In a recent email thread forwarded on to us by relatives there was a discussion about the benefits versus the potential drawbacks of wearing masks for preventing Coronavirus. I responded with the following brief email and thought to share it here:
I think the best advice for disease control and prevention came from a source much older than the CDC…
“Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” Isaiah 26:20
The basis of all modern hygiene measures is first laid down in the Tanakh (Bible) primarily in the book of Leviticus, which is the original collection of hygiene guidelines given by the Most High Himself. It prescribes 7-21 day quarantine protocols for sources of infections and establishes bodily fluids as the source of 'uncleanness and defilement.' Long before science existed as a body of knowledge our Creator taught us what a BIOHAZARD is in the book of Leviticus. It is upon this wisdom that the ancient Jewish sages developed beautiful traditions tied to washing the hands, long before anyone understood the science of germs. In fact, with the exception of Christianity, every major faith tradition prescribes the washing of hands before and after meals as well as before and after toileting and other intimate acts. But it takes the CDC saying so for anyone to take it seriously.... But it is good that entities like the WHO and CDC are slowly starting to acknowledge the wisdom of the Tanakh which condemns things like 'wet markets' and prescribes handwashing all the time, not only for pandemics.
Forest & Andrea Acker