The National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) is in the midst of a virtual convention which begin this past Monday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was a keynote speaker on Tuesday, September 22.
Like many organizations following COVID-19 criteria to protect the public, National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) scheduled their annual conference to address national and world issues like health (COVID-19) and the environment.
The NAHP is an organization formed in 1982 that supports, highlights and promotes Hispanic newspapers across the country and from some Latin American countries. NAHP is led by President, Fanny Miller, also the publisher of El Latino, a Spanish-language weekly publication in San Diego.
Special keynote speaker, Dr. Fauci, a noted health expert in the area of pandemics and infectious diseases has served as the expert on COVID-19 since its spread early in 2020. For decades, Dr. Fauciĺs expertise has guided our medical field, elected leaders, our citizens and worldwide leaders and more in the area of pandemics or, Zika, Ebola and the HIV virus.
NAHP Health Moderator, Dr. Elena Rios, M.D. President and CEO with National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) posed questions to Dr. Fauci about his early career. Dr. Fauci educational foundation begin at Cornell Medical College, followed by his presence at the National Institute of Health, (NIH). In 1981 at the onset of the HIV virus, Dr. Fauci participated in a research study of gay men who had a virus that did not yet have a name. After several years of research, drugs were discovered and tested to combat HIV, making it possible for patients to live with HIV.
Dr. Fauci practices a personal rountine to avoid becoming a COVID-19 statistic. 1) Wear a mask, 2) Practice social distancing 3) Avoid crowds, 4) Engage in outdoor (not in door activities), 5) Wash your hands often. It is the lesson and advice that Dr. Fauci gives the general public at any opportune moment.
Dr. Fauci reported that Latinos and African Americans are at a higher risk of contacting the virus than the general population, because many from these groups are categorized as essential workers. Dr. Fauci offered that the rate of hospitalization (Latino vs. White) equate to 348 per 100,000 (Latinos) and 75 per 100,000 for (whites). Deaths: Latinos 61, Whites, 40
On national and worldwide terms, Dr. Fauci offers, ôThe numbers speak the true, there are now 200,000 deaths in this country, over 7 million cases worldwide.
Dr. Rios asked Dr. Fauci, ôWhat should we do in the U.S.. differently than other countries. Dr. Fauci responded that creating awareness of COVID-19, ôHaving convserations, being on TV, to talk to people about keeping safe.ö Additionally, follow the 5 health advice pointers.
Dr. Fauci recommends the public get a flu shot this flu season, offering it will lower your chances of contacting the flu and lowers the risk of the public getting a respiratory illness. We want people to take the flu vaccine and follow the public health advise on wearing masks.ö
Dr. Fauci said, ôIf we follow the 5 health measures. If we all pull together we can combat this disease.ö Following these measures, Dr. Fauci then believes that people will return to work and children will return to school without fear.
Dr. Fauci talked about an ensuing vaccine and stressed that we must test and approve, not cut corners and plan for a vaccine that stops the virus.
Reminding Dr. Fauci of the NAHP and its mission, Dr. Rios noted that through the years, NAHP and its member publications have been effective in providing Latino communities information about health and related health issues. Consequently, the member publications have been an important vehicle to deliver COVID-19 information, locally in their home state, or providing national information on the pandemic. Also the COVID-19 information has been made available in both Spanish and English by member bilingual publications throughout the country, a valuable resource in a growing bilingual country.