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Right now is the critical moment! Message from Dr. Aisha Fields

This is Dr. Aisha Fields. I’m the Director of the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP).

AAPDEP and our Project Black Ankh is working to make sure that our community is doing everything we can to stay safe and healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Across the U.S. the Coronavirus is hitting African communities hard.

In many cities, the majority of those dying from COVID-19 are African, even when we are not the majority of the population.

Right now is the critical moment in this pandemic, predicted as the peak infection time when hospitals will be overwhelmed and run out of beds, equipment and supplies.

Be informed. Protect yourself, your family and our community.

  • Stay close to home for the next few weeks. Don’t go anywhere including the grocery store and pharmacy unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • The Coronavirus spreads through the air and lives on surfaces.
  • People can be carriers of the virus and don’t know it and can still spread it.
  • Try to maintain at least 10 feet distance from other people when out in public. If you have to go to work or to go out for any reason, wear a mask or a bandana and glasses to cover your eyes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds, especially before you touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • If you’re out somewhere and can’t wash hands, carry and use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces at your job, in your car or on your bicycle.
  • Stay healthy. Eat healthy foods. Drink plenty of water. Get exercise in non-contact sports, like walking, biking or calisthenics.
  • Spread the word to others and protect our community.

AAPDEP’s Coronavirus Resource Center

For updates on the Coronavirus, tips on building your immune system and a video on how to make your own masks, visit