Prayer #128: For the Proposed "October 1st Plan" to Combat the COVID-19 virus
About a week ago, the medical journal Microbes and Infection published an article by Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, entitled "COVID-19 in America, an October Plan." Hotels propose an "October 1st Plan," a national plan by which, he believes, the country could completely reopen by then with certain measures in place. The foundation of the plan would be to decide on a national objective for the level of Coronavirus containment, such as 1 case per day per million inhabitants, or perhaps less stringent criteria. If this level were achieved, Hotez stated, it would be possible to fully reopen schools, businesses, and perhaps even sporting events, etc.
If there was this level of containment, Hotez said, it would become quite feasible to do contact tracing---to be able to determine the person from whom the virus was carried to another person---something that is not currently possible across the country.
Under this national plan, each state would be required to meet this level of containment. Some states may already be close to achieving that level, while others would need to take more aggressive action in restrictions to get to that place by October 1st.
Hotels believe this to be an essential course of action. "Implementing the October 1 plan will force Americans to make some difficult choices," he acknowledged, "but none as devastating as the mounting deaths if we choose to simply stay the course."
Pray for public health officials and civic leaders---the President, governors, and city/town leaders---as this plan is considered. Pray for God to give everyone in decision-making power the wisdom and understanding needed to make the right choices to combat the COVID-19 virus. Pray that these leaders would seek God diligently during this time of crisis.
Prov: 4:7: "The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight."