COVID-19 delta variant, vaccines, avoiding misinformation highlights the pastor’s town hall

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Jacksonville’s top doctors who work on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19 came together virtually Wednesday night to address the many issues surrounding the Delta variant.

Pastor John Newman of the Mount Calvary Church Shrine organized a town hall. The conversation focused on the increase in cases of COVID-19 in children, the confusion over COVID symptoms and the fight against misinformation.

“This is an extremely important time in the African American community. Thirteen percent of the country, but we end up accounting for 25% of COVID deaths,” Newman said. “And so without a doubt, it’s essential that our community to be addressed regarding the COVID situation, especially the delta variant. ”

Dr Tra’Chella Johnson Foy works with Baptist Health. She says she meets many patients who regret not being vaccinated.

“I now have a lot of town criers who tell me, ‘I wish I had. “And that’s what we want to avoid,” Johnson Foy said. “If you can do what you can do now, go ahead and get your shot now so we don’t have the ‘wish we had’ conversation for you or a loved one.”

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Tom Diamond II is a medical student who spoke at City Hall. He spoke about the harms of not only the virus, but the misinformation online.

“As a community, we not only have to deal with the effects of COVID in physical form, but we also face misinformation on social media,” Diamond said. “We get our information so quickly in our hands on our phones, and it’s hard for people who know the science, who know the correct information that can help patients fight what is happening on social media at times. real versus what is actually happening in the real world. world.”

Doctors have explained how angry and frustrated they are that many deaths caused by the delta variant are preventable.

Florida reported 19,048 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday – the highest in four days, according to figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Florida has recorded nearly 3.27 million cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in early 2020.

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