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EPA Warning: Do Not Ingest Disinfectants

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Alexandria, VA  – In its nightly email, the city continues to urge residents to stay at home, unless going out is essential. And when out, they stress the importance of maintaining six feet of distance around others.

A Message From the EPA

In a news release yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned people about the dangers of ingesting disinfectant products. Putting such products in the body neither prevents nor cures the coronavirus or COVID-19.  Never put the product on yourself or anyone else. Avoid use with other chemicals unless directed, as a mix can create toxic acids and chemicals. Do not use with food. Be safe and smart.

The EPA advises washing your hands after using a disinfectant to limit your skin’s exposure to it and to ward of the germs it is intended to kill. Info regarding disinfectants and safety can be found HERE.

Legal Assistance for Issues Related to COVID-19

Two legal organizations are providing resources to residents dealing with issues arising from the pandemic. The Virginia Poverty Law Center provides answers to many employment, eviction and legal questions, provided in  English and Spanish. The Center also has an eviction hotline: 833-NOEVICT (833-663-8428).  The Legal Aid Justice Center provides videos on topics ranging from immigration concerns to price gouging. You can find the videos on the Center’s Facebook page. For a full list of videos in English and Spanish, visit the organization’s click HERE.

Virtual Poetry Reading for Sexual Assault Survivors

During any crisis, the risk for domestic violence increases. It is important, especially at this time, to bring awareness to that fact. April is also Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

On April 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Alexandria and Doorways for Women and Families will host a virtual poetry share event on Facebook called “Embrace Your Voice.” See the Facebook Calendar listing HERE.

The event aims to bring survivors together for support and to hear one another express their realities through the art of the spoken word. Any resident is encouraged to attend to learn about sexual assault risk and support survivors.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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