March 10, 2020

As Translatinx Netowkr continues to operate regularly, we want to share an update with our clients, community members and supporters on how our staff is working to prepare for the changing landscape surrounding COVID-19, or coronavirus. We understand the fear and anxiety many of us are feeling, and want to assure all community members that your health and safety is our top priority.

Translatinx Network is closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NYS Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 virus. As the situation has developed, we have implemented additional cleaning and disinfection protocols in the building. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building in an increased number of locations. We encourage staff and community members to practice personal protection, including reporting any symptoms, regular and frequent hand washing and to avoid coming to the building if they exhibit symptoms of illness. We also want to emphasize to all TN visitors that xenophobia and racism have no place within our walls. All community members are welcome here.

At this time, all programs and events are scheduled to proceed as planned. Please note that we are continuously evaluating these decisions and they could change at any time as we receive updates and recommendations on preventing COVID-19. Should the CDC, the NYS Department of Health or the NYC Department of Health recommend social distancing or closure of public spaces, we will provide an update on the effects the recommendations have on TN events, operations, programs and services immediately. For questions about external groups and events scheduled for Translatinx Network, call us at (646) 882-2000 or email us at info@translatinanetwork.org.

Useful information about COVID-2019

Symptoms

The 2019 novel coronavirus may cause mild (light) to severe (serious) respiratory symptoms like:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing

These symptoms may show in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after. The majority of people who contract the virus will not experience severe symptoms; however, people with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems may be at an increased risk. This underscores the importance of wearing a mask if you are experiencing symptoms so as not to spread the virus to others who may be a greater risk.

If you are experiencing symptoms, call the NYC Coronavirus hotline at 888-364-3065 or the New Jersey Coronavirus hotline at 800-222-1222. IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SEVERE SYMPTOMS, CALL 911.

How Does Coronavirus Spread?

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) via respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Since this virus is very new, health officials continue to watch how this virus spreads. Read more about methods of disease transmission here.

Prevention

While there is currently no vaccine, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other chest/lung viruses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick if you are able to do so.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you are healthy or not experiencing symptoms, you do not need to wear a mask.
    • If you are coughing, sneezing, or experiencing symptoms, you should wear a mask.
    • If you are caring for someone with the illness, you should wear a mask.
    • If you wear a mask, then you must know how to use it and dispose of it properly.
    • Masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand-cleaning with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • If you need to seek medical care for a respiratory illness, please call ahead to your health care provider and put on a face mask upon arriving at the facility.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for the Coronavirus other than supportive care (fluids, medicine to reduce fever, and, in severe cases, oxygen). In most cases, people with COVID-19 will recover on their own, but will need to be isolated at home to avoid passing the virus to others.

Translatinx Network will continue tracking the situation, and any decisions made in response to real-time developments will be made with one priority in mind: the safety of our staff and community. Please continue to visit our website and social media channels for updates as they are available.