Dr. Adalja advises Pence to self-quarantine despite negative coronavirus test after aides test positive

Dr. Amesh Adalja: Pence is at ‘very high risk of getting coronavirus’

Five staffers test positive for coronavirus; infectious disease expert joins ‘America’s News HQ’ with insight.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Amesh Adalja told “America’s News Headquarters” on Sunday that he would advise Vice President Mike Pence to cancel any travel and self-quarantine after four staffers and an outside adviser tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pence, who with second lady Karen Pence tested negative Sunday, is still at “significant” risk of exposure. Nine days from Election Day, he plans to maintain his planning campaign travel to Kinston, N.C., Sunday, his office said.

“The vice president is at very high risk for developing coronavirus,” Adalja said. “Him getting daily tests is only going to take the risk down a little bit. There probably is a need for him to self-quarantine for 14 days based on the amount of people around him that are positive.”


Adalja said he’d like to know the nature of the interactions Pence has had with his aides prior to confirmed infection, and if masking was involved.

Pence waves to supporters Saturday Oct. 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Adalja said he “can’t say that it’s safe” to continue to campaign.

“He likely was significantly exposed,” he said. “And we know that a test is just one moment in time and that you can’t test yourself out of self-quarantine.”

Adalja suggested Pence follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance surrounding coronavirus exposure by quarantining regardless of test results, holding the vice president to the standard “every American is held to.”


The New York Times is reporting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has tried to keep news of the recent outbreak quiet, which Adalja said is a public safety hazard.

“You want to be as transparent as possible,” he said. “And we want people to know who might’ve interacted with the vice president that they could’ve been significantly exposed. … That's how we move forward in this pandemic is being very open about who's at risk.”

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Melissa Benoist Is 'Loving' Parenthood After Her, Chris Wood's Son's Birth

Loving life with her little one! Melissa Benoist spoke about motherhood for the first time nearly one month after announcing her and Chris Wood‘s son’s birth.

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“Oh, man, he’s the best,” the actress, 32, said during a Saturday, October 17, Instagram Live video with Congresswoman Karen Bass. “I am loving being a parent. I love being a mom. He’s such a sweetheart.”

The Colorado native added, “He’s already so big and every day I’m, like, crying because he’s gained half an ounce.”

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The Broadway star has purchased a “cute Halloween onesie” for the little one, telling the politician, 67: “We’ll probably watch movies. … It’s a bummer we’re not gonna get any trick-or-treaters [amid the coronavirus pandemic], but it’s for a good reason.”

The new mom announced her newborn’s arrival last month. “Huxley Robert Wood got here a few weeks ago and this little boy is everything,” the Glee alum captioned a September Instagram photo of her baby boy holding her finger.

Wood, also 32, added with a post of his own: “Our son was born his name is Huxley he’s amazing and no it’s probably none of your business xo brb see you in 18 years.”

The social media uploads came six months after the Supergirl costars shared their pregnancy news. “A non-canine child is coming to our family very soon,” Benoist captioned their March reveal. “@christophrwood has always been an old dad by nature but now he’s going to be a real one!”

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The couple tied the knot in September 2019 in California. The singer was previously married to Blake Jenner before she and the actor, 28, called it quits in 2016.

In Benoist’s Saturday Instagram Live, she also used her platform to speak about domestic violence. Benoist first revealed in 2019 that she was previously in an abusive relationship, and Jenner confirmed earlier this month that she was referring to their marriage. While the Florida native admitted to “emotionally, mentally and yes, physically” hurting his ex-wife, he accused Benoist of being abusive as well. The Waco star has yet to respond to his claims.

One year after her divorce from Jenner, she started dating Wood. They got engaged in February 2019.

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New developments for the treatment of muscle spasticity after stroke and nervous system defects

Chronic muscle spasticity after nervous system defects like stroke, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and painful low back pain affect more than 10% of the population, with a socioeconomic cost of about 500 billion USD. Currently, there is no adequate remedy to help these suffering people, which generates an immense medical need for a new generation antispastic drugs.

