It seems as if the only thing in the news and social media is COVID-19. With this news has come a common myth: Black people can’t get the coronavirus. One can only “assume” that this myth came about because the majority of the early cases were seen in people that were of Asian or Caucasian descent. Not only is this a silly thought to have, but there is literally proof that Black people are different than anyone else. Facts: We can suffer from all of the same symptoms as any other group of people.
Just recently, NBA player Kevin Durant, along with three of his Brooklyn Nets teammates, have tested positive for COVID-19 according to CNN. Of the four players, only one of them has been said to have symptoms while the remaining three have been asymptomatic. These players will be in a 14-day self-quarantine. As a safety precaution, the entire LA Lakers team will be forced to undergo testing to ensure that none of the players test positive for the virus as the Lakers were the last team that played the Nets shortly before the NBA’s season was suspended. Despite testing positive for COVID-19, KD said he’s “feeling fine,” according to a tweet made by sports writer Shams Charania.
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
Actor Idris Elba has also tested positive for COVID-19. It is known that he has asthma and has suffered from it since he was a child. The World Health Organization (WHO) has disclosed that people with asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are “more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus.” Elba insisted that he feels okay. He said in a tweet that he hasn’t had any symptoms yet, “but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.”
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 17, 2020
In a follow-up video, Elba issued a passionate plea to fans to use their discretion when searching for information about COVID-19. “That is the quickest way to get more Black people killed. And I’m talking about the whole world. Wherever we are, please understand that you can get it. … Just know you have to be as vigilant as every other race. This disease does not discriminate. … As a Black person who has contracted the virus, it needs to be said.”
If we haven’t said it enough already: Be safe. Take all necessary precautions to ensure that you can prevent getting this virus or spreading it. Most importantly, follow the recommendations from the CDC, and please go to the doctor to be tested if you feel like you may have some symptoms of COVID-19.
By Cierra Lemott, Senior, Brooks College Prep
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