NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has made resources more scarce, the Salvation Army in Nashville says they need volunteers for their Encampment Outreach Program to help support the city's homeless community.
The Salvation Army has been providing meals and supplies to encampments across Nashville. Despite their efforts, the nonprofit organization needs more volunteer support to assist the staff.
"The Salvation Army is stepping up to fill a hole in the service safety net that has developed due to COVID-19," said Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander for Salvation Army Nashville. "We know that it is important for everyone to shelter at home, and this includes our neighbors experiencing homelessness. By bringing resources directly to them, we can help them in following the CDC safety guidelines."
Anyone who would like to volunteer for the Encampment Outreach Program is encouraged to visit the Nashville Salvation Army website for information.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- 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.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.