"All of us have the burden," Simmons said. "What is the burden? The burden ain't much of anything. We should all shut up and get over ourselves. That includes yours truly. Not too long ago, our grandparents were asked to go fight a war overseas, a war they had nothing to do with, and 50 million deaths resulted in WWII. And your grandparents gave, many times, the ultimate sacrifice."
"While you're busy eating your pizzas and your burgers and all that stuff, there are people risking their lives to bring food to you at home," he continued. "If your house catches fire, the fire department will risk their lives, if somebody breaks into your home, the cops are gonna be there, risk their lives, healthcare professionals. What are we complaining about? You get to stay at home and do nothing while people are risking their lives to make your life more comfortable."
"This will get better, I promise you," Simmons added. "Take my word for it. I'm betting on our scientists, yes, even the politicians in Washington, DC, it's all gonna work out. Just take it easy, respect your neighbor, the golden rule still works: Love thy neighbor as thyself.
"You don't wanna get somebody else sick and perhaps die and you sure don't wanna get sick and perhaps die. And, of course, the well-meaning religious people, who hold religious stuff, you aren't listening to the same god I am. God is saying 'STAY HOME, don't go to church.'"
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.