22 celebrities who have spoken about coronavirus protection

Kim Kardashian said she now travels ‘prepared’

Kim Kardashian-West showed off her travel safety kit.

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Kim Kardashian-West was one of the first celebrities to be pictured wearing a travel mask when she shared a selfie on her Instagram story on February 2. 

The reality star also shared a separate Instagram story which showed her wearing hygiene gloves and a travel pack and Vitamin C tablets on her stowaway table. 

Kardashian wrote: “I travel prepared now thanks to Ready Set Judy.”

The travel pack was gifted to Kardashian by her friend and founder of the emergency-preparedness company Simon Huck. 

Huck told Page Six they had “been unable to keep up with the demand” for his emergency kits, which range in price from $60 to $250. 

“All its air masks and one of its emergency kits sold out in less than 10 hours,” Huck said.

With limited supplies as the virus continues to spread globally, Huck said they’re “limiting customers to three kits per order so there are enough supplies for everyone.” 

However, Business Insider reported that it is pointless to wear a face mask if you do not have the virus and are not a medical professional coming into contact with it.

In fact, healthy people buying masks could worsen the shortage of them.

Katy Perry sent a video via Weibo to Chinese fans and told them to ‘keep fighting’

Katy Perry told Chinese fans to “keep fighting and stay healthy and positive” in a video message she sent via Weibo. 

“I just wanted to send a message to you to let you know that we are all with you during this time, and keep fighting, and stay healthy, and positive as best as you can. We’re thinking of you. We are sending our prayers. We’re gonna get through this,” Perry said. 

The video was posted on Twitter by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus.

“This is a great message of solidarity from @katyperry to the people of #China. I couldn’t agree more – we’re in this together and we can only stop it together! Thank you for lending your voice to such an important cause,” he wrote.

Bill Gates warned of a pandemic and donated $100 million to help contain the outbreak

Billionaire Bill Gates has suggested the coronavirus could become a pandemic.

At the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS) in Seattle on February 15, Gates said the virus could cause more than 10 million deaths. 

“This is a huge challenge, we’ve always known the potential for a naturally caused, or intentionally caused pandemic is one of the few things that could disrupt health systems and economies and cause more than 10 million excess deaths,” Gates said.

The Microsoft founder also said the virus is more dangerous than Ebola as it spreads faster. 

Despite the fatality rate for coronavirus being lower (around 2-4%), Gates said the disease could have “very dramatic” consequences for Africa. 

“This disease, if it’s in Africa … it’s more dramatic than if it’s in China, even though I’m not trying to minimize what’s going on in China in any way,” Gates said, according to a report by The Telegraph.

“Will this get into Africa or not and if so, will those health systems be overwhelmed?”

On February 5, the philanthropist’s charity — Bill and Melina Gates Foundation — announced they’d donate $100 million to help contain the outbreak. 

“The funding will help strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts; protect at-risk populations; and develop vaccines, treatments and diagnostics,” the foundation said in a press release.

Donatella Versace donated $143,500 to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation

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Donatella Versace shared her support for the victims of coronavirus in a statement announcing that her fashion house was donating ¥1 million RMB (approximately $143,500 USD) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. 

“My heart goes out to those affected by the Coronavirus and their families,” the Versace chief creative officer said.

“Versace is donating ¥1 million RMB to help with the relief effort. We are sending our love and support, and I urge everyone to help by donating to groups on the ground that assist those in need,” she said.

Justin Bieber donated to a Beijing charity and sent his thoughts and prayers to those affected

Justin Bieber showed solidarity with his fans in China with a side-by-side Instagram post of a video and screengrab from Weibo of a 200,000 RMB ($29,000 USD) donation to Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation.

Bieber said in the Instagram caption that he’d been watching the news and that “we all need to be there for each other” now.

“What’s going on China? Justin Bieber here. Just wanted to say it’s a very scary time in your country right now, but my prayers and thoughts are with you all right now,” Bieber said in the video.

The charity’s official Weibo account reportedly posted Bieber’s donation certificate, which calls him “爱心人士” which translates to a “caring person.”

