Surgeon General Jerome Adams spoke out on Good Morning America on Thursday and discussed the importance of influencers in the effort to flatten the curve.
“We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that look, this is serious, this is absolutely serious. People are dying.”
Unfortunately, not everyone is taking the virus seriously and it’s particularly important for younger people to stay inside and avoid spreading the virus, even if they are asymptomatic.
As the Surgeon General explained,
“We are seeing new data from Italy that suggests that young people may be at higher risk than what we previously thought. But think about your grandfather, think about your grandmother, think about the fact you’re spreading disease that could ultimately be what kills them.”
Fortunately, Kylie already seems to be doing her part by documenting her self-quarantine and encouraging her fans to follow suit. On her Instagram Stories, she wrote,
“Another reminder to take this social distancing serious and self-quarantine.”
She later added that she was on day 8 of her own self-quarantine and joked that her pregnancy with baby Stormi prepared her for this since she couldn’t leave the house for months.
Since the Surgeon General’s call to action, Kylie has responded, spreading an explicit message to her fans to stay at home. She said on Instagram,
“The coronavirus is a real thing. I listened to the Surgeon General this morning….Even though I’ve already been doing my daily reminders, he definitely encouraged me to come on here and talk to you guys so you can see me and hear me.”
“Practice social distancing, self-quarantine. If you live with your parents, you don’t want to go home [and] get your parents sick. You might have it and not even know and be affecting other people. It’s serious, and the only way that we’re going to slow this down is if we do this—since there’s not a cure right now. Nobody is immune to this, millennials are not immune to this.”
She also gave some suggestions for what to do while at home which included watching movies and doing puzzles (which she said were “underrated).