Fruitvale is a resident of lessons learned from COVID-19


Amador Angel Luna knew how bad COVID-19 infection can be. This is why the 73-year-old essential worker took all precautions in Oakland’s Fruitvale district, wearing masks even inside the house, which she shared with six relatives.

Nobody worked and now, after six weeks he and several colleagues at the San Francisco construction work tested positive for the virus, he knows all too well how even one case does not require hospitalization. Is what can set a person back. After her positive diagnosis, Luna stayed home from her job for three weeks. It consisted of three days which are among the worst experiences ever.

“It was day and night, a lot of fever, a lot of sweating, a headache, really intense sweating,” he said. “The powers that shake your whole body, I can’t control the shiver.”

Luna had another positive test for Fruitvale, the neighborhood with the most cases in Almada County, which in turn has the most cases in the Bay area. The 94601 zip code, which incorporates Fruitvale and spans between 23rd and 55th avenues, has 395.6 cases per 10,000 residents, a three-fold higher rate for Alameda County.

Many of those cases have been between Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants who call that neighborhood home, such as Mexico-born Luna. He has a painful case study of how coronovirus has exploded in the Latinx community, where essential workers living in crowded housing are at greatest risk. Latinex people with a known race and ethnicity make up 61 percent of cases in Alameda County, and just 22 percent of the population.

Three times a day, Luna will check her temperature, her pulse, even the oxygen levels in her blood. He was grateful that the virus did not appear in his lungs and he never had to be hospitalized. He went back to work during the fourth week, and voluntarily returned on Saturday and Sunday in an effort conducted by Oakland Councilor Noel Gallo, leaving trash and furniture all over the fruit.

He plans to test again soon – large-scale outdoor testing centers in Fruitvale remain open. A new effort was planned for Sept. 12 and 13 to test 4,000 neighborhood residents sponsored by San Francisco and The Unity Council of California and hosted by La Clinica de la Raza, due to unhealthy air quality Was postponed. California wildfires.

While he waits for a final clean test result, Luna continues his efforts to avoid contagion, beware of reports about re-infection or withdrawal of symptomatic weeks after a patient recovers. Before Luna’s positive tests, one of her family members showed symptoms well, but did not show any symptoms since her diagnosis.