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Black Twitter users are outraged after U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Black people should stop drinking and doing drugs in order to survive Covid-19.

Adams said Black people and people of color are hardest hit by the virus because of "social issues," not genetics or biology.

On Friday, Dr. Adams defended his use of colloquial language to push his message about social distancing and healthy responsibility to the Black community.

During the daily White House coronavirus briefing, Adams urged people of color to "step it up" and "avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs" to increase their chances of surviving the coronavirus pandemic.

But PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor, who is mixed race, took issue with Adams using slang language such as "big mama", "abuela" (grandmother in Spanish), and "pop pop" to describe elders.

"Do it for your abuela, do it for your grandaddy, do it for your Big Mama, do it for your pop pop," Adams said.

Alcindor also questioned why Dr. Adams directed his remarks about drugs and alcohol to Black people and not towards other races.

"There are some people online that are already offended by that language and the idea that you're saying behaviors might be leaning to these high death rates," she told Adams. "Could you talk about whether or not people... could you, I guess, have a response for people who might be offended by the language that you used?"

"I used the language that is used in my family, he said, stressing that his words were "not meant to be offensive."

"That's the language that we use and that I use. And we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities," Adams replied.

Alcindor, who has been highly critical of President Trump in the past, asked the president why he didn't have a plan to prevent the high coronavirus death rate among the Black community.

After a brief exchange with Alcindor, Trump asked Dr. Adams to step to the podium to answer her question.

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The White House has issued a recommendation that all citizens wear face masks while in public. The recommendations are not a requirement -- for now.

During a White House press briefing on Thursday, President Donald Trump stressed that face masks are not mandatory, because some people don’t want to wear them.

"I think they're going to be coming out with, uh, regulations on that... frankly, I don't think they'll be mandatory because some people don't wanna do that."

The World Health Organization and Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams advised against wearing face masks in public because the masks will lead to more infections since people don't know how to wear them properly.

The CDC offers the following tips to avoid spreading the flu or Covid-19 virus:

1. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands
2. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
3. Avoid close contact with sick people
4. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow
5. Stay home if you are sick
5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
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Rapper Offset from the hip-hop group Migos wore a custom bedazzled face mask as he chats with a friend while trying to comply with social distancing guidelines in West Hollywood. The CDC is considering urging people to wear face masks or face coverings in public during the coronavirus pandemic. But Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams says that's not a good idea because it would increase infections among citizens who don't know how to properly put on and remove face masks.


Actress Reese Witherspoon covered her face with a bandana while stepping out to get some fresh air and a little exercise outside her home in Pacific Palisades, CA. Reese and other celebrities are supposed to be under a stay-at-home order in California.

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Hunky Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco waited patiently on line as he complied with social distancing guidelines at an upscale Whole Foods supermarket in Beverly Hills, CA. Amaury, 49, wore a face mask while waiting in line to grab groceries. Amaury is best known for his roles on the Fox television series Prison Break and Transformers.


Joshua Jackson, Jodie Turner-Smith's husband, was seen dropping off an elderly woman at a local clinic in Beverly Hills. The woman, who is believed to be Jodie's mother, was heading to the clinic for a check up. Both wore masks for protection during the clinic visit.

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Patrick Schwarzenegger, Arnold's son, made a trip to his physical therapist to work on a past injury. Patrick wore a respirator mask for his outing.


Cash Warren, Jessica Alba's husband, was spotted wearing a face mask while making a grocery run at upscale Bristol Farms in Beverly Hills. Cash took all precautions wearing latex gloves in addition to the mask.

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America's top doctor has asked socialite Kylie Jenner to help get the word out about COVID-19 to young people who are still partying on Spring break.

Surgeon General Jerome Adams vented his frustration over the lack of compliance by young people who are determined to enjoy their break from studies.

Miami residents expressed outrage when photos surfaced of kids partying on South Beach last week, despite the warnings about the COVID-19 virus.

When the governor closed the beach, the kids moved the party to another beach.

During an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday, Adams expressed his concern that some of the youth, who are asymptomatic, may spread the virus to their elders.


"What I really think we need to do [is] get out influencers," said Adams, referring to Kylie Jenner, 22, of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" fame.

"We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that look, this is serous. This is absolutely serious. People are dying," Adams said.

He said he hoped Jenner would get the message across to youngsters who don't watch the news or trust the government.

Adams said he knows from his own experience with his kids - ages 14 and 15 - that "the more I tell them not to do something, the more they want to do it."

He said the younger generation are more likely to ignore the quarantine because they feel fine and they don't personally know anyone who is sick from the virus.

Adams said young people are more at risk of both getting sick and spreading COVID-19 to those most vulnerable.

"We are seeing new data from Italy that suggests that young people may be at higher risk than what we previously thought," he said, referring to socialized healthcare in Europe.

"Think about your grandfather, think about your grandmother, think about the fact you're spreading disease that could ultimately be what kills them," he said.

But critics say Adams and the news media are "sensationalizing" the virus, which causes mild, flu-like symptoms in most healthy people.

They point to the fact that most college kids don't live with their grandparents, and they believe vulnerable populations should self-isolate rather than inconvenience millions of young, healthy people who just want to have fun.