András Málnási-Csizmadia, co-founder of Motorpharma Ltd. and professor at Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary leads the development of a first-in-class drug candidate co-sponsored by Printnet Ltd. MPH-220 directly targets and inhibits the effector protein of muscle contraction, potentially by taking one pill per day. By contrast, current treatments have low efficacy and cause a wide range of side effects because they act indirectly, through the nervous system.

“We receive desperate emails from stroke survivors, who suffer from the excruciating symptoms of spasticity, asking if they could participate in our research. We work hard to accelerate the development of MPH-220 to alleviate these people’s chronic spasticity,” said Prof. Málnási-Csizmadia.

The mechanism of action of MPH-220 and preclinical studies are recently published in Cell. Dr. Máté Gyimesi, CSO of Motorpharma Ltd. highlighted: “The scientific challenge was to develop a chemical compound which discriminates between skeletal and cardiac muscle myosins, the motor proteins of these contractile systems. This feature of MPH-220 makes it highly specific and safe.”

Prof. James Spudich, co-founder of Cytokinetics, MyoKardia and Kainomyx, all companies developing drugs targeting cytoskeletal components, is also very excited about MPH-220 as a possible next generation muscle relaxant. “Cytokinetics and MyoKardia have shown that cardiac myosin is highly druggable, and both companies have potential drugs acting on cardiac myosin in late phase clinical trials. Skeletal myosin effectors, however, have not been reported. Motorpharma Ltd. has now developed a specific inhibitor of skeletal myosin, MPH-220, a drug candidate that may reduce the everyday painful spasticity for about 10% of the population that suffers from low back pain and neurological injury related diseases,” said Professor Spudich, former chair of Stanford medical school’s Biochemistry department, a Lasker awardee.

Drug development specifically targeting myosins is becoming a distinguished area, as indicated by last week’s acquisition of MyoKardia by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. for 13.1 billion dollars in an all-cash deal, in the hope of marketing their experimental heart drug targeting cardiac myosin. This business activity shows the demand for start-up biotech companies such as Myokardia or Motorpharma.

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After grieving mother’s death, teen commits to helping others

Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Ngoc Vuong had a wide circle of Vietnamese friends to play with in his neighborhood.

His parents had left Vietnam in the 1990s to build a new home in the U.S., making Vuong and his two older sisters first-generation Americans.

“A lot of my summers were spent hanging out with people who looked like me,” Vuong said. “At school, it was a different story. I struggled with my identity. Am I really Vietnamese? Am I really American?”

What Vuong, 20, discovered as he grew up was that he embraced being Vietnamese American. He took on leadership roles, serving in the student council and as student body president.

His guiding force was his mother. In Vietnam, she had to forego college and work to support her siblings after her father was sent to a communist prison camp and her mother was arrested. Despite those hardships, she went on to serve others.

“My mom taught me the importance of kindness and to help those less fortunate,” he said.

When Vuong was only 15 and a sophomore, he lost his role model and nurturer. His mother died at age 46 from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Her death sent him into a depression.

“For a year after, I felt like I was leading a double life,” said Vuong, now a rising junior at Wichita State University, where he studies psychology, with concentrations in public health and economics. “I was still functioning at school, but I would come home and just crash. It was hard to see a way out.”

He was grateful for having a supportive family and teachers, but he also needed professional help for the depression, which he sought after several months in pain.

“In the Vietnamese community, and really in general, there’s that stigma that comes with seeking mental health treatment,” he said.

Although Vuong already had been taking on leadership roles, his focus had been more about being successful as opposed to making a difference, he said. “My mom’s death gave me a new purpose in life. It wasn’t enough to live a successful life; I wanted to live a significant one.”

Since then, Vuong has worked tirelessly on several initiatives to help reduce the stigma around mental health, especially related to drug addiction. Although he hasn’t personally been affected by addiction, he’s seen its effects on students, friends and in the Wichita community.

He’s particularly interested in helping underserved communities because “they are excluded from the decision-making table.”

His first effort resulted in ICTeens in Mind, a student-led coalition that supports youth affected by mental illness and promotes awareness. It has since been folded into the nonprofit Partners for Wichita, where Vuong works part-time as a community mobilizer.

