May 31, 2020

I Believe Declaration For You To Use Daily...๐Ÿ’–

I read this message I'm sharing with you below out loud to myself every day in the privacy of my home, which is my sanctuary, and it makes my soul feel so much peace. You can print this out, or copy it by hand and use it for yourself and share it with others. Love you! ❤
I Believe Declaration
author unknown

I believe you Father God. I believe Your Kingdom and Your reality supersedes this one. I believe Your Truth is the ONLY truth there is and that Your Truth sets me free. I believe You when You tell me I'm Yours, I'm special, and I'm valuable to You. I believe You approve of me as Your child.

I believe I am the apple of Your eye. I believe I make You smile. I believe I carry Your infinite goodness in my heart. I believe peace reigns in my innermost being. I believe joy is my constant companion.

I believe hope prevails. I believe love wins. I believe I am alive to make a difference and my life does just that. I believe my belief in Your sovereign goodness and I doubt my doubts. I believe You are the BEST daddy in the whole wide world, the Universe, and the cosmos.

I believe I am a wanted child held in Your arms for all eternity. I believe I am blessed and highly favored every day of my life. I believe You are on the throne (of my life) and everything is working towards a brilliant fulfillment that you have planned (for me) before the world was created.

I believe nothing can or will change the Truth as You declare it to be. Nothing I do, and nothing I don't do, will change the timeless Truth of Your Love, Your Grace, Your Mercy, Your Tenderness, Your Compassion, and Your ability and desire to care for me and for each and every child of Yours alive on earth and alive in heaven.

I am alive for these Truth encounters. I am alive to love well. I trust You Father God. I trust You Lord Jesus. I trust You Holy Spirit. I love you Abba with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind. Amen.

The Courage of a Flower Compared to the HUMAN SPIRIT...❤ I Have To Share This Lovely Awe-Inspiring Osho Zen Tarot Card Description With You!

“Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed
~by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Courage

The seed cannot know what is going to happen, the seed has never known the flower. And the seed cannot even believe that he has the potentiality to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed.

Nothing can be guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards of the journey, many are the pitfalls - and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort; it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many.

There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the dangers. But the sprout starts towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves.

The same is the path for man. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed.

This card shows a small wildflower that has met the challenge of the rocks and stones in its path to emerge into the light of day. Surrounded by an aura of bright golden light, it exposes the majesty of its tiny self. Unashamed, it is equal to the brightest sun.

When we are faced with a very difficult situation we have a choice: we can either be resentful, and try to find somebody or something to blame for the hardships, or we can face the challenge and grow.

The flower shows us the way, as its passion for life leads it out of the darkness and into the light. There is no point fighting against the challenges of life, or trying to avoid or deny them. They are there, and if the seed is to become the flower we must go through them. Be courageous enough to grow into the flower you are meant to be.

The Six Pillars of Character.

The Six Pillars of Character
[source: Character Counts]

The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember.

For a more detailed discussion of the Six Pillars, consult our book, Making Ethical Decisions, reprinted in part HERE. <== FREE online outline.

Trustworthiness

Be honest • Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal • Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do • Have the courage to do the right thing • Build a good reputation • Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country

Respect

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Responsibility

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes • Set a good example for others

Fairness

Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly

Caring

Be kind • Be compassionate and show you care • Express gratitude • Forgive others • Help people in need

Citizenship

Do your share to make your school and community better • Cooperate • Get involved in community affairs • Stay informed; vote • Be a good neighbor • Obey laws and rules • Respect authority • Protect the environment • Volunteer

Character, Integrity, and Leadership.

I am compelled to touch on these specific qualities we all must strive to achieve. I have these three quotes framed and hanging on my wall. I purchased them from Successories decades ago.

The Essence of Character:

Your TRUE character is revealed by the clarity of your convictions, the choices you make, and the promises you keep. Hold strongly to your principles and refuse to follow the currents of convenience. What you say and do defines who you are, and who you are... YOU are forever!

