It is popular knowledge that washing your hands is the best way to fight COVID-19 (coronavirus). Blue Ivy Carter, the 8-year-old daughter of pop singer Beyonce and rapper Jay-Z, proved it with a PSA (Public Service Announcement).
On April 18, Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mother and Blue Ivy’s grandmother, posted a short Instagram video where Blue Ivy performed a science experiment showing how hand-washing with soap is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. In the caption, Knowles wrote: “Blue’s PSA. My brilliant granddaughter Blue did this experiment to show how washing your hands fights the virus.”
“Hey y’all, and while we’re stuck at home, I have this little DIY experiment that you can do at home too,” said Blue Ivy. “This is why it’s important to wash your hands.” Blue Ivy used a bowl of water mixed with black pepper to represent the coronavirus. She swirled her finger in a small cup of soap and dipped her finger in the bowl, which caused the black pepper to quickly disperse and move away from her finger to the edge of the bowl.
“This is why it’s very important to wash your hands,” says Blue Ivy. “Because if you wash your hands, it will stay clean, but if you keep your hands dirty, you might get sick. So, peace out. I hope you guys are staying safe, wash your hands extra and please stay at home. Love y’all, bye.”
Blue Ivy was not the only member of her family to speak on the coronavirus. Blue Ivy’s esteemed mother Beyonce made a surprise appearance on The Disney Family Singalong hosted by Ryan Seacrest on April 16. She performed “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the Disney classic, Pinocchio, dedicating her performance to “all of the healthcare workers who’ve been working tirelessly to keep us healthy and safe.”
Beyonce also appeared on the One World: Together At Home special on April 19, where she honored the people who fight the coronavirus on the frontlines and spoke about how African-Americans are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. “Tonight we celebrate true heroes, those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed and healthy,” said Beyonce. “To the doctors, the nurses and other health care workers who are away from their families taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety. To those in the food industry, delivery workers, mail carriers and sanitation employees who are working so that we can be safe in our homes, we thank you for your selfless service.”
“Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home. And African-American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis. Those with pre-existing conditions are at an even higher risk. This virus is killing Black people at an alarmingly high rate here in America. In a recent report from my home city of Houston, Texas, it showed that COVID-19 deaths within Houston city limits; 57 percent of fatal cases are African-Americans,” said Beyonce. “Please protect yourselves. We are one family and we need you. We need your voices, your abilities and your strength all over this world. I know it’s very hard, but please be patient, stay encouraged, keep the faith, stay positive and continue to pray for our heroes. Good night and God bless you.”