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AwardsCircuit Owner Clayton Davis Shares COVID-19 Family Diagnosis


To AwardsCircuit Faithful Readers and Followers,

To promote social distancing and continuing to bring awareness to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the global community, I wanted to share with you an update on my family.

On Wednesday morning, I started to feel a bit unwell during a meeting with one of my contributing writers Griffin Schiller in preparation for one of his interviews. What I can only describe as an immediate surge of body chills and jitters, I quickly ended my meeting and went upstairs to my main floor and told my wife, Jessica, I didn’t feel well. I laid down and couldn’t shake it, and it progressively intensified for the next hour.

Over that hour, I took my blood sugar count three times, and blood pressure twice. Some times low, some times high. After about 2 hours, I started to “level” out a bit and had an upcoming meeting that I needed to take, so I just powered through for the rest of the workday. However, extreme body aches followed for the rest of the day, and I had assumed it was because I had these shivers and had tightened up for so long.

Later Wednesday evening, right before going to bed, I registered very mild fever just over 100 degrees. Just to share, I hardly get sick in a typical year. I usually mount up a “cold” when the weather suddenly changes from spring to winter and/or vice versa. During that evening, I picked up as high as 101.9 and fluctuated. Body aches ensued and feeling overall lethargic.

I saw my doctor virtually on Thursday morning and was instructed to self-isolate from my wife and two children since I was exhibiting symptoms. For 13 hours yesterday, I was isolated in my bedroom to begin a 14-day self-isolation from the family. I should also share that on Friday, May 22, both Jessica and I went to get COVID and anti-body testing. We hadn’t, up until 9:00 pm Thursday, received our results.

And then, two separate text messages came in for Jessica and I. I had tested NEGATIVE for COVID, and my wife Jessica had tested POSITIVE. After the initial shock, we came up with a quick game plan for talking to our doctor again and see what the next move would be.

I will be retested again this coming Monday, where my doctor fully expects a POSITIVE result to come back since I’m still exhibiting symptoms and have had a fever, chills, headaches, and body aches throughout. Other than that, I’m feeling okay. It looks as though Jessica is more than halfway through it with no issues, while I seem to be at the beginning part of the journey.

One of the main reasons I’m writing this is to really drive home the asymptomatic people that walk among us. My family and I have been VERY safe during this lockdown. We live in Jersey City, right across the river from New York City. Death has ravaged our community. Jessica was going out just once a week for groceries, at 7 in the morning on Saturdays, and would return. I would bike once a week, with gloves and a mask, and made socially distancing a significant learning lesson for our children. It doesn’t matter how healthy someone looks, and it seems they could be carrying the virus. We live two doors down from my in-laws, Jessica’s parents, who now have to self-quarantine out of precaution.

As I watch people chanting on the internet and video’s “open the economy” and “it’s just like the flu,” simply put, from me to you, fuck you. I NEVER get sick, and here I am, and my wife, who generally gets sick often enough (she was on the news a few years back during the big flu pandemic where she got the flu and pneumonia), is perfectly fine right now. There is no “a-typical” Corona patient, and we don’t know what or where this virus will go.

I’ve said to many of my friends and colleagues, that the perception of this virus has been something that has inflicted only on the coastal states. New York and California should only be worried about this, and middle America will be fine. Wait until you hear about Coronavirus hitting “Joe Smith Town, Idaho” or “Sherriff Farmer Lover, Wyoming” – towns with just about 200 people in it, that have one doctor, and have just one main store in the whole town – wait until it torpedoes through that town and 190 of those people die from this, then, and ONLY then, will this be real and “tragic” for the other America.

When it happens to communities of color, “blue” states, or old people, it’s nothing to worry about. I’m preparing for what’s ahead, and I’m very optimistic about what is ahead. I’m not optimistic about our respect for one another. Our compassion to not protect just yourselves, but your neighbors around you.

As the weather warms up, the beaches begin to open, and everyone becomes even more “fed up” with the stay-at-home orders, people will disregard that compassion. The images from Lake of the Ozarks proves that. Hell, Amy Cooper and Derek Chauvin also PROVE that, though racism was here way before COVID and I can’t confidently tell you which one is more dangerous at the moment.

We have to be better. We should DEMAND to be better. I believe we can be better. We must band together in order to make it better.

My family rocks, Jessica rocks, Sophia and Noah rock. And they are my rock as I hope I am theirs.

I’ll keep you all posted on our progress. No fear lives in this house. Only love.

With all the love possible,

Clayton Davis
Editor-in-Chief & Owner

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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