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Daily COVID-19 Briefing from UCC - facts, not fear

COVID-19 Daily Briefing from UCC's Humanitarian and Development Team separates facts from falsehoods and fear, supplying valuable information throughout the duration of the pandemic crisis. This resource is prepared by Barbara T. Baylor, MPH, Temporary Health Liaison serving on UCC's Wider Church Ministries - Humanitarian and Development Team.

Are 5G Networks Spreading the Coronavirus?

Are 5G networks spreading the coronavirus that causes COVID-19? NO! This is a myth! You need to come into contact physically with the coronavirus to become infected by it. The electromagnetic fields from 5G cannot carry viruses, so they cannot bring you into contact with the virus. Separate fact from fiction - read today's briefing! 


Left Behind? Persons with Disabilities and COVID-19

For people with disabilities, achieving health equity is an uphill battle even apart from COVID-19. But the pandemic is shining a light on the dangerous reality of medical discrimination for many people with disabilities in need of healthcare. 


Repeal the ACA?! Doom for Many, Especially in Pandemic

The Trump Administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). If this law is repealed, 23.3 million Americans will lose their health coverage, according to a new analysis by the Center for American Progress - about 3 million (15 percent) more people than was forecast before the COVID-19 pandemic. 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose the ACA's protections - and a COVID-19 diagnosis could be considered a pre-existing condition, leading to higher premiums or denial of health insurance coverage. 


COVID-19 and America's Hired Farmworkers

America’s 2.5 million hired farmworkers – the people who harvest the food that goes on our tables - constitute yet another group of mostly brown or Black people considered “essential workers” yet treated as expendable by state and federal officials in the COVID-19 pandemic.


Black Men Fear Wearing a Mask More than Getting COVID-19

When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidelines in early March asking people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the question for many Black men was not where to get a mask or which kind. It was: How do I cover my face and not get shot?


COVID-19 and Millennials

Are young adults among the people in your life who are feeling invulnerable to COVID-19, leaving their face masks and hand sanitizers at home and neglecting social distancing? Here’s why they should rethink that – and why Millennials need to get on the front lines of urging their generation and younger to take COVID-19 seriously.


Global Humanitarian Impact of COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread quickly around the world, humanitarian organizations are struggling to provide much needed financial and social services as budgets dwindle. The rapidly evolving outbreak is pushing aid groups to plan for new responses in communities already facing long-running crises, and forcing a re-think of how the sector operates when resources are stretched.


Women of Color and COVID-19

While statistics show that COVID-19 impacts African Americans at higher rates, it is women of color who are especially likely to bear the brunt of this public health crisis as a result of historical structural inequities and discrimination.


New CDC COVID-19 Guidelines as States Reopen, Cases Spike

Many Americans are acting as if COVID-19 has “gone away” or has lessened its grip on the United States. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Last week, 14 states saw an uptick of more than 25 percent in new COVID-19 infections - with roughly 20,000 new cases nationwide each day. All 50 states are somewhere in the process of reopening. Many people at recent Memorial Day observances and protests over the death of George Floyd abandoned basic public health COVID-19 prevention messages; specifically, to wear face masks and practice social distancing.


Middle East and North Africa COVID-19 Update

The numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Middle East and North Africa are climbing. Turkey and Iran have the most cases to date. In other countries, especially in the Gulf, Iraq and Egypt, the count is also increasing, in part because of better testing and in part as countries ease or lift restrictions and lockdown measures.