Coronavirus: Don’t freak out

Union reps have been in regular contact with agency leadership to address your legitimate financial worries due to CTO and potential time out for childcare in the event of school closures. If you are a union member with additional concerns or specific suggestions, please direct them to us at and we will see that they are communicated appropriately and timely to management.

The main thing is, don’t freak out. For our clients’ and our own sake, we will need to stay calm, cool, and collected to respond effectively to whatever happens in the coming weeks. Now is our time to shine by showing what solidarity really means.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

World Health Organization

Because the CDC is a governmental organization and the federal response does not inspire a great deal of confidence, we suggest prioritizing education and advice-seeking on coronavirus from the World Health Organization first and foremost. To that end, these two links are extremely helpful:

Your questions answered

Protect yourself: Advice for the public

Advice for health workers

Finally, now is an important time to make sure you are opening and reading any mass emails you receive from the union, as we will be including any updates or news related to CTO, workplace safety, and so on. We may also begin to include download links for union-made postings to put up at your work site’s union bulletin board, or leaflets for hand-to-hand distribution. We need to be able to count on your support in getting out accurate information (and dispelling misinformation), as that’s the most important weapon in our arsenal.

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