Bebe Rexha took to Twitter on Monday evening to share some important thoughts on the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the United States. First, the singer urged people to stay in their homes, then she addressed the financial issues facing many Americans during this time.
“This is NOT A JOKE. A friend of a friend just died of corona at the age of 45. STAY INSIDE YOUR FU–IN HOUSE AND DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY. PLEASE,” she tweeted.
She followed that up by writing, “The US government should put a stop to rent payments, mortgage payments and utility payments at least until the corona virus is under control. Millions of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs and their homes instead of staying safe,” and tagged Donald Trump.
The US government should put a stop to rent payments, mortgage payments and utility payments at least until the corona virus is under control. Millions of Americans are worried about keeping their jobs and their homes instead of staying safe. @realDonaldTrump
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 16, 2020
Rexha also retweeted a reply from a fan that said, “At the very least suspending evictions, and giving people peace of mind that they wont be in the streets because they can’t pay rent would work. Many internet and utility companies are doing the same to keep people with power and working utlities.”
Rexha went on to ask for the cash app name of several followers who told them their financial woes so that she can send them some money.
One of her fellow pop stars, Taylor Swift, also recently urged people to stay home in an Instagram post.
“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,” Swift wrote. “I’m seeing lots of get-togethers 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 that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this.
In addition to avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and social distancing, the CDC has 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.