Jameis Winston uses his platform for good in the battle against coronavirus.
Winston posted on his Twitter account Monday morning that he has launched a toll-free hotline at 844-8378-26843 (TEST-COVID) where people can call to get questions and concerns about highly contagious viruses that are answered.
Together with general surgeon Dr. Scott Kelley, Winston hopes to help provide comfort during social and quarantine periods.
“As a citizen of this great country, I believe it is important to unite to support one another when needed,” Winston said in a video posted on his Twitter.
“With the lack of resources and misinformation out there, Dr. Kelley and I decided to set up a national toll-free hotline. We want to give quick responses to every family to give them peace of mind from the safety of their own homes.”
Kelley then explained in the video that the hotline would triage the callers by telephone and gave them instructions based on information provided about whether they might need further medical treatment and / or coronavirus testing.
Winston, winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy, helped lead FSU to his third national championship in the same season.
He spent the past five seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneer after they compiled the first overall in the 2015 NFL draft. However, he was one of the best free agents of the season after Bucs recruited Tom Brady last month.
Winston is scheduled to return to Tallahassee on April 16 for his first annual Dream Forever Experience at the University Center Club.
The charity event – among those affected by the coronavirus pandemic – was prepared to benefit Winston’s Dreams Rooms, a community outreach program from the Dream Forever Foundation.
The Winston Dream Room is described as the most advanced technology center located in Title I schools that are not financially profitable.
Winston also recently married his high school sweetheart, Breion Allen, in a private ceremony at their home. Allen, now known as Breion A. Winston, announced their marriage on Sunday in an Instagram post. Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, there were very few guests present at the ceremony.
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