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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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The COVID-19 Crisis Could Be a Greater Crisis for African Americans

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson — The instant the first reports came in that COVID-19 is a new, aggressive, and especially lethal viral infection, the question was: will this pose an even greater health menace to African Americans? This was the first question about testing: will Blacks have ready access to screening and testing? Will the treatment care and facilities be readily available in poor and underserved Black communities? Will medications…
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COVID-19 Will Strike Poor People More Harshly and Further Widen Wealth Gap

By Martin Levine, NPQ — The threat of COVID-19 is not evenly distributed. The poorer you are, the more likely you will fall victim to the virus and its most serious outcomes. If that were not unfair enough, the virus’s spread will set off a self-reinforcing process that will leave behind a wider gap between rich and poor after the disease is brought under control. Bodies may heal, but should…
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Social Solidarity In Spite of Social Distancing: Keeping Our Closeness in Critical Times

Dr. Maulana Karenga — There is no real or rational denying of the damage and disruption the coronavirus has done and is continuously doing to our lives and livelihoods, our health and happiness, our meetings and modes of education, our public and private events, travel, and the economy. This deadly and disabling virus has also impacted our family gatherings and visits to each other’s homes and to each other in…
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Would Joe and Donald Support Using Cuba Coronavirus Medicine?

By Ted Glick — The issue of Cuba came up again Sunday in the context of the Democratic Presidential debate. Joe Biden attacked Bernie Sanders because Sanders had said publicly in a 60 Minutes interview February 24 that although he was critical of what he called Cuba’s “authoritarian” government, they had done positive things as far as literacy and health care. A Telemundo reporter asked Biden what he thought about…
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How Cuba is Leading the World in the Fight Against Coronavirus

As Cuba sends doctors around the world to fight coronavirus, a Cuban antiviral drug is helping stem the tide of the outbreak. By Alan Macleod, MPN News — While the United States government is complicating efforts to treat coronavirus across the world and is using the pandemic to increase pressure on countries already struggling under U.S. sanctions, including Iran, Syria, and Venezuela, the small island of Cuba, itself a target…
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Corona Confusion and March Madness

By Julianne Malveaux — Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other. Madness is replete this March, but it isn't on the basketball courts. The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or "direct contact" is spreading all over the world. It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our…
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How the Coronavirus Is Exposing Inequality Among America’s Workers

The spread of the coronavirus exposes a widening chasm in the U.S. economy between college-educated workers and less-educated workers. By Alana Semuels, Time — There are many things that worry Fina Kao about working in a busy donut shop in an age of fear about a spreading virus. The elderly customer who shuffles across the brown linoleum floor of the shop, orders a glazed donut, and then coughs. The parents sitting at…
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