The family of music legend John Prine announced on Sunday that he is in the hospital being treated for coronavirus and is in critical condition. Following the news, there was an outpouring of thoughts and prayers rom the music community.
Among those sharing a message on social media was Kacey Musgraves. She posted a video of her and Prine performing her song “Burn One With John Prine” from 2015.
“Everybody pray for @JohnPrineMusic. To say he’s special to me is an extreme understatement,” she wrote.
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) March 30, 2020
Fans in the mentions shared her sentiment. “This is beautiful. What a sweet memory. Praying he pulls through,” one wrote.
“thinking of him and his family. one of the truly great songwriters of our time,” another added.
“God bless you
. I mean, in general, but for this particularly. Right now. I’ve got loads more, but none of that is important right now,” a third said.
“After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical,” the statement released by Prine’s family read.
“This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the change to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”
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.