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Tonya McBryde was the first person to join the first group of Philly Families Read Together. I spoke with Tonya in late July. Following is her experience of living in a world dominated by COVID-19.
I first learned about the new virus at the end of March. People were talking more and more as it went on. There were 12 deaths and then more in different states. I got news daily from Channel 6 and CNN.
didn’t know they were there!
At the end of our conversation, I asked Tonya who she thought could explain to the younger generation how serious this is? She didn’t miss a beat to say, “Michelle Obama!”
When doctors and reporters describe what it will take to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, or any virus, they talk about “herd immunity.” The “herd” is humans, “immunity” is protection, and it all depends upon having a vaccine against COVID-19.
Without being vaccinated, an individual who comes into contact with a person infected with the corona virus is likely to become infected and can infect another person. It starts an unbroken chain of passing the virus from person to person to person to person, and so on.
Getting vaccinated breaks that chain of transmission. Like before, an unvaccinated individual who comes into contact with a person infected with the corona virus is likely to become infected. But if that individual has been inoculated, she or he will neither catch the virus nor pass it to anyone else.
Fewer people will be infected past that point, which breaks the chain of transmission. In fact, when more people are inoculated fewer people get sick. That’s herd immunity.
Comcast extends free high-speed web services to 12/2020
Comcast will continue to offer 60 days of free internet service for new low-income customers who sign up for Comcast’s low-income broadband program, called Internet Essentials. This offer extends through the end of the year. After that period, the service costs $9.95 a month. To learn if you qualify, go to https://apply.internetessentials.com or call 1 (855) 846-8376. If you call, be prepared to wait on hold for a long time.
Philly Families Read Together is a free SOWN literacy program for grandparents who are deeply involved in the lives of their young grandchildren. To learn more, contact Jessica Begley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-487-3000 ext. 24.
We’re pleased to send you Issue #2 of SOWN Together, a newsletter with current and correct information about the coronavirus and COVID-19. Enjoy and stay well.
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By November 3, this country will be in the throes of electing its next president. Join the millions of citizens who have the right to vote. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t vote or that your vote doesn’t count. You can and it does.
Here’s a list from A to Z of common household items you should clean. We don’t have space for all 26 letters at once, so we’ll in-clude 2-3 letters per issue.
Do you have cleaning tips to share? Let us know by telling your group facilitator or by sending it to Jill Smith, SOWN, 4100 Main Street, Suite 403, Philadelphia, PA 19127 or by emailing jsmith@ sown.org.
Worried about eating fresh produce? Don’t let the virus stop you from getting a daily dose of fruits and vegetables.
Rinse fruits and vegetables under running water and dry with either a paper towel or clean cloth.
With firm fruits such as melons, avocado, and potatoes, simply scrub with a clean vegetable brush.
There’s no need to wash poultry, meat, or eggs because cooking food at recommended temperatures kills the virus.
Coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours.
Disinfect your boxes with wipes or spray immediately after delivery. Do this out-side as an extra precaution.
“Quarantine” your boxes for 24 hours in an out-of-the-way spot before opening.
This information comes from an online article by Nadine Jolie Courtney. https://www.thehealthy.com/infectious-disease/coronavirus-cleaning-disinfect/
The IRS has announced that eligible people with dependent children have until September 30 to register for an additional $500 per child. Act now!
If sending applications or ballots through the mail, mail EARLY.
October 19 is the deadline to register to vote.
October 27 at 5 p.m. is the last day for your county office to receive mail-in and absentee ballot applications.
November 3 is election day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be able to vote.