Watchtower Response to Covid-19
The Governing Body provided no advance notice of the outbreak of Covid-19, nor special guidance on how to avoid it. Their advice has amounted to no more than to follow local laws, therefore affording no protection above that experienced by the world around them. This is because the Governing Body are not directed by Jehovah, of which this site provides ample proof by way of articles on the inaccuracies and changes in teachings over time.
This lack of direction is sadly evident by an official Watchtower announcement of the death of 872 Jehovah's Witnesses from Covid-19 as of 30th April 2020 at International-Brotherhood-Comforts-Those-Impacted-by-Deadly-Pandemic.
Comparing this to global numbers is revealing, with mortality rates amongst Jehovah's Witnesses being abnormally high.
This shows Jehovah's Witnesses have recorded a death rate 5 times higher than the global average. This should not be taken out of context, as the margin for error behind these figures prevent meaningful comparison, but the point becomes glaringly obvious that God does not afford Jehovah's Witnesses protection beyond that of the general community.
Watchtower's letters of guidance point followers to government websites, such as cdc.com.
Most concerning is that the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, a group of undirected elderly men, based in America, dictate medical treatment Jehovah's Witnesses can receive.
The spread of viruses is slowed by vaccines and "herd immunity." A promising treatment for Covid-19 is based on the plasma of Covid-19 survivors that have developed immunity. Watchtower doctrine is convoluted on the matter, illogically banning blood donations, blood transfusions, and blood products based on red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma, but allowing transfusions of plasma fractions as a matter of conscience. Jehovah's Witnesses are theoretically allowed Covid-19 plasma infusions that may save their lives, but generally unaware this is the case.
How To Remain In God's Love (2017) p.247
Do not put your life at risk due to unwarranted faith in the Governing Body. Conduct your own research on the best ways to prevent infection and treatments available in your community, unencumbered by sectarian dogma.
For more information on this topic see ajwrb.org (11 May 2020). For a detailed discussion on how Watchtower teachings on blood have changed dramatically over the decades, and why current teachings make no sense, see Jehovah's Witnesses and Blood Transfusions.
Written May 2020.
Paul Grundy 2005 - 2020