The Courage of Integrity:

The highest courage is to dare to be yourself in the face of adversity. Choosing right over wrong, ethics over convenience, and truth over popularity... these are the choices that measure your life. Travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

The Essence of Leadership:

A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

[This is the quote I live by since early 1990s.]
"In the end, leaders are much like eagles...
they don't flock,
you find them one at a time."
~ Unknown author

God Said He Would Turn It Around...๐Ÿ’– Trust and Believe. I Receive This Message, In The Mighty Most Powerful Wonder Working Name Of Jesus Christ. AMEN! I Love You America! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒŸ


Boy do I miss these TBN Praise-a-Thons that would last all week. I'm glad they were around when I was barely getting to know the Lord in the early 2000's. I wish TBN would bring them back for us to enjoy. It felt like TBN brought a powerful spiritual conference right into our home. ❤

God Said He Would Turn It Around
~ by Judy Jacobs

God said He would turn it around
God said He would turn it around
What that devil meant for evil
God will make it good
Turn around, Turn around, Turn around
x2

I know it may be midnight
But Joy is soon to come
I know it may be midnight
But Joy is soon to come
I know it feels like midnight
But Joy is soon to come

God said He would turn it around
God said He would turn it around
What that devil meant for evil
God will make it good
Turn around, Turn around, Turn around
x2

Give him all the praise
For God is in control

God said He would turn it around
God said He would turn it around
What that devil meant for evil
God will make it good
Turn around, Turn around, Turn around
x2

He will give you beauty for ashes
Joy for your pain
Praise for your sadness
As you remember his name
Mourning into dancing
Sorrow into Joy
Every day will be sweeter than the day before
x2

God said He would turn it around
God said He would turn it around
What that devil meant for evil
God will make it good
Turn around, Turn around, Turn around
x2
Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you
― Maori Proverb.

FREEDOM: Words of Wisdom Shared by Osho

‎"Be respectful of yourself,
and be respectful of others.
Be proud of your freedom.
When you are proud of your freedom,
You want everybody else to be FREE.
Because your freedom has given you
so much LOVE and so much GRACE.
You would like everybody else
in the world
to be FREE, loving, and graceful."
~ by Osho ♥

Freedom is Responsibility by Osho ❤

Freedom is Responsibility
written by Osho

Everybody wants freedom as far as talking is concerned, but nobody really is free and nobody really wants to be free, because freedom brings responsibility. It does not come alone. And to be dependent is simple: the responsibility is not on you, the responsibility is on the person you are dependent on.

So people have made a schizophrenic way of life. They talk about truth, they talk about freedom, and they live in lies, they live in slaveries – slaveries of many kinds, because each slavery frees you from some responsibility. A man who really wants to be FREE has to accept immense responsibilities. He cannot dump his responsibilities on anybody else. Whatever he does, whatever he is, he is responsible.

Responsibility and freedom go together. If you don't want to take responsibility, you can't have freedom either. The two come together or they go together. If you shun responsibility, you have to accept slavery in some way or other.

Now, you had dreamed about freedom without ever thinking that great responsibility will follow. Freedom you have, but you have not fulfilled the responsibility. Hence, sadness lingers around you. You are absolutely capable of removing this sadness. If you were capable of destroying your slavery, your chains, you are certainly capable of being creative.

Freedom means you will have to be responsible for every act, for every breath; whatever you do or don't do, you will be responsible.

People are really in deep fear of freedom, although they talk about freedom. But my own experience is: very few people really want freedom ; because they are subconsciously aware that freedom will bring many problems that they are not ready to face. It is better to remain in cozy imprisonment. It is warmer, and what will you do with freedom? Unless you are ready to be a seeker, a searcher, a creator... Very few people want to go on a pilgrimage or to go into deeper silences of the heart, or to take the responsibility of love. The implications are great.

You will have to dispel that darkness, otherwise sooner or later you will enter into a prison. You cannot go on burdening yourself with sadness. Before the burden becomes too much and forces you back into slavery, into imprisonment, change the whole situation by being a creative person. Just find out what is your joy in life, what you would like to create, what you would like to be, what you want to be your definition.

Freedom is simply an opportunity to find a definition for yourself, a true, authentic individuality, and a joy in making the world around you a little better, a little more beautiful – a few more roses, a little more greenery and a few more oases.

Madame Blavatsky, founder of the Theosophical Society, used to carry two bags in her hands, always. Either going for a morning walk or travelling in a train – those two bags were always in her hands. And she was throwing something out of those bags – from the window while sitting in the train – onto the side of the train.

People would ask, "Why do you do this?"

