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A Message from the Congresswoman

Dear Friend,

As our state and local officials work to contain the second case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, I want to make sure we are collectively and intentionally working to stay safe and to stay healthy.

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Generally, most people who have been diagnosed with the virus have reported mild to severe respiratory issues including fever, cough, and shortness of breath – similar to the seasonal flu.

If you have recently traveled to a place with widespread transmission of COVID-19 within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should call your physician and seek medical care.

Prevention

It is common for COVID-19 to spread from person-to-person contact, specifically between people in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

The risk to residents of the Massachusetts 7th remains low. The Boston Public Health Commission and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to develop a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, there are steps you can take to prevent the virus from spreading:

  1. Wash your hands with soap & water for at least 20 seconds.
  2. Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. If you can, stay home when sick.
Congressional Action

What we need is a coordinated, fully funded response to prevent a possible pandemic, mitigate harm to vulnerable communities, and ensure resources are provided to support our local public health infrastructure. Currently, I am working alongside my colleagues in Washington, DC to swiftly advance a strong, strategic funding package to guarantee the availability and affordability of testing kits and vaccines.

Reject Racial Profiling
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It is critical that we continue to show up and support our Asian-American neighbors, which includes visiting the incredible local restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown. I am grateful to my esteemed colleagues in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus who have pushed back against stigmas, misinformation, and conspiracy theories that are disparaging the Asian-American community in the United States and abroad.

For More Information

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date.

The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at (617) 850-0040.


Yours in Service and Solidarity,
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Ayanna Pressley

Member of Congress

 

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