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Health disparities left Black Americans vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at higher rates, nearly two times greater than their share of the population. In the last two months, there has been a sharp increase in the number of African Americans who are concerned the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.
Students, businesses, employees, and homeowners have all been hit hard by the pandemic, with 61% of African Americans concerned about the loss of income related to the current pandemic. As the dangerous Delta, Lambda, and Omicron variants wreak havoc around the world, it is important now, more than ever, to take all precautions to protect yourself and your community.
Use this up-to-date research, resources, and stories to help ease the uncertainties and safeguard your community. With the facts, we can all make the best decisions for ourselves and our families.
88% of African Americans believe new variants and strains could potentially be more contagious or deadly.
Given Omicron’s impact on the country and rising hospitalizations, it is critically important that individuals increase their capacity to test and know their status. You can now order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests for you and your family. Take advantage of this opportunity to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Now more than ever is the time for us to buckle down on the precautions that keep us and our loved ones safe. The confirmed new Omicron variant is spreading quickly – and to fight back, it is vital that we arm ourselves with the facts and continue getting vaccinated, washing our hands, wearing our masks, and social distancing.
Adults and children ages 5 and above should consult with their medical professionals regarding the vaccine. Adults should obtain the booster as soon as possible.
of vaccinated African Americans are very likely to receive a booster shot if the CDC indicates they are necessary
Specific COVID-19 data about and for the Black community has been elusive and inconsistent. NAACP units can use these data-backed resources to provide information to their members and the community at large. Let’s keep fighting this pandemic, together.
Wearing your mask is a requirement on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and commuter stations.
In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate yourself and get tested while following all state and local recommendations and requirements.
Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
Wearing your mask on planes, buses, and other forms of public transportation. Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet from anyone not traveling with you. Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.
Vulnerable communities continue to battle long-term health implications as well as the economic and social implications of the pandemic. As more Black Americans become vaccinated, our community wants to continue to take precautions to ensure we keep ourselves safe. Let’s help protect our community.
of parents with kids over 12 have had or plan to have them vaccinated
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Learn more about the most commonly used terms surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presenting no symptoms of a disease. In the case of COVID-19, this means the absence of fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and body aches, among other less common symptoms. Notably, it is recommended that individuals do not get tested unless they exhibit symptoms because of the risk of false negatives. In other words, most tests will not be accurate unless symptoms are present.
When researchers study a medical test or treatment in a set group of people to make sure it’s safe and effective before giving it to the public.
Someone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes in one day). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date) until they meet the criteria for discontinuing home isolation.
A family of related viruses. Many of them cause respiratory illnesses. Coronaviruses cause COVID-19, SARS, MERS, and some strains of influenza, or flu. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is officially called SARS-CoV-2, which stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
According to experts, herd immunity is a term used to describe the slowing of disease spread that occurs “when a significant portion of a population becomes immune to an infectious disease.” Herd immunity limits the spread of disease. It can protect people in a community who are not immune if enough individuals are immune to the infection.
Your body’s ability to resist or fight off an infection. Your immune system is a network of cells throughout your body that helps you avoid getting infected and help you get better when you are infected.
MRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein — or even just a piece of a protein — that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.
Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
The separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic from others who have not been so exposed to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease. Quarantine may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order.
A preparation that is administered (as by injection) to stimulate the body’s immune response against a specific infectious disease.
Even as Black people kept the nation operating and some contracted the COVID-19 virus while working, officials blamed them for being disproportionately affected by the virus. Racism, and the hundreds of years of multiple inequalities it created, birthed an atmosphere that positioned COVID-19 to be ripe to ravage Black America — and it did.
In July, at the height of the pandemic, 550 of the 1,166 incarcerated in the Miami-Dade corrections department were found to have the virus. There were 3,266 people in the jails. A department spokesperson said that at that time, only 33 people had the virus.
During the pandemic as schools moved to distance learning, limited access to computers and spotty internet service left many Black students logged out, even while facing challenging home situations. Not having basic needs met combined with uncertainty left Black students emotionally fragile.
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I have so many plans, and with the vaccine, I won’t have so much anxiety about moving on with life. The pandemic has made it tough. But as a teen, I have a lot to look forward to.
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