This video has been removed for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines. https://news.google.com/covid19/map?hl=en-AU&gl=AU&ceid=AU:en I gather that the normative death toll for the flu in a year is around 50,000 worldwide. As the death toll from Covid 19 is now over 200,000 and indeed over 50,000 in the US alone, it deserves some concern. I am always ready to be concerned about the manipulation of the people by the media, and certainly there are reporters who happily overcook stories in their attempt to sensationalise and titivate information for the purpose of making money and advancing their importance. Indeed there are any number who will do that shamelessly beyond belief and before our eyes. If we go back 500 years ago to the English experience following the conquest of Henry Tudor with an army from the slums of Calais there were regular and seemingly seasonal outbreaks of the sweats in England, which they had little capacity to deal with, and was a major driver in the Court going of progress to get out of town and away from the disease. The only real tool that had in dealing with the disease was to stay away - what we might refer to as social distancing. For all that has advanced in the last 500 years, this is still the primary tool, as indeed it was for dealing with leprosy in the days Our Lord walked upon Earth. 100 years ago this was the primary tool we invoked in managing the devastating effects of the Spanish Influenza Epidemic. That being said, we should be concerned, we have a duty of care to our fellow citizens to follow the health advice and the general directives. Yes it does impinge on our freedoms, but responsibly for a reason and for a season we must walk this way. In Australia we have had 84 death so far. In a typical year we have around 2000 death from flu. I expect our flu deaths to be down this year for a number of reasons, including that number of those with other conditions may have contracted Covid 19 and not survived, the has been a massive uptake in flu shots in concern for the double whammy effect. There has been a significant ramping up of the health system in wake of concern about an impending crisis. I fear that one of the byproducts of the events will be seen in an increase in suicide as a result of economic stress, cabin fever, and the sheer loneliness experienced by those who lack info-tech skills. It should remind us all, that whatever the progress we think we have made, our grip on the place we have on the earth can be challenged by the smallest of things. Keep us Lord, under the shadow of your mercy. Sustain and support the anxious, Be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may all find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.