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What To Expect If You Develop Symptoms Suggestive of COVID-19

Symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19

Important relevant information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19

To date there are officially ~1600 cases of COVID-19 in USA with most cases in the states of Washington, California and New York (~300 in each state). In rest of the states, the number of reported cases range from ~10-50. These numbers are expected to rise in coming weeks as COVID-19 is a contagious viral infection but it is expected that most healthy adults will get mild flu like symptoms.

Please consider the information below, keeping in mind that no human has complete knowledge and there is one with greater knowledge above each one of us.

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This is general advice for individuals, who are otherwise healthy and are not considered high risk. Here are some steps on what to expect and how can you prepare in case you develop flu-like symptoms and wonder what you should do next:

If you develop flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or you have been in contact with someone who has been tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have traveled to endemic area in the last 14 days then you should:

1. Call your doctor. Try not to go into the office right away. In case you do not have a primary care provider then the other option is to find if there is the warm COVID-19 access line set up by your local government or health department or hospital.

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2. Your doctor’s office may proceed with a series of questions over the phone (phone triage) and may not decide to run a COVID-19 test. If they decide to run the test, the nasal swab collection process for testing may also be varied by office. Not all offices and laboratories are equipped to collect nasal swabs and they may direct you to a location where samples are collected.

Physician’s office may decide to limit the testing to the people at risk for serious illness from COVID-19*:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease
    • Cancer Patients/Immune compromised
  • Contacts of COVID-19 positive patients
  • Health care providers

*This list is not all-inclusive.

Thus, every one calling or walking into the doctor’s office with suspected COVID-19/flu-like symptoms may not be able to get tested for few reasons:

  • Availability of the testing is limited at this time.
  • Not every individual with suspected mild symptoms needs testing, as it does not change how their illness will be treated

In majority of states, the only way to get COVID-19 test is by physicians’ orders. Drive through testing is rolling out in handful of states. On one hand it is important to do testing for early detection and monitoring disease load in a community, on the other hand excessive testing for reassurance purposes only can overwhelm the system and redirect the sources from individuals who need it the most.

3.  If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately by going to local emergency room or calling 911.

In adults, emergency-warning signs could be*:

    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

4. In most mild cases, it is expected that you will be advised to stay home (even if you are tested and waiting for the results to return and even if when your results are positive) and self-quarantined.

5. If you or a loved has suspected or confirmed COVID-19 then you may be given instructions to on how to take care of your self or how to take care of a sick person at home.

6. We can all help by minimizing the spread of misinformation. Pause and think before hitting forward on any information. If the information sounds like really, really out there, then it probably is.  None of us would want to carry burden of passing forward information without thinking/verifying (which is a state of ghaflah) or thinking that our forwarding/not forwarding information will make all the difference (getting close to state of shirk, nawazubillah).  Please do share these facts about COVID-19 with your family and friends. 

As many scholars have advised, let us utilize this time in remembrance of Allah and introspection. This may be a unique chance for all us to review Surah Yusuf. How Prophet Yusuf 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) responded with being truthful, patient, and muhsin, when he was confined by different situations in his life. Be it the loneliness in the well, internal confinement of being surrounded by temptations in the house of Aziz or giving up his freedom to be in the confinement of prison to stay away from fitna around him, we can draw numerous lessons from the best story of all times.

The Best of Stories: Pearls from Surah Yusuf | Part 1

Lessons From Surah Yusuf – Part 1: Sibling Rivalry

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This Eid And Beyond Boycott Goods Made With Enslaved Labor Of Uyghurs Even If It Is Your Favorite Brand

Bidding farewell to Ramadan, celebrating Eid?

Well, the Muslims of East Turkestan under Chinese occupation had neither Ramadan nor will they have Eid…

Not only that, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) run government has transferred Uyghurs and other ethnic minority citizens from East Turkestan to factories across the country. Under conditions that strongly suggest forced labour, Uyghurs are working in factories that are in the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands in the technology, clothing and automotive sectors, including Nike, Gap, Adidas, Ralph Lauren, Carters and others. Read Uyghurs for Sale for more information

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CCP is also pressuring governments across the world to extradite Uyghurs back to occupied East Turkestan.

