Mixtape Series Vol.4 — We're in This Together: COVID-19

"The coronavirus has landed," says The World Health Organization, declaring the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30th, 2020, and a Pandemic on March 11th.

As of 1 May 2020, more than 3.3 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 187 countries and territories, resulting in more than 235,000 deaths. More than 1.03 million people have recovered. No surprise, however, that the coronavirus has disproportionately affected communities of color. In New York City alone, people of color make up seventy percent of essential workers—working in public transit, cleaning services, the Postal Service, and child care and health care, grocery stores among other sectors. We must find ways to band together from spirituality to improving our immune systems through the power of healthy foods.


1. COVID-19 Is Killing Black People Unequally—Don't Be Surprised | by Emma Gray Ellis, WIRED Magazine

The coronavirus pandemic is further exposing a gulf in the health statistics of white and black Americans that has existed for decades.


2. Being Church in the Time of COVID-19 | Dean Kelly Brown Douglas in conversation with Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, on how COVID-19 is impacting theological institutions and formation.


3. Marijuana Industry Faces Uncertainty as COVID-19 Crisis Continues | PBS News Hour

The pandemic means the world economy could face its worst year since the Great Depression in the 1930s. In a sign of what’s to come, U.S. retail sales overall dropped nearly 9% in March — a record. As of late April, 26 million people have applied for unemployment.


4. Nine Healthy Foods to Boost Your Immune System During Coronavirus | by Brittany Anas, CNBC Health & Wellness

1. Red bell peppers reign supreme when it comes to fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C.  One cup of chopped red bell peppers contains about 211% of needed daily value of vitamin C. Twice the amount of an orange (106%).

Slice and eat it raw with hummus as a crunchy snack or mix into a salad, and/or throw a handful in a pan for a quick stir-fry.

2. Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C. A half cup contains 43% of the needed daily account of vitamin C, and vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses.

Sauté broccoli with garlic and Parmesan, or stir-frying with bell peppers, ginger, garlic and mushrooms.

3. Chickpeas contain a lot of protein, an essential nutrient made of amino acids that help grow and repair body’s tissues.

Roasted chickpeas are great as a quick great snack or salad topper. Make sure chickpeas are completely dry before roasting. Then add a few tablespoons of oil (vegetable, canola or grapeseed oil) and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, stirring halfway through until crispy.

4. Strawberries A half cup of strawberries contain 50% of vitamin C needed for the day, and are great for strengthening your immune system.

Add chopped strawberries to yogurt, oatmeal or on top of whole wheat toast with peanut butter, and smoothies.

5. Garlic is full of flavor and packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of heart disease, which can help fight off some infections.

Garlic can be added to anything — from pasta sauce and salad dressings to soups and stir-fry dishes.

6. Mushrooms are good for bone health, vitamin D, and may protect against some cancers and respiratory diseases.

Mushrooms are great as a side dish or appetizer. For something more flavorful, bake button mushrooms stuffed with cheese, onion and artichoke hearts.

7. Spinach is rich in vitamin C and full of antioxidants that help shield our immune cells from environmental damage.

It’s best to consume spinach raw or slightly cooked, blended in a smoothie, cook with eggs or, an easy side dish with light garlic.

8. Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system.

Plain yogurt — rather than anything too flavored or sweetened, add fresh fruit topping with fruit and honey or a favorite smoothie. Dairy-free alternatives: almond milk and coconut milk yogurt.

9. Sunflower seeds are high in vitamin E, which works as an antioxidant and helps boosts the immune system.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper and roast unshelled sunflower seeds at 300 degrees Fahrenheit until they’re lightly browned. Additionally, seeds can be tossed into salad, with roasted vegetables, and replacing pine nuts for homemade pesto.


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