Covid-19 Facts

  • There are now 3 FDA approved vaccines that are safe meaning causing no serious side effects and effective meaning drastically reducing risks of serious Covid disease, hospitalization, or death.


  • Due to systemic racism Black people are 2.7 times at risk for catching the Covid virus and having serious outcomes such as hospitalization and death.


  • Since the Covid pandemic Black people have lost 2.7 years of life expectancy.


  • Black people were involved in all phases of vaccine development and a Black doctor, Kizzmekia Corbett, was at the forefront of the development of the vaccines.


  • The Covid vaccines were developed based on decades of research dealing with HIV and diseases like SARS.


  • Covid vaccines were evaluated by processes independent from government or drug companies.


  • Only 5.7% of Black people have received the Covid vaccine.


  • In order for the U.S. to return to some form of normal life large numbers of the population need to be vaccinated.


  • The U.S. medical community must respectfully acknowledge the earned skepticism of the Black community toward medical practices and vaccines and work with the community to develop trust and equity during and after the pandemic.


  • After receiving the vaccine, you must continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, avoid crowds, and wash hands frequently until enough people in the country are vaccinated.


  • There are new variations of the Covid virus that are potentially more contagious.



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