She would say, "This has been my whole life's habit. These are seasonal flower seeds. I may not come back on this route again, but that does not matter. When the season comes and the flowers will blossom, thousands of people who pass every day in this line of railway trains will see those flowers, those colours. They will not know me. That does not matter.

"One thing is certain: I am making a few people happy somewhere. That much I know. It does not matter whether they know it or not. What matters is that I have been doing something which will make somebody happy. Some children may come and pluck a few flowers and go home. Some lovers may come and make garlands for each other. And without their knowing, I will be part of their love. And I will be part of the joy of children. And I will be part of those who will be simply passing by the path, seeing the beautiful flowers."

May 24, 2020

Your Wait Is Over! Powerful Anointed Message by Pastor Bill Winston. I've Been Binge Watching Several Video Messages Of Pastor Bill Winston Today. My Spirit Is Irresistibly Soaking It All In.


I found this powerful morning prayer by Pastor Bill Winston this morning. Since then, I've been binge watching his YouTube video messages all day today. I'll share a few of those videos with you below. His messages have my spirit irresistibly soaking it all in. I'm feeling Supernatural strength, Supernatural peace, Supernatural joy! AND I would like to share this with you so you can feel the same...๐Ÿ’–


Bill Winston Ministries: Your Wait is Over - Understanding The Anointing

In this third volume of The Greater Works series, Dr. Winston brings a revelatory message that gives believers a clear understanding of how the anointing functions, how to value the anointing through the Word of God, and how honoring the anointing brings protection into your life. Let this dynamic teaching reveal to you how the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of the anointing will flow in your life and equip you to do the greater works God has called you to do!


Bill Winston Ministries: Out of Mind Faith - Facing the Giants

Do you want to fulfill God's call on your life? Once you make that decision, God will equip you with everything you need to face your giants — fear and failure, insurmountable problems or issues, or a situation of adversity that gets out of control, thus making it difficult to resolve—and overcome them! In this series, Facing the Giants, Dr. Winston provides documented proof that using faith over fear is a natural part of the supernatural lifestyle of the believer.


Bill Winston Ministries: The Church Breakthrough - Facing the Giants

Do you want to fulfill God's call on your life? Once you make that decision, God will equip you with everything you need to face your giants — fear and failure, insurmountable problems or issues, or a situation of adversity that gets out of control, thus making it difficult to resolve—and overcome them! In this series, Facing the Giants, Dr. Winston provides documented proof that using faith over fear is a natural part of the supernatural lifestyle of the believer.


Bill Winston Ministries: Think, Speak, Manifest - Living on Top of the World

(3 Teachings) God has chosen you for such a time as this! In this three-part teaching, Dr. Bill Winston imparts biblical truths on why you are designed to do the impossible, and how to live separate from the world. Like Abraham, you were created to depend only on God. As you operate in your authority as a born-again believer, it’s your faith-filled words that carry creative power. Continue to line up your thoughts with the Word, see yourself how God sees you, and trust that God wants the best for you. Start Living on Top of the World, today!

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UPDATE 5/24/20 at 7:03pm: Added video below.
Besides this being another awe inspiring message, I love that he's a huge Superman fan too. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฑ‍๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’– He shares his ๐Ÿฑ‍๐Ÿ story in this video. ๐Ÿ‘‡

Bill Winston Ministries: This is Your Time - Occupy Till I Come

Did you know as the righteousness of God (in Christ Jesus), you are a world changer with supernatural ability to turn around anything that is out of alignment with Kingdom order? “Occupy Till I Come” is a present-truth teaching and Dr. Bill Winston shares strategies to expand your thinking and equips you to understand the meaning of the mandate to advance and hold in the land!

Footprints In The Sand... You Are NEVER Alone! God Wants You To Know This "Don't Worry, I Am Carrying You".

Footprints In The Sand

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

by Carolyn Carty, 1963

REMEMBER: All of the good and the bad in your life up to this day has made you who you are today. You are still standing strong for a reason. God has a great plan for your life. Please don't give up. God loves you and accepts you as you are, and wants to meet you right where you are with no condemnation. You don't need to change first or be a saint to have fellowship with your Divine Source who loves you so very much, unconditionally. ๐Ÿ’– Big hug.
The Lord says this to you:
"Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, the battle belongs to God." [2 Chronicles 20:15 AMP]
๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

A Special Story About A Man And His Dog! A Person's True Character Is Revealed By How They Treat Animals... And Other People!

