Prayer #106: For COVID-19 Risk Factors
Recently, the Texas Medical Association compiled a chart of COVID-19 risk factors, with the risk ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest risk. At the lowest risk level, and the only activity ranked at level 1, was opening the mail. Activities ranked at the next lowest risk, level 2, including getting takeout from a restaurant, pumping gas, and playing tennis. At level 3, there was grocery shopping, walking, or biking with others. Level 4 included staying at a hotel for two nights, sitting in a doctor's waiting room, eating outside at a restaurant, spending an hour at a playground, and walking in a busy downtown area. At level 5 of risk, there was going to the beach, having dinner at someone else's house, shopping at a mall, and going to a backyard barbecue. Level 6 included sending children to school, camp or daycare, visiting an elderly friend or loved one in their home, working for a week in a public working environment, and swimming in a public pool. Moving into the higher risk level 7, there was eating inside in a restaurant, traveling by plane, playing basketball or football, attending a wedding or funeral, going to a hair salon or barbershop, and hugging or shaking hands when greeting someone, Activities under risk level 8 included eating at a buffet, working out in a gym, going to an amusement park, and going to a movie theater. At the highest level of risk listed in this chart (there were no entries for level 10), there was going to a bar, going to a sports stadium, attending a large music concert, and attending a religious service with 500+ people (presumably indoors, though this is not specified).
To be sure, there is some, perhaps much, subjectivity in this chart, since nearly all of these have not been studied in a rigorous, scientific manner. But as a general guide, many are finding it useful. The chart can be accessed here.
We pray today for everyone across the United States and beyond to exercise reasonable caution in their activities. Many things in the list above cannot be altogether avoided. We pray for God's protection from the COVID-19 virus as people to go about their needed activities with diligent prudence. In these days, we continue to look to God as our Rock and our Redeemer.
Ps. 18:1-2: "I love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock in whom I take refuge; my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my Stronghold."