I received feedback from five persons on my note from last week. They responded to my question, “Who do you look to help you make decisions concerning the truthfulness of what is reported regarding the pandemic?” The common threads from all were: 1) Not to trust or to stay away from Social Media, 2) Some skepticism over what major media sources say (i.e. CNN, FOX, MSNBC, and certain big city newspapers) concerning the facts of the Virus. 3) Seeking out such sources as Major Hospitals (i.e. the Cleveland Clinic). Beyond that, it was hard to find common ground. Someone suggested reading news items from Reuters or BBC overseas (not America) as helpful.
As for myself, I have two Doctors I consult with here in Chicago, whom I have found qualified and helpful in their feed back to me concerning the virus. I also look to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local county health departments for guidance. I will also look at any research that comes out of places such as the Cleveland Clinic or John Hopkins Medical School. I realize a number of people don’t put a lot of confidence in the CDC, citing past inconsistencies in their statements. However, both the CDC and the county health departments are entrusted to look out for what is best for the health and welfare of American citizens. It is their job to do this. I liken this to the role of Child Protective Services (CPS). This agency is authorized to remove children from homes if child abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect has taken place, and the situation calls for removal. Child Protective Services is not a perfect agency, and I am sure there are flaws and shortcomings in its service delivery at times. But CPS has the authority to act on these cases, while private citizens do not. My only option if I don’t rely on the CDC and local health departments is to trust the opinions of individual doctors who often disagree on this issue. Finally, I think it is best to stay away from social media and blogs from individuals who report opinions. It is the same with major media outlets. It seems in whatever is reported, the perspective the media outlet has on this topic biases it.
What does this have to do with Family Life and the Orthodox Faith? As Orthodox Christians, we are concerned about speaking the truth and not misleading people. I thought I would share this with you to help you better understand my thinking on the topic.
The blessing of the Lord be upon you,
With love in Christ,