On Monday, immigration courts across the United States received a concerning, rather unnecessary email from acting Chief Immigration Judge Christopher Santoro.
“Per our leadership, the CDC flyer is not authorized for posting in the immigration courts,” he wrote, according to The Miami Herald. “If you see one [attached], please remove it. Thank you.”
On Tuesday morning, the Trump administration quickly backpedaled once the news went public and claimed it was all a big misunderstanding.
“The signs shouldn’t have been removed. It’s now been rectified,” a Department of Justice representative said.
EOIR has ordered immigration court staff to remove CDC posters designed to slow spread of coronavirus.
No, this is not a parody account.
— Immigration Judges (NAIJ) (@Imm_Judges_NAIJ) March 9, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is essentially a family of viruses that can lead to respiratory disease. It shows itself through similar symptoms to a cold or flu at first—with fever and shortness of breath being two of the key differentiators. The virus is still under investigation but has been detected in over 100 places internationally and thus deemed a “public health emergency of international concern.”
Everyone, including the Trump administration, is handling this unpredictable situation rather predictably. Brands are attempting to capitalize on the situation, stigma with racism at its core is exhibiting itself in public and the internet has yet again, somehow hilariously, been making light of an unfortunate situation.
Several sources predict Coachella will announce the postponement of the annual music festival in California today, likely for a tentative date in October. SXSW and Ultra Music Festival 2020 were canceled.
About 100 of the over 110,000 coronavirus cases in the world are reportedly in Latin America—with at least one confirmed case in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, and Peru, according to Americas Society.
All of the above can be panic-inducing if not properly informed.
Below are a couple of the handy posters provided by the CDC to break down what we know about the virus thus far and how to do what’s in your power to prevent its spread. You can read more, in English and Spanish, here.