BWA COVID-19 UPDATE
The Black Women’s Agenda endorses federal, state and local government public health warnings prescribed to mitigate the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS~CoV-2) (formerly called HCoV-19 and commonly called COVID-19).The assertion that coronavirus only threatens older people has been debunked. While data is rapidly being compiled, COVID-19 is trending across all age demographics because of the potentially high transmission from virus shed in asymptomatic patients and the ability for the virus to remain infectious in the air for hours and on surfaces such as plastic and steel for days. Combative measures are available to all. Children, teens, young and older populations can and must do their part to halt the spread of this pandemic. Following are the best deterrents until a vaccine is formulated.1) Avoid social gatherings greater than 10 people.2) Practice social distancing, maintaining a distance of 6-feet from the next person.3) Adhering to strict frequent hand washing to protect yourself and our most vulnerable populations.4) Wiping down constant contact surfaces regularly with an alcohol based product.Hospitalization is best avoided by:
- If you feel ill, call your primary physician who will tell you how to proceed with testing, care and treatment.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from others.
- If you have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from others.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
- Use drive-through, pickup and food delivery services.
- Again, practice good hygiene such as washing your hands, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
- Avoid touching your face.Lastly remember, you are not alone. Please consult the CDC guidelines for additional information.
Karen Cole, MD, MPH, MBA
Connie Richardson, RNBWA Board Members
Relatedness is a basic psychological experience. We all need to feel connected to other human beings: to care and be cared for, and to belong. We believe that bringing our country together starts with meaningful conversation. Our goal is to reduce polarization and social bias, to increase the willingness to engage in meaningful dialogue, and create an increased understanding and appreciation for our differences and similarities.
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