It is not an exaggeration to say that we as Americans have not experienced anything in our lifetimes like we are experiencing right now.
As more news about COVID-19 is released and our response to it continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to be vigilant about keeping yourself and your family safe. But this is not going to be another post about how to wash your hands. By now you’ve gotten plenty of information from medical professionals on those kinds of health-related issues.
But the work of our first responders, including law enforcement officers and other emergency personnel, continues because it must. Those public servants must take special precautions to protect themselves while caring for citizens.
Law enforcement services will not be interrupted in communities like ours. The police are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and other appropriate organizations to ensure that.
Officers are wearing protective gloves, masks and eyewear. In keeping with socialistancing directives, they are not being briefed in groups as normal but are instead receiving their assignments by remote communication. Some non-serious calls are being handled by phone or other method.
The risk of infection to a police officer is real, but according to the CDC it is also low. Exposure doesn’t automatically mean a person is contagious, but quarantine is still necessary. All of the above precautions are being taken to insure that a large number of officers do not become ill at the same time.
School is out in our community for the foreseeable future, and it is statistically proven that there is usually an uptick in crime when school is out. Parents need to remind their children that this is not the time for social gatherings.
College students who have come home unexpectedly due to the situation can be a great help in caring for siblings or others who are close to the family. Put them to work.
Meanwhile, we should all keep an eye on each other as much as we can. That means neighborhoods as well as churches and other organizations. Make sure everyone you are close to is in good health, well-fed, and are safe from harm.
Remember the DNA scam? Criminals will alter this scam to now include Covid-19 testing. They’ll focus on our seniors with door to door scams and offer a test. Criminals are already attempting to acquire victims identity, credit card, and Medicare information using Covid-19 testing as a way to get seniors personal information . Remember no one is offering door to door testing. Call 911 if anyone shows up at your door to offer a Covid-19 test.
If we are united, we will come through this together. We are not in this alone.
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT)