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We Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing

We Need Social Solidarity, Not Just Social Distancing

Originally published in the New York Times by Eric Klinenberg on March 14, 2020

Social distancing — canceling large gatherings, closing schools and offices, quarantining individuals and even sequestering entire cities or neighborhoods — seems to be the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it’s a crude and costly public health strategy. Shuttering shared spaces and institutions means families lose child care, wages and social support. What’s more, it’s insufficient to protect the older, sick, homeless and isolated people who are most vulnerable to the virus. They need extra care and attention to survive, not society’s back.

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Loss of Flying

Loss of Flying

March 14, 2020

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Taking Control of Your Finances During a Loss of Flying

Taking Control of Your Finances During a Loss of Flying

From Your AFA EAP - March 14, 2020

It is prudent for all Flight Attendants to assess their personal financial positions in anticipation of income reductions.  While every Flight Attendant’s situation will vary, below are some general considerations that can help you begin strategizing how best to weather the financial impact of flying cutbacks on your household.

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Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus

AFA EAP: Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus

March 11, 2020 — Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new risk, not a familiar one. Its status as a new health problem with which we are unfamiliar contributes to our heightened anxiety. Remember, anxiety is a protective measure. It’s signaling you to scan for risks and find methods to safeguard yourself. Embrace your anxiety for what it is…. a “pay-attention” signal. However, ensuring that your anxiety doesn’t exceed your ability to continue functioning is important. Below are some suggestions that may help you modulate worry so it remains in the healthy response range for you and your family.

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European Travel Impact on Flight Attendants

European Travel Impact on Flight Attendants

March 11, 2020

Dear Flight Attendants,

This evening, the President announced a 30-day travel ban to Europe, excluding the United Kingdom. He announced the ban would begin Friday. This understandably created great concern among Flight Attendants and other aviation workers. Some AFA members only fly to Europe and we have an AFA Local Council in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Immediate Operational Actions to Stop Spread of COVID-19

Immediate Operational Actions to Stop Spread of COVID-19

AFA continues to call on government to coordinate response and resources to stop spread of COVID-19. This list is specific to the coronavirus, based on decades of experience detailed in AFA’s Communicable Disease Checklist >

We highlight the following specific operational items for immediate action:

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How Does the Coronavirus Compare With the Flu?

How Does the Coronavirus Compare With the Flu?

Originally published in The New York Times on February 29, 2020

Is this new coronavirus really a serious danger? Doesn’t the flu kill more people?

As the United States recorded its first coronavirus death on Saturday — and as other cases popped up in people without known risks on the West Coast — Americans wondered how to measure this new threat against a more familiar foe: influenza.

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