Kelly Ripa has joined the slew of celebrities mentioning the Coronavirus on social media. The “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” host didn’t go as far as Gwyneth Paltrow – the actress has appeared in a face mask – rather, 49-year-old Kelly seemed out to help keep others safe as COVID-19 sweeps the U.S.
More than half of U.S. states now have reported Coronavirus cases, with over 330 cases confirmed. The current U.S. death toll from the virus sits at 17 – Kelly seemed to be doing her best to stop that figure from rising.
Kelly opted out of showing her face in her message. The blonde simply took to her Instagram stories with a photo of a white piece of material appearing to hang from a wooden rail.
“Wash your f*cking hands” apeared in black scrawly writing on the fabric, with Kelly then chiming in via some text underneath it.
“A Reminder,” she wrote.
If you’re still unsure about the best way to keep yourself safe, experts are advising people to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly for 20 seconds. Avoiding touching your face and using a tissue for coughs is also advised – trash the tissue after use.
Celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry, and Kim Kardashian have been mentioning the virus on social media. Gwyneth, 47, took to the platform in selfie mode and from behind a black face mask as she flew to Paris. The Goop founder wrote:
“En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda?”
“Paltrow’s just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane,” the star added, then joking about her 2011 movie “Contagion.”
“I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently,” she wrote.
A face mask is something you’ll see while a surgeon performs an operation. That’s to stop their germs from traveling to the patient.
As people start to wear face masks in public, experts have been warning the public to avoid doing so – it’s of no use. That said, a face mask will protect a person carrying the virus from spreading it. If you aren’t infected, though, the mask won’t stop you catching COVID-19.
“They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote on Twitter.
Kelly’s job involves crowds on a day-to-day basis. Alongside co-host Ryan Seacrest, the star finds herself in front of a large audience as she films her daytime TV show, although the distance from the desk to the audience might well protect the two from the close interaction that experts are advising people to avoid.
If you use public transport and have the option for an alternative, it’s best to opt for it. Crowded trains and buses aren’t ideal – many companies such as Facebook and Amazon are now encouraging employees to work from home.