Chris Queen – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com Committed to Freedom, Faith and Family Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:06:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://theresurgent.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png Chris Queen – The Resurgent https://theresurgent.com 32 32 104855451 Peace – Not Confusion https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/31/peace-not-confusion/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/31/peace-not-confusion/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:00:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60870 I subscribe to Tabletalk, a devotional magazine (you should too), and I read the devotions in each month’s issue every weeknight. I don’t know how far in advance the staff write the daily devotions, but one of the scriptures supporting Monday night’s devotion stuck out to me. For God is not a God of confusion […]

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I subscribe to Tabletalk, a devotional magazine (you should too), and I read the devotions in each month’s issue every weeknight. I don’t know how far in advance the staff write the daily devotions, but one of the scriptures supporting Monday night’s devotion stuck out to me.

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33a, ESV).

Let’s be honest: there’s plenty of confusion in the world today. All you have to do is jump on Facebook or turn on the news, and before long you won’t know what to think. I mean, I’m pretty picky about where I get my news, and I can get frustrated, bewildered, and sometimes in despair.

I’ll admit that sometimes life can be overwhelming. Times like this can be hard to deal with, and if you’re like me and struggle with anxiety, it can be easy to give in to fear. I’m grateful to have my faith in God to lean on.

If you believe in the God of the Bible, you know that He is the source of peace. If we’re looking to Him, our faith will cut through the confusion, override the frustration, and give us peace in the face of fear.

The peace that God gives doesn’t necessarily negate the problems that are going on around us. In fact, His peace transcends circumstances.

Look at what the scriptures have to say about peace:

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11, ESV)!

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble (Psalm 119:165, ESV).

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3, ESV).

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27, ESV).

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33, ESV).

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13, ESV).

…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV).

Trust in God. Trust Him all the time, but especially at times like this when the world seems to be in turmoil. When you trust in Him, you’ll find a peace that goes beyond any human comprehension. It’s a peace you’ll love and that you’ll want to turn to again and again.

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The Waffle House Index Shows Us How the Coronavirus Affects America https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/25/the-waffle-house-index-shows-us-how-the-coronavirus-affects-america/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/25/the-waffle-house-index-shows-us-how-the-coronavirus-affects-america/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:30:37 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60656 By now, we’re all familiar with the Waffle House Index. It’s an actual measure that meteorologists and other agencies use to determine the extent of a natural disaster or other incident based on how many locations of the iconic 24-hour restaurant chain close. For those of you who don’t understand: Waffle House is a glorious […]

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By now, we’re all familiar with the Waffle House Index. It’s an actual measure that meteorologists and other agencies use to determine the extent of a natural disaster or other incident based on how many locations of the iconic 24-hour restaurant chain close.

For those of you who don’t understand: Waffle House is a glorious Southern institution that has spread to some areas outside the South. The restaurant chain serves delicious food 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and never closes unless there’s an emergency.

If anyone is using the Waffle House Index to measure the coronavirus crisis, it may not quite be time to panic – depending on where you live. The chain has closed 365 units as of yesterday in areas where the virus has hit particularly hard.

Before you go smashing windows of your nearest Waffle House location, don’t worry. You can still order an All-Star or get your hash browns scattered, smothered, and covered at one of the over 1,600 Waffle Houses that are still open.

#WaffleHouseIndexRed: 365 Waffle House restaurants closed. 1,627 open.

Posted by Waffle House on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Last week, Waffle House wrote another post addressing how they’re looking to take care of their employees as well as their customers:

“We want to acknowledge the great efforts of our associates, who work hard every shift to create a safe, warm and welcoming dining experience 24 hours daily.”

The post continued, saying, “We are working hard to support them as we do our best to manage through this crisis.”

It’s nice to see that some things never change. Waffle House is known for quality comfort food and friendly service that’s always around whenever you need it. Even in a time of sheltering in place, it’s truly comforting to know that you can partake in Burt’s chili with the proper social distancing.

Here’s to the amazing folks at Waffle House who are keeping the world going in a time of crisis. Pray for them, and support Waffle House when you can.

