Christian Medical and Dental Association Urges Churches to Stop In-Person Gatherings to Slow Spread of Coronavirus

The Christian Medical and Dental Association is urging churches to pause in-person meetings in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In a statement released last week, the CMDA highlighted the record number of daily cases in the United States, stressing that the pandemic is surging in light of recent data.

According to the COVID Tracking Project, the United States hit a new record last Friday with 193,000 daily cases.

“We have to slow the rising tide of COVID-19 cases, or our hospitals will be overrun,” the CMDA said in its “A Plea to Our Churches” statement, which was authored by Jeffrey Barrows and Dr. Christopher Hook. Hook is a hematologist and medical ethicist from Minnesota. Barrows is an Ohio-based obstetrician and a medical ethicist.

“The time it takes for the U.S. to accumulate one million cases has dropped from 44 days to just seven days. The pandemic has not only arrived; it is hitting with hurricane force and has reached a crisis point.”

“The sector that is bearing the brunt of this raging pandemic is our healthcare system, particularly the healthcare professionals who constitute the backbone of our healthcare system.”

While church is a priority, “it should not become an idol,” the group stressed, grounding its statement in Jesus’ words in the Gospels about loving one’s neighbor.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter

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