BALTIMORE, MD –
We are in the middle of a pandemic. The coronavirus has officially shaken the world.
Wednesday (March 11), multiple headlines erupted that highlighted the growth of the deadly coronavirus. Here’s where we are right now:
- NCAA has announced that their annual tournament will be held without fans.
- Multiple collegiate institutions have cancelled classes across the country.
- Several public school systems have suspended classes (grade school).
- Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson reveal that they have tested positive for coronavirus.
- NBA All Star Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.
- Travel between America and Europe has been suspended for 30 days.
Also, President Donald Trump used national television to address the nation. It was a ‘by-the-script’ speech that may not have been as warming as we’d like. I’ll let you be the judge:
It’s surreal, honestly. But it’s important that we stay grounded and calm.
Gobert and the NBA’s suspension.
Things shook up even more when news broke that the NBA is suspending its season.
“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”
The suspension comes on the heels of Utah Jazz F Rudy Gobert testing positive for the virus. Per ESPN, the Jazz shared that Gobert “tested negative for influenza, strep throat and an upper respiratory infection. The individual’s symptoms diminished over the course of [Wednesday], however, in a precautionary measure, and in consultation and cooperation with NBA medical staff and Oklahoma health officials, the decision was made to test for COVID-19.”
After the results came back, the Jazz “immediately informed” the league who not only shut down the game; they suspended the league. The NBA also suggests that players who have played against the Jazz within the last 10 days self-quarantine themselves.
The NBA says that it will use this hiatus to decide its next steps. Here’s the full statement from the league.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s news: they’re okay.
The superstar hollywood lovers were in Australia shooting a film when they tested positive for COVID-19.
Hanks shared the news with fans through his personal Instagram:
“Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
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Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
Tom Hanks’ son, Chet, took to Instagram to update fans on their condition:
“What’s up everyone?” Chet said on Instagram. “Yeah, it’s true. My parents got Coronavirus. Crazy. They’re both down in Australia right now because my dad was shooting a movie down there but I just got off the phone with them. They both are fine, they’re not even that sick.”
“They’re not worried about it, they’re not trippin’ but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously,” he added. “But I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about. I appreciate everyone’s concern and the well wishes but I think it’s all going to be alright but I appreciate it and just, everybody stay safe out there. Much love.”
Conspiracy or not, let’s be safe.
My last few days have been scored by many “conspiracy theory” conversations.
I’ve got quite a few friends who believe that life is more than what we know. I can’t blame them, I’m the same way. In fact, when the coronavirus outrage first began I was skeptical about whether it was “real”. I think that with the recent developments surrounding the virus, we don’t have room to be concerned about whether it’s real or not.
Whether you believe that it’s a complete hoax or some sort of government planned operation or not, let’s be safe. Regardless of how you feel, remember that you may spread something that will kill someone else. Negligence within the healthcare industry is far more costly than we’ll ever know.
Let’s not be ignorant. Let’s be vigilant and diligent with how we’re handling this virus and save our snarkiness for another “conspiracy”.
Best wishes and good health to you and your family.