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Preparing for Coronavirus – and Easter

A Doctor’s Perspective

April 2, 2020 by

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My colleagues and I at our Bruderhof clinic in Farmington PA recently switched from seeing patients in our office to following them on the phone. We’re encouraging frail elderly people isolated at home and implementing social distancing. Unable to refer to specialty care, we’re busy managing more complex care. We’re thankful for every negative test for COVID-19 and preparing to isolate and treat the sick as the case count soars around us. This activity is crucial, but let us – especially those of us in healthcare – not forget to put faith on top of the list.

It seems to me that any healthcare workers or young persons with courage to care for the sick will have as much opportunity as physicians to save lives. Examples to inspire us range from the early Christians to the healthcare workers who gave their lives to care for the sick in China this winter, and the heroism on display in so many areas in which COVID-19 is now spreading so rapidly. I’m inspired by the volunteers sewing masks for health care workers as much as I am by the respiratory care unit set up by Samaritan’s Purse in just 48 hours in the East Meadow of Central Park in conjunction with Mt Sinai Hospital.

We can all take courage as we prepare for Easter next week and remember the example of the Great Physician who laid down his life for us. In our hundredth year of Christian community we have an extraordinary obligation and opportunity to show our love to Christ. Let us pray that when it counts our own fear of death will be superseded by faith in God. Jesus says “I am the Resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

As we prepare space to isolate the sick to care for them physically, we need to be ready to surround them with our love and spiritual care, to fight for peace of heart and to work together to overcome the fear of the unknown and worry about the future that may increase suspicion and lovelessness around us.

Art Wiser, a doctor and father of three children, works at a Bruderhof medical clinic in Farmington, Pennsylvania.


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