel or postpone “nonessential” travel like long plane rides.
Caretakers should also make plans in case their loved-ones do get sick, as well as a plan for if they become ill themselves, like having backup caretakers.
“Everyone has a role to play in helping to protect our family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors who are at most risk,” she said. Even if the recommendations are unpopular or difficult, she added, “at CDC, our number one priority is the health and safety of the American people.”
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