NATIONWIDE, BLACK PEOPLE ARE 1.9 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationwide African Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19 when compared with other racial or ethnic groups. This is made worse by pre-existing health conditions as well as structural racism, socioeconomic status, access to health care, and increased exposure to the virus as a result of one’s job (e.g., frontline, essential, and critical infrastructure workers).
We must all do our part to slow the spread of this disease that is ravaging Black communities and families across this country. This means getting tested, getting your annual flu shot, masking up, social distancing (e.g., at least 6ft apart), avoiding gatherings, and washing your hands frequently. We must remain vigilant!
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Myths & Realities
MYTH: COVID-19 vaccines give you COVID-19..
Reality: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. None of the COVID-19 vaccines in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. The goal for these vaccines is to teach our immune systems how to
recognize and fight the COVID-19 virus.
Myth: COVID-19 vaccines will cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests.
Reality: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests. COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. won’t cause you to test positive on current infection viral tests. If your body developed an immune response and tests positive on some antibody tests, a previous infection.
Myth: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 will not benefit from getting vaccinated.
Reality: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated.People are advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before. Reinfection is possible and getting vaccinated is one of the best ways to help combat the pandemic.
Myth: Getting vaccinated will not help prevent you from getting sick with COVID-19.
Reality: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. The COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you without having to experience sickness.
Myth: Receiving a mRNA vaccine will alter your DNA.
Reality: : Receiving a messenger RNA vaccine will not alter your DNA. Messenger RNA (mRNA) are instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of protein. mRNA cannot alter or change a person’s DNA from a COVID-19 vaccine because it never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept.
ATTEND A VIRTUAL SESSION
COVID-19 tests are used to evaluate your health for COVID-19 infection and help public health agencies control the virus’ spread. Testing also helps identify specific areas and groups with higher rates of infection. Understanding these patterns is important to protect the public’s health and continue safely reopening the County.
Most testing locations do not require an appointment. Click below to use the map to find information on a testing location near you or call 2-1-1 (toll free).
TAKE THESE STEPS IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE SICK WITH COVID-19:
ISOLATE YOURSELF IF YOU CAN.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.
Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness, hospitalization, or death due to COVID-19, including:
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
- Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus