• Rev. Jack

Health Watch: Lose the Mask! Wash Your Hands!

Coronavirus is a Particular Challenge for Elders in Our Community.

Heads up people. There’s a virus among us. This virus does not respect borders. It does not distinguish between races or ethnicity. It has no regard for a country’s GDP or level of development and it’s not under control. Frankly, even our government has let us down.

Therefore, we must be our own advocates for our own well-being. This is not to time to blame, it is the time to take action. Smart action.

First and foremost, decide where you are going to get your Coronavirus (COVID-19). At ElderPride we recommend that you visit the World Health Organization's site (WHO). Also, check out the Centers for Disease Control. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are not reliable sources of news. For example, in the last few days, the sale of face masks have soared across America. However, according to the Surgeon General of the United States, you are wasting your money.

Healthcare providers need the masks, you do not.

The surgeon General says, “They (face masks) are NOT effective in preventing the public from being exposed to Coronavirus.” He goes on to stress that if we buy up the available supply of face masks then healthcare providers cannot get them to use more efficiently and effectively in the care of the sick patients under their care. Our hasty action is putting them and our communities at risk.

What can you do?

As elders in the LGBTQ+ community, many of us may be more vulnerable to the Coronavirus because we already have other health challenges. Many of those already diagnosed are older and have other health challenges, therefore we must be particularly vigilant. Speak with your primary care physician. Ask specifically what they recommend that you do – if anything. Wash your hands frequently. Use hand sanitizers. Re-frame from touching your face, with your hands. All common sense practices. Most importantly, if you don’t feel well; stay home! Call your primary care physician, or go to a urgent care clinic immediately.

Facts Matter:

Here is what we know so far according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

• The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019. • WHO is working 24/7 to analyze data, provide advice, coordinate with partners, help countries prepare, increase supplies and manage expert networks. • The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. • The international community has asked for (US) $675 million to help protect states with weaker health systems as part of its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. • On 11 February 2020, WHO announced a name for the new coronavirus disease: COVID-19. • To stay up to date, follow @DrTedros and @WHO on Twitter, read WHO’s daily situation reports.