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Why the 9/11 Community is More Vulnerable to the Coronavirus and Must Enroll in the Free WTC Health Program

April 1, 2020 | Michael Barasch

Well before the recent national health crisis, tens of thousands of people in the 9/11 Community had been diagnosed with serious respiratory illnesses and/or cancer. Doctors have warned us that everyone who has been diagnosed with asthma, chronic bronchitis & sinusitis, interstitial lung disease or cancer has a compromised immune system.  They are therefore much more vulnerable to the Coronavirus than the general population. Sadly, our law firm lost its first 9/11 first responder to the virus just this past week.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that all those in the 9/11 community — responders, downtown office workers, residents, students & teachers — enroll in the free nation-wide World Trade Center Health Program…even if you are currently healthy.  The doctors in the WTCHP have treated more chronic respiratory illnesses than any other doctors.  You owe it to yourself to take advantage of this free program, God forbid you get COVID-19.

Please watch NYU Doctor Michael Weiden, my partner Lee London and I discuss the risks to the 9/11 community during the health crisis, and why everyone should access benefits that they are owed.

Please share this video with anyone you know who was exposed to the World Trade Center toxins and could be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus. Our firm is encouraging everyone to enroll in the Health Program now.  We will help them enroll at no charge.

Should you or your former co-worker, neighbor, fellow responder or friend have any questions,  please feel free to contact us by email at, or we can be reached by phone at 212-385-8000.  The VCF and the Health Program both remain open and so is our firm (most of us are working remotely).

I urge everyone to please take this health crisis seriously and stay safe.

Michael Barasch

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13 replies on “Why the 9/11 Community is More Vulnerable to the Coronavirus and Must Enroll in the Free WTC Health Program”

Hi it’s Ann Graber
So far so good. I follow all of the
Rules. I wear a mask, gloves, if I have to go to the store I stay 6ft.
away from people. I am happy you
didn’t forget about me.
Take care and be well.

Regards and all the best

At that time, I was working at 388 Greenwich St.. When I got to work, I saw the back end of a plane hanging out of one of the WTC buildings. While on my way towards the Brooklyn bridge to go back home, I saw both buildings go down, one after the other. very frightening! Thank you very much for allowing us to participate in this program. This is a very dangerous virus, thanks in advance for the help you are trying to give.

Hi . Michael. Timothy Hill on the 1 Anniversary of Congress excepting and passing the extension on the 911 VCF and WTC programs Michael as my representative I was so proud and to find out that you and other team members at the firm had much to Congress coming to their senses. I personally thank you because I am one to receive compensation through the act and that is truly a blessing.
Don’t forget I am still willing to help contribute to any type of advertising commercials that you might need help with God bless you all and be well and safe. Thank God for You and your firm .✝️

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