Brody Jenner and ex Kaitlynn Carter twinned face masks on a flight back from Bali

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Brody Jenner shared a selfie of him wearing a face mask on Instagram, on what appears to be an empty flight from Taiwan to Bali for a friend’s wedding. 

But when Jenner was leaving Bali (one of the destinations currently recording a drop in tourists) he ran into his ex Kaitlynn Carter on the plane back to Los Angeles.

Carter also posted to her Instagram story of her covering her nose and mouth with a disposable face mask, while Jenner appeared to wear a face mask with a respirator attached.

“Well, one of us is going to survive the coronavirus and it’s probably not me in my flimsy mask,” Carter said in the video as she panned over to Jenner who sat next to her.

BTS cancelled four shows in Seoul that were expected to draw in 200,000 fans

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The world’s highest-paid K-pop group BTS have now cancelled four shows scheduled for Seoul in April.

The cancellation comes following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in South Korea over the past two weeks. The country also has the second largest number of cases outside mainland China.

“We must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists,” the boyband said. 

More than 200,000 were expected to attend their concert at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul. 

The seven-person boyband — which is reportedly worth $3.6 billion to South Korea’s economy — also gave a press conference in Seoul last week where they urged fans to seriously consider their health. 

“Health is always on our minds these days, and our messages of facing your inner self and loving yourself are ultimately only possible when you’re healthy,” band-member Jimin said. 

“Especially since it is very risky outside these days. I hope you take care of yourself.”

Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie wore bedazzled face masks

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Steve Harvey and his wife Majorie stylishly protected themselves from coronavirus as they wore bedazzled masks while sitting in first class.

Majorie shared a picture of her beside Steve on Instagram on Saturday as the pair matched with grey pyjamas and glittering masks.

Despite the couple looking prepared, supermodel Naomi Campbell questioned where one other protective element was as she commented: “Wipes ??”

On February 7, Steve’s official Facebook page linked to a research article published on his website — Harvey’s Hundreds —  which explained the virus and how people can protect themselves. 

OJ Simpson posted a photo of himself bulk-buying supplies

OJ Simpson posted a picture of himself stockpiling at Costco.

The image showed Simpson wearing a white mask and black sunglasses while carrying a trolley of supplies including two 30-packs of toilet paper, bottled water, paper cups, and paper towels.

Simpson captioned it: “Coronavirus? Who’s afraid?”


Scott Disick sold shirts that read: ‘Please wash your hands’

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Talentless’ “Please wash your hands” shirt.



Scott Disick‘s clothing brand Talentless recently launched T-shirts and sweatshirts emblazoned with the phrase “Please wash your hands” for $49 and $129, respectively.

Disick, who is known for his appearances in “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” also shared a photo of himself washing his hands while wearing the hoody with the caption: “You can thank the LORD & @talentless later, and for the love of god just WASH YOUR HANDS!”

Mark Ronson said he’s been washing his hands to Stevie Wonder’s version of ‘Happy Birthday’


Mark Ronson told fans he’s been listening to Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday” twice — which meant he was washing his hands for seven minutes. 

He wrote: “I didn’t know they meant the ‘other’ birthday song… smh.” 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people wash their hands for 20 seconds or more, which takes approximately as long as singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

Diplo tweeted: ‘Wash your hands before you text me’


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Music producer Diplo has been active on social media providing commentary on coronavirus panic. 

On March 9, the American DJ and songwriter shared a link to one of his live sets to help those in self-isolation. 

He wrote on Twitter: “Here is a mix to listen too if you’re trapped in a self-imposed corona quarantine.”

The 43-year-old also joked that people should wash their hands before messaging him.

On March 5, he shared a screengrab of his tweet from the day before on Instagram which read: “wash your hands before you text me.”

Howie Mandel said he’s not comfortable going to the mall or movies anymore

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Comedian Howie Mandel has been providing his commentary on coronavirus panic through a number of social media posts.

The “America’s Got Talent” judge joked in one Instagram video uploaded on March 10 he didn’t feel comfortable going to movies or mall anymore. 

“Wow with that’s going on in the news, I’m not comfortable going to the mall anymore, I’m not comfortable going to the movies, this is the only place I feel comfortable, the DVM,” he said. 

