Tyler Perry Warns Black America: A Lot Of People Who Died Lacked Vitamin D
Media mogul, Tyler Perry is expressing his concerns with the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which has killed thousands nationwide, many in the African-American community. On Monday (April 27th), Tyler Perry, 50, took to his Instagram to spread awareness on how a vitamin D deficiency could impact someone’s fate with COVID-19, particularly blacks.
In the clip, the filmmaker says although the vitamin can’t be linked to stopping or curing the coronavirus, Tyler Perry says he has spoken with doctors on vitamin D’s effects with “immune and respiratory health.” He begins his message by addressing any confusion on his medical advice.
“This is not a cure for COVID-19. Please, hear me clear. This is not a cure for COVID-19”
He later adds,
“Because we are African-American people, we are naturally deficient because of the melanin in our skin. It blocks out vitamin D, okay. It blocks out vitamin D. For the most part, not all of us, but for a lot of us, just don’t like to be in the sun and that’s where vitamin D comes from. It comes from the sun.”
Perry also adds,
“See your doctor if you can, or call them if you’re doing Telehealth and ask them about checking your vitamin D. Don’t nobody go to the hospital right now. I know it’s been difficult to do.”
He ends his message on the importance of raising levels of vitamin D during the ongoing health crisis,
“Vitamin D can help with immune and respiratory health.”
As Perry mentions, research has shown that counties that have a majority of black residents have three times the rate of infections, and almost six times the rate of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority, according to reports. In cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C., more than 50% of reported coronavirus deaths have been African-Americans. Health experts point to research showing those who suffer from obesity, high blood pressures, and diabetes are at a higher risk for the virus.
Earlier this month, the decorated filmmaker revealed the unfortunate death of his long time crew member, Mr. Charles Gregory, to the coronavirus. The Emmy-nominated celebrity hairstylist, who worked with both Perry and Viola Davis, revealed on March 25 that he was diagnosed with the deadly virus.
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Dear Black People, Today it’s with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of one of our crew members. Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with us for many years. The man was warm, loving and hilarious. We all loved to see him coming and hear his laughter. Charles lost his battle with COVID-19 today. It saddens me to think of him dying this way. My sincerest prayers are with his family. While everyone can contract this virus it is black people who are dying from it in much larger numbers. This thing is real, black people. I heard a black person say, “Black people don’t get it.” That is a lie! You can get it, and you will get it if we don’t do what we're being told to do. A 26 year old black woman died the other day, a 44 year old black man died the other day, not to mention the hundreds of people that are dying every few minutes. Your age does not matter!! Your health does not matter. You could be totally healthy, and you could die! Now listen to me. You have been right by my side since I started in this business, so please hear me with your heart. I LOVE US. I love our humor. I love our culture. I love our hair. I love our skin. I love everything about who we are. All of us. And I love us all too much to watch us die on the vine because we are the last to know and we are not taking this pandemic seriously. Black people, we are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying from this virus. Please, please, please, I beg you to take this seriously. You have to socially distance yourself. That means stop hanging out, stop congregating, stop doing anything that will put not only your life in danger but also the lives of so many others. STAY HOME!! Socially distance yourself and stay alive! If you won’t do it for yourself, do it for someone you love, and for those who love you. My Mother always told me to not wait for help! Be your own help!
However, as reported over the weekend, Perry is reportedly slowly working on a safe and strategic plan to reopen his iconic 330-acre studio.
According to reports, he plans to test all cast and crew members who check in on the first day of shooting for the coronavirus. Those who test negative will be allowed into the studios and will stay there until production wraps. There are said to be tons of sleeping spaces considering 40 houses sit on the lot.
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