Model and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner heard Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams' call for Instagram influencers to use their reach to share the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak with young people. Jenner shared a long video on her Instagram Story, telling her 166 million followers to take the crisis seriously. Many praised her for spreading the word, but she faced criticism as well for taking so long to do it. Her message came a few days after President Donald Trump issued 15-day guidelines for Americans during the crisis.
"Hey guys, Happy self-quarantine. I know I've already been doing my daily reminders about how important it is right now to practice social distancing. I'm going on my ninth day," Jenner said in a clip she filmed at home. "The coronavirus is a real thing. I listened to the surgeon general this morning...he definitely encouraged me to come on here and talk to you guys so you can see me and hear me."
"Please stay inside, you guys," Jenner continued. "Please say inside, 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, infecting other people. The only way we're going to slow this down is if we do this because there's no cure right now. Nobody is immune to this, millennials are not immune to this."
'Kylie Jenner Really Said Being at Home is FUN'
Later on, Jenner pointed to new data that young people have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. A CDC report released on Wednesday noted that of the first 508 patients hospitalized with the coronavirus in the U.S., 38 percent were between 20 and 54 years old.
Kylie Jenner really said being at home is FUN. easy for u to say when u have millions in ur bank acc, huge ass fridge and kitchen with stocks that could last a lifetime, ur house even got all the arcade games and a bowling alley, a pool, should i say more? ughhhhhhhh.— 🧸 (@snugdeal3r) March 20, 2020
"New evidence actually shows that a large percentage of people in the hospital right now are young adults," Jenner said on Instagram. "I love you guys, we're gonna get through this together. We just have to listen to each other, respect each other, self-quarantine. I encourage other influencers to also speak out."
I hope we get a video of Kylie Jenner in what is clearly a million dollar lux-bunker that’s been blasted into a New Mexican mountain and she’s just like “omg Stay safe guys xoxo new lipgloss coming soon”— me me me (@bitch_updates) March 17, 2020
'She Just Cleared This Up for All of Us!!'
Dr. Deborah Brix, another member of the White House coronavirus response team, agreed that young millennials could help spread information about the coronavirus.
The fact that the surgeon general is reaching out to celebrities like Kylie Jenner to get a message across since people listen to celebrities is both very American and embarrassing— Michael (@Wittman7) March 20, 2020
"The millennials are incredibly good about getting information out in a clear way, but more importantly, they are incredibly good about understanding how to protect one another, how to protect their parents, and how to protect their grandparents," Brix told Good Morning America.
Nothing more funnier than the US🇺🇸 Surgeon General asking Kylie Jenner to help fight the #COVID19 outbreak & she then advising her fans starting with: "Hi guys! Happy self quarantine! Coronavirus is a real thing!!"
Lucky she just cleared this up for all of us!! 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/P6oV3MnoA2— Mayank Kr SinghR (@Mayankkrsinghr) March 20, 2020
'Totally on Board'
Everyone here acting like this isn’t a good way to reach the young and stupid of this country. Totally on board.— Eddyg788 (@Eddyg7881) March 20, 2020
"Right now we need the army of millennials out there doing everything that they can to protect themselves from getting infected because we know a lot of their cases will be mild or asymptomatic, and making sure that they're doing every single precaution to protect their parents and grandparents," Brix added.
It’s really frightening that the Surgeon General has to ask Kylie Jenner to influence people to practice social distancing.....howwwwww is the “Surgeon General” title not influential enough— Jordan (@JordanASmith) March 20, 2020
'Kylie Jenner Cured the World'
breaking news: kylie jenner cured the world of coronavirus— ً (@alpinebbarnes) March 20, 2020
Young celebrities who have also tested positive for coronavirus are using their platform to show that anyone could contract the virus. Former The Bachelor star Colton Underwood, 28, said he tested positive on Friday. Underwood's revelation was made more shocking because he spent the last week isolating himself.
Here is Kylie's full message since we can't wait to throw crap on people we do not like. I am not a fan of her, but many people are, and she is using her platform to spread important information to those people. Fuck are y'all doing with your platforms?https://t.co/Anudsu1Oet— 🐨 | marun pesa stan account (@lexiethekoala) March 20, 2020
'It's Real... Thanks Kylie'
Hey guys idk if yall saw.....but Kylie Jenner just posted on her story that the corona virus was a real thing.....so in case y’all thought it was fake...it’s real....thanks Kylie— tina 💐 (@vrytiredmom) March 20, 2020
"We got this," Underwood, a former NFL player, wrote on Instagram. "I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today. For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine... please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I'll keep you posted, Love y'all."
Omg Kylie Jenner is so woke can’t believe the Coronavirus is actually a really thing uwu!!! 🤩🤩🤩 /s— ally ✨✨ (@danvernite) March 20, 2020
'You Don't Have to Tell the Thousands of People That Have Lost Their Jobs'
Hey @KylieJenner, you don’t have to tell the thousands of people that have lost their jobs and don’t know how they’ll pay next months rent, that corona virus is a real thing. They are aware :) https://t.co/GTKdAJuKbU— VirtualBacon (@lilbaconstrip_) March 20, 2020
On Tuesday, the White House released 15-day guidelines for Americans, telling those feeling ill to stay at home during the crisis. Older people and those with serious underlying health conditions should also stay at home. If you are at a home with someone who tested positive, the entire household should also stay home and not go to work. Americans were also told to not go to gatherings of 10 or more people.
I’m so happy I was informed of this crazy thing known as the corona virus by @KylieJenner, if it wasn’t for her motivating self quarantine I would still be showing up to work confused as to why it’s closed 😪💕 what would I do without a genius like her. Thank god we have her. https://t.co/WNpng1Xa67— ʜᴏᴘᴇᴡᴏʀʟᴅ ⁷ (@hoe_bi) March 20, 2020
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