The South has seen an exponential increase in confirms COVID-19 cases from March 9-16, 2020. (Photo: USA Today graphic)
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, has increased exponentially over the past week, particularly in the South where Mississippi and Alabama announced their first confirmed cases.
This edition of the American South roundup brings you a Tennessee man infected with the virus who learns the stigma that comes with being “patient zero;” a Memphis columnist who explores the history of medical mistrust in black communities and its root in historical events; the history of the Greenville Red Cross; a website in North Carolina aiming to keep local business afloat during self-quarantines; and a state used to natural disasters working to adjust to an unprecedented medical calamity.
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Tennessee ‘patient zero’ shares COVID-19 experience to bring hope ‘in time of panic and unrest’
While Tennessee’s “patient zero” experienced milder symptoms than some, his experience having coronavirus — and the reaction he received from others — opened his eyes to the stigmas that many face in everyday life.
Column: Some black people trust themselves to fight COVID-19 more than the medical system
Memphis columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee tackles the social media rumors that African-Americans are immune to the coronavirus and ties black communities’ mistrust of doctors to the history that spawned it.
Greenville history: How the Red Cross thrived in times of ‘war and disaster’
As the nation grapples with the latest medical disaster, a history professor in South Carolina looks back on the inception and history of Greenville’s Red Cross.
Asheville Strong rises out of pandemic to support local businesses
Restaurants and their employees are seeing huge financial impacts from the loss of business brought about by the coronavirus and subsequent self-quarantining. But in Asheville, a website set up to provide a one-stop shop for gift cards to locally owned businesses may be the saving grace.
‘Not supposed to be that way’: Louisiana residents see coronavirus impact on everyday life
Louisiana is used to disaster. Hurricanes come every year, forcing residents to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. And while some in the Pelican State see similarities to the hurricane season, New Orleans has seen one of the fastest spreads of the coronavirus of any American city, forcing residents into uncharted territory as they rapidly adapt to changes in everyday life.
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