SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19?

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SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19?

"It is very important to avoid conflating the virus and the disease. SARS CoV-2 is a respiratory virus. If you contract that virus, you will likely have mild symptoms. In rarer cases, SARS CoV-2 can lead to a more severe collection of symptoms, characterising a disease we call COVID-19. This is not a problem of semantics, it is a public mental health issue. By referring to the virus and the disease interchangeably, we end up with unnecessary panic. Headlines where experts describe COVID-19 as “the worst illness I’ve ever had” do not sit well alongside announcements that imply “60,000 people [are] catching Covid each day”. By failing to grasp the difference between the disease (severe illness) and the virus (usually mild or no symptoms) the public are inferring an exaggerated risk to their own health, resulting in increased anxiety and widespread fear of germs that could have long-term implications for mental health."


UK Govt leaflets
"We will remember 2020 as the year we were hit, along with all other nations, by a previously unknown and remorseless foe." Boris Johnson on 12th May 2020

COVID-19: mental health - NHS
NHS guidance with video clips

COVID-19: mental health - UK Govt
UK Government advice for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) Dated 31st March 2020

COVID-19 / coronavirus
Some topical images

COVID-19: personal prayers
Personal prayers when you can't get to church

COVID-19:  Prayers about the outbreak 
CofE prayers about the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19: caring for our parishioners
The Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others. It comes after the Government announced unprecedented peacetime measures to try to control the spread of the virus, with restrictions on public gatherings, transport and working.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus: pastoral letter
Bishop Rachel's pastoral letter of 16th March 2020

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