Vuong, who has been awarded several scholarships, including from the American Heart Association’s EmPowered to Serve program, is working on two new grassroots projects. City Voices and Healing Kansas both address mental health and addiction issues through art, storytelling and civic engagement. He also was tapped to serve on the Wichita mayor’s Civil Rights Advisory Council, and he handles social media for school board member Stan Reeser.

Reeser met Vuong in 2018, after hearing Vuong speak at his high school graduation ceremony.

“I was so impressed with his passion, and I reached out to him,” said Reeser, who now uses Vuong as a sounding board on issues relating to youth.

Vuong also helped Reeser with his re-election campaign in 2019, first with social media, but Reeser said his young charge grew into the role of campaign manager.

“He’s definitely wise beyond his years,” Reeser said. “He has this perfect balance of feeling passionate about issues but at the same time he’s very reasonable and loves to look at data.”

Vuong, who hopes to become a clinical psychologist and researcher, is assisting on a project at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita examining disparities in mental health treatment.

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13-year-old dies of rare ‘brain-eating’ amoeba after swimming in Florida lake

A teen has died from a rare “brain-eating” amoeba infection after a family vacation in Florida, according to news reports.

The 13-year-old, Tanner Wall, and his family had recently stayed at a campground in North Florida, which has a water park and lake where the boy went swimming, according to local news outlet News4Jax. Several days after swimming in the lake, Tanner developed symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, headaches and a stiff neck, News4Jax reported.

Tanner was initially diagnosed with strep throat, but his parents suspected Tanner could have a more serious condition, and so they drove him to UF Health in Gainesville, Florida, for a second opinion.

There, the teen was placed on a ventilator, and doctors made a devastating discovery. 

“They said, ‘We’re sorry to tell you this, but your son … has a parasitic amoeba, and there is no cure,'” Tanner’s father, Travis Wall, told News4Jax. Tanner died from an infection with Naegleria fowleri on Aug. 2, News4Jax reported.

Naegleria fowleri is a single-celled organism that’s naturally found in warm freshwater, such as lakes and rivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the U.S., most infections occur in southern states, particularly during the summer months after it has been hot for prolonged periods, which raises the water temperature, Live Science previously reported.

Swallowing water contaminated with Naegleria fowleri will not cause an infection, but if contaminated water goes up the nose, the organism can enter the brain and destroy brain tissue. Infections are almost universally fatal, with less than a 3% survival rate, according to the CDC. It’s unclear exactly why some people are able to survive the condition, but factors that may contribute to survival include early detection of the infection and treatment with an experimental drug called miltefosine, along with other aggressive treatments to reduce brain swelling, Live Science previously reported. (It’s important to note that miltefosine is not a proven treatment for the condition, and some patients who received the drug still did not survive.)

However, N. fowleri infections are very rare, with only 34 infections reported in the U.S. over a recent 10-year period, even though millions of people go swimming each year, the CDC says. But infections may be becoming more common as water temperatures rise due to climate change, according to Business Insider.

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Tanner’s death is the second reported in Florida this summer from the same infection. The first death was announced by the Florida Department of Health on July 3, although few details were released about the case.

As a precaution, the Florida Department of Health recommends that people avoid swimming in warm freshwater during periods of high water temperature and low water levels, and that they use nose clips or hold their nose during activities in warm freshwater.

Originally published on Live Science.  

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To safeguard children’s mental health during COVID-19, parents must look after their own

The negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are clear, but there is particular concern children will be most affected in the long run.

By the end of March school closures were impacting 91% of the world’s student population and are still affecting more than 60%. These closures limit children’s opportunities for important social interactions, which can harm their mental health.

In particular, home confinement, fears of infection, family stress and financial loss may have negative effects on the mental health of young people. And research carried out earlier in the pandemic suggested these effects may be most pronounced for children with pre-existing mental health problems.

Which children are most at risk?

Parents have an important role to play in safeguarding children’s mental health during COVID-19.

Research shows family relationships are more influential during situations that cause stress over an extended period of time than during acute periods of stress. This means family factors are likely to be even more important to childrens’ mental health during COVID-19 than during more fleeting traumatic experiences such as exposure to a natural disaster.

