The current coronavirus crisis has left the nation, the world and the CPSP community in a state of confusion and some degree of anxiety. No one knows how bad or how long this pandemic will last. The only thing that is quite clear is that it is a pandemic that should not be trifled with. Our best hope is that this virus will be contained, as China is succeeding at, though at great human cost.
Many of our members in CPSP are working the front lines of this crisis, holding staff positions in health care institutions. It seems probable, if the pandemic seriously escalates here in the U.S., that some of our members will be infected with the virus. Service Chaplains do not have the luxury of working from home. We have to be aware that many in our community are at least to some extent at risk, and the risk may very well escalate.
I refer you to the nature of the risk as described in The New York Times article, Two Women Fell Sick from the Corona Virus. One Survived., from March 13, 2020.
Anyone in our community who becomes aware of a member of the CPSP community infected with the virus should communicate that information to Krista Argiropolis (firstname.lastname@example.org.) We may not be able to take action that ameliorates the risk or the suffering involved, but we certainly would want to know the identity of any of our people who are in distress.
I wish you all peace and good health in this crisis.
Raymond J. Lawrence