The Golden Rule.
Pick any religion and the message is clear.
For Christians, the Gospel according to Matthew states “Do to others what you want them to do to you.”
For Muslims, one Hadith asserts “As you would have people do to you, do to them; and what you dislike being done to you, don’t do to them.”
For Jews, the Torah proclaims “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
For Hindus, the reminder is “If the entire Dharma can be said in a few words, then it is — that which is unfavorable to us, do not do unto others.”
It’s not surprising but nevertheless sad to see that people throughout the world are forgetting the Golden Rule as the deadly effects of coronavirus continue. The dangerous and selfish attitude suggesting “our” resources to fight the virus should be reserved “for us” runs counter to every major religion’s affinity with the Golden Rule.
And yet those violations are everywhere.
The Diplomat documents acts of hate by Muslims directed at Christians and Hindus in Pakistan. The Washington Post reports Muslims find similar hatred in India. Al-Monitor states Arabs face discrimination in Israel. And of course racism directed toward Asians because coronavirus began in China remains a daily occurrence in the U.S. and elsewhere.
But if the shoe were on the other foot.
The Guardian reports President Trump is touting a return to normal in the U.S. without a plan to ensure it is safe.
“We’ve done more than 200,000 tests in a single day,” Mike Pence said at a taskforce briefing this week, in which Trump touted testing as “one of the great assets that we have” in reopening the US.
But at current testing levels, with only rudimentary plans for contact tracing for new cases, the US will be flying virtually blind as it reopens, said Glen Weyl, a technologist who co-authored a report issued by Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics that calls for 5m tests a day by early June.
“No, definitely not, you can’t open up with that number,” Weyl said of Pence’s announcement. “It’s not even remotely in the right ballpark. It’s off by a factor of 10.”
USA Today looks at the information released by a University of Minnesota medical doctor who suggests coronavirus might be dangerous for up to two years.
States, territories and tribal health authorities should plan for the worst-case scenario,” warns the report out of the university’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, “including no vaccine availability or herd immunity.”
“Risk communication messaging from government officials should incorporate the concept that this pandemic will not be over soon and that people need to be prepared for possible periodic resurgences of disease,” the authors suggest.
The study team, headed by Dr. Kristine A. Moore, medical director at the University of Minnesota center, included pandemic experts from Harvard and Tulane universities.