Dear Patients, Friends, & Families,

I am writing to give you assurance, hope, & resolve regarding the Coronavirus. Thank God, our families are safe. And we pray that your families are safe, as well.

A doctor friend of mine in Vegas diagnosed someone in his hospital with the virus, as did another friend in New York. Additionally, someone at my church also had the illness, but is recovering well, thank God.

This uncertainty behind the virus coupled with the minute-by-minute news coverage has fueled a deep worry that has crept into the realm of hysteria. My parents told me today that the parking lot at BJ’s in Rutherford was packed even before the store opened.

When news of the virus starting gaining traction, toilet paper was flying off the shelves; hand sanitizer was selling for as much as an iPhone; & empty item racks dominated many stores. Yesterday Governor Phil Murphy ordered that gyms, bars, & restaurants be closed. Once populated sidewalks & streets restaurants are now sparsely travelled. This fear of the unknown power of the Coronavirus has nearly paralyzed our society.

My doctor friends from all around the country all stress taking precautions: wash your hand for 20 seconds when touch a foreign surface. Keep your distance from others. If you don’t feel well, see your doctor. This sounds simple enough.

The Bible says: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

II Timothy 1:7 — and that means we are to follow precautions and live in faith; which is defined as “a response of trust to that which you KNOW is true.”

A real-life example of that is when I was a 2nd-year dental student @ NYU. I remember that I had a patient that had tuberculosis (he had others diseases, as well, which terribly worried me). I’ll never forget what my instructor said to me, when I voiced my concern in treating that patient. (Actually, I freaked out, and said that I didn’t want to work on him because he had TB & that was the most contagious disease, & that I was granted the right to refuse treatment in that case.)

My teacher, who was about a foot shorter than me, looked at me so endearingly, as if I were a child asking for a cookie before dinner. He playfully pat my shoulder, and said, “you’ll be fine — get to work.”

That’s when I understood that he KNEW that with the level of infection control that is maintained by a dentist, (as I’m sure other healthcare professionals also maintain) already took into account this fellow’s conditions. (His procedure went smashingly well, and he warmly thanked me for his treatment, by the way.) Thank God, this is a standard that I can confidently speak to regarding my own office.

As in all things in life, I will either be 100% in, or 100% out. My wife would tell you that there is no middle ground with me. And that I am either extreme to one end or the other.

One of the things that I am ALL IN on includes making sure that my patients are safe, receive the best care possible, and leave the office feeling satisfied that my staff and I treated them as we would treat our own family. From the phone call that you receive, to our text messages to confirm, to when you walk into our office, to when I work on you, to when you leave, understand that my staff and I, do our part to making sure that surfaces are disinfected, instruments are sterilized, your treatment is sound, and that you leave content. And that does not change whether the world has the Coronavirus or a Corona Beer.

Now regarding the Coronavirus, understand this fact—

Jesus Christ said in the Bible: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (emphasis mine)

That sounds like, well... pretty sound advice. We will continue to monitor what the goings-on of this situation is, & we will adapt appropriately wherever needed.

So REST in the fact that everyone here has taken proper measures to safeguard you.

RELAX in the fact that the government, & the involved health care workers, researchers, & providers around the country are giving 100% in discovering a solution to this disease.

And RELEASE the rest to God. He’s got you, & the whole world, in His hands.

With Deepest Sincerity & Compassion,

+Dr. Harvey Hanna

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