The following is an exclusive interview from BET.com, a part of ViacomCBS. In the face of heavy criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the federal response to the spread of novel coronavirus, which to date, has infected more than 400,000 people and killed almost 15,000 in the United States, a few members of his administration are working hard to keep the country informed of the facts. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams is on the front lines of these efforts trying to convey a message to the nation to continue social distancing and proper hygiene to “flatten the curve.” Mr. Trump nominated Adams, who previously served as Indiana’s state health commissioner under then-governor Mike Pence, for surgeon general in 2017. He is the fourth African American to hold the position.And now Adams, 45, is facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his career as the novel coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country and reveals itself to be a particular threat to African Americans. Reports from Chicago show that black people account for more than 70% of all COVID-19-related deaths and more than 50% of total cases in the city, while making up only 32% of the population. Louisiana reports a similar


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