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'Vogue' Editor Anna Wintour Says Her Son Is 'Quite Ill' After Working At An ICU In New York

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By Clark Sparky

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour revealed in a video posted to Instagram by the publication that her son, Charles Shaffer, is sick after working as a doctor in the intensive care unit at a New York hospital. She did not specify if he'd tested positive for COVID-19, but said he is "quite ill."

"The most critical aid, of course, is happening on the front lines," she said. "My son is a doctor. He is currently quite ill and self quarantining at home. But when he is able, he will return to the ICU at his hospital. I am so proud of him and so grateful to all the health workers, first responders, nurses and doctors who are fighting to reduce the spread of the virus and to save lives."

The post was made to support her and designer Tom Ford's A Common Thread charity which is raising money to help those in the industry in need amid the pandemic.

"I have been speaking to so many American designers and others in the community who fear that their businesses and their livelihoods may not survive what we're all going through," Wintour said in the video.


"The fund that we have created is intended to help them and the talented people they work with. The pattern makers, the cutters, the tailors, the embroiderers and so many more. The challenges that we face are profound, but this fund, we hope, is a step in the right direction," she added.

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.

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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