On March 14, my dad called me early in the morning to tell me that my younger brother had tested positive for the coronavirus.
My brother is an Emergency Medicine Physician for one of the largest hospitals in San Francisco, so I was not surprised that he contracted the virus. But he also has diabetes and asthma, putting him in a high-risk group for complications. My whole family was terrified, but thankfully, my brother is making a solid recovery.
We are all being touched by this pandemic in different ways, and the Trump administration's inadequacies have made it harder to know what to do to flatten the curve and slow the coronavirus spread. I have been given hope in knowing that my brother and many others who have had positive results are getting better each day, but death tolls are also rising. These are scary times.
As a community, we need to continue to check-in with each other and connect more often. Courage California wants to keep in touch with all of you, our members, to know how you're doing and how we can help.
Our team at Courage California has stayed committed in our virtual offices to standing up for all and holding our elected officials accountable. We have been flooded with requests to join new coalitions and partake in new dialogues about how to ensure the rush to respond to the virus does not come at the expense of vulnerable communities. Among other issues, we're working to advocate for those suffering from California's housing crisis, the risk of utility shut-offs, and unjust responses that exclude immigrants.
As the pandemic grows we must work together to flatten the curve while continuing to work in partnership with allies to make sure we protect everyone from what could be.
Helpful Coronavirus Resources:
Federal updates on COVID-19
California's COVID-19 updates
How the CARES Act works for you
Where to find help for small businesses
Your rights as a renter during the pandemic
Contributed by Molly Watson