As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, public health officials aren’t the only ones asking the public to practice social distancing. Some of the world’s biggest pop stars, including Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, are using social media to ask fans to take the coronavirus outbreak seriously.
Grande posted her thoughts on self-isolation on Twitter: “I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal’ / ‘we’ll be fine’… ‘we still have to go about our lives’ and it’s really blowing my mind,” she wrote.
“It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly,” she added. “The ‘we’ll be fine because we’re young’ mindset is putting people who aren’t young and / or healthy in a lot of danger.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 15, 2020
She followed up by acknowledging that attending workout classes aren’t the priority right now: “Your hip hop yoga class can f*cking wait i promise.”
Taylor Swift posted an Instagram story after noticing that fans were still gathering in large groups, despite public health recommendations.
“Guys – I follow you online and I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now,” she said. “I’m seeing lots of get together and hangs and parties still happening. This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this. It’s a really scary time but we need to make social sacrifices right now.”
Hilary Duff also had something to say to fans ignoring instructions to self-isolate on her Instagram Story:
“To all you young millennial assholes that keep going out and partying: go home. Stop killing old people please.”
Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’s COVID-19 public service announcement had a nostalgic angle. Using a video from an episode of Hannah Montana where her character goes on an excessive shopping spree, she pleaded with fans to stop hoarding groceries and essential items.
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Be thoughtful. Respectful. Compassionate. HUMAN. while preparing for social distancing…. NO ONE needs every soup in the store, The more we hoard the more expensive and sparse necessities will become, leaving many without essentials. This is a great time to practice restraint… it’s incredibly difficult to make smart decisions while panicking , but think twice before following the fear and being inconsiderate. There is enough to go around if we take care of one another. This is a beautiful time to LEAD!
“NO ONE needs every soup in the store, The more we hoard the more expensive and sparse necessities will become, leaving many without essentials,” said Cyrus. “This is a great time to practice restraint… it’s incredibly difficult to make smart decisions while panicking , but think twice before following the fear and being inconsiderate.”
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