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                                                  Editorial / Opinion

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                        CoronaVirus A Time to Dap

           I have dedicated this column to the coronavirus because I                                              lozenges is one brand available, but there are other
      think this current crisis warrants our attention. We need not look                                          brands available.
      at conspiracy theories as to its origin. We must simply focus                                                    I, as many others do, hope that this pan-
      upon being safe and staying healthy. We are in the midst of a                                               demic will be reasonably contained, BUT I per-
      major health crisis and it is in our best interest to listen to the                                         sonally do not think it will be. Humans have never
      health professionals to limit its spread within our community.                                              seen this snake-associated virus before and have  The  Fayetteville  Press
           The term Global Pandemic is rarely used by healthcare pro-                                             no internal defense against it. Tremendous world-  Newspaper
      fessionals. However the following statistics earned this distinc-                                           wide efforts are being made to understand the  “Your  Community  Newspaper”
      tion with the Coronavirus or commonly referred to as Covid 19.                                              molecular and clinical virology of this virus. Un-
           The following facts were shared by ABC news on March                                                   believable  molecular  knowledge  about  the     P.O. Box 9166
      11, 2020 prior to the Presidents address to our nation.                                                     genomics, structure, and virulence of this virus  Fayetteville * NC 28311
           There are currently 1100 cases of Covid 19 in 41 States .                                              has already been achieved. BUT, there will be NO
      According to our top healthcare professional Covid 19 is 10 times                                           drugs or vaccines available this year to protect us  (910) 323-3120 - Office
      more lethal than the current flu and will likely get worst . By                                             or limit the infection within us. Only symptomatic
      definition this is a Pandemic A Sustained global disease. com-      By Atty Allen W. Rogers                 support is available.            
      monly spread by person to person. Consequently we have wit-            (910) 433-0833                            Dr Robb went on to find a grim diagnosis  E-mail:
      nessed the closing of schools in Washingtom state ; the suspen-                                             for 2020 however faith will simply not allow me to
      sion of NBA basketball schedule ; the NCAA being played with  3) Open doors with your closed fist or hip - do not grasp the believe the worst. However the entirety of his  *Publisher - JJ Jones
      no fans ; and many cities banning events with 250 or more people. handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the thoughts may be reviewed on his email .
      The stock market has tumbled we are feeling the impact of the door. Especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial  My conversation with Dr Luther Virgil on  *General Manager
      virus with losses in value on the market as much as 5 Trillion doors.                                       Widu also provided a awareness that needs to be  Chrystal M. Thomas
      dollars. According to reports shortages for our health care work-  4) Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are avail- understand in this community .
      ers and supplies is a major concern. Consequently in a rare mo- able, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.  Dr Virgil has a background infectious dis-  *Sales Manager
      ment of unity President Trump has placed a 30 ban upon travel to  5) Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a ease and has worked at the CDC in Atlanta Geor-
      Europe.                                              greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return gia . Dr Virgil emphasized the precautions noted  Dwight Brown
           We must do our part to minimize Covid 19 impact upon home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people and offered a very personal prospectives regard-
      ourself and our family.                              have been.                                             ing  its  prevalence  here  in  our  community.  *Editor - Jae McKrae
           The following is a informational document provided by a  6) Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home's Fayetteville NC is the home of Fort Bragg, the  *Staff  Writer -
      colleague with aims of enlightening. As a people strong in faith entrances. AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching largest military installation in the world. Therefore  Fred Whitted
      we must resist the typical notions that God will take care of us other contaminated objects when you can't immediately wash your it’s contacts with others are throughout the world
      and be enlightened as to how we must take care of ourselves. hands.                                         but more importantly throughout the areas of the  Public Relations
      The first is a information paper provided by a colleague. The  7) If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and coronavirus’ origin and prevalence. Therefore; it  Ms. Roxann Henagan
      second part is my synopsis of an interview provided by my frat discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your is extremely likely that it is already among us here
      brother Dr Luther Virgin formerly of the CDC. The entire inter- elbow will contain infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a in this community . Dr Virgil also noted that while
      view can be viewed at our rogersfirm website. This virus is real week or more!                              we may now just be addressing this viruses, it in  *Photgrapher
      and threatens our way of life. I have attached the following ar-  What I have stocked in preparation for the pandemic spread no way should suggest that it has just arrived.  Bruce Carpenter
      ticle recently distributed that provides valuable insights as to to the US:                                      Military personnel and their families satu-
      how we must address this virus. The article was written by James  1) Latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves for use when going rate this community daily and are extremely wel-  *Account Executives
      Robb and provides practical information for stopping the spread shopping, using the gasoline pump, and all other outside activity come to do so. Thus, we must consider this health  Dr. Don Reid
      of the virus. . Given the accuracy of his projections he’s defi- when you come in contact with contaminated areas.  crisis  on  a  daily  basis  as  we  move  forward.  Chris Miller
      nitely worthy of taking note of ;                        Note: This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and Whether it be the medical crisis at sea on a ship or
           James Robb                                      sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you! BUT all the persons on land in foreign countries our military
           Date: February 26, 2020 at 2:35:50 PM EST       surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about a week forces mission is to be there. This selfless service
           Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 on average - everything that is associated with infected people will is essential in a their tradition as our Nations first  *Distribution
      (coronavirus) pandemic                               be contaminated and potentially infectious. The virus is on surfaces line of defense. With this honor comes a sacrifice.  Michael Dykes
           Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a and you will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly Therefore we must adapt as a community and take  Nero B. Coleman
      professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego, coughed or sneezed upon. This virus only has cell receptors for the necessary measures to ward off a greater cri-
      I was one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work lung cells (it only infects your lungs) The only way for the virus to sis. As indicated the difference between not tak-  *Staff  Chaplain
      on coronaviruses (the 1970s). I was the first to demonstrate the infect you is through your nose or mouth via your hands or an ing these these precautions is an exponential spike
      number of genes the virus contained. Since then, I have kept up infected cough or sneeze onto or into your nose or mouth.  in the spread of this disease.       Elder Jerry McGhee
      with the coronavirus field and its multiple clinical transfers into  2) Stock up now with disposable surgical masks and use them  We are a resilient and unified community.
      the human population (e.g., SARS, MERS), from different animal to prevent you from touching your nose and/or mouth (We touch The measures required of us are small in view of                    E-Mail:
      sources.                                             our nose/mouth 90X/day without knowing it!). This is the only way the first responders whose intent is to intervene
           The current projections for its expansion in the US are this virus can infect you - it is lung-specific. The mask will not pre- between society and the foreseen and unforseen
      only probable, due to continued insufficient worldwide data, but vent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or challenges of any crisis. I am confident that we as
      it is most likely to be widespread in the US by mid to late March mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.  a nation of faith and determination will lay politics  Web-Site
      and April.                                               3) Stock up now with hand sanitizers and latex/nitrile gloves aside and work toward the best possible outcome.
           Here is what I have done and the precautions that I take (get the appropriate sizes for your family). The hand sanitizers must Let’s do our part within our family and community
      and will take. These are the same precautions I currently use be alcohol-based and greater than 60% alcohol to be effective.  to educate and be a part of the solution. We have
      during our influenza seasons, except for the mask and gloves.:  4) Stock up now with zinc lozenges. These lozenges have always sought equality in America ... ( this virus  For
           1) NO HANDSHAKING! Use a fist bump, slight bow, el- been proven to be effective in blocking coronavirus (and most other clearly does not discriminate) careful what you
      bow bump, etc.                                       viruses) from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as ask for as my Dad “ Bishop Zack Rogers says “  Subscriptions
           2) Use ONLY your knuckle to touch light switches. eleva- directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY "cold- you got what you wanted but loss what you had.  Call
      tor buttons, etc.. Lift the gasoline dispenser with a paper towel or like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge “ Of course he’s also known for simply saying
      use a disposable glove.                              dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx. Cold-Eeze  But God will ...                       (910) 323-3120

