A Single Thread Weaves All of Life Together / How COVID-19 Compares to Past Outbreaks / 2020-21 School Calendar


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A single thread
weaves all of Life together,
– Love.

There are many
Spiritual Truths
placed along the Pathway
of Life,
which pull at our
And the Beautiful feelings
encircled by our Love
for one another,
provide an easy Path
to the Magic
found deeply embedded
in the Human

It’s pull
is deeply felt.
 It’s overwhelming sense
of gratitude and Peace
and release,
cannot even be

The Human Heart
is a Sanctuary
tied to our very existence
of Life on Earth.

Butterfly, Butterfly Wings, Lepidoptera

My Dear Friends,
it’s cold
in the shadows
of Life and Living.

But warm,
in the Light
and Grace of God,
with crystal clear blue skies,
set in the meadows
and aglow with calm demeanor
and perfect sounds
of your precious beating Heart.
it beats in Union,
with all the other
Sacred Human Hearts,
placed along the Trail
we travel together
on this fragile Earth.

This special place,
with all it’s Natural
can have a strong emotional effect
on YOU,
if you simply
let it

Cat, Pet, Feline, Kitten, WhiskersAnd what you will remember
 in a Communion with Nature,
is a remarkable and very, very
personal experience.
A Communion with

is a Communion
with God.
The Natural World

is His World.
The unnatural World

is the one
Dear Lord,

please, please
forgive us.

My Friends,
we cannot stand alone
to face the World
on our own.
We need
the Love
of God.

 With the Flame of God’s
in your Heart,
can almost see
The highlights in your Life,
that catch your eyes
filled with all the Beauty
that is Love,
are poof
that we may
have been
but now
we can see.

Frog, Nature, Amphibian, Animal, Water

Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living,
Will find a way of forgiving
There’s a place for us
Somewhere a place for us
Peace and quiet and open air
Wait for us
There’s a time for us
Someday there’ll be a time for us,
Time together with time to spare
Time to learn, time to care
Someday, somewhere
We’ll find a new way of living
Will find there’s a way of forgiving
Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim

There is a place
that connects us
to our Creator –
a place of Infinite Beauty.
In no other place
is this feeling of Spirituality,
of being connected to everything,
more evident than
in the Love
we feel.

In the whisper
of a Prayer,
in the silence all around,
in the dreams of far away,
you may
be touched with Love.
you are together,
and your Creator,
shelters your Dream
that is this Life.

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The best hope
for our troubled World,
lies within
the Warm Embrace
of God.

We have placed ourselves
on the weak and shifting sands
of Time.

it’s Time
we got back . . .
to the basics of Love.

you want to know
what Love is –
open the precious
Word of God.
And there
it is:

The Holy Bible
teaches us
that God Loves us,
teaches us that
God is Love.

It reveals,
let us Love one another,

for Love is from God,
and whoever Loves
has been born of God
and knows God.
Anyone who does not Love
does not know God,
God is Love.
1 John 4:7-9

Monkey, Animal, Gorilla, Mammal

As you Pray,
the deep Ocean

of doubt and disbelief
drains away,
and the Beauty of God’s Love
 takes your breath

And what is it,
Dear Lord,
what is it
that resurrects the Spirit
of our Hearts?
As your Heart whispers,
in sounds rolling like thunder now
from the Sacred Space
“It is Love,
that shelters your

Always know,
it was God
who breathed Flesh
to your bones.
as you stumble and fall,
In Love,

there is no measure
of Time
at all.

For God proclaims:
are Eternally
I am all that you need
in every moment of this Life
and the Life to come.

“Fear not,
for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name,
you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and through the rivers,
they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire
you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”
Isaiah 43:1-3

There are
Veils of Reality.

This moment
isn’t very long.

deep breath,
and it is

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there are
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How COVID-19 Compares to Past Outbreaks

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The 1918 flu pandemic led to hundreds of thousands of deaths
  • SARS, the 1918 flu pandemic, and Ebola have all helped public health officials prepare for major outbreaks.
  • Each major outbreak is different though, and experts have a hard time predicting how they will end.
  • The fallout of each disease largely depends on other circumstances — when we catch it, how contagious and fatal it is, how hygienic people are, and how quickly a vaccine or cure becomes available.

All data and statistics are based on publicly available data at the time of publication. Some information may be out of date.

With new cases of the new coronavirus disease, COVID-19, growing day by day, it’s natural to compare the new disease to other outbreaks in recent history.

