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Pope Francis Says The Coronavirus Pandemic Is A Response To The Climate Crisis

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By Clark Sparky

Pope Francis shared his thoughts on the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the world in a recent interview published in the Commonwealth and The Tablet. He thinks this is a result of humans' inability to address the climate crisis, and views it as an opportunity to readdress that.

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"We did not respond to the partial catastrophes. Who now speaks of the fires in Australia, or remembers that 18 months ago a boat could cross the North Pole because the glaciers had all melted? Who speaks now of the floods?" the Pope said. "I don't know if these are the revenge of nature, but they are certainly nature's responses."

"What we are living now is a place of conversion, and we have the chance to begin. So let’s not let it slip from us, and let’s move ahead. ...We can either get depressed and alienated – through media that can take us out of our reality – or we can get creative," he continued.

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He went on: "Go down into the underground, and pass from the hyper-virtual, fleshless world to the suffering flesh of the poor. This is the conversion we have to undergo. And if we don’t start there, there will be no conversion.

"All our thinking, like it or not, has been shaped around the economy" and “in the world of finance it has seemed normal to sacrifice [people], to practice a politics of the throwaway culture, from the beginning to the end of life."

The 83-year-old pope has twice been tested for the coronavirus, with both coming back negative.

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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