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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.

Health a Key 2020 Election Issue

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.


Post Office cuts are slowing more than ballots

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 myths and facts: children, flu and more

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.


How Racial and Ethnic Disparities Impact Health

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.


Other Disasters and COVID-19

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.


The COVID-19 Back-to-School Debate

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.


COVID-19, the Politicizing of Science and the CDC

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.


Sickle-Cell Disease Increases COVID-19 Risks

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.


As Mask Ordinances Proliferate, So Do Mask Myths

More than 20 states have now issued orders requiring people to wear face masks in public to help limit the spread of COVID-19 as the numbers of new COVID-19 infections surge to record heights in parts of the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 3 recommended the public wear masks. So why do people still resist wearing of face masks?


COVID-19 recovery not as simple as once thought

Now that doctors worldwide have several months of experience treating patients with COVID-19, patterns are emerging giving clues about how the illness manifests itself. Doctors are seeing more patients with rapid, unexpected development of severe symptoms that have returned (and are worse), lasting for weeks with seemingly no end in sight.