HOUSTON — The Astros Foundation on Saturday pledged a $100,000 donation to slugger Alex Bregman’s FEEDHOU fundraising campaign.
Bregman announced the launch of the campaign Friday in which he aims to raise $1 million for the Houston Food Bank during the coronavirus pandemic. Bregman made a $100,000 pledge to kick off the campaign. Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale also made a $100,000 donation.
“Whitney and I are extremely proud of Alex and several other Astros players, for the way they’ve stepped up to support our city at this critical time,” Astros owner Jim Crane said in a statement. “Our players continue to show their love for our community, and we are happy to join forces with Alex to provide food for those who need it most during this time.”
The Astros said Justin Verlander and his wife, Kate Upton, are also donating to the Houston Food Bank. Verlander announced last week plans to donate his paycheck every week to a worthy organization assisting with the COVID-19 crisis. The Houston Food Bank is the first recipient of the couple’s donations.
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The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Some patients also have nausea, body aches, headaches and stomach issues. Losing your sense of taste and/or smell can also be an early warning sign.
Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.
But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk for becoming seriously ill. However, U.S. experts are seeing a significant number of younger people being hospitalized, including some in ICU.
The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.
Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...
- The air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.
Help stop the spread of coronavirus
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Eat and sleep separately from your family members
- Use different utensils and dishes
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
- If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
- Follow social distancing
Lower your risk
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.
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