A Man and His Dog

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir.. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any water?"

"Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is Heaven," he answered.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind."

You Are The Apple of God's Eye...♥

The Apple of His Eye
[source: Moytura]

A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air."

Well," he continued, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson.

No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.

But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him.

Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye."

15 Awesome Quotes by Charles H. Spurgeon ๐Ÿ’–

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a large British Particular Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the "Prince of Preachers". He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day.

On June 5, 1862, Spurgeon challenged the Church of England when he preached against baptismal regeneration. However, Spurgeon taught across denominational lines as well. It was during this period at the new Tabernacle that Spurgeon found a friend in James Hudson Taylor, the founder of the inter-denominational China Inland Mission. Spurgeon supported the work of the mission financially and directed many missionary candidates to apply for service with Taylor. He also aided in the work of cross-cultural evangelism by promoting "The Wordless Book", a teaching tool that he described in a message given on January 11, 1866, regarding Psalm 51:7: "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." The book has been and is still used to teach illiterate people and people of other cultures and languages – young and old – around the globe about the Gospel message.

Following the example of George Mรผller, Spurgeon founded the Stockwell Orphanage, which opened for boys in 1867 and for girls in 1879, and which continued in London until it was bombed in the Second World War. The orphanage became Spurgeon's Child Care which still exists today. On the death of missionary David Livingstone in 1873, a discolored and much-used copy of one of Spurgeon's printed sermons, "Accidents, Not Punishments," was found among his few possessions much later, along with the handwritten comment at the top of the first page: "Very good, D.L." He had carried it with him throughout his travels in Africa. It was returned to Spurgeon and treasured by him. [source: wikipedia]

15 Awesome Quotes by Charles H. Spurgeon
  1. A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

  2. It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

  3. Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.

  4. Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

  5. I would go to the deeps a hundred times to cheer a downcast spirit. It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary.

  6. None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.

  7. No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers.

  8. Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite.

  9. The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation.

  10. You might not always get what you want, but you always get what you expect.

  11. Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.

  12. Economy is half the battle of life. It is not so hard to earn money as to spend it well.

  13. If we cannot believe God when circumstances seem to be against us, we do not believe Him at all.

  14. A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.

  15. Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.
BONUS

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

BONUS BONUS

You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.

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May 23, 2020

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USA: Research Study: Coronavirus Appears To Die Quickly In Direct Sunlight, Heat, And Humidity. CDC Now Says The Novel Virus “Does Not Spread Easily” From "Touching Surfaces Or Objects".

Fox News
written by Andrew O'Reilly
Thursday April 23, 2020

President Trump and public health officials argued on Thursday that higher temperatures and humidity, as well as direct exposure to sunlight, quickly kills the coronavirus, leading to hopes that the threat of the contagion could drastically recede during the summer months.

Bill Bryan, the head of the science and technology directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, said that solar light along with high temperatures and humidity have a “powerful effect” of creating environments less favorable for the virus to survive.

A chart released by during the White House coronavirus task force by the DHS showed that the novel coronavirus dies within two minutes in hot summer humidity while on surfaces and a minute and a half while in the air.

"Coronavirus dies at a much more rapid pace when exposed to sunlight and humidity,” Bryan said during the White House briefing. “The virus dies the quickest in direct sunlight. Isopropyl alcohol will kill the virus in 30 seconds."

Bryan, however, warned that the results from a DHS study were still in the nascent stages and cautioned Americans to continue practicing social distancing and other hygiene measures outlined by the federal government.

The DHS analysis gave Trump a reason to boast for suggesting earlier this year that the virus will abate during the hot summer months.

“I just threw it out as a suggestion and it seems like that might be the case,” Trump said while mocking members of the media for criticizing his past comments.

Earlier on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence also appeared hopeful that the pandemic would begin to recede as summer approaches – telling Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera that it could "largely" be "behind us” by Memorial Day Weekend.

“If you look at the trends today, I think by Memorial Day Weekend we will largely have this coronavirus epidemic behind us,” said Pence, who is the chairman of the White House coronavirus task force. “State and local officials will begin to reopen activities, you’re going to see states ahead here begin to do that.”

Some states are making quick moves to get businesses up and running as quickly as possible. On Friday, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will reopen some businesses in the state, including gyms, barbershops and nail salons – despite criticism from Trump and lawmakers across the country.

