Noted Community Organizer James Johnson tested positive for COVID-19.
Johnson’s focus has always been to serve the Southeast Queens community, especially in moments of a crisis. Unfortunately, he is unable to do so, being that he has quarantined due to contracting COVID-19.
At this time,Johnson has to focus on his health and be treated. Based on the initial reporting on how the virus is contracted, there were claims it would only affect the elderly. However, he took precautions but didn’t know the severity of the virus as the information to stay healthy and safe has evolved into more than just the effect on the elderly, we are all at risk.
“At 29 years old, I would have never imagined being diagnosed with the coronavirus. I want young adults and millennials to be informed that the risks of contracting the virus is not based on age, race, nor gender,” said Johnson, founder of Opportunities for Southeast Queens Millennials.
“It seems that this information has not been highlighted enough, being that the virus has no age requirements. COVID-19 is knocking on everyone’s door, we need to make sure we don’t answer! I am asking young adults and millennials to please educate yourselves, take precautions, stay healthy, safe, and self-quarantine to prevent contracting the virus or spreading it,” he added.
COVID-19 has taken a toll on Johnson’s health. Being that he has asthma, it is very difficult for him to breathe. The virus will attack your lungs, without disregard. He has suffered several fevers, severe headaches, excessive coughing, body aches, loss of smell, and extreme weight loss (17 pounds to be exact). COVID-19 has, by far, been a rough experience for him, and he wants to raise awareness on how severe the pandemic is so that you can avoid what he is going through.
Johnson advises young adults to stay home being that he has seen his peers undermine COVID-19 by inviting friends over for game nights, birthdays, and other in-person celebrations while showcasing it on social media. We must take into consideration that you can prevent the virus from spreading, save lives, and your very own by self-quarantining and discipline.
“Although there isn’t a cure for COVID-19, together, we can flatten the curve. Whether you have the symptoms or not, the virus can lie dormant in your system. Please practice social distancing and understand the importance of prevention and quarantining,” says Johnson.
Furthermore, Johnson wants to remind people that they are not alone in this fight and will get through this together!
“We must remember to express gratitude to our essential workers, who are the true heroes during this pandemic. As for his colleagues, friends, and family, he believes the best way to say thank you is to stay home,” he said.
For more information on Opportunities For Southeast Queens Millennials, please contact James Johnson and stay up to date on the latest news by following the organization’s official social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
QCP wishes Johnson a speedy recover.