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Penelope Cruz And Javier Bardem Donate Tons Of Protective Equipment To Help Spain Fight Coronavirus

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By Clark Sparky

The coronavirus is currently exploding across Spain with over 72,000 confirmed cases and 5,200 deaths. Actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem announced a donation on Friday to help their country fight the pandemic.

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"After many days looking for a way to find the needed medical supplies to buy and donate to hospitals, Javier and I have finally found a way," Cruz wrote in the caption on an Instagram post alongside photos of boxes of supplies. "Thanks to the logistical help from Inditex we have been able to buy 100,000 Nitrile gloves and 20,000 FFP2-type masks, which have now arrived at the La Paz hospital in Madrid."

She continued, "Even with the enormous difficulties in obtaining and taking such fundamental health tools to their destinations, we hope that in a short time we will be able to donate other materials that are so necessary in this crisis. Thank you to each and every heroine and anonymous heroes who put their own health at risk to help heal and maintain the health of all of us."

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Many celebrities have been donating to various charities to help people during this crisis. Rhianna's charity donated $5 million to relief efforts earlier this week, as did Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

"When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how COVID-19 would so dramatically alter our lives," Rihanna's foundation's statement read. "It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world's most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come."

Staying Safe

Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, 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.

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