Thursday, March 12, 2020

Though I have always thought this coronavirus issue is media hype and far over exaggerated, I thought I would share the opinion of my son-in-law Wes who is a doctor (and who I am extremely proud of).

I thought his explanation was perfectly rational and reasonable and explained the crisis in a simple manner. So I thought I’d share it with all of you.

“COVID-19 isn’t that much more deadly than influenza but it has the potential to spread so quickly that there could be far too many patients for our nations hospital systems to care for at one time. In that situation mortality would increase  dramatically for COVID-19 and Influenza.

“So I think it’s reasonable to try to slow down the spread of the virus and spread the number of patients out over a longer span of time so we can adequately care for them. Our hospitals are already pretty full in the winter. I had to wait 10 hours last week to get a gentleman admitted from the emergency department into the ICU.”

“Can’t speak to which situation would be less economically damaging.”

In other words, the way I understand this is, the virus is not so deadly that it’s killing a lot of people, rather it spreads so rapidly that the hospitals will be too full to handle the cases unless we can slow down the spread.

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Legatus March 2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on March 12, 2020

Unhappily this trip was not able to proceed because Israel, for all intents and purposes, closed their borders to all travelers including Americans. Delta also canceled our flights. We are so sorry this has inconvenienced so many, not just our pilgrims, but travelers from around the world.

UPDATE 3/12/20  Delta has now canceled their flights to Israel starting Friday, March 13. Regarding our March group, we have been given confirmation that Delta will refund our deposits for the group air. We are also working hard to get other refunds with some success. We are doing all we can to help make our pilgrims suffer as little as possible. Travel insurance is so important in times like these.

With all questions, contact our Reservations Team at 866-557-2364, or write them at FootprintsOfGod@ctscentral.net. Please be patient and polite since these are really great folks struggling under a very stressful situation.

We will be sending out an e-mail soon to our April group outlining their options. We still have time and decisions can be made. We are still hoping things blow over so we are able to go in April but we are preparing for all contingencies.

UPDATE 3/9/20  All the previous updates are now moot since Israel just announced it is closing its borders to all foreign travelers. Any foreigner arriving in Israel must go into a 2-week quarantine. Obviously, this screws up our March trip since no one can get a private home for two weeks of quarantine before starting the pilgrimage! As it is now certain that all the airlines will be discontinuing flights to and from Israel. The Israeli airlines have discontinued all international flights.

We are hoping this will be resolved by the time our April and May trips approach and we will keep everyone updated. For now, April and May groups to Israel are as scheduled.

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I contacted Netflix three months ago. They confirmed my account was canceled. Today I saw a charge on my Visa card from Netflix. I called them. They said that because my card was still on file it was automatically reinstated. Very dishonest and crooked.

After about twenty minutes on the phone, and jumping through a lot of hoops, it is now finally, finally canceled and a reimbursement is on the way.

Of you also canceled Netflix, double-check to make sure it is really canceled.

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Filipino Moves through many Religions and Philosophies before Returning Wholeheartedly to the Church

March 12, 2020

This man has run the gauntlet of religions, cults, and philosophies in search of the truth. It is always painful, but the end result is always joy and reassurance. Hopefully, stories like this will keep others from wandering away and suffering the pain that Duane Catujano experienced. ********************************************* Did I become a die-hard Catholic because […]

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