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Using Big Brother to Fight a Virus https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/23/using-big-brother-to-fight-a-virus/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/23/using-big-brother-to-fight-a-virus/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60583 Singapore is relying on technology that's innovative and scary at the same time.

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All over the world, nations are using different tactics to fight the coronavirus epidemic. From curfews to drive-through testing centers, we’ve seen some intriguing ways to stop the spread of the virus. But nothing compares to what Singapore is using to help keep their citizens safe.

The government of Singapore sent a message out to everyone in the country with instructions on how to download an app called TraceTogether. This app is a fascinating piece of technology that tracks who comes in contact with others who may be sick.

Johnathan Swan and Sam Baker at Axios gave a succinct breakdown of how TraceTogether works:

Singaporeans download TraceTogether from the App Store, enter their cellphone number and consent to their numbers being “stored in a secure registry.”

They switch on Bluetooth and push notifications. According to the Singaporean government, the app attaches a random ID to your cell number.

“It then uses Bluetooth to detect other users who come within two to five meters of you and records their random IDs internally,” per CNA.

If a user of the app tests positive for the coronavirus, Singapore’s Ministry of Health will have them send their app logs to the government.

The Singaporean government will then “decrypt the random IDs to determine the mobile numbers of my close contacts.” This means that Singaporeans won’t have to rely on their memories to recall whether they’ve had contact with somebody who later tests positive for the virus.

Needless to say, TraceTogether is a pretty impressive piece of technology for a time like this, although it does raise concerns that relate to privacy and liberty.

But Singapore hasn’t stopped there. The government is checking in on its residents, as Swan and Baker note:

Singapore’s government didn’t just recommend that people stay in quarantine for 14 days after they return from overseas. Instead, the authorities enforce their “stay-at-home” notices by sending text messages to residents throughout the day. When they receive the texts, Singaporeans are required to share their GPS location with the government, per CNA.

Lest you think this is something residents can just blow off and ignore, Singaporeans must send in their location to the government under penalty of law:

If Singaporeans don’t comply with stay-at-home notices, they could be prosecuted under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act. “First-time offenders are liable for a fine of up to S$10,000, jail of up to six months, or both,” per CNA. “Repeat offenders face double the penalties.”

Singapore only has seen 509 cases and only two deaths. The tactics may work well in a small nation like Singapore. But would Americans consider the effects of actions like these at the cost of their freedom? I doubt it.

We’ve heard this cliche so much lately: “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Would you be willing to accept such desperate measures to defeat the coronavirus?

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China Is Dodging Blame for COVID-19 https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/19/china-is-dodging-blame-for-covid-19/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/19/china-is-dodging-blame-for-covid-19/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 14:30:12 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60464 If, like me, you’re old enough to remember the Cold War years, you know how the Soviet government covered up the true horror of the Chernobyl disaster. During the space race (before I was born, thank you very much), the Soviets made less of a deal about their failures – including the deaths of cosmonauts […]

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If, like me, you’re old enough to remember the Cold War years, you know how the Soviet government covered up the true horror of the Chernobyl disaster. During the space race (before I was born, thank you very much), the Soviets made less of a deal about their failures – including the deaths of cosmonauts – than they trumpeted their successes.

So it stands to reason that the authoritarian, Communist Chinese government would do the same thing when it comes to COVID-19. (Heck, let’s call it the Wuhan flu.)

We know for a fact that the Chinese downplayed the virus and its effects when it was merely a Chinese phenomenon, going so far as to detain health officials who spoke out about the dangers of the disease.

We also know now that some Chinese medical experts warned about a coronavirus-type disease that could start in China and spread quickly.

As The Atlantic reports:

If that weren’t enough, we can plumb recent history for an even more damning account. In a 2019 article, Chinese experts warned it was “highly likely that future SARS- or MERS-like coronavirus outbreaks will originate from bats, and there is an increased probability that this will occur in China.” In a 2007 journal article, infectious-disease specialists published a study arguing that “the presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.” It was ignored.

China, on the other hand, is playing the “racism and xenophobia” card against those who use terms like “Wuhan flu” or “Chinese virus,” a tactic it has used for quite some time, even long before COVID-19 was a concern.