                                                                            Black Girl Magic: Extraordinary Women Making A Difference

                                                                               March is Women’s History Month and here is a list of extraordinary
                                                                                      black women who will inspire you to do something great:

                                                               Josephine Baker-was a French vedette, dancer, and entertainer. She was awarded the French Legion of Honor.
                                                                     Marian Anderson-was one of the most celebrated singers in the 20  century. She was awarded the Presidential
                                                           Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Centers Honor, the National Medal of Arts, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
                                                                     Pearl Bailey- was a singer, performer, stage, film, and special ambassador.  She received the Screen Actors Guild
                                                           Life Achievement Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
                                                                     Mary McLeod Bethune-was an educator, racial justice activist, and New Deal government official.
                                                                     Lena Horne-was a jazz and pop singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist. Her career spanned over 70 years in
                                                           film, theater, and television.
                                                                     Madame “CJ” Walker-first female self-made millionaire in America.  She was an entrepreneur who became one of
                                                           the wealthiest Black women in the country.
                                                                     Angela Davis-is an activist, scholar, and author. She had close relations with the Black Panther Party during the
                                                           Civil Rights Movement.
                                                                     Ruby Dee- was an actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and activist. She is best known for originating
                                                           the role of “Ruth Younger” in A Raisin in the Sun.
         By Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Principal                           Billie Holiday-was a jazz musician and singer-songwriter. Her career spanned for 30 years. She is a legendary
                                                           performer with an ongoing influence on American music.
                                                                     Zora Neale Hurston- was a novelist, short story writer, folklorist, and anthropologist. She is best known for her
                                                           1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
                                                                     Maya Angelou-was a singer, actress, activist, writer, and poet.  She is best known for her seven autobiographies
                                                           which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences.
                                                                     Mae Jemison- the first African-American woman to travel in space. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doc-
                                                           torates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities.
                                                                     Barbara Jordan-was a lawyer, educator, politician, and leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first
                                                           African-American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first African-American woman elected to the
                                                           United States House of Representatives.
                                                                     Jackie Joyner-Kersey-track and field Olympic athlete who is called the world’s greatest athlete.
                                                                     Harriett Tubman-was an abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during
                                                           the Civil War.  She was born into slavery and escaped it.
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