Living with COVID-19 - Faith and Practice

  • Rev Fr Emmanuel Lewis


COVID-19 or corona virus is a respiratory disease that started in Wuhan China October/November 2019. It affects the respiratory organs of the person. It has an incubation period of between two and fourteen days. During this incubation period, though an affected person might be asymptomatic (not showing symptoms) but s/he might be contagious. The symptoms include headache, fever, cold, cough and shortness of breath. This might get worse with individuals with underlying health issues. The droplets from the infected person are the means of transmission. The said droplets cannot travel far by themselves but can live for a considerable period of time on surfaces and clothes, so the need for basic hygiene such as constant and regular washing of hands with soap under running water, keeping of social/physical distance, sneezing and coughing into a tissue or the cupped elbow etc. These are all preventive measures because there is no known vaccine or cure of the disease yet.