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Apple has launched "Oprah Talks COVID-19," a new free to view Apple TV+ series where Oprah holds remote discussions with leaders and those personally affected by COVID-19.

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The series, first announced on Twitter by Oprah, examines the vast amount of stress and uncertainty some may have amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a result of remote discussions, the goal of the series is to help generate hope and insight among viewers in times of hardship. The show's premise reads:
How can we mindfully move through a crisis while holding on to ourselves and our humanity? In the series, Oprah has remote conversations with experts and everyday people to provide insight, meaning, and tangible advice for the human spirit.
The first episode features a remote discussion between Oprah with actor Idris Elba and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre. Elba has recently tested positive for COVID-19 and remains in self-isolation with his family.

"Oprah Talks COVID-19" is able to be streamed for free now without an Apple TV+ subscription.

?Apple TV?+ is available through the ?Apple TV? app on iPhone, iPad, ?Apple TV?, Mac, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and select smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio, as well as online at tv.apple.com. The streaming service costs $4.99 per month in the United States, with a seven-day free trial available.

Article Link: Oprah Talks COVID-19 in New Apple TV+ Series, No Subscription Required
 
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thekev

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How is Oprah talking to actors helpful for COVID-19? They should be talking to doctors and epidemiologists, they're clearly using this pandemic and Oprah's celebrity to bring attention to Apple TV +

It's Oprah. This means you should expect commentary, not actionable information. Remember this is the same person that made Dr. Phil into a thing. That accomplishment should be enough to demolish anyone's credibility.
 

russell_314

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Ah yes, no one I trust more than Oprah to deliver medical advice in a global pandemic
Sadly some people trust news anchors and celebrities more than doctors for medical advice. Well if Oprah says it then it must be right ??
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Especially in the case where they are symptom free.
If you have big money and celebrities have big money you can get access to anything
 

DeepIn2U

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How are all these celebrities getting access to testing? They seem to be rationing it where I live.

you say “seem to be rationing”? We all know “seem to be” is playing it safe ... (I hear where you’re coming from)

Either way this commentary is of no real help to anyone during this epidemic and it seems that those in charge at AppleTV+ are allowing a celebrity to gain further fame and fortune from such a crises.
 

hagar

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Especially in the case where they are symptom free.
You do realise that in the US not everybody is equal and it is run like a business? Pay up and you can get anything done.

It’s good ATV+ has room for impromptu programming. We all know they can use more content.
 
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the billionaire talks Coronavirus. 2.6 billion to be exact.
like she is really suffering like the rest of us
meanwhile my local Walmart has been out of canned green beans and 2 liter diet soda for 3 days straight due to hoarding

 

johnnyappledweeb

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I am glad to see some of these other comments. So much free time can't believe I am reading them and posting. I would say it's possible she is most famous for giving a platform to fraudulent health information which is unfortunate and I feel dismay that this is something Apple has decided was a good thing. Of all the people I would choose to address this topic she is most certainly the last.
 

Techwatcher

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Yeah there's a lot of conspiracy surrounding Oprah and some of these celebrities right now for those that know what I'm talking about (we won't get into that here though since it's an Apple forum). Nonetheless, she's a great talker and interviewer but she should use her platform to get actual medical staff and doctors on here.
 

CarlJ

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How is Oprah talking to actors helpful for COVID-19? They should be talking to doctors and epidemiologists, they're clearly using this pandemic and Oprah's celebrity to bring attention to Apple TV +
They've talked to one actor so far. They've done two shows so far. On a Saturday and Sunday. The first sentence mentions "leaders and those personally affected by COVID-19". Maybe give her a chance to do a few more episodes before complaining that they're not talking to the right people? She has enough name recognition she may get interviews with some good epidemiologists and such.
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How are all these celebrities getting access to testing? They seem to be rationing it where I live.
Money and connections, in many cases. Don't know the story for the one mentioned in this MR article - perhaps he was sick enough doctors decided he needed it - but there's a lot going on out there; as an example, first three hits from google for "basketball team covid test":
 
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