As the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, many people are concerned for the elderly. The disease is much more dangerous for those over 70 years-old, and someone who falls into that bracket is beloved actress Betty White.
The 98-year-old started trending on social media on Thursday as fans voiced their concerns for her potentially contacting the virus.
— Michael Barber 🏈💀 (@MBarber2222) March 12, 2020
“Betty White better keep her cute lil ass in the house,” one person tweeted.
“Someone gather our national treasures – Betty White, Dolly Parton, RBG – and put them in individual sterile containment rooms,” another said after learning that Tom Hanks had tested positive.
“@ coronavirus so help me god if you do anything to Betty White we’re gonna have some problems,” a third joked.
coronavirus we about to square tf up dont ever come near mrs betty white bitch pic.twitter.com/Gym8M6roW2
— lemonhead (@picantelimon) March 12, 2020
The amount of tweets was so overwhelming that a spokesperson for White released a three word statement to the Today Show: “Betty is fine.”
While White fans can rest easy for now, many are still concerned about Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson who announced on Wednesday that they have the virus.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” Hanks wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.
He continued, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”
The CDC has also issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.