Pagan Moontide of Juno 22, Anno Domini 2020

In Our Father’s Hand
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge” Psalm 91
“Dad” by Matt Forsyth
The best dads don’t think about Father’s day. They’re too busy looking out for your future.

Thank you to my father, and yours, for they are all gifts of the One from whom all families are named. Amen!
“It’s just like the flu.”
I know I’ve said it.

But it’s not true.

I didn’t make it up. I wasn’t trying to be deceptive. COVID is just like the flu in some ways. But it is also very much not like the flu in powerful and even perplexing ways.

The problem is that even the “experts” are still shooting in the dark, and, worse, admitting that they feel justified in lying to the rest of us whenever they feel it suits them. 

It’s pretty hard to take any of them too seriously any more. But we here in the madness have beet trying. Truly, we almost lost Frisby the Hand in the trenches on this mission to pin down the actual differences between COVID and the flu. The more she learned, the less she could even begin to say.

What follows below is what we know we can say. We submit it to you as a barometer in the madness, in the hope than, for all the white noise, Us, the Chill wherever we are can work together in those sojourns to foster local understanding, good practice, patience and the hope for peaceful and quiet lives.

Speaking of white noise, don’t miss out on the new weekly podcast with myself and Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller: Stop the White Noise. If you are subscribed to the old RevFisk Raw feed, then you’ve already got two episodes on your phone. If not, you can find it here.

Is coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) like the flu?

1. Ways they are similar
They are both transmitted through infected droplets and begin with similar symptoms. 

2. How people die from COVID
Lancet says they found that COVID deaths could be classified under three categories:

– respiratory failure (with or without intervention),

– cardiogenic shock (with or without resuscitation) and

– septic shock (multiple organ failure)

3. How people die from flu
Directly through cell damage in the lungs but indirectly through bacterial infection(pneumonia) or sepsis (organ failure)

4. “Cytokine storm” immune response may be contributing to death toll
An overwhelming immune system response known as a “cytokine storm” can complicate matters. Some doctors think this may be the chief cause of “sepsis” and consequently organ failure death. 
NEWS: 06/19/20 drugs may help calm this down 

5. Do ventilators help?Mechanical ventilation may overcompensate and lead to higher death rate but some say that the stats have not taken everything into account 

NEWS: 06/19/20 common steroid drug has prevented people dying

We do our best to speak truth here at Mad Mondays.  Wade with us through the muck as we try to protect our families and do what is best for our towns.  If you come across updated information, feel free to send it our way.  Let’s get educated together.

Be strong, and let your heart know courage.
Rev. Fisk