Katie Mears writes for Episcopal Relief & Development:
The overall message we want people to know is that while Zika is a concern for women who are pregnant or could become pregnant, most people who are infected with Zika do not become sick, and there is a low chance that we would see an epidemic in the continental United States.
As long as normal mosquito bite prevention is practiced (protecting skin with clothing or repellent, using window screens or mosquito nets), there is no reason to cancel summer camp or mission trip plans — unless you are part of a couple that is currently pregnant or planning to be.
For more insight on what communities, churches and individuals can do to share accurate information and practice appropriate Zika prevention, here are some key takeaway messages from members of our task force. You can also find out more by visiting the Zika page on our website.