In our recent study, we found 81% of children aged 5-17 had experienced at least one trauma symptom during the early phase of COVID-19. For instance, some children had trouble sleeping alone, or acted unusually young or old for their age.

Our unpublished research relied on reports from parents from Australia and the United Kingdom. We also found increases in emotional problems were common. For instance, according to their parents 29% of children were more unhappy than they were before COVID-19.

Importantly, our study found several parent and family factors that were important in predicting changes in children’s mental health problems.

Here are four of our main findings.

1. Parents’ distress matters

Increased personal distress reported by parents was related to increases in their child’s mental health problems during COVID-19. This distress refers to both general stress in addition to COVID-specific worry and distress. It also includes anxiety related to problems that existed before COVID-19.

For this reason it’s important parents look after their own mental health and stress levels. Seeking psychological help is a good option for parents who are struggling to cope.

Through a GP referral, Australians can receive ten sessions of psychological care per year through Medicare. Victorians who are currently subjected to further restrictions can now receive up to 20 sessions.

2. Good family relationships help

Higher levels of parental warmth and family cohesion were associated with fewer trauma symptoms in children. “Parental warmth” refers to being interested in what your child does, or encouraging them to talk to you about what they think; “family cohesion” relates to family members helping and supporting each other.

In other research these factors have consistently been found to relate to children’s adjustment to stress and trauma.

Fortunately, there is a range of resources parents can use to help improve relationships with their children.

Some parents may also find taking part in a parenting course helpful. Partners in Parenting, Triple P and Tuning into Kids are available online.

3. Parents’ optimism can be contagious

While COVID-19 is having many negative impacts, some parents in our study also identified unexpected positive impacts, such as being able to spend more time with family. Children of these parents were less likely to experience an increase in some problems—particularly problems with peers such as being bullied.

Children observe parents’ behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own emotions during difficult times. Trying to stay positive, or focus on the bright side as much as possible is likely to benefit children.

4. Some effects are greatest for vulnerable families

We found parents’ behavior was particularly influential in lower socioeconomic backgrounds and single-parent families. In poorer families, parental warmth was particularly important in buffering children’s trauma symptoms. And in single-parent families, parental stress was more likely to predict behavioral problems in children.

This may be because poorer and single-parent families already face more stress, which can negatively impact children. Parental warmth can counteract the effects of these stresses, whereas high parental stress levels can increase them.

Research has already shown the pandemic will have greater negative impacts on those who have less resources available to them. This points to a need for extra psychological and financial support for these families. Governments and other organizations will need to take this into account when targeting their support packages.

It’s important to keep in mind child-parent relationships are a two-way street. Our research examined relationships at only one point in time, so we don’t know the extent to which our findings reflect a) parents causing changes in their children’s mental health, or b) changes in children’s mental health impacting parents, or the way a family functions. Research needs to follow children and their families over time to tease apart these possibilities.

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Mum's pain as son diagnosed with cancer weeks after twin died from brain tumour

When Jack Parton started experiencing back pain and tiredness, doctors initially thought it was due to grief.

The 12-year-old lost his twin brother Ben to a brain tumour just a few weeks before.

But just a fortnight after Ben’s funeral in December last year, the family were given the heartbreaking news that Jack had leukaemia – a type of blood cancer.

The boys’ mum, Julie, 51, from Cannock, Staffordshire, said: It’s almost impossible to put into words how horrendous this has been.

‘Having gone through everything with Ben and, just as we were grieving his loss, it was a hammer blow to find out only two weeks after his funeral that Jack was also fighting cancer.’

The boys were revising for their SATs in March last year when Ben started to complain about headaches.

Soon he was also vomiting but his mum thought he’d caught the sickness bug going around school. When it didn’t get better, she took him to hospital.’

She explained: ‘We were waiting for an appointment at the opticians but I took him to the urgent care clinic at Walsall Manor Hospital where he was checked over and we were reassured to be told he had gastroenteritis.

‘The sickness would stop and start again a couple of days later and by mid-April Ben had lost quite a bit of weight and was struggling to move his right arm so it was back to urgent care where I was told, once again, it was a stomach bug. We were given antacid medication and told to seek a paediatric referral through our GP.

