What can we say? Viruses are gonna virus! How COVID-19 is unfolding across the globe isn’t a surprise to those who study viruses. COVID-19 is part of the SARS family of viruses and that’s why so much research has already been happening that applies to our current pandemic. Research underway before 2020 led to the development of our current vaccine and those efforts are part of why we’ve gotten a vaccine so quickly. That being said, some members of the Black community are skeptical of medical institutions. The trust of the Black community has been broken by several chapters of malfeasance by medical initiatives.
To help provide U.S. residents with answers to their relevant questions, the American Lung Association has proudly partnered with The Center for Black Health & Equity to provide a guide to help you to make a well-informed decision for yourself.
While COVID-19 is a new threat to Black health, we cannot forget to guard ourselves from well known and longstanding threats as well. The presence of radon in our homes is one of those threats that can be checked on for a very inexpensive price. Testing your home for radon levels every other year is a small investment in preventing lung cancer for the inhabitants of your home. The DIY tests that check for radon cost less than $20 and can be found for free (or a reduced price) at www.sosradon.org. January is a good time to look for DIY radon test kits because the Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month.
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