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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.

Mitigating COVID-19 in East Asia and the Pacific

Most countries in the East Asia and Pacific region have been taking measures to prepare for or mitigate community transmission of COVID-19, which has affected the lives and livelihoods of the 2.2 billion people living in the region. At the same time as the outbreak’s burden on health systems is increasing rapidly, necessary mitigation measures are affecting livelihoods and access to public services. Urgent efforts are needed to contain the outbreak and to support health systems and communities to mitigate the impacts.


The COVID-19 Pandemic, Mental Health and Suicide

Is the COVID-19 pandemic sparking more suicides? Experts say that the mental health toll of the coronavirus pandemic is only beginning to show itself, and it is too early to predict the scale of the impact. The ultimate marker of the virus’s mental toll will show up in the nation’s suicide rate in this and coming years.


Five States Where COVID-19 Cases are Rising Sharply

Many states have "reopened" even though COVID-19 cases are rising sharply. Consider these startling facts on the top five. Notice how much the number of cases rose in each state just from May 17 to May 20.


How Can Refugees be Protected from COVID-19?

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the globe, human rights organizations are warning of the disproportionate impact it will have on the world’s most vulnerable populations – including refugees and asylum seekers. This article discusses refugees' critical risk factors and steps being taken to prevent or delaying outbreaks.


Do Face Masks Dangerously Reduce Oxygen Intake?

Some people with pre-existing respiratory illnesses may face health issues with improper or prolonged use of tight-fitting masks, such as N95 respirators. But people wearing cloth or surgical masks are in little to no danger of breathing in unhealthy amounts of carbon dioxide.


Africa: The Next Epicenter of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that Africa, the world's second-largest continent with a population of 1.3 billion people, is poised to potentially become the next epicenter of the highly infectious and deadly COVID-19 disease. As of May 14, the African Centres for Disease Prevention and Control have reported 73,176 confirmed infections, 2,496 fatalities and 25,462 recoveries. 


Will COVID-19 Antibody Testing Get Us "Back to Normal?"

“When will life get back to normal?” The question is on almost everyone’s minds these days. To reduce COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and stem further economic devastation from the pandemic, there is an increasing call for antibody testing to provide some peace of mind that it’s okay to return to work.


Is Another COVID-19 Relief Check Coming for Americans?

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Friday on a new, $3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, named the “HEROES Act” – the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act. It seeks to address the continuing economic distress wrought by the novel coronavirus. 


Contact Tracing and the TRACE Act H.R. 6666

House of Representatives bill H.R. 6666 is a proactive response to COVID-19. Named the "COVID-19 Testing, Reaching and Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act," it would provide $100 billion in grants to faith-based organizations, clinics, medical centers, institutions of higher education, high schools and other organizations that test for COVID-19 and conduct related activities such as contact tracing.


COVID-19 side effect: domestic violence increase worldwide

As result of social distancing, stay-at-home policies and economic distress during COVID-19, domestic violence hotlines are lighting up worldwide – from the United States to China and Russia, from Italy to France and Britain, among others. Governments are scrambling to address a crisis they should have seen coming.