Amid the growing concern over the spread of coronavirus around the world, Pope Francis prayed for the victims and praised China’s “great commitment” to contain the coronavirus outbreak during his January 26 Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.
“I wish to be close to and pray for the people who are sick because of the virus that has spread through China,” the Pope declared. “May the Lord welcome the dead into his peace, comfort families, and sustain the great commitment by the Chinese community that has already been put in place to combat the epidemic.”
The Pope also prayed for those affected by Hansen’s disease—also known as leprosy. He then spent a moment in silence to remember the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and invited everyone to spend time in prayer on its 75th anniversary on January 27.
China and other countries are working hard to contain and find a cure to the new coronavirus which has already reached parts of Asia and the US. A report from China’s National Health Commission (NHC) confirms that as of Wednesday, January 25, there have been a total of 5,794 cases and 132 deaths in Wuhan, China alone.
As of writing, the coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory infection doesn’t have any specific cure or vaccine yet. The best way to prevent the infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.