We all follow our favorite celebrities for a glimpse into their lives, their cute dogs and a chance to maybe understand how they get their hair so shiny (it’s money) — but, of course, we know that our favorite celebrities aren’t doctors or medical professionals and aren’t equipped to dispense such advice while we’re living in a global pandemic. Conveniently, a number of our favorite celebs know that too and want to help steer their fans in the right direction .
That’s why a number of them are collaborating with real medical pros — like quarantine-time darling Dr. Anthony Fauci — to break-up the hack-y, inaccurate health advice and use their platforms to spread science-backed, hardcore facts about COVID-19 as part of the #PasstheMic campaign.
“With such an overwhelming amount of information, it can be hard to cut through the noise.That’s why we’re launching #PassTheMic, so that we can hear directly from the experts and frontline workers,” according to the One World campaign‘s site. “Each day, celebrities including Julia Roberts, Danai Gurira, and Hugh Jackman will hand their social media channels over to medical experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, frontline workers like Dr. Tsion Firew of Columbia University, and policy experts like Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.”
And in a world with chaotic, inaccurate news or “tips” for treating the virus (or dealing with its fallout) is shared rapidly across the Internet, it’s a relief to see so many influential people dedicating their platforms for the good of public health.
The campaign kicks off with Fauci on Roberts’ page today (with round ups available on ONE’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) before featuring different celebrities (from Danai Gurira and Hugh Jackman to Milly Bobby Brown and David Oyelowo) with additional experts to spread some good sweet truth to the masses.
“We’ll hear from Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the former president of Liberia, about what we can learn from the Ebola epidemic and why we need to improve healthcare systems. We’ll hear from Bill Frist, a doctor and former US senator from Tennessee, about the importance of having a global action plan against a virus that knows no borders. We’ll hear from Minouche Shafik, the director of the London School of Economics, on how to handle the economic impacts of this crisis,” according to the campaign. “And, we’ll hear about the need for solidarity and empathy during this global crisis. As Dr. Craig Spencer explains, ‘I can’t help but imagine that after this, there’s going to be some type of permanent and hopefully sustained change in the consciousness of who we are together.'”
There’s so much to learn about the coronavirus and about how we as humans can help look after one another and ourselves — and with all the knowledge, innovation and accurate communication there’s plenty of hope.
“The thing that keeps me optimistic: the power of science and the ability to develop interventions, diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines,“ Fauci said. “But you have to protect the vulnerable, because if you look at the statistics, those are the ones that get into serious trouble.”
Everything you need to look after someone sick in your household: