We all have a second job in public health now

For the past few months, doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers have been at the center of the battle against Covid-19. But keeping people healthy is a shared responsibility. As businesses begin to reopen after months in lockdown, this is an idea that more people need to take to heart, says Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Speaking at TED’s virtual conference, Benjamin, who recently spoke about how gravely Covid-19 is affecting African-American communities, suggested that “everyone should recognize that their second job is public health … Everyone needs to put the public health mantle into what they do.”

Public health is a profession concerned about protecting the health of entire communities. Experts are adept in topics like epidemiology, biostatistics, biological sciences, and public health policy. While we all don’t have this level of technical knowledge, it’s crucial to embrace public health’s core tenet: prevention.

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