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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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Heat Indexes On the Rise

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City of San Antonio to open cooling centers due to expected high heat indexes

With heat indexes expected to reach up to 100 plus this week, the City of San Antonio will open cooling centers to provide residents relief from the heat.  

The heat indexes for today through Saturday, July 31 are forecasted to reach between 100 to 103 degrees.

Adults, 65 and older; children, 4 and younger; and people with existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning, are at higher risk on days with high temperatures and heat indexes.  

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration. 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately.  If the situation involves a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.                                    

Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Managementwebsites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Victims of Violent Crime

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The Grace Seward Foundation will host their first annual Top Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Topgolf in San Antonio, Texas. Topgolf is located at 5539 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX. This event begins at 6pm CST and ends at 9pm CST. 

The tournament benefits two Bexar County programs:  The Victims of Crimes Unit the San Antonio Department and Crime Stoppers. Proceeds from the Topgolf fundraiser will benefit the Crime Stoppers Grace Seward reward fund. 

Tickets to attend this event are available at Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grace-seward-foundation-golf-benefit-2021-tickets-152912690975

About Grace Seward

Grace Seward graduated Cum Laude from Fox Tech High School in 2011. A scholar and an athlete, while in high school Grace was a district champion in Track, Basketball and Golf. Grace was also a part of the Law and Magnet Program and clerked while in high school with former District Attorney Susan Reed.  After graduation, Grace attended San Antonio College and Texas Lutheran University. Grace acquired her Associates Degree in Kinesiology from San Antonio College. 

On July 15, 2018, Grace Seward was murdered after pulling into the driveway of a friend’s home. The person responsible for Grace’s murder and the attempted murder of another passenger in the vehicle have never been apprehended. 

About The Grace Seward Foundation 

The Grace Seward Foundation was created by Butch and Debra Seward, the parents of Grace Seward. The foundations mission is to Spread a Little Grace through their community based initiatives and events and also to support The San Antonio Crime Stoppers and Victims of Crime Unit. Funds raised from the Grace Seward Top Golf Tournament will be applied to the Grace Seward reward fund. 

For More Information

For more information about the Grace Seward Foundation please contact 

Debra Seward at debra.seward@yahoo.com, (210) 860-7439

Lisa Jackson, Public Relations Manager ljpmedia@gmail.com, (210) 364-2261 

Topgolf at (210) 202-2694

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COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics

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SAN ANTONIO (July 2, 2021) – Toensure everyone who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has access to get one, Metro Health is informing residents on weekly pop-up vaccination clinics. Below is a listing of upcoming pop-up clinic locations for the week of July 3 – July 10.

Please note that clinic dates and times are subject to change. Check the interactive map of COVID-19 pop-up clinics, www.covid19.sanantonio.gov, for the latest updates.

SATURDAY, July 3 – MONDAY, July 5

NO POP-UP CLINICS

TUESDAY, July 6

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    Pfizer  Plaza Guadalupe/ Metro/CCDO/ Avenida 1327 Guadalupe  78207 11 am – 7 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E. Commerce St  78220                1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  
Paul Taylor Field House
7001 Culebra Road 78238 3 – 6 pm    Pfizer  
 

WEDNESDAY, July 7

Blessed Angels Community Center  
14078 Nacogdoches Rd78247      8 am – 12 pm    J&J   
SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerCrossroads Baptist Church 8300 Tezel Rd 78254 10 am – 5 pm      Pfizer  
Second Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  Autism Treatment Center 15911 Nacogdoches Rd Building 2  78247         4 – 7 pm    Pfizer 

THURSDAY, July 8

Palo Alto College Student Center Building Classroom SC130 1400 W Villaret Blvd 78224 Noon – 6 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  

FRIDAY, July 9

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerRaindrop Cultural Center 4337 Vance Jackson Rd Ste #203  78230     10 am – 6 pm    PfizerOak Farms Dairy         1314 Fredericksburg Rd78201      10 am – 6 pm    Pfizer
Mirabella Senior Apartments  1955 Bandera Rd 78228         11 am – 1 pm    PfizerPresentation Ministry Center (collaboration with Health Collaborative 2003 Ruiz St 78207     3 – 7 pm    Pfizer and J&JIDEA Brackenridge      5555 Old Pearsall Rd 78242   3 – 6 pm    Pfizer

SATURDAY, July 10

AT&T Center    1 AT&T Center Parkway78219      8 am – 1 pm    PfizerSAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216   9 am – 8 pm    PfizerSan Antonio Preparatory Community School      6127 Summer Fest Dr  78244 10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer
Restore Adult Education
George Gervin Academy 4205 San Pedro Ave  78212   10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer and J&J
City Church      9431 Bandera Rd  78250        10 am – 4 pm  PfizerAvalanche of Love Community Outreach  6812 Bandera Rd 78238         10 am – 2 pm  Pfizer
Esperanza at Palo Alto Apt 12305 SW Loop 410 78224     11 am – 2 pm    Pfizer and J&J 

On-going Mass Vaccination Site:

  • Alamodome, 100 Montana St, Parking Lot B
    Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m. 

For an interactive map of upcoming COVID-19 pop-up clinics, visit www.covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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