For the ninth week in a row, COVID-19 infection and death rates in rural locations have continued to fall, hitting lows that have not been seen in 9 months. Since their peak during the second full week of January, new weekly cases have dropped by 83%. The number of weekly deaths has fallen by two-thirds during the same period. For more information, please visit the link below!
The FDA approved immediate emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine for COVID-19. While this is the third vaccine to combat the novel virus first documented in late 2019, it does differ than its counterparts by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNtech in several ways: it only requires 1 dose, it has a different efficacy, it provides quicker protection, it is easier to handle and store, and it is made using a different technology. Click the link below to read more!
Ashley Marshall, a CEO of the YWCA non-profit in Lynchburg, is a contributing author to COVID Conspiracies, edited by GMEC’s CEO Wendy Welch.
Marshall discussed the legacy of true conspiracies such as the Tuskegee Project on Black community responses to COVID-19 vaccine trials, in a podcast for the Virginia Rural Health Association.
The National Rural Health Association expressed appreciation for the insights via their newsletter:
|COVID conspiracies and African American communities The latest Rural Health Voice podcast hosted by NRHA member Beth O’Connor of the Virginia Rural Health Association focuses on COVID-19 conspiracies in African American communities. Ashley Reynolds Marshall of YWCA of Central Virginia, who coauthored a forthcoming book about COVID-19 conspiracy theories, discusses how mistrust of public health initiatives is sometimes well earned, particularly among minority populations. “It’s actually very serious when people stop to think about how many of these conspiratorial thoughts are actually rooted in historical facts and historical events for communities of color,” Marshall says. NRHA is currently seeking session proposals and original research for presentation at the association’s Health Equity Conference, which is scheduled for May 4 in New Orleans.|