There is no doubt that the Covid-19 virus will change the world. The question in everyone’s mind is: How will we change? The Free Methodist Healthcare Fellowship (FMHF) offers these thoughts as a way of opening that conversation among us. The author of this article, is the President of the FMHF, Dr. Norman Wetterau, M.D.
He says, in part:
“At this point, everything seems negative: staying at home, worried that we or a family member might die from the virus, and the economic collapse that our nation seems to be entering into. This epidemic is uncovering some weaknesses and unaddressed problems in our land. Will we decide to address these? So far it appears we might…”
Dr. Wetterau then explores several issues that he thinks may change as we now recognize both the need and the solutions. Of those possible areas for change is the need for medical care for those who are not insured, the need for equity in resources for homeschooling with everyone having internet and computer access, and the difficulty of those without homes when sheltering is the only solution to viral mortality.
The physician ends with an issue of preparedness for disasters and diseases such as this pandemic. He says in part:
“…our basic economic system is fine in good times but not for a crisis such as this one. Dr Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University and 2001 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics wrote an opinion piece in the April Time magazine: Vol 195,