I read a news story today that Los Angeles hospitals are so overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients that Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services has issued a directive telling ambulance crews not to transport patients with little chance of survival to a hospital. Unlikely to survive means someone whose heart has stopped, isn’t breathing or shows no other movement after resuscitation attempts. They are also to limit the administration of oxygen unless the patient’s oxygen saturation levels are below ninety percent. This move is due to an extreme surge in COVID patients and hospitals being at capacity. (Here is the link- https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-04/los-angeles-hospitals-cannot-keep-up-covid-19-surge-illness).
This is scary to say the least and I pray for anyone who lives in that area. At this point, having a medical emergency could mean not receiving the care needed. I fear that this nightmare scenario will occur in other places around the country as COVID cases continue to explode. So please take every precaution you can to stop the spread. Wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and limit gatherings when at all possible. I know some object to mask wearing because they feel it is a violation of their rights. Well, it may or may not be but there are times in life when we need to think not of ourselves but others. Being inconvenienced now will go a long way in getting us back to normal. It also shows that we are following God’s directives to love and care about our neighbors.
1st Corinthians 10:23-24- “I have the right to do anything”, you say,-but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”-but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
1st Peter 3:8- Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.