Here is what you can do to help them:

Action Items

  1. Keep making dua for the oppressed of East Turkistan and the world.
  2. Boycott Chinese products! Do not be complicit in slave labour. Start with focusing on the companies in the graphic. Share it with #SewnWithtTears, #StopChina, #BoycottChina. Write to them and demand that they do better.
  3. Raise awareness on the plight of Uyghurs and the East Turkistani cause. Learn more at SaveUighur.org
  4. Work towards reducing your country’s economic dependence on China.
  5. Build alliances with all people of conscience to demand a cessation of China’s oppression of all faith groups, be it Muslim Uyghur, Hui; Chinese Christian; or Tibetan Buddhist.
  6. Encourage and promote fairer trade and commerce with Muslims and others rather than China.
  7. Inquire about Uyghur diaspora members in your area. Organize to help out orphans, widows, and students.
  8. Pressure governments to provide legal protection to Uyghur refugees-exiles by granting either citizenship or refugee/asylee status. Stop the “extradition/repatriation” of Uyghurs to China!
  9. Get your universities/endowments to divest from China. Raise awareness about Chinese espionage and hired guns in academia. Demand academic and financial support for Uyghur scholars and students. Request more academic attention and funds for Central Asian, Uyghur, Turkistani studies. 

Read a greater discussion of action items in A Response to Habib Ali Al-Jifri’s Comments on the Uyghurs, which also contains a greater discussion on East Turkistan’s history and its current situation. A condensed Arabic version of the article can be found here

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 9: A Good Word

Now that we have learnt about the life of this world, let’s talk about a good word.

I want you all to close your eyes and think of a beautiful tree. 

Question: Who can tell me what their tree looks like? Is the tree big and strong? Does it have lots of branches and leaves? Does it have fruit?

Now, I want you to think of a time when someone said something really nice to you.

Question:  What are some of the nice statements you remember people telling you?

Question: How did those statements make you feel?

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Yes, they fill us up with a warm feeling. We may have felt proud of ourselves and we may have felt loved. Do you know that Allah [wt] describes a good word to a good tree? 

In Surah Ibrahim, Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللَّهُ مَثَلًا كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرَةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاءِ 

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تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا ۗ وَيَضْرِبُ اللَّهُ الْأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ 

Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky? [Surah Ibrahim; 24]

It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And Allah presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded. [Surah Ibrahim; 25]

Question: Now, I want you to think of a time when someone said something mean to you. How did that make you feel?

It’s not fun to remember the mean stuff right? Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) continues in Surah Ibrahim and says:

وَمَثَلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ الْأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ

And the example of a bad word is like a bad tree, uprooted from the surface of the earth, not having any stability. [Surah Ibrahim; 26] 

Question: What do you think are good words we can use to build strong, firmly rooted trees?

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30 Khawaatir in 30 Days- A Parent’s Guide | Day 8: The Life of This World

Now that we have learnt about qalbun saleem, let’s talk about the life of this world.

Question: Do you know that there is an ayah in the Qur’an that takes us through all the stages of life and tells us what we find to be the most important aspect based on our age?

This ayah is found in the chapter named Al-Hadeed. 

Question: Does anyone know what Hadeed means? 

Yes! It means iron! The verse in Surah al-Hadeed starts by saying:

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اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ 

“Know that the life of this world is play and amusement.”

Question: When you were really, really young, what was something that was important to you?

Yes, playing! You would use your imagination, play with your toys, and build legos. That is what  لَعِبٌ la’bun means. Then you got a bit older and you wanted to hear stories and be entertained. 

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Question: Can you tell me in what other ways you’re entertained? (Examples can include watching TV, reading books, etc)

Yes! This is what is meant by  لَهْوٌ l(ahwun). Then we get a bit older and our goals change. The ayah continues by saying, وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ (wa zeenatun wa tafakhirun baynakum). All of a sudden, you become a tween and a teenager, and you really care about your looks. You want to dress in the nicest clothing and look beautiful. This is zeena

Then you get even older and you enter college. You compete with your classmates and show off your knowledge and skills to impress future employees. This is tafaakhirun baynakum , i.e. boasting with one another. 

Then what usually happens after college? Work, marriage, and children! The ayah continues by saying, وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ (wa takathur fil amwaali wal-awlaad), i.e. and competition in increasing wealth and children.

As parents, we try to give you the best life and education, and we work hard to provide for you. But, we always have to remember that it won’t be permanent, right? 

Question: We will be so happy, like farmers watching our seeds grow into beautiful plants, but what happens in the fall when it’s no longer sunny and becomes windy and cold? 

Yes, the plants turn yellow. Remember that toy you used to love playing with as a really little kid? Is it as interesting to you anymore? Remember that TV show you could not stop watching? You even memorized all the lines in it. Do you remember the title? Are you interested in something else now?

This is the example of our whole life. Once we get something we once were so excited to have, we realize that after some time has passed, that it has “turned yellow” to us. 

Question: What do you think that means?

Yes! It’s not as interesting as it once was. So knowing that this is going to happen, how can we make sure to not get distracted by the bright and shiny and stay focused on Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

We’re in luck, because Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) gives us the answer! Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says:

 “سَابِقُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ 

Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and Jannah! 

Question: How do you think we can race towards Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)?

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