Sean Penn was never ‘just an actor’, nor ‘just another Hollywood celebrity.
’ He has been a committed leader of civil movements and environmental efforts throughout his career. And now, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, he isn’t really the one to step aside and hide behind walls.
Unlike other celebrities, he has brought his whole family, including 28-year-old girlfriend Leila George and two grown-up children, and with his NGO ‘CORE'(Community Organized Relief Effort) is now operating a drive-thru testing facilities in Los Angeles that helps with the State and Federal efforts in identifying patients, in which field it is heavily under-supplied and severely under-staffed.
What makes him and his family’s efforts most outstanding is that the whole test is complimentary, and available for anyone who visits the facility.
Both him and George has been observed in the scene with their protective masks on, and were deeply incorporated in the whole operation.
The actor’s daughter Dylan Penn, same age as George and Hopper, 26 are also being utilized in the process.
They were serving the roles of physical guide, displaying and demonstrating the drivers and their companions to take swabs, making easy samples to identify the possibility of contamination.
CORE recently took over from LA city authorities the rights to maintain the said facilities, and staff it with their own people. This alleviated the pressure on the previously stationed medical personnel and first responders to be back to where they belong:
‘What is going to be most valuable in this pandemic of what we as citizen organizations can do is to get the professionals relieved of duties that are beneath their training sets … so they can get back on the street,’
‘(…) Both of my kids are working in the hot zone line … they are very service-oriented people themselves and there was no keeping them off it,’ he said thus in an ABC interview.
There is currently six number of testing sites within Los Angeles. CORE is set to operate them in full capacity and ability until the very end of the crisis is imminent.
The actor currently resorts on small sandwiches for meals with no excessive protection gear for the sake of priorities to the medical staff. He is seen walking with a single mask on his face and a bottle of hand sanitizer.
His previous social works before the pandemic includes a contribution to the Australia Wildfire relief efforts, hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association to cite the most recent one.