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Battling COVID with Homelessness

Blog by: Neil Sagare

Coronavirus sickness (COVID-19) is a contagious sickness brought about by using extreme acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus two (SARS-CoV-2). The first case was once recognized in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The sickness has mutated and it unfolds worldwide, mainly to an ongoing pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 are variable, however frequently consist of fever, cough, fatigue, respiration difficulties, and loss of scent and taste. Symptoms commence one to fourteen days after close contact to the virus. Preventive measures encompass bodily or social distancing, quarantining, air flow of indoor spaces, masking coughs and sneezes, hand washing, and maintaining unwashed palms away from the face. The use of face masks or coverings has been advocated in public settings to minimise the threat of transmissions. Several vaccines have been developed and numerous international locations have initiated mass vaccination campaigns.

This sickness causes extreme hardship for the homeless as their conditions and situation is a lot worse. Although homeless people come in contact with few people, some may get this disease. Most homeless people don’t have medical insurance so it is hard for them to get help if they fall sick. However, some homeless shelters provide masks and other sanitary devices for maximum prevention for protecting the homeless. However, in one specific scenario, in Sacramento, a homes shelter had a COVID outbreak in which many of the workers and homeless people inside had gotten COVID. This was a problem for two weeks but soon due to preventative measures, the problem was solved.


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