This past Friday, during a White House press conference, President Donald Trump declared that churches and houses of worship are essential, which means that governors of all 50 states must allow them to open. It drew a lot of praise from the faithful as well as plenty of ire and consternation. Gus plays the clip of the president and gives his opinion which is mostly in agreement with the move. Gus says that when it comes to the coronavirus, there shouldn't be a "one size fits all" policy. Because places like New York City and Seattle have been hit hard, every place in America shouldn't be treated like that, even those where there isn't a case of COVID-19 within 150 miles. He says that if movie theaters and shopping malls can resume business on a daily basis, Sunday mass at churches, which can hold anywhere from 250 to 1,000 people one day a week can reopen as well. He gets listener opinion.
Also, Gus is joined by former MLB player Dan Venezia. Dan, who is a physically fit baseball coach, recently contracted a serious case of the coronavirus, which led to a hospital stay where he thought his life may be ending. Dan was born and raised Catholic but, over time, his faith took a backseat and didn't serve a primary purpose. That all changed with his recent medical experience and he shares his story with Gus and his listeners.
After hearing Dan's story, Gus invites listeners to call in who have been impacted by the actual coronavirus, not the extemporaneous effects we've all been experiencing. He also provides an update on his friend Lily Grieco who battled the coronavirus. She contracted in while in Ireland and was flown to Miami where she was treated. Part of her recovery meant isolation from her family and she lived in a relative's "mother-in-law suite" for approximately 90 days. Late last week, she got her second negative test and was able to reunite with her husband and children.