Coronavirus Pandemic: What You Need to Know

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We made this for our community after a lot of research and a lot of discussion. This is a compilation of African people need to know about the coronavirus and how we can take care of each other right now.


What we Know So Far

African People and Coronavirus

  • African people are not immune – there are an increasing number of confirmed cases on the continent and in the diaspora. The first confirmed death from the virus on the continent happened this week in Burkina Faso.
  • African people are particularly high-risk, not just elders and  immuno-compromised folks. Medical complications caused by trauma from colonialism and capitalism – like diabetes and high blood pressure – can increase risk of death from the coronavirus. That on top of widespread limited access to medical care among our people and medical racism is a deadly combination.

Spread and Transmission of the Coronavirus

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What You Can Do

First and foremost remember that capitalism is not equipped to handle this crisis – medically, politically, or economically. Do not wait to be told what to do and do not assume anyone is coming to save us.

  • Prepare for the Lockdown: stock up on water, food, and any medications you’ll need. Make sure your neighbors, friends, and family are getting stocked up too. Do this within the next few days.
  • Make a go bag for yourself, your loved ones, and your comrades, in case you have to leave quickly.
  • To Avoid Spreading the Virus: Wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, maintain six foot distance from folks when you’re out and about, frequently disinfect surfaces you touch (door handles, phones, remotes, steering wheels, etc), wear a mask and gloves when working with vulnerable populations, and if you are able to: stay home as much as possible.
  • Remember: the risk isn’t just that you will get it, the risk is that you will give it to someone who can not survive it.  The United States’ capitalist for-profit medical infrastructure does not have the capacity to take care of all of the people who are going to get this virus. A lot of people are going to get this virus, very few people are going to be able to get help. We need to make sure resources are available for the most vulnerable populations. Assume you are already infected and change your behavior to prevent spreading the virus.

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