Americans keep hearing about the need to self-quarantine and to practice so-called "social distancing" during the coronavirus outbreak, but there are other things to consider.
"Number one, are you getting good quality sleep?" asks Dr. Bret Nicks, professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health and spokesperson for Christian Medical Association. "Are you getting appropriate exercise? Are you eating well under the current situation where you may have limitations with access to food and specific activities?"
He adds that those who are able to go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine should do so.
"Keep in mind that social distancing is a very, very important issue, so I'm not saying to go to a location where there's ten or more people spending time together," he advises. "But if you are one who is either told by your workplace to go home and work from home and to distance yourself, then get outside, feel the value of the sunshine, and get some exercise.
"There's nothing inherently problematic with those. It's actually incredibly good for your health," says Nicks.
And speaking of a person's health, Nicks says it's important that people wash their hands frequently with soap and water, use hand sanitizer (when soap and water aren't an option), and avoid touching their face.
"In addition to those things, listen to what it is that your local community is telling you … and most importantly, in these types of circumstances, you have to have faith and not fear," the doctor prescribes. "Fear drives so many things and many bad decisions."
In terms of the best websites for up-to-date information on COVID-19 (coronavirus) information, Nicks recommends the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Meanwhile, missions work continues – with precautions
Most of the U.S.-based missions organizations have empty offices due to the virus outbreak, but OneNewsNow was able to talk to Amy Glass of Georgia-based Mission to the World – a group affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America.
Glass says they have been in contact with their missionaries. "We do have recommendations that we've asked them to follow, which follow the CDC travel recommendations," she shares. "And … we're asking them to not travel in or through Level 3 or Level 2 countries."
Most are staying put, she adds, and are following the CDC recommendations to prevent spread or contracting the virus. But Glass says missionaries are continuing to preach the gospel in their adopted countries.
"… That's what God has called us to do: to minister – and he's our protector and our provider and they're trusting him for that."
Sadly, abortions continue as well
Elected officials throughout the country are reacting to the virus by limiting gatherings, in some cases to six people, closing restaurants and theatres and so forth to curb the spread of the virus. But Planned Parenthood is keeping its facilities open, having personnel on duty and providing abortions.
"This is really quite scary," says Matt Lamb is with Students for Life. "What's really, really telling is that all along they've been saying they're about health care, they're about health care. Well then, why don't they cancel their appointments – and then they could focus on the so-called health care that they say is most of what they do?"
Those health services have been dwindling for years while Planned Parenthood abortions have increased. Students for Life suggests the abortion mills close down.
"But if they're not going to do [that], I would think that all of these doctors and nurses … at Planned Parenthood would ask to not be able to go into the Planned Parenthood [clinics] for the next couple of weeks and would volunteer their [alleged] superior medical skills … to go volunteer at a local hospital or provide some other sort of medical care in the community."
Perhaps to help diagnose and treat people who do contract the coronavirus.