We should all assign blame where it’s due: the Chinese. They let things get way out of hand, waiting seven weeks to lock down the Wuhan region. By that time, some 5 million people from that area had spread throughout China and across the globe.

Now, the Chinese Communists are trolling Americans for pointing out that China is at fault. As Shadi Hamid writes at The Atlantic:

But is this a time for blame? Yes, it is. Accounting for responsibility when a disaster happens—particularly one likely to devastate entire countries, leaving thousands dead—is not beside the point, particularly as Chinese officials move to take advantage of the crisis and launch a disinformation campaign claiming that the U.S. Army introduced the virus.

Well before the new coronavirus spread across American cities, the Chinese regime was already rather creatively trolling U.S. publications, expelling American journalists, and “weaponizing wokeness” over anything it perceived as critical of China’s role in mishandling the epidemic. To hear Chinese spokespeople use the language of racism and prejudice is somewhat surreal, considering this is a regime that has put more than 1 million Muslims and ethnic minorities in “reeducation” camps.

Honestly, we shouldn’t expect any less from an authoritarian government, but no matter what happens from here, we should acknowledge that China is at fault, no matter how much they try to dodge the blame.

Our relationship with China should reflect this admission as well. As Hamid notes, we should give up “any remaining hope that the Chinese regime could be a responsible global actor.”

No, we shouldn’t treat Asian-Americans or Asians in America any differently because of this fact, but we also shouldn’t pretend that the Communist Chinese are innocent in any way for what has now become a pandemic. If only they would fess up to it themselves.

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American Deaths from COVID-19 Top 100 https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/18/american-deaths-from-covid-19-top-100/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/18/american-deaths-from-covid-19-top-100/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:00:48 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60399 The virus is now in all 50 states.

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The coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, and particularly here in the United States. According to stats from Johns Hopkins University, deaths in the US have topped 100, and the virus is in all 50 states. Additionally, the number of cases worldwide has risen above 200,000, with over 6,000 of those in the United States alone.

The rise in the number of cases naturally follows the increase in testing, demonstrating what medical experts suspected: that there were more people who just thought they had the flu who in fact had COVID-19. Awareness of the disease is growing, but these stats show that things may get worse before they get better.

The number of people recovered from the coronavirus has stayed at 17, but that’s likely to rise too as more testing becomes available.

This news comes as Americans seem to be sheltering in place for the most part – working from home when possible, schooling their kids at home, limiting errands to essential trips. Churches are leveraging technology not just to host Sunday services on line, but also to meet the needs of their congregation.

Even with the government’s efforts to combat COVID-19 and their plans to give the economy a boost, the best ways for us to combat coronavirus is to limit our contact with the outside world.

The advice we’ve heard over and over continues to ring true. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Stay at home as much as you can. And pray for this disease to slow down.

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Online Church: An Inside Perspective https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/16/online-church-an-inside-perspective/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/16/online-church-an-inside-perspective/#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60309 The church is the church whether its members meet together in a building or separately in front of screens for a season.

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For those of you who don’t know, I’m the communications director for Eastridge Church, a large multisite church east of Atlanta. Most weeks bring their own challenges, but my days off on Friday and Saturday are usually uneventful. This weekend was a definite exception.

From early afternoon on Friday, I had to work on preparing an announcement that we would forego in-person services and have church online only. Scott Moore, our lead pastor, made a video to share with the congregation, and I went to work letting the congregation know by email and Facebook post, incorporating Scott’s video and reassuring our church family.

Our announcement got less pushback than I expected; in fact, the vast majority of people were relieved and even excited at the prospect of having church with the family.

We decided to prerecord our service so that we could worship with our families too. Scott recorded his sermon, and we had a four-person worship – representing both of our campuses – lead an acoustic set. I did instructions on how to give online and fill out a web form connect card (complete with decisions, serving opportunities, and prayer requests). An impressive group of staff and volunteers gave their time to make it happen.

Saturday included putting together an email and Facebook post with ways for our church family to be represent Jesus to the community even while hunkering down at home. Then I spent some time making sure that everything that I was responsible for for Sunday was taken care of.

