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Idris Elba, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Max Brooks, Amy Adams and Other Celebs React To Coronavirus

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | March 16, 2020 |

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | March 16, 2020 |


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The coronavirus pandemic is bringing a barrage of horrifying headlines. But the stars are shining bright to help us find the light. Here’s how some of our favorite celebrities are coping with coronavirus, social distancing, prevention, and quarantine.

Idris Elba revealed on Twitter that he has contracted the coronavirus. With his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba at his side, he shared how they’re doing.

Game of Thrones’ star Kristofer Hivju is also self-quarantining, after learning he’s contracted COVID19.

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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country's Center for Disease Control's website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency

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With the help of some furry friends, Arnold Schwarzenegger is recommending social distancing to help staunch the spread of coronavirus.

As the debate rages on Twitter about whether social distancing should mean avoiding the gym, Ariana Grande weighs in:

World War Z author Max Brooks teamed with his father, iconic comedy maker Mel Brooks, for a helpful PSA about the importance of social distancing right now.

For many, social distancing is emotionally difficult. Diplo shared his struggle on Instagram.

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My son's are too young to understand the complexities of what's happening. But they aren't anxious and nervous like the rest of us. They live in a house with their grandmother who is the most vulnerable. I have been in contact with hundreds of people in the past four weeks… And I'm staying away from the house until I am cleared of the virus. This hurts because I miss them so much they are what makes me wake up every day and live and breath, they are my ultimate joy, but this is my sacrifice to make sure everyone around me is safe.. I haven't had this much time home in years, and I wanted to build Legos and watch movies with them.. But for now im just going to stay by the window and listen to them play drums and sing for me .. Think about others in every decision you make in the coming weeks. This isn't A drill.. We already have enough news from Italy Iran Korea and China about the best ways to slow this.. We need to be smart, going out and interacting with groups is canceled, but kindess is not canceled, Love is not canceled, empathy is not canceled. Happiness is not canceled… Stay strong for the ones who can't right now

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Brandon Flowers of The Killers recommends rocking out to their “Mr. Brightside” to make sure you’re washing your hands sufficiently.

Wu Tang Clan knows coronavirus ain’t nothing to f*ck with.

Justin Bieber encouraged his fans to act responsibly and isolate to protect those most vulnerable to this virus.

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#BEATTHEVIRUS YOU MAY HAVE IT AND NOT KNOW IT…DON’T SPREAD THE DISEASE STAY HOME AS MUCH AS YOU CAN DO NOT GO OUT IN GROUPS NO BARS, NO CLUBS, NO RESTURANTS WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN KEEP 6 FEET APART ISOLATE YOURSELF IF YOU FEEL SICK NOW IS THE TIME TO ENGAGE ON LINE AND NOT IN PERSON IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU, IT IS ABOUT US…..ALL OF US…. Love you guys. But if you care about your parents or your grandparents or any friend who could be compromised please stay in and be safe. Thanks.

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Michelle Pfeiffer shared advice:

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I know it’s not possible for everyone, but if you can, please stay home! 🙏🏼

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Plus, a workout pic and commiserations with those going stir-crazy.

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Combating #cabinfever. Yep, back on the treadmill looking even more like a lunatic. Not feeling so peppy today though. Sending love, support and gratitude to all of my fellow Americans and to people all over the world. In this #together💪❤️

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Amy Adams joined Instagram to help parents who are dealing with house-bound kids.

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I’ve decided to finally join to shine a spotlight on kids across the country who need our help and support during this difficult time. My friend @jennifer.garner and I are launching @SAVEWITHSTORIES - a spot to watch your favorite celebrities read your favorite children’s books. We are galvanizing as a community to support a new fund for a combined effort between SAVE THE CHILDREN and Share Our Strength’s NO KID HUNGRY (and a big thank you to our founding publisher, Scholastic♥️). ⁣ ⁣ THIRTY MILLION CHILDREN in the United States rely on school for food. School closures will hit vulnerable communities hard and @savethechildren and @nokidhungry are on the ground and ready to serve. They just need our help! ⁣ ⁣ These funds will help us make sure that families know how to find meals when schools are closed, support mobile meal trucks, food banks and other community feeding programs, provide educational toys, books and worksheets, and support out-of-school-time programs to help kids make up for lost time in the classroom. ⁣ ⁣ If you can manage a one time gift of $10, please text SAVE to 20222. If another amount would work better for you, please visit our website—link in bio. There is no maximum and there is no minimum—together we will rise and together we can help. #SAVEWITHSTORIES

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And Josh Gad shared this video, because laughter may not be the best medicine. But fart jokes still help.

Did we miss your favorite celeb’s reaction? Share it in the comments.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.




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