Ariana Grande took to social media on Sunday to speak to anyone who isn’t taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously.
“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 really blowing my mind,” she wrote. “I understand if that is how u felt weeks ago. But please read about what’s going on. Please don’t turn a blind eye.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 15, 2020
Grande then wrote a thread of tweets saying she understood and supported people’s frustrations but highlighted that “this is a national emergency and a pandemic of global proportion.”
She also wrote that “these are the times when the world should rely on their governments to support the plan for all citizens to stay at home and lessen the threat of infection and the spread of the virus.”
Grande then urged fans to support the bill H.R. 6201 – the House legislation meant to respond to the coronavirus.
“This bill will provide people w necessary financial support in terms of paid sick leave/unemployment due to corona virus/isolation/prevention!” Grande said. “Please contact your senate to support the passing of this bill!”
In her final tweet in the thread, Grande pleaded with fans to call their senators instead of reacting with frustration and wrote that Americans needed their senators and the government to support the bill, which has already passed through the House.
“Everyone deserves to be financially supported and feel safe at home during this time,” she said.
Taylor Swift also chimed in. “I love you so much and need to express my concern that things aren’t being taken seriously enough right now,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’m seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening. 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.”
— The Pop Hub (@ThePopHub) March 15, 2020
Grande and Swift’s messages comes after congressman Devin Nunes appeared on Fox News earlier in the day, and recommended people go with their family to a local restaurant or pub while professionals far more educated on this topic have urged social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus.