Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center

The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).  The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.

The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief - Health and Wellness Ministry

COVID-19 Awareness as Variants Continue to Wreak Havoc, Part IV - What Happens in 2022?

What is the plan for COVID-19 in 2022? Should we let it manage our lives, or can we manage COVID-19? Do we have a choice in the matter? Should we care about what others do to help fight COVID-19 infections and stop the spread of new variants? What if the question was: Should we care if someone at any age decides to eat only candy all day every day as their meal, regardless of what occurs? Both of these questions have the same answer: yes.

As Christians, we should care about saving souls, regardless. The candy question is easy, as you can see what actually happens if someone decides to just eat candy (and replace water with sodas) every day. So, why should trying to stop COVID-19 variants from wreaking havoc on society be any different? With variants continuing their mayhem, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will most likely have allowed you to experience some type of event beyond your control in order to understand others and make next step decisions for 2022.

What might happen with COVID-19 in 2022?

There are all kinds of viruses worldwide, but COVID-19 is currently the most impactful globally. Researchers are reviewing various options and preparing for all possible eventualities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on data as of December 31, 2021, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have summarized the current variants of most concern: Omicron and Delta.

Omicron - B.1.1.529

  • First identified: South Africa
  • Spread: Appears to spread more easily than other variants, including Delta.
  • Severe illness and death: Due to the small number of cases, the current severity of illness and death associated with this variant is unclear.
  • Vaccine: Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are expected, but vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Early evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Omicron variant can spread the virus to others. All FDA-approved or authorized vaccines are expected to be effective against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. 
  • Treatments: Some monoclonal antibody treatments may not be as effective against infection with Omicron.

Delta - B.1.617.2

  • First identified: India
  • Spread: Spreads more easily than other variants.
  • Severe illness and death: May cause more severe cases than the other variants.
  • Vaccine: Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are expected, but vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Early evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. All FDA-approved or authorized vaccines are effective against severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
  • Treatments: Nearly all variants circulating in the United States respond to treatment with FDA-authorized monoclonal antibody treatments.


The CDC is predicting that Omicron will be the dominate variant of concern because it is spreading rapidly. The CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 31, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.

Since Omicron is spreading rapidly, the CDC has outlined key points for this variant.

Vaccines. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. However, breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated are likely to occur. With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. The recent emergence of Omicron further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.

Treatments. Scientists are working to determine how well existing treatments for COVID-19 work. Based on the changed genetic make-up of Omicron, some treatments are likely to remain effective while others may be less effective.

Tools to Fight Omicron

Vaccines.

  • Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
  • Scientists are currently investigating Omicron, including how protected fully vaccinated people will be against infection, hospitalization, and death.
  • CDC recommends that everyone eligible for a vaccine protect themselves from COVID-19 by getting fully vaccinated.

Masks.

  • Masks offer protection against all variants.
  • CDC continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.
  • CDC provides advice about masks for people who want to learn more about what type of mask is right for them depending on their circumstances.

Testing.

  • Tests can tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19.
  • Two types of tests are used to test for current infection: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests. NAAT and antigen tests can only tell you if you have a current infection.
  • Individuals can use the COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool to help determine what kind of test to seek.
  • Additional tests would be needed to determine if your infection was caused by Omicron.

CDC scientists are working with partners to gather data and virus samples that can be studied to continue to answer important questions about the Omicron variant (Source: CDC.gov).

As 2022 progresses, we will come to understand the impacts of scientific studies and trials during this pandemic.  As Christians it is essential to be cautious, remain vigilant and remember who "holds us up", God.  (Continued in COVID-19 Awareness as Variants Continue to Wreak Havoc, Part V - Is COVID-19 Here to Stay?)

Revelation 2:2-3 "2 I know your deeds and your labor and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil people, and you have put those who call themselves apostles to the test, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured on account of My name, and have not become weary." (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))

Ministry: Health and Wellness.
Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): 
Leroy Mobley, Karl Spencer.
Ministry In-Brief Administrator and Volunteer(s):
Karl Spencer.
Location:
Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.

Ministry In-Brief Archive:

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Resource Center Highlights

The Goals and Vision of the center are to:

(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;

(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;

(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and

(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.

Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited.  Call or email us for additional information.  Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: [email protected]

 

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