Covid and the Black Coalition: Update from Dr. Reed Tuckson

Heat emergencies and other logistics are impacting the District’s response to Covid-19, while the pandemic continues to hit harder, and be more lethal, for Black people in the city. Dr. Reed Tuckson, of the Black Coalition Against Covid, joined “Community thru Covid” Wed, 7/29.

Segment begins around 33:00 mark —

Dr. Tuckson highlighted our responsibility in helping to quell the pandemic: Stay indoors as much as possible, wear masks and maintain physical distance; do everything in our individual power to stop the spread of the virus.

We heard some results of the Labor Town Hall, which included testimonies from many individuals who make tough decisions every day about their own and their family’s welfare while working essential jobs. (Check back for link.)

BCAC’s “Poetry Slam” and “iMask4DC” film contest allowed DC residents of all ages to share important outreach messages. PSAs are being produced from their moving entries. Visit BCAC website for videos, interviews, and more.

In addition, Dr. Tuckson and Rev. T. Anthony Spearman, of the NC NAACP, discussed the needs of prisoners and returning citizens in regard to PPE (personal protective equipment), safe space for distancing, and many other basic human needs.

Dr. Reed Tuckson

Dr. Tuckson, a graduate of Howard University and Georgetown Medicine, was DC’s commissioner of public health in the late 1980s. He has worked with a number of different populations on a variety of health issues and is active in various medical and civic boards in town and beyond, including: the American Telemedicine Association, Howard University, and the National Institutes of Health. He is a driving force behind the Black Coalition Against Covid. He last appeared on “Community thru Covid” on May 20.


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