April 1, 2020
I am sure that, by now, your email inbox has been flooded with good wishes and reports from various organizations about the effect of COVID-19.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, David Canther, and myself, want you to know that we continue to stand prepared to assist in any way we can with defeating this deadly pandemic which continues to have a ongoing global impact. Without the positive, enthusiastic involvement of our volunteers and partners around the world, GR3 International would not have been able to support and assist the many disasters which we have responded to with personnel, equipment, and supplies.
A new coronavirus disease is spreading rapidly around the world, officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11th. As of April 1st, 2020, more than 900,000 people have been infected and the death toll is over 41,000 people. The numbers are increasing daily, and the disease has impacted at least 179 countries.
Comparatively, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates the following data which represents deaths in the USA per year:
- Common flu 35,000
- Opioids 47,000
- Alzheimer’s 121,000
- Cancer 600,000
- Heart disease 647,000
- Pool drownings 3,500
- Car accidents 37,000
New terminology, such as “social distancing” has evolved and new technology, such as “telemedicine” has suddenly ramped up significantly. The good that will come from this pandemic will, amongst other things, be certainly an increased awareness for better personal hygiene and the spread of disease.
We are pleased to announce that a well known pulmonologist and specialist in critical care and sleep disorders, Dr. Roger Seheult, has agreed to allow us to post his You Tube “Coronavirus” updates on our website. Please scroll down and click on the link for the latest edition of the “Coronavirus Pandemic” updates.
GR3 has been actively engaged in various states providing support and supplies and in other countries. It almost seems surreal that most people have the opportunity to spend some time at home with their family, eat home cooked meals, sleep in, exercise and complete some of the projects around the house that having been patiently waiting for attention. On the flip side, salaries have been reduced or cut completely and many people are worried about both their health and their finances. Perhaps this is a good time to reflect and contemplate how to survive and make a good ending out of a bad situation.
Let us all find opportunities to be a blessing to others, starting at home and to take a positive path to be a source of encouragement not discouragement.
We are here to assist in any way we can. If you wish to talk or you have time to share some of your talents with us, please, do not hesitate to call us. In the meantime, until we see each other on the other side of this tunnel, keep well and safe!