As the coronavirus began a rapid spread in the United States this week, people on Twitter began sharing their concern for their favorite older celebrities, as the virus is most dangerous for those who are elderly or have underlying health conditions. This meant that there were a whole lot of people online expressing concern for Betty White, who is 98 years old.
@ coronavirus so help me god if you do anything to Betty White we’re gonna have some problems pic.twitter.com/FGk2PlLpky— Megan🤪 (@megwallace96) March 12, 2020
Betty White better keep her cute lil ass in the house— Jenny Don’t (@JenniferKrame20) March 12, 2020
IF YALL SO MUCH AS SNIFFLE AROUND BETTY WHITE IT IS ON SIGHT!!!! ON!! SIGHT!! pic.twitter.com/1nR6u7zqXe— molly (@mollyholmes_1) March 12, 2020
So many people were tweeting about White that her name began trending, prompting other people who didn't know why her name was trending to have some minor freakouts.
Checking twitter to make sure Betty White is okaypic.twitter.com/lPKUrZcvKZ— Cherry🌹 (@cherryboy307) March 12, 2020
Betty White is trending. I hate y’all so much.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 12, 2020
To quell the internet's collective fears, White's representative released a brief statement to Today that read, simply, "Betty is fine."
As of Friday morning, the virus had over 1,600 confirmed cases in the United States and numerous concerts, festivals, sporting events and more have been postponed or outright cancelled in an attempt to quell the spread of the disease. To help do so, it's recommended to wash your hands, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing and, of course, stay home if you feel sick.
"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," he wrote on Instagram. "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!"
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