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Top 11 Misconceptions Many African Americans Have About Coronavirus

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Nationwide — Coronavirus, also known scientifically as COVID-19, has been a global nightmare. One by one, the virus has infiltrated nearly every country and about 10% of those who have contracted the virus have died. Sadly, there are many African Americans who still don’t fully understand what the virus is, and how to prevent it.

Here are the top 10 most common misconceptions that many in the Black community have:

#1 – Black People Can’t Get It: This is simply not true. To date, at least three African American NBA players have contracted the virus. In addition, several African nations including Rwanda, Nigeria, and Kenya have all reported individuals who have tested positive for the viral. Therefore, Black people are not immune to the virus.

#2 – Vodka Kills the Virus: Most vodka brands are only 40 percent alcohol, and that is not high enough to effectively kill microbes. The CDC recommends using handsaniter that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

#3 – You Need Health Insurance to Be Tested: Definitely not true. The U.S. government has mandated free testing to all individuals who have the symptoms of Coronavirus. All hospitals are required to comply, but not all hospitals may have enough test kits. In addition, there may be a long waiting line to get tested.

#3 – You Should Call 911 If You Have the Symptoms: Unless you are suffering from an immediate life-threatening emergency, you should not call 911. You should, however, call your doctor and/or visit your local hospital’s emergency room if you are not feeling well. Those who have questions or confusion about the virus can also visit CoronaVirusHelpline.org or call the toll-free Coronavirus Helpline at (888) 581-5029 for more information.

#4 – The Flu is More Dangerous: This also is not true. Although it is true that last year more than 60,000 people died from the flu. The Coronavirus has been proven to be more contagious, more deadly, and also more misunderstand. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), less than 1% of people who typically contract the flu die from it, but so far, about 3.4% of those who have contracted Coronavirus have died.

#6 – You Must Have Multiple Symptoms: This also is not correct. Many individuals who have tested positive for the Coronavirus have only been found to have just one of the major symptoms. According to the Washington State Dept of Health, those symptoms are shortness of breath, cough OR fever.

#7 – Only Elderly People Die From It: While it is true that people age 60 and over are more likely to contract and die from the virus, younger people must also exercise plenty of caution. The truth is that many patients that are age 22-59 are also being affected. South Korea reported 2,718 cases among patients under the age of 30.

#8 – All Chinese People Have the Coronavirus: Again, not true. It is true that the virus originated in China, but this does not mean that all Chinese people are infected nor does it justify any type of racial discrimination against people from China or Chinese-owned businesses. Remember that many Chinese Americans have never even been to China.

#9 – There is a Cure: Currently, there is no cure or medical treatment available for those who contract the virus. Depending on the location, if a person tests positive for the virus, he or she will be quarantined and/or sent home and encouraged to self-quarantine. Drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods with high nutrients, and taking immune-building vitamins are encouraged.

#10 – You Should Stock Up on Water and Toilet Tissue: No government agency has ever made this suggestion. This is a panic reaction from the general population. The truth is that by being inside a grocery store or big box retailer trying to hoard items like this, you are only increasing the chances of being exposed to someone who could be infected and may not even know it.

#11 – All Travel Has Been Banned: As of March 16, 2020, no type of domestic travel has been restricted. However, the U.S. government has initiated several international travel bans to many countries in Asia and Europe. Most of these travel bans, however, do not affect American citizens but affect non-U.S. citizens.

Those with more questions about the virus are encouraged to visit CoronaVirusHelpline.org or call the toll-free Coronavirus Helpline at (888) 581-5029 for more information.

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Black Enterprise Founder Dies

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Earl G. Graves, Sr., champion for black businesses and founder of Black Enterprise magazine, the first African American owned magazine focused on black entrepreneurs, passed at 85.

Graves died Monday, April 6, 2020 not due to COVID-19 related complications, but had suffered a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease according to a post by his son Earl Graves, Jr. in a post on Twitter.

For more information on the life and legacy of Mr. Earl Graves, Sr. visit https://www.blackenterprise.com/

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A More Than Kind Gesture

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Tyler Perry Gives $21,000 Tip to Fired Workers at His Favorite Restaurant

Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry is making headlines once again for his generosity. He reportedly ordered take-out and then left a $500 tip for all 42 workers at a Houston’s restaurant located in Atlanta. That comes to $21,000.

Perry reportedly has been ordering take-out at the restaurant for a long time, and has been especially regular there during the lockdown. The employees were not only shocked about the tip, but also shocked to learn that they had been serving food to Perry whose studios are located not too far from the restaurant.

The act was very kind and generous since hundreds of thousands of restaurants have closed around the country, forcing them to lay off their employees. Some, however, are managing to stay afloat by offering take-out and delivery services.

But Perry is no stranger to generosity. He once paid for a local non-profit organization’s parking lot to be repaved, and he even rebuilt an 88-year old woman’s home that was destroyed in a fire.

Most recently, he paid off the balances of everything that was on layaway at two Walmart stores in the Atlanta area during Christmas time in 2018.

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3 Reasons Why Up to 1 Million Black Families May Not Get a Stimulus Check

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The Trump Administration has approved a $2 trillion dollar stimulus bill that will send money to millions of families to help compensate them during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals can received as much as $1,200 each, and families can receive more than $2,500. But Randy Hughes, founder of Counting Pennies LLC, a Black-owned nationwide accounting and tax firm, says that a lot of people including many African Americans may not be getting a check.

Here are his reasons why:

#1 – No Bank Account: The funds will primarily be direct deposited, but more than 10 million adults in the United States don’t have bank accounts. And yes, many of these are African Americans!

#2 – Did Not File Taxes: The amount of funds that a household can receive depends on the amount of money earned in either 2019 or 2018. That amount will be based on the tax return filed for that respective year. Sadly, more than 15 million people did not file taxes in either year. And again, many of these are African Americans.

#3 – Have Recently Moved: Because millions of people have not filed taxes in the past year or two, it’s very possible that their mailing address with the IRS has changed. This means that those that don’t have a bank account could receive a check, but it may be delivered to the wrong address.

Randy says that he is doing all he can to encourage all individuals and families to take action now so that there are no problems with getting your check when they are sent out.

He comments, “My firm has legitimate ways to help people save their tax dollars, and legally maximize their income. We offer year-round tax planning, and we are happy to assist anyone during this unique time in history in any way that we can.”

For more details about how Counting Pennies LLC can help you and/or to learn more about the 2020 stimulus check requirements, visit www.cpennies.com or call (800) 234-1449.

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