There was the 1918 influenza, for example, that infected nearly a thirdTrusted Source of the world’s population before it fizzled out.

Then came other threatening viruses that appeared out of nowhere: severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), the H1N1 influenza in 2009, and Ebola.

Eventually, we got a handle on all of them.

But the fallout of each disease largely depends on other circumstances — when we catch it, how contagious and fatal it is, how hygienic people are, and how quickly a vaccine or cure becomes available.

The death rate isn’t the only determining factor regarding how devastating and deadly a pandemic will be, according to Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson, a UC Davis professor of epidemiology and ecosystem health and researcher on USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project.

Here, we’ll take a look at how COVID-19 stacks up to other major outbreaks so far:

1918 influenza

The 1918 Spanish flu epidemic was the deadliest flu season we know of, infecting about one-third of the world’s population.

“The 1918 pandemic strain of influenza was new and novel for most people under the age of 40 or 50, but that’s where the death rate really was high — that’s different than the usual flu,” said Dr. Mark Schleiss, a pediatric infectious disease specialist with the University of Minnesota.

Back then, scientists didn’t know viruses caused disease, and we didn’t yet have a vaccine or antivirals to help prevent or treat influenza, nor did we have antibiotics to treat secondary bacterial infections.

Life was also very different back then — for one, we were in the middle of a war and soldiers carried the virus with them all over the world. People were also living in very crowded conditions and had extremely poor hygiene — this helped the disease build and build, according to Johnson.

  • Key symptoms: fever, nausea, aches, diarrhea
  • First detection: March 1918
  • Global cases: 500 million
  • Global deaths: over 50 million (675,000 in the United States); the death rate was around 2 percent
  • Transmission: spread through respiratory droplets
  • Most affected groups: otherwise healthy adults ages 20 to 40
  • Treatments available: none; antibiotics or antivirals did not yet exist
  • Vaccines available: none
  • End of pandemic: summer 1919; mostly due to deaths and higher immunity levels
Seasonal flu

The flu strikes every year, but no two seasons are exactly the same.

Because strains mutate each year, it can be hard to predict what will hit. Unlike COVID-19, we have effective vaccines and antiviral medications that can help prevent and reduce the severity of the flu.

Additionally, many people have residual immunity to the flu from years past, as our bodies have seen the flu before.

We don’t have any immunity to COVID-19, and it appears to be more contagious and fatal than the flu so far, but this could very well change as we learn more.

  • Key symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue
  • Global cases annually: 9 percentTrusted Source of the population, or about 1 billion infections (up to 5 million of which are severe)
  • Global deaths annually: between 291,000 to 646,000Trusted Source; death rate around 0.1 percent
  • Transmission: spreads through respiratory droplets; each diagnosed person passes it to 1.3 persons
  • Most affected groups: older adults and people with compromised immune systems
  • Treatment available: antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Rapivab, Xofluza) to reduce duration and severity of flu
  • Vaccines available: there are many vaccine optionsTrusted Source available that provide immunity against multiple strains of influenza

    2002–2004 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

SARS is another type of coronavirus that came out of China and spread quickly through respiratory droplets. Though the SARS death rate was higher than COVID-19, COVID-19 has already claimed more lives.

According to Johnson, contact tracingTrusted Source — or monitoring people in close contact with those who contracted it — was really effective with SARS, largely because symptoms were severe and therefore easier to identify and contain.

In addition, Schleiss said the SARS virus didn’t have the “fitness to persist in the human population,” which eventually led to its demise.

Schleiss added this doesn’t seem to be the case with COVID-19, which seems to be able to spread and thrive in the human body.

Overall, though SARS’ death rate was higher, COVID-19 has led to “more fatalities, more economic repercussions, more social repercussions than we [had] with SARS,” Johnson said.

  • Key symptoms: fever, respiratory symptoms, cough, malaise
  • First detection: November 2002 in Guangdong province of China
  • Global cases: 8,098 casesTrusted Source across 29 countries; 8 U.S. cases
  • Global deaths: 774; 15 percent mortality rate; no U.S. deathsTrusted Source
  • Transmission: spread through respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces
  • Most affected groups: patients 60 and older had a 55 percent higher death rate
  • Treatment available: no treatment or cure, but antiviral medications and steroids worked for some people
  • Vaccine available: a vaccine was ready around the time the pandemic was already ending
  • End of pandemic: July 2003Trusted Source
2009 (H1N1) flu pandemic

Back in 2009, a new type of flu — an H1N1 strain — popped up and people panicked because we didn’t have a vaccine and the novel strain was spreading fast.

Like COVID-19, there was no immunity at the start of the outbreak. We did have antivirals to facilitate recovery, and by the end of 2009, we had a vaccine which — combined with higher levels of immunity — would provide protection in future flu seasons.

Still, it claimed over 12,000 lives in the United States.

  • Key symptoms: fever, chills, cough, body aches
  • First detection: January 2009 in Mexico; April 2009Trusted Source in United States
  • Global cases: about 24 percent of global population; 60.8 million U.S. cases
  • Global deaths: over 284,000; 12,469 in the United States; death rate was .02 percent
  • Most affected groups: children had the highest rates; 47 percentTrusted Source of children between 5 and 19 developed symptoms compared to 11 percent of people ages 65 and up
  • Treatment available: antiviralsTrusted Source (oseltamivir and zanamivir); most people recovered without complications
  • Vaccine available: H1N1 vaccine research started April 2009 and a vaccine became available December 2009
  • End of pandemic: August 2010
2014–2016 Ebola

Ebola was extremely deadly, killing up to 50 percent of those who got sick. But because it predominantly spread through bodily fluids like sweat and blood during the last stages of the disease, it wasn’t as contagious as COVID-19.

Plus, because symptoms were so severe, health officials were able to quickly identify those who’d been in contact with people who had it and isolate them.

“You don’t have relatively healthy people with the [Ebola] virus walking around shedding the virus — going on the bus, going shopping, going to work — like we do with this,” Johnson said.

  • Key symptoms: fever, aches and pains, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting
  • First detection: first patient identified December 2013 in Guinea; first outbreak March 2014Trusted Source
  • Global cases: 28,652 casesTrusted Source across 10 countries
  • Global deaths: 11,325 deaths; death rate was about 50 percentTrusted Source
  • Transmission: spread through bodily fluids (blood, sweat, feces) and close contact; most contagious toward end of disease
  • Most affected groups: 20 percentTrusted Source of all cases occurred in children
  • Treatment available: none; supportive care was provided, including IV fluids and oral rehydration
  • Vaccines available: none
  • End of outbreak: March 2016Trusted Source
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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Early evidence shows COVID-19 may be more contagious than the flu.

And some early reports say COVID-19 may have a higher death rate than the seasonal flu. But we may soon find out it’s less deadly than initial reports since so many people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and therefore don’t see a doctor and are largely unaccounted for.

“The death rate really is something we just have to take with a grain of salt until we have enough information,” Johnson said. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and numbers and estimates are likely to change as we learn more.

  • Key symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath; 80 percent of cases are mild
  • First detection: December 2019 in Wuhan, China
  • Global cases to date: Over 127,000 cases
  • Global deaths to date: Over 4,700; the global death rate is estimated at 3.4 percentTrusted Source, but certain areas are seeing a death rate of just 0.4 percent
  • Transmission: spreads through respiratory droplets along with feces and other bodily secretions; each person passes it to 2.2 others which will likely fall as containment and quarantine efforts increase
  • Most affected groups: adults over 65 with underlying health conditions; children seem to be spared and are experiencing milder symptoms (in China, children account for just 2.4 percent of cases)
  • Treatments available: none; supportive care is provided, pain relievers and fever reducers can alleviate symptoms, and antibiotics can help treat secondary bacterial pneumonia and antivirals used with other viruses are being administered to help with recovery
  • Vaccines available: none yet; a vaccine will likely be ready in about one year
So, when will things calm down with COVID-19?

According to Schleiss, it’s going to take herd immunity — which basically blocks out the virus when a large chunk of the population is immune from already being sick — along with an effective vaccine.

“We really, really need a vaccine,” he said, adding that because the Food and Drug Administration will need to prove a vaccine is safe, it could take a year or two — best case scenario.

We also have a lot more we need to learn: the prevalence of the infection along with how you contract the virus and all the different roads of transmission.

Until then, we’re going to need to practice social distancing to help minimize the number of people who contract it, says Johnson.

We’ll need to work together to limit exposure to one another — especially with older adults and people with underlying illness who have the greatest risk of developing severe symptoms.

We don’t need to panic. Remember: The vast majority of COVID-19 cases are mild. But we do need to take action to contain the spread and protect those who are most vulnerable.

The bottom line

COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, isn’t the first threatening disease that’s surged around the world — nor will it be the last.

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