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Five on Friday: COVID-19 and Social Justice

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A worker wearing PPE at a construction site

Another very full week here at Migrant Clinicians Network! Here are some updates from the world of public health and health justice that we thought you’d enjoy, chosen by MCN staff members. 


Painting representing mutation

Alma shared “The Problem With Stories About Dangerous Coronavirus Mutations,” to which Ed responded that the article “does a good job in explaining this new research and, as always, this preliminary study is too early to tell how significant it really is to the big picture of the pandemic. Unfortunately, every time some new information comes out it is interpreted by individuals who want something new to talk about and they often cherry pick the information to meet whatever agenda they are promoting.” 

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Graphs about impact of Covid on TB response

Karen forwarded the new modelling report from Stop TB Partnership, that shows the “devastating effect of [the] COVID-19 pandemic on TB response: 6.3 million more people ill with TB and 1.4 million more TB deaths by 2025.” 

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Berkeley Public Health logo

Kaethe highly recommended this one-hour webinar, “Conversations with Nancy Krieger on: Structural Racism, Social Justice, and COVID19.”

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The CDC logo

Amy also shared, “Migrant child died after release from detention, attorneys group alleges.”

Theressa shared this informative and very useful new page from the CDC, which includes detailed recommendations: “COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups.” 

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A photo of the outside of the featured homeless shelter

Weekly Win: Rapidly implemented intervention strategies, paired with knowledgeable and trusted outreach teams, can save lives and stop the spread. Claire shared, “‘It’s Miraculous’ — No Known Coronavirus Cases in Acadiana’s Homeless Shelters.” As farmworkers begin to arrive at farmworker housing across the country, the lessons here are ones to follow.


Have a safe and healthy weekend.

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