I Am Worried About the Virus

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To all Street Sense clients, staff and vendors: I hope this note finds you well and safe. I want to give a special thanks to all our Street Sense clients for all their support before and during this difficult and trying time. I miss seeing the streets crowded here in the Washington D.C. area due to all the social distancing and stay at home orders.

I feel that the virus has had a domino effect on all our lives in various ways. There have been a great deal of people who have tragically lost their lives and health. Jobs and businesses have been greatly devastated due to this COVID-19 pandemic. 

What is really disturbing to me is that people are being systematically and unfairly stigmatized, which is leading to discrimination.

Due to the pandemic, the unemployment rate has increased and businesses have lost revenue, which will continue to fall until we work together to find more solutions in fighting and coping with this pandemic. I would urge people to protect themselves and stay well as much as possible. Also, stay well informed. The New York Times reported that the first coronavirus vaccine tested in humans seems safe so far. It was tested in eight people and will now be tested in hundreds more. If things continue to go well, they expect a vaccine to be widely available by early 2021. Others companies are also working to create vaccines.

I also suggest if you’re wearing a cloth face mask, you can put on gloves and wash it in hot soapy water with a little touch of chlorine. My intent is not to give medical advice, but just a suggestion. Thank you all again for your continued support and may God continue to heal, bless and keep you safe.

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