Thank you Nancy Wissbaum, Evelyn Loso, Pat Yoder, Leigh Little, Anna Cools, Teri Gruen, Dick & Nina Wisher, and all the other members of the “team” providing masks. We are grateful for your kindness and your concern for our good health! (Masks are available, for free, in the parish office during daytime hours and after Mass on Saturday and Sunday.)
“O God Almighty, Lord of heaven and earth, and of all creation visible and invisible, in your great goodness, look down upon your people who pray in your Name. Be our helper and defender in this time of affliction. You know our weakness; you hear our cry in repentance and contrition of heart.
O Lord, in your love for the human family, deliver us from every threat of the corona virus. Send your Saints and Angels to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of nurses and physicians, and preserve those who are healthy so that we may continue to serve you in peace and glorify your most honorable and Holy Name, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages to come. Amen.”
- As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, the Centers for Disease Control is recommending that everyone wear a cloth mask when they go out in public.
- Experts say the homemade masks won’t protect someone from getting sick, but they can help prevent the spread of the disease by those with the virus.
- Experts also recommend that everyone continue social distancing and other preventive measures in addition to wearing face coverings.
Public use of face masks has been common in China and other nations in Asia since the beginning of the new coronavirus disease outbreak. Now, as the United States faces an increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths, the CDC has started advising Americans to wear masks, too:
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” according to the advisory published by the CDC. “This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”