‘I felt everyone was dragging their feet and, with Ben still poorly, I took him to A&E once again where we were told his blood results were fine and we were sent on our way.’

Just four days later, Ben collapsed and the family had to call an ambulance. He was given a CT scan, which showed he had a brain tumour.

24 hours later, he had surgery to remove the tumour and a biopsy revealed he had a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Sadly, his family where told just 20% of patients live beyond five years of their diagnosis.

He was scheduled to have radiotherapy four weeks later but a scan before showed the tumour had already grown back, which meant more surgery.

Ben started 30 sessions of radiotherapy on 3 July followed by four cycles of chemotherapy in September, but by the second round, it was clear the treatment wasn’t working.

Sadly, the cancer spread and Ben passed away eight months after his diagnosis in December 2019.

The heartbroken family prepared to lay Ben to rest but at the same time, Jack started to feel very tired.

Doctors thought it might be the post traumatic stress of losing his twin but genetic testing raised the alarm.

Julie explained: ‘During Ben’s many tests it had been discovered that he had a genetic disorder which meant his TP53 gene, a tumour suppressor, was faulty.

‘And it was during screening to see if Jack was similarly affected that the alarm bells started to ring. We were told that his symptoms were not neurological so, mercifully, he didn’t have a brain tumour.

‘However, when we were immediately recalled to the hospital and told to bring an overnight bag, I was so scared.’

Jack had to have treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where his brother had gone just the year before.

Amazingly, Jack is now cancer-free but will have to stay on chemotherapy tablets for two-and-a-half years to stop it coming back.

Julie said: All things considered, Jack is doing well although some days are incredibly tough. He misses Ben so much and would give anything for them to be on PlayStation together.’

She is campaigning with the charity Brain Tumour Research and is urging people to make a difference by signing a petition to increase the national investment into brain tumour research to £35 million a year which would bring parity of funding with other cancers such as leukaemia, breast and prostate.

‘Thanks to the investment in research, Jack and other leukaemia patients now have hope of a cure. Ben was not so lucky, he never really stood a chance,’ Julie said.

‘Historically, just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to brain tumours and treatment options remain very limited and survival rates very poor.’

According to Brain Tumour Research, more children and adults under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than any other cancer

Since national cancer spend records began in 2002, £680 million has been invested in breast cancer, yet only £96 million in brain tumours – a difference of £35 million a year over 17 years.

Brain Tumour Research funds sustainable research at dedicated centres in the UK. It also campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more in research into brain tumours.

The charity is calling for a national annual spend of £35 million in order to improve survival rates and patient outcomes in line with other cancers such as breast cancer and leukaemia.

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Study identifies optimal timing for phone calls after skin surgery

Phone calls after Mohs micrographic skin surgery can address patient concerns and quickly identify complications. But what is the optimal time for dermatologists to check-in with surgical patients after surgery? A new study from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and MU Health Care provides insight into how the timing of post-operative phone calls can address pain, bleeding and overall patient satisfaction.

Researchers enrolled 400 patients into a randomized controlled trial that included four arms. The control group did not receive a call after surgery. The second arm received a call from a physician the evening of Mohs micrographic surgery. The third group received a call the day after surgery. The fourth arm received a follow-up call two days after surgery. The doctors used standardized scripts on all calls to gauge bleeding and insufficient pain control. In addition, patients on all four arms of the study received a phone call seven to 10 days after surgery from research staff to assess their satisfaction. The results from the study showed 83% of patients contacted the evening of surgery experienced active pain, compared to 67% on day two and 51% on day three.

“We found follow-up calls made the evening of surgery best identified patients with active pain,” said senior author Nicholas Golda, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the MU School of Medicine. “This presents an opportunity to better coach patients through pain management and adjust medications if the calls are made on the evening of surgery rather than at other points.”

While the study identified when a patient is most at-risk for active pain, no single group best identified bleeding complications or highest pain levels. In addition, a comparison of the four groups designed to evaluate different aspects of patient experience did not show any statistically significant differences.

