Even in times of a worldwide pandemic, there appears to be a saint for every cause.

But regarding the coronavirus, don’t believe everything you hear or read.

Although it is seemingly true that for every crisis, occupation, event or country, Catholic saints have got you covered, this one may best be categorized as myth.

Lost something? Pray for the intercession of St. Anthony, who is also the patron saint of Lisbon, Padua and other places in Portugal. Is it hurricane season? Check out St. Medardus.

Of course, there is St. Joseph, the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, house sellers and buyers and more.

Now some are trying to add St. Corona as the patron saint of pandemics. Yes, she is the patron saint of treasure hunters and gamblers but not pandemics.

St. Corona is associated with St. Victor, states
catholic.org. The website states when Victor, a soldier in Roman Syria, was discovered to be a Christian, other soldiers took him before a judge, Sebastian, who ordered Victor “to be bound to a pillar and whipped until his skin fell from his body.”

According to catholic.org, 16-year-old Corona decided to help the dying man and publicly announced she was also a Christian, then knelt next to Victor and prayed, “letting him know he was not alone.” Sebastian then ordered Corona imprisoned, tortured and killed.

It is believed the remains of the two saints are located in a basilica in Anzu, Italy. While aletia.org notes that devotion to St. Corona in reference to epidemics can be verified in various German-language sources, most commonly in Austria and Bavaria, other online sources state this information was not added until late 2019, as the coronavirus began to spread.

So who are the best saints to pray to during a pandemic? Try St. Sebastian, who survived an execution with a band of arrows.

“St. Sebastian became a symbol for suffering humanity during recurring plagues, and his miraculous recovery gave those afflicted hope and consolation,” states an article by William Doino Jr. in catholicherald.co.uk.

Doino also mentions St. Rosalia and St. Roch as saints to pray to for intercessions.

St. Roch, born with a red cross on his chest in the late 13th century, gave away his family’s possessions when he turned 20 and set out as a pilgrim in Italy and cured many people suffering from the plague, according to newadvent.org.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB president, offers the following prayer during the coronavirus:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one a other and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.