From my friend, Brandon McCoy ( who is one of the most level-headed people I know ).
I had a friend call me. He was infected with COVID-19. He didnít have a fever. He didnít have any cough. He lost his sense of smell and taste for a few days. No big deal for him. But his mom got it from him, and his brother, and much of his brotherís family. His mom and his brother were hospitalized and were struggling to survive. His mom was elderly, his brother was not, and neither had pre-existing conditions. Thankfully, they are out of the hospital now, but still experiencing the lingering affects of this virus. While there are many theories why some have very few symptoms and others result in serious hospitalizations and even death, the bottom line is that we just donít know. A month ago he was claiming it was a media and political hoax. When he got it, it confirmed his suspicions that it wasnít as bad as it has been portrayed. After his mom and brother were hospitalized with it, it has led him to rethink everything. This post isnít from someone who has political gain, or who wants any kind of media attention. This post is from a pastor who is hearing more and more stories like this in Gastonia. Live the abundant life that God has called you to live, but please do so in a way that doesnít put others at more risk. We are our brotherís and sisterís keeper.
And to add to his story, I rarely venture out, but did to a store this morning. The manager and I had a long conversation ( in masks ) about this exact same thing. She said she thought it was a hoax and political the whole time, then three of her relatives got it. One was an asymptomatic child, the other two were in the hospital at the time. Both previously healthy. One was elderly and one was a 35 yo female. The 35 yo was on a ventilator. I have no idea how that story will end.
This is not a joke.