“While surgeons may elect to make follow-up calls, these do not seem to strongly contribute to overall patient satisfaction,” Golda said. “It is somewhat surprising that the control group’s experience, quality of care and willingness to recommend scores matched the groups that received follow-up calls. This finding is contrary to our previously held belief that these calls directly affect patient satisfaction.”

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New Zealand military to control borders after virus bungle

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered the military to oversee the country’s border controls Wednesday after a bungle that allowed two people with the coronavirus to leave quarantine.

A 24-day run with no new cases was broken Tuesday when it emerged two women who recently arrived from Britain were allowed out of quarantine early without being tested for the virus, even though one had mild symptoms.

The pair were eventually swabbed and proved to be infected, but only after they made a 650-kilometre (400-mile) road trip from Auckland to Wellington to see a dying relative.

Ardern said it was “absolutely nonsensical” they were not tested earlier and border controls clearly needed to be tightened to prevent similar failures.

She said Assistant Chief of Defence Digby Webb had been appointed to oversee border quarantine operations and was being given access to military personnel and logistical expertise.

“My view is that we need the rigour, we need the confidence, we need the discipline that the military can provide,” Ardern told reporters.

Health Minister David Clark acknowledged widespread anger at the blunder. Kiwis endured a stringent seven-week lockdown to eliminate the virus in the country which has recorded only 1,156 cases and 22 deaths in a population of five million.

“New Zealanders have made great sacrifices to make it to this point,” he told Radio New Zealand.

“Our system has performed incredibly well as a whole in New Zealand. We have eliminated COVID-19 but I want this fixed straight away.”

‘Envy of the world’

The South Pacific nation last week scrapped domestic social distancing measures while maintaining strong border controls.

The changes have heralded a return to near-normality, with sports matches played in front of sold-out stadiums, nightclubs open and thousands gathering for events such as Black Lives Matter Protests without restrictions.

Clark said it was unacceptable that mistakes at the border, which is now seen as the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, could put such gains at risk.

“We’re the envy of the world in many ways and we want to continue being the envy of the world,” he said.

New Zealand’s borders are open only to returning Kiwis and their families, besides some exceptions for some foreigners on business and compassionate grounds, with everyone expected to undergo two weeks mandatory quarantine.

Officials say there are approximately 3,500 people in border quarantine, mostly staying in hotels where they are expected to remain isolated in their rooms and avoid social contact.

The programme that allowed recent arrivals to leave isolation early on compassionate grounds has been suspended and everyone in quarantine must test negative for the virus before they are allowed back into the community.

Ardern stressed that the women at the centre of the furore had done nothing wrong and complied with health protocols at all times.

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How Celeb Parents Are Educating Kids About Racism After George Floyd's Death

Open and honest conversations. Thomas Rhett, Katherine Heigl and more stars have shared the ways they’re educating their children about racism following George Floyd’s May 25 death.

“As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters, I have struggled with what to say today,” the “Marry Me” singer, 30, captioned a Sunday, May 31, Instagram post featuring the Romans 12:9 Bible verse. “We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak.”

The Georgia native, who shares Willa, 4, Ada, 2, and Lennon, 3 months, with his wife, Lauren Akins, went on to write that he felt “heartbroken and angry” after watching the video of a police office killing Floyd pressing a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes.

“I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate,” the Grammy nominee added. “To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings.”

Rhett and Akins, also 30, adopted Willa from Uganda in May 2017, three months ahead of Ada’s birth.

“My heart has always been driven to [adoption],” the Live in Love author told Us Weekly exclusively the following year. “It just started as this calling in my life, to speak for these children who don’t have a voice. This is what I was really here to do. It lined up perfectly with my heart.”

Heigl, 41, who adopted her now-8-year-old daughter, Adalaide, in 2012 with her husband, Josh Kelley, shared that she has been struggling to tell her daughter about Floyd’s death.

“I can’t sleep,” the actress wrote via Instagram on May 31. “And when I do, I wake with a single thought in my head. How will I tell Adalaide? How will I explain the unexplainable? How can I protect her? How can I break a piece of her beautiful divine spirit to do so? I can’t sleep.”

Keep scrolling to see how more celebrity parents are having open dialogues with their children about racism.

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