Eugene urges all to protect most vulnerable amid coronavirus

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Councilman Mathieu Eugene.
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout New York City, the United States and on a global scale, Brooklyn Councilman Dr. Mathieu Eugene urges everyone to protect the most vulnerable in the community.

“That is why it is imperative that everyone does their part to protect our most vulnerable communities,” said Haitian-born Eugene, representative for the 40th Council District, in a message to constituents on Tuesday.

“We must continue to implement preventive measures, including staying home and practicing social distancing,” he added. “Group sports and other large gatherings constitute a public health risk and should be avoided.”

Eugene said COVID-19 is “highly contagious,” stating that it can infect any age group.

“As we take steps to prevent its spread, we must be keenly aware of our older residents and those who have weakened immune systems,” he said. “These individuals, if infected with the virus, may require advanced medical care to help their immune system fight the illness, which, in turn, increases the burden on our healthcare facilities.”

Eugene noted that there are individuals who carry this virus but are asymptomatic, “and therefore create a greater health threat by interacting with others.

“That is why staying inside and practicing social distancing is (are) not only beneficial for personal health but also necessary to help those whose health is put into jeopardy if they contract the coronavirus,” he said.

“While the State of New York and New York City work to fulfill the immediate medical supply needs of our hospitals, if you are able to donate supplies, including masks and gowns that will protect doctors and nurses, email or call 646-522-8477,” he added, commending medical personnel in New York City, the State of New York, and the entire country “who are risking their personal health to ensure that patients with COVID-19 are given the proper care they need.

“They are truly doing God’s work, and we must always keep them in our thoughts as they perform essential medical services for sick patients,” Eugene continued.

“By changing our behaviors and doing what is right for our friends and neighbors, we will rise to the occasion as a city, state and country, and have a stronger community than ever before,” the councilman said.