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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

IBW21 Black Family Summit

Community Cares Listening Line

Free mental and emotional support first responders and essential workers


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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.

See more Coronavirus FAQs here.

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

Recent Coronavirus News & Articles

Commentaries/OpinionsCOVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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…
October 9, 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)News & Current Affairs

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…
September 17, 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)News & Current Affairs

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…
September 15, 2020
Commentaries/OpinionsCOVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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…
August 25, 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

African Update on the Impact of Covid-19

Source: Pan Africa Today, July 15, 2020 As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases on the African continent surpasses 600 000, the nature of the virus has taken on its own character. This happens while the global infection rate has surpassed 13 million cases, with the US, Brazil, India and Russia accounting for almost half of the confirmed Covid-19 cases globally. Irrespective of the seemingly low number of Covid-19 cases in Africa,…
July 24, 2020
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Vantage Point: COVID-19 and Institutional Racism • Community Cares Listening Line “Remix”

Vantage Point Radio July 13, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Zakiya Newland and Leonard Dunston. Topics Community Cares Listening Line for First Responders and Essential Workers COVID-19 and Institutional Racism The Professor on the Soap Box Guests Dr. Zakiya Newland Project Coordinator, Community Cares Listening Line Leonard Dunston Convener IBW21 Black Family Summit, Durham, NC Ways…
July 13, 2020
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Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

By Sarah Marsh — HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll. Health authorities have reported just two virus-related deaths over the past nine days among more than 200 active cases on the Caribbean’s largest island, a sign they may have the worst of the…
July 8, 2020
Black Family Summit NewsCOVID-19 (Coronavirus)News & Current AffairsPress Releases / Statements

IBW21 Black Family Summit Launches a Listening Line for First Responders & Essential Workers

New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century announced that the Black Family Summit, which the organization convenes, has developed a culturally responsive helpline for first responders and essential workers. The Community Cares Listening Line will provide emotional support and resource information in critical areas of need. This initiative seeks to address the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on African Americans and people…
July 6, 2020
Black Family Summit NewsCOVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Helping the Helper: The Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire With a Message to the Nations Essential Workers

A message from the Legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, as we at BPA extend well wishes and emotional support to the nation’s essential workers. About BPA The Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) is also an affiliated organization of IBW21 Black Family SummitThe Black Psychiatrists of America (BPA) was created in 1969. The struggles, social conditions of Black Americans, professional experiences, and the barriers faced by black psychiatrists provided the thrust…
June 14, 2020