Sunday morning came. I have to admit – I was nervous. We’d never had church as a Facebook Watch Party (even though we live stream our services every week). Would our people interact? Would they just sit and watch the screen? What if we can’t get the video started on time. Every scenario went through my mind.

The service went off without a hitch. I saw people saying hello to each other. I saw friends from as far away as Kentucky and New York City watching. I saw dozens of church family members sharing the video and urging others to watch. I even saw friends whose churches weren’t having online services join in.

Best of all, I was able to worship with my family, something I don’t get to do often – even though my whole family attends Eastridge – because I’m working during services. For one service, three generations of my family gathered to worship.

We even took the Lord’s Supper together!

At the time I’m writing this, we’ve had over 4,600 views of our service videos. I don’t say this to brag about my efforts or about our church (though I’m immensely proud of the folks who have helped us pull it off). What I am saying is that we’ve been able to have genuine community under quarantine – and that God was glorified and lifted up too.

The author of Hebrews encourages us about “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, ESV). But the church is the church whether its members meet together in a building or separately in front of screens for a season. Sure, it’s not the ideal way to do church, but if we’re family, we want to keep each other safe.

If you’re a church leader, and you want to know how your church can be the church online, please reach out to me. I may not have all the answers, but I can put you in touch with those who do.

Let’s be the church, even if we’re keeping our “social distance.” God is in control, so let’s keep our eye on Him!

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British School Sends Teen Home for Selling Hand Sanitizer https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/12/british-school-sends-teen-home-for-selling-hand-sanitizer/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/12/british-school-sends-teen-home-for-selling-hand-sanitizer/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:00:17 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60207 In the words of Austin Powers, "Yay capitalism!"

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John F. Kennedy once said, “Great crises produce great men and great deeds of courage.” In the face of all the craziness surrounding the coronavirus, one British teen did something courageous and great, and his school sent him home for it.

In Leeds, which is located in the northern part of England, mom Jenny Tompkins posted on Facebook that her son was caught selling squirts of hand sanitizer for 50p, and the school sent him home.

Tompkins and her husband decided that they couldn’t be angry with their son for his antics, as the BBC reports:

His mother, however, said she tried to be serious when the school called, and later when her son arrived home “with a big grin on his face”.

She said this was made more difficult after she called his father at work, who responded by calling him “a [expletive] legend”.

Tompkins’ son used the money he earned to do both the most British and most teenage thing imaginable:

She added as well as buying a kebab, her son used some of the cash to buy a multipack of Doritos.

In the words of Austin Powers, “Yay capitalism!” I can’t fault the kid for taking advantage of the situation to make a little extra cash. Here’s hoping he doesn’t have to face any further consequences. After all, we ought to be able to laugh at something, even in the midst of a tough situation.

This is a picture of my teenage son just getting in from school.Why is he getting in from school at 10:53am you ask?…

Posted by Jenny Tompkins on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

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Cruz and Gozar Self-Quarantine for Coronavirus Exposure https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/09/cruz-and-gozar-self-quarantine-for-coronavirus-exposure/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/09/cruz-and-gozar-self-quarantine-for-coronavirus-exposure/#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 17:00:54 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60119 It's good to see prominent people being proactive when they've been exposed.

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After the news that an attendee at the recent CPAC conference tested positive for the coronavirus, two members of congress have quarantined themselves based on their contact with the individual.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement about his exposure and efforts to quarantine himself:

And Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has announced in a Twitter thread that he is taking precautions as well:

(Naturally, left-wing trolls are going after both of them, but I digress…)

It’s worth stressing that neither Cruz nor Gosar have exhibited symptoms, and doctors have assured them that the chances of either of them getting the virus is slim.

As the virus has spread to over 500 cases in 25 states, it’s good to see prominent people being proactive when they’ve been exposed.

Let’s keep praying for healing for those who have it, protection for those who have been exposed, and courage and strength for those on the front lines of our public health. And let’s keep ourselves safe by washing hands and not panicking!

