You Got the Power Show: Coronavirus the Pandemic of Our Time
Omar Neal, the former Mayor of Tuskegee, Alabama, convened a Coronavirus-themed Facebook Live episode of his You Got the Power radio show on March 18, 2020.
His guests included Professor Sandra Quinn, chair of the Department of Family Science and senior associate director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity, SPH Dean Boris Lushniak and Michael Brown, master barber and lay health advocate with the Health Advocates in Reach and Research (HAIR) program.
The session shed light on misconceptions surrounding the Coronavirus and contextualized the epidemic within the African American community.
Quinn and Lushniak reiterated the seriousness of the situation and explained the importance of following the recommendations of trusted state and local health departments, as well as the CDC, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 even when tests are unavailable.
Brown, who also serves as the vice president of the National Association of Black Barbershops and Salons for Health, provided insight on the situation in his Hyattsville, Maryland barbershop and the broader community. He detailed his struggles with the recent decrease in business for his shop and how he is coping with the loss in revenue.
“We just got to keep going,” Brown explained. “I want to deal in solutions. I want to get through this so we can get back to normal business.”
With regards to the social distancing measures urged by health officials, Dean Lushniak reminded listeners that “we need this, this is the only thing we can do.”
“We need everybody in this, we can’t do it alone,” Quinn added.