In dealing with a frightening pandemic, the World Health Organization tried to apply the same approach to the outbreak of Zika as they had used for Ebola. So reports Rich Geiger, who continues:
“Yet, a lesson learned from Ebola proved to be a perilous one when applied to Zika. The quicker declaration of Zika led to premature advice (retracted, and then later reaffirmed) of the ‘certainty’ of adverse effects on babies. Similarly, the initial claim of contraction by ‘mosquito bite only’ was retracted after later reports of contraction by human contact…
“ ‘The old model, in which people responded obediently to public health messages from authoritative sources, no longer works,’ writes Peter Sands in the Financial Times.”
So what does work when we face pandemics? Geiger describes the trend toward “supportive care” as well as more emphasis on individual efforts to spiritualize one’s concept of health—an approach that some doctors encourage even during pandemics like Zika, Ebola or SARS.
One man Geiger describes came down with symptoms of the SARS pandemic when he returned to his native Buenos Aires in the 1990’s. Accustomed to praying about his health, this man found specific promises in the Bible about his freedom from disease, and he began to apply these concepts when he was tempted to fear. Full recovery from both the disease and the fear followed quickly. Geiger concludes:
“This potential already lies in every human consciousness as an ever-present divine influence — an influence present with a distressed mother, a caregiver, or a traveler. We are not helpless in times of public danger and mass confusion.”
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