Coronavirus

Celebrity Photographer, Director Urges Others To Take COVID-19 Seriously

Derek Blanks, celebrity photographer and director, joins "Closer Look" to share his story -- from being diagnosed with COVID-19 to recovery.
Derek Blanks, celebrity photographer and director, joins "Closer Look" to share his story -- from being diagnosed with COVID-19 to recovery.
Credit COURTESY OF DEREK BLANKS PHOTOGRAPHY

A celebrity photographer and director, based in metro Atlanta, is urging others to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

Derek Blanks, who believes he contracted COVID-19 in early March during a work trip to Los Angeles, says he remembers not being able to find masks and hand sanitizer in stores.

“When I first heard the news, I was skeptical because of all the press and media talking about black people couldn’t get the virus and all that,” said Blanks. And then, I got the job to do Brandy’s album packing sheets, and so we went out there, and while we were out there, that’s when the city of Atlanta shut down and LA. ”

On Friday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Blanks told the show’s host, Rose Scott, that early on, he didn’t realize how severe it was.

Blanks said about five days after his trip to Los Angeles, he began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. But at the time, he thought the symptoms were due to a sinus infection.

“That fifth day, I started getting chills and headaches,” Blanks said.

During the conversation, Blanks reflected on the moment he was admitted into the hospital and what he believes contributed to his overall recovery.

Guest:

  • Derek Blanks, celebrity photographer and director

To listen to the full conversation, please click the audio player above.

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