Because the combat towards coronavirus pandemic continues, BET.com gives up to date details about the vaccine, testing, and the progress made by well being officers and the U.S. federal authorities and efforts throughout the Black Diaspora. 

Test again every day for updates on what’s being executed to assist the Black group survive and plans to finish the pandemic. For extra data, learn final 12 months’s BET.com Coronavirus Blog.

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Los Angeles County Ambulance Crews Reportedly Ordered To Not Ship COVID Sufferers To The Hospital

Tuesday, Jan. 5: The coronavirus is surging everywhere in the nation however Los Angeles, California is being hit so laborious that hospitals within the space are reportedly at capability.

In line with a news release from Los Angeles  health officials, the county has jumped from about 400,000 instances on November 30 to greater than 800,000 instances on January 2, which is a rise of 905%. You learn that proper; 905%. And CNN is reporting that one American dies from Covid-19 each 33 seconds.

Moreover, the three-day common variety of individuals hospitalized with coronavirus problems was 7,623. And but, an infection of the virus isn’t the one ailment impacting the general public. There are different individuals who require therapy whether or not it’s for care due to an accident or a coronary heart assault. Sadly, it’s tough for these sufferers to obtain medical help within the midst of this current surge. 

Hilda Solis, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors informed CNN the state of affairs was a “human catastrophe” and “hospitals are declaring inner disasters and having to open church gyms to function hospital items.”

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CNN additionally studies {that a} memo issued to ambulance employees final week learn, “Efficient instantly, because of the extreme impression of the Covid-19 pandemic on EMS and 9-1-1 Receiving Hospitals, grownup sufferers (18 years of age or older) in blunt traumatic and nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) shall not be transported [if]return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) isn’t achieved within the area.” 

If individuals can be transported to the hospital, there’s a lengthy wait. EMT Jimmy Webb informed CNN affiliate KCAL, “We’re ready two to 4 hours minimal to a hospital and now we’re having to drive even additional… then wait one other three hours.”

A fast rollout of the vaccine was anticipated to curb infections. The Trump administration promised  20 million people vaccinated by New Year’s Day. Solely 4.6 million have acquired the vaccine, in keeping with The New York Times.

For the newest on the coronavirus, try BET’s blog on the virus, and get in touch with your native well being division or go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Black Texas Lawmaker, Who Is Additionally A Nurse, Backs Coronavirus Vaccine

Monday, Jan. 4, 2021: Because the coronavirus vaccine continues to roll out amongst well being care employees and the aged, skepticism continues to loom within the Black group. In spite of everything, there’s a lengthy historical past of inappropriate assessments carried out on Black individuals fueled by previous racist practices sanctioned by federal and state funded medical and scientific our bodies. 

Democratic Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, a longtime advocate of sound science and healthcare within the Black group, is stepping out to ease the issues many African People have concerning the coronavirus vaccine.

“Seek the advice of with individuals who have the credentials to reply the questions — not emotional questions, not political questions, however medical questions,” the Democrat, who represents Dallas, informed The Dallas Morning News. “After they get data from individuals they belief, they’ll really feel assured about it.”

Johnson, turned the primary registered nurse elected to Congress in 1993, and can be Chair of the Home Committee on Science, Area, and Expertise. However with experiences steeped in healthcare within the Black group, she says she understands why there may be distrust amongst so many.

“There’s nice skepticism for experimentation,” Johnson informed the Morning Information. “They’ve a historical past of being abused. They’ve a historical past of not being included in area testing. I don’t have any doubt that there shall be questions.”

Incidents just like the notorious Tuskegee Experiment the place a bunch of Black males contaminated with syphilis weren’t handled for many years, and using Baltimore lady Henrietta Lacks’ most cancers cells for biomedical analysis, nonetheless resound amongst African People. So there may be concern that the experimentation will proceed by this vaccine.

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Johnson nevertheless needs to get the phrase out that the  the coronavirus vaccines are in reality secure and never part of any sinister experiment. The testing and analysis have included African People on the administrative and scientific ranges, she stated. One in every of them was Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, who works with high authorities infectious illness official Dr. Anthony Fauci.

“That data, we will distribute in a short time by our church buildings and thru our networks of notification,” stated Johnson. “That’s the form of intelligence that you just’ve obtained to get to the individuals so they’ll perceive it from individuals they belief.”

Slowly, extra African People have stated that they’d take a vaccine as soon as accessible. In October, solely 43 % stated they’d get it, in keeping with a survey from Fierce Pharma. However a December poll by the Kaiser Foundation confirmed that quantity elevated to 62 %.

Johnson says that she would get the vaccine when it turns into accessible to her and believes now that it’s being distributed, there may be hope.

“I do imagine that we’ve reached a degree the place we will see some mild on the finish of the tunnel,” she informed the Morning Information.