Update from Pastor Stan (4/03/20):
You can also read Pastor Stan’s blog updates here:
Pastor Stan has written a pastoral letter and informational document regarding COVID-19 and our response as sisters and brothers in Christ. Check back for more information and changes moving forward. Wash your hands!
General Information about COVID-19
General information can be found on the Maryland Department of Health website: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Pages/Novel-coronavirus.aspx
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is transmitted by inhaling droplets from infected persons. It is more like the flu, not like measles, meaning it does not sit in the air, it settles in droplets. Though droplets can be airborne at outset, transmission occurs when those droplets you touch are inhaled or ingested. Droplets can rest with active viruses on durable surfaces for hours or days, depending on the surface and environment.
In short, the concerns are:
- Immediate vicinity of COVID-19 infected persons where droplets from coughs or sneezes or breath can be inhaled by other people.
- Droplets from sneezes or coughs from infected persons on surfaces.
Symptoms incubation period is 2-14 days, so if you think you might be affected, stay home for 14 days along with any immediate members of your family.
Who is vulnerable to COVID-19?
Mild symptoms present for 80% of the population that has been exposed. At this time (March 4, 2020), the best research and case history shows that people over 60 years of age and those with underlying medical issues are the most vulnerable. These are significant demographics in many of our faith communities!