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Van Jones: I’m someone Covid-19 could easily kill. Here is what I’m doing about it

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For decades, I used my social justice activism as an excuse to neglect my health. I took on cause after cause. But the whole while, I ate crappy food, rarely exercised, guzzled diet soda and…

For decades, I used my social justice activism as an excuse to neglect my health. I took on cause after cause. But the whole while, I ate crappy food, rarely exercised, guzzled diet soda, and rarely slept.

I abused my body through stress and overwork.

Today, I am an African American man in my early 50s who battles high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, and hypertension.

In other words, despite being a tireless and formidable opponent of systemic injustice, I am someone whom Covid-19 could easily kill. The data is in: Covid-19 is hitting black America harder.

If the African American community is going to beat this virus — and create a pandemic-resistant black community — we are going to have to make big changes in both our public systems and our personal lives.

This virus is especially lethal to African Americans because it is — in effect — a pandemic jumping on top of multiple, pre-existing epidemics that were already […]

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