We’ve Got this Charlotte
Molly Herndon published an article on the OneOP Network that states, “Studies have shown a positive correlation between good health and higher income. People who earn more money tend to have less disease and better health, overall. Poor health and higher rates of disease are associated more with those in lower income groups.”
She goes on to say, “Those living in low-income households are less likely to have health insurance or access to medications and treatments that can treat chronic health conditions. Low-income families also have less access to preventative and specialty care. Even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, 27 million Americans remain uninsured.”
The Charlotte Area Fund’s Good Health is Wealth public education campaign is a local initiative to increase awareness about COVID-19, increase confidence in vaccines while reinforcing basic prevention measures such as mask wearing and social distancing.
A strong community is a healthy one. Let’s face it, COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere. This virus is affecting black communities at much higher rates and can have long-term health effects.
The pandemic has reminded us of our resiliency and taught us that good health is wealth. It’s time to start making healthy choices like eating right, exercising, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated and boosted so we can survive and thrive through this pandemic.
We’ve got this, Charlotte!
Fast Facts About COVID-19 and Vaccinations
- COVID-19 is dangerous. The virus can cause severe disease, hospitalization, or death. Vaccines and boosters offer the best protection from the worst outcomes from COVID.
- There’s no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. Most people have a mild case, but it can cause serious illness and death.
- COVID-19 has killed more than 1,000,000. More than 1 million people in the United States have lost their lives to COVID-19, making it a leading cause of death.
- Unvaccinated adults are 5 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID as those who have been vaccinated and boosted.
- Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of long COVID, which leaves people with fatigue, pain, and memory problems that can last for months.
- Unvaccinated people who get COVID have about twice the risk for long COVID that vaccinated people have.
- Vaccines are widely available and free. Vaccines are available at no cost to everyone ages 5 and older living in the United States, no matter your immigration or health insurance status. Getting vaccinated is a decision to discuss with a doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider you trust. Vaccines and boosters are still effective at preventing the worst outcomes from COVID, even from Omicron and its BA.2 subvariant. If you are not vaccinated, no matter your age, you are at risk of getting sick, and even dying.