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Rent is still due for many despite coronavirus pandemic

DETROIT – It’s the first of the month and even in the midst of a pandemic rent is due for many people.

“Unfortunately, it’s a bad situation,” said essential worker Kenya Henry.

Henry says it’s been hard lately trying to make ends meet for her and every one she knows.

“Some people are prepared to pay their rent. Some people aren’t,” Henry said.

Thankfully, because she can still find a way to work, she’s been one of the lucky ones.

“Me, I’m one of those essential workers. I do have a check coming in so I’m able to pay my rent,” said Henry.

But there are so many others, like Daris Bass, who work multiple jobs yet still have no idea where the money’s coming from to pay the bills.

“I got like four different jobs and all of them are off. I talked to my complex and they said the rent is still due,” recalled, Bass.

Despite all that, he’s willing do what’s necessary to provide for his family.

“If I can’t pay the rent then I’ve got a wife and two daughters at home that are gonna be homeless,” concluded Bass.

READ: Michigan Gov. Whitmer signs executive order temporarily suspending evictions

We know that some landlords are at least allowing tenants to pay rent up to April 30 without any late fees.

Even with that, many are wondering if that’s really enough for the people who are out of work.

MORE: What the CDC says you should do if you believe you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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