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PEW Research: US Latinos Among Hardest Hit by Pay Cuts and Job Losses Due to Coronavirus

by V. Lance Tarrance
April 5, 2020

A recent PEW Research Center study (April 3, 2020) said that about one-half of the Hispanics in the United States say they, or someone in their household, have lost their job or taken a pay reduction because of the Coronavirus pandemic.  This is 16% higher when compared to all U.S. adults and U.S. economic policy makers should be talking about this for immediate attention.  The PEW Research Center estimates 8 million Hispanics in the U.S. are in service sector positions.  

BOTTOM LINE:  Hispanics in the U.S. are at a much higher risk of job loss and, attention to this fact, should be addressed in Washington, D.C.

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Your Questions About SBA Assistance Answered: TLC Tele Town Hall

Covid-19 has affected all of our lives and all of our businesses. In response, Texas Latino Conservatives is sponsoring, as a public service, a very informative Tele-town hall for Texas Hispanics interested in knowing about the SBA’s new Payroll Protection Programs.

The Tele-town hall will be Monday, April 6th at 6:00 PM and will feature Gary Henderson, Manager with Allegiance Bank’s SBA lending group and Abigail Gonzalez with the Houston office of the SBA. These experts will take your questions about the programs being offered, how to apply and who is eligible.

This Tele-town hall will be bi-lingual for those more comfortable speaking Spanish and is open to anyone who dials in.

The number is 888-652-0386. Please share this information with your friends and family.

FDA Approves First Plasma Therapy for Houston Methodist COVID-19 Patient

Houston - March 28, 2020

[En Español]

Houston Methodist received FDA approval Saturday to become the first academic medical center in the nation to transfuse donated plasma from a recovered COVID-19 patient into a critically ill patient. This treatment was fast-tracked to the bedside over the weekend as the death toll in the COVID-19 pandemic soared to more than 2,000 people across the United States, with more than 100,000 Americans sick from the virus.

Houston Methodist physician scientists began recruiting blood plasma donors on Friday from among the approximately 250 patients who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus at Houston Methodist hospitals. Willing donors were immediately identified, who each give a quart of blood plasma in a procedure much like donating whole blood. Plasma from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 contains antibodies made by the immune system and used to kill the virus. Transfusing this antibody-rich plasma into a COVID-19 patient – a patient still fighting the virus - may transfer the power of the antibodies into a healing, possibly life-saving therapy.

The first recovered COVID-19 patient to donate plasma was an individual from the Houston metropolitan area who has been in good health for more than two weeks. The plasma was transfused into a COVID-19 patient on Saturday evening at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Known as convalescent serum therapy, the concept dates back more than a century, when similar treatments were used during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, a diphtheria outbreak in the 1920s, a flesh-eating bacteria epidemic in the 1930s, and during other outbreaks of infectious diseases. While literature abounds on the theory that immunity can be transferred from a healthy individual to a sick individual using convalescent plasma, results have varied. A description of the treatment of five patients in China was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggesting that the treatment was beneficial.