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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.

Asian Americans and COVID-19

Asian Americans appear to be succumbing to COVID-19 at a rate roughly equal to their share in the U.S. population - less in some places, including New York City. Consider that and other specific issues such as "coronavirus racism" against Asian Americans, hidden poverty in Asian American communities, and the particular challenges facing undocumented Asian Americans.


COVID-19's Burden on Latinx Communities

Latinx people (Hispanics, Latinos(as)) across the United States are getting sick disproportionately from COVID-19. In some areas of the United States they are dying from COVID-19 at up to three times the rate as non-Hispanic whites. Today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Brief looks at the reality facing 20 percent of the U.S. population.


Tribes await $8 billion in approved COVID-19 federal funding

Indian tribal governments are still waiting for $8 billion in aid for direct emergency relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2.2 trillion bill passed on March 27. The Treasury Department had a statutory deadline of April 26 to distribute the monies to tribal governments. As of Friday, May 1, tribal governments still did not have their $8 billion.


COVID-19 "New Normal?" (Part Two)

Yesterday’s briefing considered aspects of a “new normal” now and in the shorter-term. Today, let’s look at what “new normal” might mean this fall and beyond as we seek to balance the need to contain COVID-19 with the need for a sustaining and sustainable economy.


COVID-19 "New Normal?" (Part One)

When will things “go back to normal?” Or are we headed into a “new normal?” If so, what will that “new normal” look like? This first in a two-part series looks at immediate and shorter-term changes to our lives.


COVID reopening guidelines: strengths, gaps

Last Thursday, the U.S. government issued new guidelines on “Opening Up America Again.” Are we being assured the protections we need? How much risk are we willing to take when guidelines based on science are being ignored and politics and a few protesters are driving the re-openings?


Housing injustice laid bare by COVID-19

As a result of COVID-19 business closures since March 14, more than 26 million Americans to date have filed initial jobless claims. That's roughly one-sixth of the entire U.S. workforce. The closings have contributed to the difficulty in renters and homeowners making their housing payments - one of the major stressors that families are facing during this pandemic.


DACA students excluded from COVID-19 education aid fund

DACA students are not eligible for the U.S. Coronavirus Educational Stabilization Fund, according to new guidelines issued by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Brief considers DeVos's ruling and asks advocacy with the White House and Department of Homeland Security to extend DACA protections due to expire this year.


Inject/ingest disinfectant for COVID-19? No way!

At Thursday's White House COVID-19 news conference, President Trump suggested that possible treatments for the virus might include the use of ultraviolet rays outside and/or inside the body, and ingestion or injection of disinfectants into patients to clean their lungs. Don't be deceived: Agents that are commonly used to kill the virus in the environment are toxic to the body when ingested or injected.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 23, 2020

On their recent video conference to discuss challenges in the COVID-19 pandemic, United Church of Christ Conference Disaster Coordinators from across the United States repeatedly sounded this alarm: “Our farmers are dumping milk and fresh produce because they have nowhere to sell it." At the same time, food pantries across the country report escalating demand. What's going on here?