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.
The legacy of systemic health and social inequities has put people from racial and ethnic groups at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. These inequities and their impact are reflected among children of color.
The Trump Administration has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act and is hastening to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who will support the president’s demand. If the ACA is overturned, more than 21 million Americans will lose their health insurance and nearly all Americans will be affected adversely. Among those who will be hit the hardest will be racial and ethnic minorities.
In the United States, there are significant racial disparities in access to health care coverage and in health outcomes. The Affordable Care Act has helped to lower the health care coverage gap for Black and Hispanic people. Striking down the law would widen these gaps again.
That’s why your vote is important. Not voting is giving up your voice. Visit the UCC’s Our Faith Our Vote! Get more information, and download a FREE Our Faith Our Vote toolkit. Vote – your health and even your life depend on it.
The U.S. Postal Service has become a political battleground. President Trump declared that he didn’t want to adequately fund the U.S. Postal Service to enable universal mail-in voting. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reportedly then ordered cost-cutting measures, slashing overtime and curbing late delivery, which have reportedly created significant delays in mail deliveries - including delivery of life-saving medicines.
COVID-19 has become a part of our daily life. There is so much information about the virus, yet some of what we are hearing is rumors and misinformation. Here's how to spot a rumor or misinformation - followed by examination of some of the falsehoods circulating right now.
When people think about “health disparities,” we may think only about the unequal access people have to hospitals, doctors, and overall care. But seldom do we think about other factors that lead to poor health, other than the choices people make. Most of us have no idea of the number of factors that contribute to poor health. We don’t have a broader rationale for why Black or brown people or people living on low incomes suffer from illnesses and chronic disease more than other groups.
According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the delivery of mass care and emergency assistance during a pandemic in conjunction with a natural, technological or human-caused disaster will need to be modified to maintain the health and well-being of survivors and workers. First responders have been assessing and sharing best practices to prepare for disasters.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, schools should not start back on site without good plans. Before you decide what’s right for you and your family, check the data in your local area on numbers of cases and rates of transmissions. Familiarize yourself with - even better, get involved in - your school district’s deliberations on the best way to proceed.
The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and send all COVID-19-related information to a private database in Washington effective July 15, 2020. The Department of Health and Human Services has contracted with a private firm to collect daily reports about patients, available beds and ventilators and other information vital to tracking the COVID-19 pandemic.
People with Sickle Cell Disease are now on the list for increased risk for severe complications from COVID-19. This is according to health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which added Sickle Cell Disease to the high risk list on June 25. A genetically inherited blood disorder, Sickle Cell Disease most commonly affects Black people.