In another Instagram, the star is pictured holding a roll of toilet paper with the caption: “Stores out of water and masks. Just a helmet and toilet paper.”

Mandel even joked about coronavirus patients as he shared an image of two people in hazmat suits loading a covered a stretcher into an ambulance. 

He wrote: “Me heading to work.” 

On March 10, the star was pictured wearing his own hazmat suit with a gas mask and a pair of orange gloves on the way to the “America’s Got Talent” set in Pasadena, California. 


Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson told fans to ‘take care’ after they tested positive to coronavirus in Australia


Tom Hanks revealed on Instagram on March 11 that he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Hanks was on the Gold Coast, Australia filming Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley film when he said the pair fell ill. 

“Hello, folks. Rita Wilson 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,” Hanks said in a caption alongside a photo of a medical glove in a bin. 

He concluded the caption by telling fans: “Take care of yourselves!”

On March 13, Hanks gave fans an update on Instagram when he uploaded a picture with Wilson and wrote: ” I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us.”

“We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no?” Hanks said. 

Singer-songwriter Wilson also created a Spotify playlist for those also in self-isolation called  “Quarantunes.”

Lady Gaga said she misses her family but it’s much safer if she self-isolates


Lady Gaga said she’s decided to self-quarantine as it’s the “kindest/healthiest thing we can do.”

Gaga posted a photo of her hanging with her dogs on Instagram on March 14 and told fans she made the personal decision following advice from health professionals. 

“So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups,” she began in a caption. 

The Grammy award winner said she wished she could see her family but “it’s much safer” for her to stay away. 

“I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it. I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God — she said we’re gonna be ok,” Gaga concluded. 

On March 15, the singer reflected on her time in quarantine in a separate Instagram post. 

Alongside a selfie, she wrote: “This is reminding I think a lot of us what it is to both feel like and be a human being.”

“My thought for the day is to accept there will be times we feel powerless and out of control—but we can fill that space with kindness and be a part of the solution to a world problem,” Gaga said in a caption. 

Taylor Swift advised fans to ‘cancel plans’ after she noticed ‘hangs and parties still happening’

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Taylor Swift urged fans to make “social sacrifices” as coronavirus continues to spread among communities globally. 

Swift wrote a paragraph to her Instagram Story on March 16 where she told fans she loved them but didn’t think they were taking the situation seriously. 

“I’m seeing lots of get togethers and hangs and parties still happening,” she wrote.

“This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this.

“It’s a really scary time but we need to make social sacrifices right now.”

As Business Insider previously reported, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put forward new guidelines Sunday recommending that all gatherings and events of 50 people and more be postponed until May.



Ariana Grande reprimanded young people for making light of the pandemic: ‘You sound stupid and privileged’


Ariana Grande condemned fans on Twitter who have joked about coronavirus calling them “stupid and privileged.”

The singer pleaded for fans on March 16 to “not turn a blind eye” to the global pandemic and to try and change their current mentality.

“I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal/we’ll be fine… we still have to go about our lives.’ And it’s blowing my mind,” Grande tweeted.

“I understand if that is how you felt weeks ago. But please read what’s going on. Please don’t turn a blind eye. It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly. The ‘we will be fine because we’re young’ mindset is putting people who aren’t young and/or healthy in a lot of danger. You sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. Like now.”

Grande also wrote in a thread of tweets for fans to support the bill H.R. 6201 — the coronavirus response act.

“This bill will provide people w necessary financial support in terms of paid sick leave/unemployment due to coronavirus/isolation/prevention! Please contact your senate to support the passing of this bill!” Grande said. 


Arnold Schwarzenegger told people to stay at home in a video of him feeding his miniature donkey and pony


Arnold Schwarzenegger told fans on Twitter how important it is for them to stay home and adopt social distancing. 

Schwarzenegger shared a video of him at home on March 16 feeding his miniature donkey and pony.

He captioned the tweet: “Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons (foreheads). We will get through this together.”

“See the important thing is that you stay home,” Schwarzenegger said while feeding Lulu and Whiskey carrots.

“We don’t go out, we don’t go to restaurants, we don’t do anything like that anymore here,” he said.

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