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Mercury One’s update on what we are doing for our communities and those affected by COVID-19

News about COVID-19 is sweeping the globe, and new updates and recommendations are being given by the hour. In this stressful, rapidly changing time, Mercury One and our partners are here for you. At Mercury One, we believe in the power of prayer, and we want you to know we are praying specifically for you. We are here to help, pray and support you in any way we can. Let us know how we can help.

“Mercury One will be here to help where we are needed most. We will keep you and your families in our prayers. Mercury One will remain steadfast to our mission – to restore the human spirit. We deeply care about you and your families and we will walk this journey along side you. We are stronger together.” – Suzanne Grishman, Mercury One Executive Director

What is the Coronavirus?

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that was first detected in the Wuhan Province of China. Since January 2020, it has spread to dozens of countries throughout the world.

As of this past weekend, many federal and local governments have declared states of emergency to channel resources into fighting the disease.

What are the symptoms of the Coronavirus?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to the flu. They usually begin 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Many patients will be able to recover from Coronavirus on their own, but some populations are at an increased risk of complications that might require hospitalization. These include:

  • People with pre-existing lung conditions
  • People with compromised immune systems (such as those with autoimmune disorders or undergoing cancer treatment)
  • The elderly

How is the Coronavirus spread?

Since Coronavirus is a new disease, we are still learning about how it is spread. The CDC believes it is primarily spread through person-to-person contact:

  • When people are within six feet of each other
  • Through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing

It can also be spread through contact with surfaces. For example: If an infected person coughs onto a door handle, and someone else touches that door handle, there is a chance they can contract the virus as well.

What can you do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus?

The best thing we can all do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus is follow the guidelines given by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our governments.

The most recent recommendations include:

  • Practicing “social distancing” and avoiding coming in close contact with other people
  • Avoiding gatherings larger than 10-50 attendees
  • Frequently washing your hands
  • Sanitizing public surfaces before touching them
  • Calling your healthcare provider immediately if you start to feel sick, and isolating yourself from the community in the meantime

More information is constantly being released as research continues into the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website to learn more about new developments and information regarding COVID-19. 

What can you do to help your neighbors in need?

This is a trying time for many families. As we follow the most recent developments of Coronavirus throughout our nation and world, there are a few things you can do to help those in need:

  • Consider sharing stored food and other resources with your neighbors
  • Reach out to friends and family members who are practicing social isolation — a phone call or video chat can help ease feelings of loneliness
  • Pray for the individuals, families, and communities affected
  • Donate to organizations providing aid throughout this pandemic

How is Mercury One responding?

Although we are facing a worldwide pandemic, Mercury One is still committed to our mission of restoring the human spirit around the world. We want you to know that we have partners on the ground in communities across the country working closely with government and medical professionals to do everything we can to bring aid to those who need it. 

Our Mercury One team will continue to inform you in the coming days and weeks on how our partners are helping. In addition to working with our partners to take action, we are also coming together in prayer.

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