Last Thursday, Trump announced the White House’s three-part plan to begin the reopening process, which recommends 14 days of declining new infections, as well as 14 days of declining COVID-like syndromic cases and influenza-like illnesses, before moving to the reopening phase Kemp has called for.

Virginia, however, has a stay-at-home order set to expire well beyond Memorial Day: June 10. Hardest-hit state New York has extended its stay-at-home order until May 15.

So far, the U.S. has faced 856,209 coronavirus cases and 47,272 deaths.
Reuters News
written by Steve Holland, Andy Sullivan
April 23, 2020

18 HOURS VERSUS TWO MINUTES

On nonporous surfaces like stainless steel, the new coronavirus takes 18 hours to lose half its strength in a dark, low-humidity environment, Bryan said.

In a high-humidity environment, that half-life dropped to six hours, and when the virus was exposed to high humidity and sunlight, the half-life dropped to two minutes, he said.

Researchers found a similar effect with the coronavirus that was suspended in the air - simulating the coughing or sneezing that often spreads the disease. In a dark room, the virus maintained half its strength for an hour. But when exposed to sunlight, it lost half its strength in 90 seconds, Bryan said.

Researchers also found that isopropyl alcohol was a more effective disinfectant than bleach, he said.


NBC News published May 6, 2020: Inside The DHS Lab Where Researchers Study Coronavirus. Researchers at a secure Homeland Security lab now have one priority: to understand how the coronavirus spreads and infects so easily. They’re working to answer questions about how long the virus remains in the air and the impact of sunlight.

NBC, KXAN News, Austin local
written by Jim Spencer
Thursday May 7, 2020

Instead of sheltering in place, maybe we should all be outside. In an exclusive report on NBC News, a U.S. government scientist said the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) appears to die quickly in direct sunlight, both in the air and on surfaces, but not necessarily on the skin.

In an exclusive interview, Paul Dabisch, a senior research scientist at the Department of Homeland Security’s biodefense research laboratory, said that initial lab tests show sunlight, higher temperatures and humidity are hurdles for the survival of the coronavirus.

“What we have found so far is that sunlight seems to be very detrimental to the virus,” Dabisch explained. “And so within minutes, the majority of the virus is inactivated on surfaces and in the air in direct sunlight.”

Research done at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center was first revealed by William Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology at Homeland Security. He described the “most striking observation to date,” that ultraviolet rays from the sun may have a powerful effect on the virus.

During a White House briefing April 23, Bryan reported, “The virus is dying at a much more rapid pace, just from exposure to higher temperatures and just from exposure to humidity.”

An analysis in Swiss Medical Weekly found that “seasonal variation in transmissibility has the potential to modulate” the spread of the coronavirus.

“I think it is highly likely that it will show winter peaks in temperate areas of the world,” co-author Jan Albert of Sweden’s Karolinska University Hospital said by email.

But even with that finding comes caution: “The onset of spring and summer could, for example, give the impression that (the coronavirus) has been successfully contained, only for infections to increase again in 2020-2021 winter season,” the Swiss Medical Weekly paper said in March.

Other studies have drawn correlations between cooler climes and higher transmission rates, but socioeconomic factors can also be at play, including the quality of health care, underlying health conditions and social distancing protocols in a particular region, Relman said.

Although the coronavirus may not survive as well on laboratory surfaces in warmer, more humid weather, it might still be easily transmitted from person to person, the experts said.

Albert said the coronavirus “will become endemic” like the four strains associated with the common cold.

“Given the magnitude of the global spread, it is hard to see that it will be contained and disappear,” he said. “It is likely that it will become a fifth endemic coronavirus.”

Dr. Arnold S. Monto, an epidemiology professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, argued there’s little evidence so far that this coronavirus will act like its endemic relatives and take a summer break.

“This pandemic virus is behaving differently,” he said by email. “The common viruses rarely cause severe disease, so we are not sure if they will behave similarly.”

As such, people should not expect to relax their precautions much in warmer months.

“It is important that individuals still do what they can to protect themselves and others, including wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining appropriate physical distances,” said Bednarczyk of Emory University in Atlanta.

Stanford’s Relman said: “It may turn out the summer is a better time, but we don’t want to wait and hope and find out we’re wrong. It’s much more wise to say, ‘Let’s not count on it.



UPDATE 5/23/20 at 6:26pm: Added info below.