The good news from our Praise Cathedral congregation in-person services was that no attendee at Praise contracted COVID-19 during the few autumn 2020 socially-distanced Sunday services at Praise. The bad news is that COVID-19 cases in Peel Region remain sharply higher than the spring surge. Peel Region returned all churches to virtual services only in late November. The directive remains in effect until further notice.
COVID-19 remains a deadly threat. We can become infected in the second wave as easily as the first. The serious and lingering after-effects of the virus are now becoming clear. There will never be a ‘right time’ to let down our guard, during this period. Individually, as families, and as groups of friends, we need to remain vigilant, and in many cases, remain apart. It’s hard. We miss each other. But it’s necessary.
If the world could manage to wear masks, socially distance, and practice frequent hand-washing during the Spanish Flu epidemic a century ago – without modern medicine and today’s computer technology – then we surely can do as well ourselves in the 21st century as we await our turn to receive one of the vaccines rapidly becoming available. The second wave super-spreaders are people aged 18 to 49. We all have to stay apart a little longer. Be patient. Be safe.
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