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The coronavirus or COVID-19 situation is getting even more serious. Based on an infographic by the World Health Organization, there are 168,019 cases and 6,610 deaths across 148 countries. As of yesterday, the Philippines recorded a total of 142 cases with three recoveries. Despite the rising numbers, there are still those who are taking the virus lightly.
Singer Ariana Grande has spoken out about those taking things lately. On Twitter, she said, “I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal’ or ‘we’ll be fine’ or ‘we still have to go about our lives’ and it’s really blowing my mind.”
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) March 15, 2020
She added, “I understand if that is how [you] felt weeks ago. But please read about what’s going on. Please don’t turn a blind eye.”
Ariana ended her post with, “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.”
She followed that tweet with another, this time talking about working. She said, “I understand and entirely support your frustration. I do not mean to disrespect anyone who doesn’t have the privilege of cancelled work or being able to call out of their work. but, this is a national emergency and a pandemic of global proportion.”
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