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On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization’s office in China heard the first reports of a previously-unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in the city of Wuhan.
On March 11, 2020 that virus, now named COVID-19 better knowing as the Coronavirus outbreak was now characterized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Today the NYTimes wrote: The number of known corona virus cases in the United States continues to surge. As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 5,002 people in 49 states, plus Washington, D.C. and three U.S. territories, have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a New York Times database at least 93 patients with the virus have died. “The pace of diagnosis is expected to quicken as the virus spreads and testing becomes more widely available. More state and private labs have started running tests for the coronavirus in recent days, increasing the capacity to identify new patients after weeks of delays and test kit shortages.”
On twitter Speaker Nancy Pelosi said “The Families First” bill was about many things but first and foremost: testing testing testing. I urge Senators to pass this legislation today, to make testing free and to provide masks, make it available ASAP. Any delay, is a delay, in testing.
While we wait on relief legislation to be passed by our federal government The CDC have advised us:
· To wash are hand often with Soap and water for at least 20 seconds
· Use an alcohol based hand sanitized with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
· Cover you coughs or sneezed with a tissue or cough or sneeze into your elbow not your hand.
· Stay home as much as possible. Social distancing can slow the spread.
These are confusing and scary times and so, like many of you, I wanted a bit more clarity about what this virus is, and why it’s difficult to find a vaccines, so I turned to my friend, Dr. Hazel Levy, is a virologist and a research scholar in the bio-medical sciences, in STEM education, and in higher education policy. She was the first Black American woman to have an independent and National Institutes of Health funded research laboratory in the history of the University of Florida's College of Medicine. Dr. Levy is a social justice community organizer, serving as the vice-Chair of the Women of Color Caucus of National Women’s Liberation's Gainesville, FL chapter, and was the founding faculty advisor to UF's Black Women in Medicine student organization.
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