As Covid-19 cases continue to increase in Louisiana and disproportionately affect Black communities, at least one family has reason to celebrate. Hot Boy Ronald is a local New Orleans hip hop legend and his brother Mike contracted the novel coronavirus. But after nearly three months in the hospital, Mike was finally released.
“My brother been in the hospital 82 days for coronavirus. God is good,” Ronald wrote on Instagram.
In the video, Mike is sitting down and still looks connected to a breathing device, but he’s home nonetheless. In typical New Orleans fashion, he was greeted with a second line parade. Jazz musicians and dancers performed in the streets waving feathered fans to welcome Mike home.
“Welcome Home Mike after 82 days in the hospital! Let’s #MaskUpNOLA and work on more homecomings from the hospital!” Mayor LaToya Cantrell tweeted.
Instagram users were happy for the bit of good news during a chaotic time.
“I’m happy for the family his health was restored and he’s home with family,” one user wrote. “Man I wish I was home to dance in the street with y’all.”
“Continued blessings on your brother,” another said.
“I really love to see this. This is what life is about. Show love while they are here,” one person said.
Mike’s recovery is almost miraculous given that Louisiana’s Black residents are dying at rates higher than other demographics. In April, research revealed that 52 out of every 100,000 Black residents died of Covid-19. That rate is 2.65 times higher than other races. According to a June study by the Brookings Institute, when adjusted for age, Black people, in general, have a Covid-19 death rate 3.6 times higher than white people.
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