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Memphis is still a city with a heart

The best local example of it is the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South stepping up to take over feeding Shelby County Schools’ students - while schools are shut down. The district was forced to suspend its lunch program at 62 sites after one nutrition services employee tested positive for the virus. The announcement only made a terrible situation worse - because thousands of SCS students depend on the district for weekday meals during the school year - and in the summer.

Thankfully, the public response was immediate. And now, the YMCA will take over the sites at area churches, libraries, and community centres - feeding  Memphis News students under 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Mid-South Food Bank, local restaurants, and others are also lending a hand - to make sure needy children don't go hungry - or uncared for.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.


The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Lower your risk

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the Press Release Distribution Services In Memphis  World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

These are a few examples of the positive spirit we're seeing - as this virus disrupts our lives. They remind us that Memphis is still a city - with a heart. And that's my point of view.

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