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Trump Bites the Fox News Hand that Feeds Him https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/05/trump-bites-the-fox-news-hand-that-feeds-him/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/05/trump-bites-the-fox-news-hand-that-feeds-him/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 20:30:32 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=60044 President Trump has cultivated an us-against-the-world mentality from the minute he descended the escalator to announce his candidacy. This tack has served him well at times, and he can use it to fire up his base – many of whom feel the same way. Other times, this attitude isn’t a good look. Take Wednesday night […]

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President Trump has cultivated an us-against-the-world mentality from the minute he descended the escalator to announce his candidacy. This tack has served him well at times, and he can use it to fire up his base – many of whom feel the same way.

Other times, this attitude isn’t a good look. Take Wednesday night for example, when Trump went on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News and managed to criticize certain elements of the network for their lack of loyalty.

Here are a few excerpts:

“You have some great people, you have Rush, who is doing I hear really well, much better and Mark Levin. We have a lot of support. You would be amazed, we have a lot of support. The great Lou Dobbs, so many people we have as supporters out of just our Fox News, which, you know, I have my own little difficulties with, if you want to know the truth.”

Trump ripped the network for featuring “inappropriate” people on its air who say “very, very false things.”

The commander-in-chief then doled out the highest of insults among conservatives, billing the network an outfit looking to be “politically correct.”

“They put people on I think are inappropriate and say very, very false things and people don’t challenge them. I think they’re trying to be very politically correct or ‘fair and balanced,’ right, is the term.”

Hannity responded with a chuckle and the affirmative “yeah.”

“But I think they hurt themselves if you want to know the truth,” Trump concluded.

Trump shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Fox News has carried the “Fair and Balanced” line, which means that the president has received more favorable coverage than he has anywhere else. But it also means that they’re going to call balls and strikes on his administration.

Fox News also does a good job keeping its news and opinion products distinct. It could be much worse. The president could receive the coverage he gets from pretty much every other mainstream media outlet.

This isn’t a good look for Trump because it looks like he’s biting the hand that feeds him. Hopefully he’ll think twice next time and keep thoughts like these to himself – but I doubt it.

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Are We Panicking Too Much About Coronavirus? https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/03/are-we-panicking-too-much-about-coronavirus/ https://theresurgent.com/2020/03/03/are-we-panicking-too-much-about-coronavirus/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2020 20:59:54 +0000 https://theresurgent.com/?p=59982 The short answer: Yes.

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Coronavirus. COVID-19. Wuhan Flu. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s dominating the headlines. We haven’t really seen anything like this in our lifetimes: a disease that has spread so quickly and caused so much panic.

Is the panic a bit too much? The short answer is: Yes.

Witness what’s going on here in Atlanta, where the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting a run on staples and cleaning products at metro area stores:

Even before Georgia’s first two coronavirus cases were confirmed Monday night, shoppers — some sheepish and some emphatic — packed at least some local stores in recent days for items to deal with a possible pandemic. Hot sellers included cases of water, hand sanitizer, disinfecting alcohol and cleaning wipes, facial tissues and paper towels, leaving some store shelves temporarily depleted, though more supplies are on the way, said workers at two local Costcos and a local Walmart. 

It’s one thing to be prepared for a crisis, and it’s a whole different matter to go into prepper mode. Atlanta shoppers have noticed this fact:

Tia Savay of Lawrenceville was shopping Costco on Monday, but she said she wasn’t picking up anything extra because she already had enough cleaning supplies and water with what she regularly gets.

“I know it’s a scary deal, but I think people are taking it out of proportion,” she said.

A friend of mine posted on Facebook that the media is partially to blame before the panic, because they’re not putting coronavirus into perspective as compared to the flu. I’ve edited her statement for language…

If the media would report every time someone in the US/world-in-general died from the flu and/or pneumonia, everyone would be saying coronoawho? 

These news outlets….we’re more likely to die from being suffocated by their [nonsense] than anything else. Bless them.

Look, Coronavirus is a scary thing, and we need to be vigilant. Wash hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, have a little extra cleaning stuff around, and avoid shaking hands.

But do we need to panic? Absolutely not. Let’s keep our heads.

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