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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.

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?


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 22, 2020

Is it safe for states to begin "reopening" at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic? In today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Briefing, Barbara Baylor examines several states' apparent rush to reopen before even federal guidelines have been met. Among those states is her own state of Georgia.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 21, 2020

Scientists and public health experts are learning more about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) every day. New symptoms are appearing, which can confuse the public about what to look for in determining if they might have the virus. Today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Briefing reviews established and emerging symptoms of COVID-19.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 20, 2020

Do you have an Advance Directive? A 2017 Kaiser Family Foundation/The Economist survey found that most people have not set down their wishes in the event of serious injury or illness - including COVID-19 - that can result in incapacitation or death, and have not named a healthcare decision maker to express their wishes for their end-of-life care.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 17, 2020

It should come as no surprise that “scammers” are taking advantage of people’s fears, needs and hopes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls, false advertisements, scam and hoax text messages and emails promise to speed your $1,200 check, or mandate that you test for COVID-19 online, to name just two current schemes. Learn how to recognize and report scams.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 16, 2020

Did you know that a loophole may allow creditors to seize your COVID-19 stimulus check? Get the details in today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Briefing, find ways you may be able to protect yourself, and advocate for a closing of the loophole.


Daily COVID-19 Briefing April 15, 2020

Could there be a correlation between ageism and the high numbers of seniors who are sick and have died due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Today's UCC COVID-19 Daily Briefing explores that question.