No question the church is called to do life together. Just a quick survey of the many "one another's" in the New Testament ought to be enough evidence. Clearly we are called to live as a new community connected to one another by faith. But how far do we go during the flu season?! In our pursuit of community, let's not forget common sense. On the one hand, let's not drag our kids to Sunday School with a high fever and runny nose so they won't miss "church" for the week. But on the other hand, let's not live in fear for the next few months and keep our kids away from the church community.
Hear me. I'm not downplaying the effects of the flu and the continuing spread of H1N1. I'm just recommending a cautious, yet common sense approach to the situation. Instead of being paralyzed by fear, let's take the needed precautions and and work together as a church family to minimize the risk of flu outbreak in our community. And more importantly, let's trust in the God who reigns over this fallen world (including every type of flu) and is working all things for his glory and our good.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.