Recently, I listened to a video by Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai and he asked, “What hurts people’s immune system more than a virus? It’s social isolation.” We aren’t meant to be isolated. It’s heartbreaking to know that people are dying without their loved ones around them. That older people in nursing homes can’t be with their spouses and are all alone. This virus is causing a lot more harm than just illness and death.
Every morning, I go sit outside in my front yard. I play with my cats. I also read but what I love most is chatting with my neighbors and the people who walk by. Almost every time I go outside in front during the day, people are there. They want social interaction. When my husband and I take walks later in the day, there are more people outside walking, running, talking, and riding bikes than we have ever seen.
The people that are hurting the most during this quarantine are those who live alone. These are the ones we need to be reaching out to. If you are one of them, I hope there are people you can FaceTime often. Can you go outside and visit with neighbors? We all need fresh air and sunshine. “The outdoors and sunshine are such strong factors in fighting viral infections, that a 2009 study of the extra ordinary success of outdoor hospitals during the 1918 influenza epidemic suggested that during the next pandemic, we should encourage the public to spend as much time outdoors as possible.” (The Atlantic, April 7, 2020)
Besides being able to be with other people, Dr. Shiva speaks a lot about boosting our immune systems. We need exercise and healthy food. He speaks about the destruction sugar has on the immune system. I find it disheartening that the big time doctors on the task force aren’t speaking about ways to boost our immune systems. Yes, they have talked about obesity being a big problem and encouraged obese people to not drink, take drugs, or smoke but what about eating healthy, eating less, and exercising? I know most people don’t want to be told what to do, but they still need to hear it for their own good.
We were never created to be alone. God created Eve to be Adam’s help meet because it was NOT good for man to be alone. “God sets the solitary in families” (Psalm 68:6). He never intended for us to live alone. We are to live in families. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
I pray for a few women I know who live alone through no choice of their own. This time must be extremely difficult for them but they do love the Lord so they trust Him. It is still not the way it should be. Reach out to those who live alone if you can. They need human interaction and if you are alone, try to get outside and go on walks to see people. The chances of getting the virus outside are slim to none.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.