How does it affect me?
COVID-19 cases and deaths are rising across the United States. We all must remain vigilant. The changes we have had to make to routines and daily life are extremely hard, but these changes are even more important now and in the future. We must stop the spread of this new and dangerous virus. The more steps you and your family can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.
The CDC also reminds us that we should not associate a disease with a population or nationality. I encourage you to reject false statements and conspiracy theories about coronavirus. The disease does not discriminate, and nor should we.
What are the symptoms?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure, including:
Shortness of breath
Call your health care professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
How can we prevent it?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Face masks should be used to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
What Is Congress Doing About Coronavirus?
Our country needs a fully-funded, coordinated government response to confront the coronavirus. The House of Representatives voted on a funding package to begin to address the scale and seriousness of this public health crisis.
Once a vaccine is made available to all, I will update you on where and how you can access it.
Where Can I Find Local Resources?
Unemployment: The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) is processing unemployment claims online here.
Health care: The Illinois Department of Health has created a hotline to answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and more. You can call them at 800-889-3931 or email them at email@example.com
Economic Impact Payments: You can check the status of your first relief check through the IRS portal here or by calling 800-919-9835.
Food: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you and your family purchase groceries. To check your eligibility or to apply, visit abe.illinois.gov or call 844-600-7627.
- CPS is providing meals at over 270 schools across Chicago. Click here for locations and pickup details.
- The Greater Chicago Food Depository can also be a helpful resource. More information is available here.
Small business: Small business owners can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) loans here.
- Business advisors at Illinois' Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can assist with your application here. Illinois is also offering low interest loans to some small businesses. For more information and to apply, click here.
Illinois updates: Visit http://coronavirus.illinois.gov/ for up-to-date information on the virus in Illinois and statewide guidance from Governor Pritzker.
National updates: Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/for information on the national response and updated health guidance.
My priority is to ensure you and your loved ones are safe. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call my Northside office at (773) 342-0774, my Southside office at (773) 475-0833, or my DC office at (202) 225-8203.