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COVID-19 and the Crisis of Racial Capitalism

By K. Sabeel Rahman, Demos

 

Black Family Summit launches emergency response to Coronavirus pandemic

 

Evolving facts about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) impact on the Black Community

By IBW21 FEMA/BFS Emergency Management Task Force

 

NBNA supports a healthy and safe work environment for nurses on the frontline

By The National Black Nurses Association

 

Five Star Family Enhancement Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

 

Preparing our immune systems

By Sister Dr. Patrice

 

Bringing Forth the Fire Within Us: Weathering the Worst of Winters

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

 

The Antidote to COVID-19 is the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform of Demands

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Common Questions

What is COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

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What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of this viral infection can range from no symptoms at all to respiratory failure requiring ventilator assistance. The most common symptoms of known COVID-19 infected people are; fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

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Who is at increased risk?

People of any age with chronic illness (heart, lung disease, and diabetes) or states of immune deficiency and those over the age of 65 years.

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How do I help prevent the spread?

  1. Stay Calm. Think carefully about how you can help your community and loved ones.
  2. Stay at home if you are sick. We want everyone to stay as healthy as possible
  3.  If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19, or have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider immediately.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. Make sure you use tissues and throw them away in a lined trashcan.
  5. Avoid sharing household items. This applies to cups, eating utensils, bedding, and towels.
  6. Disinfect objects and surfaces in your home and at work. Use alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  7. Sleep well. Your immune system is working best if you are well-rested.
  8. Wash your hands. A lot. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds and wash often.
  9. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This helps to reduce the chances of you getting sick.

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When to call my doctor?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Source: CDC

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Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as two for Covid-19

By Patrick Oppmann, CNN — The Cuban government has begun to vaccinate children as young as two years old for COVID-19, the island's state media reported, in a bid to get kids back into classrooms. While other countries have said they will eventually vaccinate children, Cuba is believed to be the first to give Covid-19 vaccines to toddlers. In September, it declared that its homegrown vaccines were safe to give…
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Vantage Point: The Professor on the Soapbox on Vax Mandates, Roe v Wade, Other Major Issues

Monday, September 13, 2021 — The Professor on the Soapbox with host Dr. Ron Daniels aka "The Professor" Topics Vaccine and Mask Mandates Reflections on 9/11: Is America More Safe? The Enemies from Within Is Roe v. Wade Dead? Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here Mondays 3PM-4PM or visit WBAI.org Recent and archived editions — Vantage…
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This SF woman convinced 1,270 people to get vaccinated. Here’s her secret.

By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE — One thousand two hundred and seventy. It’s a number Felisia Thibodeaux can list off the top of her head. That’s because it's the number of people she has gotten vaccinated by direct referral so far — and the number keeps growing. Thibodeaux is the executive director of the Southwest Community Corporation, which operates out of the I.T. Bookman Community Center in San Francisco’s Ingleside Heights.…
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Coronavirus surge pushes Cuba’s healthcare system to brink

By Sarah Marsh, Reuters — Cuba is bringing back hundreds of doctors working abroad and converting hotels into isolation centers and hospitals in order to battle a COVID-19 crisis that is overwhelming healthcare and mortuary services in parts of the Caribbean island. The country, which managed to contain infections for most of last year, is now facing one of the worst outbreaks worldwide, fueled by the spread of the more-infectious…
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The US Government donates 5.5 Million Pfizer Vaccines to CARICOM

The US Government has gifted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with 5.5 million doses of Pfizer vaccines. This is the culmination of efforts initiated by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, who as Chair of CARICOM, wrote to President Joseph Biden of the United States earlier this year requesting a supply of vaccines for the Community. President Biden subsequently announced that the US was donating…
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Schools struggle with reopening amid pandemic surge

By Hazel Trice Edney — With coronavirus cases rising across the U.S. as a result of the highly contagious Delta variant, school districts nationwide are moving quickly to implement public-health precautions in preparation for fall re-openings. The scramble to put these precautions in place reflects the intense pressures that school districts around the country are under to reopen amid growing concerns that many students have struggled to keep up academically…
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Why African Americans Were More Likely to Die During the 1918 Flu Pandemic

By Rodney A. Brooks — When it came to getting healthcare during the 1918 influenza epidemic, America’s Black communities, hobbled by poverty, Jim Crow segregation and rampant discrimination, were mostly forced to fend for themselves. Opportunities for hospital care proved scarce, leaving many relying on family care and, where available, the small but burgeoning ranks of Black nurses. When the 1918 influenza epidemic began, African Americans were already beset by…
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White Workers Are Getting Hired Back Twice As Fast As Black Workers

Nearly all the improvement in the unemployment rate over the past few months has been for white workers. By Emily Peck, HuffPost — At first glance, the unemployment rate seems a lot less terrible than it did a few months ago. In April, at the start of the COVID-19 shutdown, the jobless rate was a record-high 14.7%. This month, the Labor Department announced that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.4%. But…
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The Top 1% of Americans Have Taken $50 Trillion From the Bottom 90% — And That’s Made the U.S. Less Secure

A new report shows that a $50 trillion redistribution of income to benefit the richest has made America less healthy, resilient, and secure. By Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf, TIME — Like many of the virus’s hardest hit victims, the United States went into the COVID-19 pandemic wracked by preexisting conditions. A fraying public health infrastructure, inadequate medical supplies, an employer-based health insurance system perversely unsuited to the moment—these…
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Why the U.S. Is Losing the War on COVID-19

Failed leadership, a distrust of scientists, and cultural attitudes have all combined to result in an inadequate response to COVID-19. By Alex Fitzpatrick, TIME — It is a frightening time to live in the United States. COVID-19, a novel disease as ruthless as it is seemingly random, is picking us off by the thousands; even many of those who “recover” may never truly be the same again. The pandemic has…
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