Conference Minister Rev. Mike Denton recently shared a Covid-19 update with all our local UCC churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference. He writes, “We’re in a strange and dangerous time of the pandemic. In one way, we have more mitigation strategies than we’ve ever had. Between vaccine, treatment, and prevention strategies, we have the opportunity to knock back Covid significantly. However, because of a combination of weaponized theology and global inequities, Covid continues to gallop around the planet.”
With gratitude for the brilliant scientists in South Africa, we have a lot of warning about the latest variant of concern, omicron. But, with early detection comes a lot of uncertainty as each week new data and new analysis unfolds.
Rev. Denton writes “The good news that’s been most frequently reported is that Omicron, so far, seems to bring on more mild symptoms than previous versions of Covid for most people. So although it will still be deadly for many, the chance of dying from Omicron seems to be lower than many of the other variants.” However, he also shares a word of caution, “…although the symptoms may be less severe, Omicron is significantly more contagious and spreads much easier than previous variants.”
The UCUCC Covid-19 Action Team will be meeting in early January to review the latest data for King County and to prayerfully discuss our church’s Covid-19 guidelines. In the meantime, we encourage everyone eligible to get vaccinated and boosted. Get tested regularly. Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Practice good hand hygiene—it’s cold and flu season as well as being a pandemic. Make sure your cloth mask is well-fitting and multilayered. Consider upgrading to a mask with a removable filter, or an N-95 or equivalent mask. If possible, try to improve the ventilation and filtration of your indoor spaces. Pay attention to distancing. Practice consent and ask before entering others’ personal space. Talk to those around you about your comfort level and their comfort level. In this way, we extend grace and compassion to each other in this complicated time.
Covid-19 Q&A with Dr. Wes Van Voorhis
Sunday January 9, 1:00 pm on Zoom
Do you have questions about the new variant? Not sure what sources of information are most reliable? Wondering about what precautions you should take? UCUCC Member Dr. Wes Van Voorhis is the Director of the UW’s Infections Disease Center, and he will be offering a forum and Q&A session about Covid-19.
Check the weekly emails for the Zoom link.