15. COVID-19: Before You Get The Virus

My dear learning community,

Last year, I showed a video by American spoken-word artist Prince Ea to our incoming class of students, on the topic of environmentalism. Prince Ea has just released a new video, about COVID-19, titled “Before You Get The Virus,” which is quite captivating and inspirational. I want to share it with you today.


This letter will be about COVID-19: Before You Get The Virus


Here is the link on Youtube:




I highly recommend that you watch the video, as the delivery of the message by Prince Ea is fantastic. However, for anyone who has trouble accessing the video, I am providing the transcript below:


Before You Get The Virus

By Prince Ea


Are you scared yet?

They say this thing it

Kills your immune system

Attacks your lungs

Makes it 

Hard to breathe

And it’s spreading…

Spreading like wildfire

Causing havoc

Your friends and family 

Are gonna get it

If they don’t

Already have it

It’s tragic I tell you,


Scientists say

Old people get it worse

But most

Get it eventually

And they say this is new

But no, no, no

This has been around 

For centuries

Look at history

It’s just a different name

A different strain

And now there’s no way to contain it

It affects

The rich, poor, young, old

The unknown, the famous

It’s dangerous

Everyone’s on edge

Locked inside of their homes


Borders are closed

Countries declare

State of emergencies

Grocery stores are empty

Nobody’s praying in church

The world





No wonder toilet paper

Sold out first

The stock market crashed

Thousands laid off work

Hand sanitizer is going for

A million dollars a squirt

You better not sneeze ‘cos

No one’s gonna say

God bless you

They might even arrest you

I don’t mean to stress you

But washing your hands obsessively

In the restroom will not protect you

Friends, I’m not talking about Coronavirus

No, this…

Is a virus even more deadly

The F-virus

You’ve seen it

It spreads every minute

Like an epidemic

It lives on surfaces

Most commonly

Remote controls, TV screens, cellular phones

It makes you desperate

Doctors say every time you

Scroll down your feed

You get reinfected

It invades the brain

And when it mutates

It turns into hatred

And blame

China did it,

No, Italy did

No, Iran

No, Spain

Oh I didn’t make it clear?

The F virus ladies and gentlemen


But don’t be afraid

Despite what you hear

Or see on your tv

There is good news

During this tragedy

To fight loneliness

People are performing concerts

On their balconies

The UAE sent aid to Iran

Japan donated supplies to China for free

Written on them

Was a poem that said

We are waves from the same sea

Listen to me

Like every tragedy

We can let this

Destroy us

Or we can use it

To our benefit

And repair relationships

With our sisters and brothers

Wipe away silly grudges

Because when it’s all said and done

All we ever really had

In this world

Was Each Other

So yes

Let’s flatten the curve

And expand our hearts

Let’s social distance

Boost our immune systems

Be mindful

Of where we put our hands

But also

Where we put our attention

Be alert not fearful

Because the F virus

Is a pandemic easily transmitted

If you contract it

Or exhibit symptoms

We recommend

Immediately dialing the hotline

Of a level-headed friend

If you are exposed

Through your tv

Change the damn station

Decontaminate yourself

Through dance, laughter

And meditation

2020 has been morbid

From Kobe to COVID

May we use these tragic moments

To finally wake up

To what’s important

Right now, tell someone

That you care for them

Yes, right now

Tell them that you cherish them

If they are not in the same room

Ring them up

And tell them

You will always be there for them


Is how we will rise above

The only vaccine for this F virus

And every other virus




Always, with best regards, stay safe, Semper Gumby


Dawn Dekle, PhD

AUN President (Vice-Chancellor)


Teaser: stay tuned for the next letter from the desk of the AUN President, on the topic “COVID-19: Health War”