Pink Reveals She Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Pink took to Instagram to share that she tested positive for coronavirus but has since recovered

As the novel coronavirus continues its spread, more and more famous names are coming out with the news that it’s touched their lives too. The latest is Pink, who just revealed on Instagram that she tested positive for the virus two weeks ago but has since tested negative.

“Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive,” she writes. “My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative.”

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Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤

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The pop star then acknowledges her privilege in being tested as soon as she fell ill — and stressed that it needs to be that easily available to everyone. “It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” she says. “This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”

After being effected personally by the virus, Pink wanted to give back. “In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund,” she shares.

She wrapped up her post by expressing gratitude for healthcare providers and pleading for the rest of us to continue social distancing. “THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.”

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Target To Limit Shoppers In Effort To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus

In addition, Target will provide masks and gloves for all employees

Minneapolis-based retailer (and our home away from home) Target announced this week that it will be implementing new safety measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus — limiting shoppers allowed in its stores and providing non-surgical masks and gloves to all employees — nationwide.

Beginning Saturday, April 4, it “will actively monitor and, when needed, meter guest traffic in its nearly 1,900 stores nationwide to promote social distancing,” it said in a press release. The numbers will vary by store size and will allow Target “to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion,” the retailer said.

In addition to social distancing measures, Target will also provide “non-surgical face masks and gloves for team members to wear on the job,” saying in part, “We’re incredibly proud of the commitment our more than 350,000 frontline team members have demonstrated to ensure millions of guests can count on Target, and we’ll continue to focus our efforts on supporting them.”

In past weeks, Target reduced its store hours and all stores are now closed by 9 p.m. local time nationwide. The company rolled out a dedicated shopping hour to vulnerable guests on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. That time also allows employees to shop on their own for household supplies and groceries, saying in part, “This is a recognition of our team’s incredible dedication, and our commitment to help all families.”

Beginning Saturday, if a store needs to limit the number of guests, there will be a “designated waiting area outside with social distancing markers,” to help organize shoppers.

“The measures we’re announcing today are aimed at ensuring we are creating a safe environment for the guests who continue to turn to Target, while also providing our team with additional resources as they fulfill an essential service in communities across the country,” John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

In addition to equipping its teams, Target is supporting its communities with supplies as needed. “On top of Target’s previous donations of anti-viral and N95 respirator masks to first responders and healthcare professionals at more than 50 organizations across the country, we’ll also donate an additional 2 million KN95 respirator masks to the medical community. And we’ll continue to explore ways to secure additional inventory for those in critical need,” it said in a previous press release.

According to Johns Hopkins, the current cases of coronavirus in the US are over 258,000 with 6,600 dying from the virus as of this morning. With experts saying we won’t see the virus’ peak cases for several weeks, stores like Target and others are leading the way to help prevent the spread and flatten the curve.

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Bus Driver Dies Of Coronavirus After Posting Video About Passenger’s Cough

Two weeks after posting a video about a passenger coughing on his bus, driver Jason Hargrove died of COVID-19 complications

On March 21, a Detroit-based bus driver named Jason Hargrove posted a concerning video to Facebook. In the video, the 50-year-old public service worker described a woman on his bus who coughed without covering her mouth (like you’re supposed to even if you aren’t sick). In the video, Hargrove says, “This coronavirus shit is for real and we out here as public workers, doing our job trying to make an honest living to take care of our families. But for you to get on the bus… and cough several times without covering up your mouth and you know that we in the middle of a pandemic; that lets me know that some folks don’t care.”

On April 2, about two weeks after the incident, Hargrove passed away from COVID-19 complications. According to a tweet from Amalgamated Transit Union, he leaves behind his wife, Desha Johnson-Hargrove.

“There’s folks dying out here because of this shit. Listen, I’m mad right about now, because that shit was uncalled for and I’m trying to be the professional that they want me to be, and I kept my mouth closed,” Hargrove said in his video, addressing the fact that he did not confront the coughing passenger. According to Hargrove, there were at least eight or nine other passengers on the bus at the time.

The video has gone viral and can serve as a plea to others about the importance of taking precautions if they’re showing symptoms. People like Hargrove are putting themselves at risk to continue doing their jobs and it’s important that others are as safe as they can be when it comes to staying home if they’re symptomatic. Of course, it can’t be known whether or not Hargrove contracted the virus from that passenger in particular. Per the Guardian, the president of the local transit union stated that Hargrove started to feel symptoms “just a few days after he posted the video.”

On March 23, Hargrove posted an update to Facebook, in which he wrote, “If you don’t think this is real I’ve been self quarantine for 14 days due to exposure to the virus!! People stay home.” People have been flocking to Hargrove’s Facebook with condolences to his family.

In a press conference, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan stated, “Everybody in Detroit and everybody in America should watch [his video]. He knew his life was being put in jeopardy, even though he was going to work for the citizens of Detroit every day, by somebody who just didn’t care — somebody didn’t take this seriously — and how he’s gone.”

On April 2, Hargrove’s wife posted an update to Facebook, sharing screenshots of the texts she was trying to send her husband. “All I wanted was a text back. This is so UNFAIR & I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!!,” she wrote.

The moral of this devastating story is to Stay. The eff. At home. Stay home if you’re feeling fine (unless it’s absolutely essential that you leave the house — and do so carefully), and definitely stay home if you’re experiencing any kind of symptoms. COVID-19 is proving to possibly be more contagious than initially thought with researchers believing it may even pass through breathing and talking, not just sneezes and coughs, and even if we do take proper precautions like washing our hands, there’s still a potential risk.

While the Hargrove family has not asked for donations or help with resources, Hargrove’s wife Desha owns an accessories website, where you can buy jewelry. If you feel like personally supporting Desha during this incredibly hard time, you could check out her store and purchase something.

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Max Greenfield’s Videos About Homeschooling His Daughter Are Comedy Gold

Max Greenfield is every parent right now

If you’re a fan of New Girl (my 16-year-old daughter says it’s a must-watch), you’re likely already in love with Max Greenfield, who plays Winston Schmidt. But get ready for your heart to grow three sizes bigger because watching him homeschool his daughter is hilariously adorable.

Greenfield and his daughter, Lilly, are doing what we all are — trying our best to navigate the life of homeschool parent/teacher/student without strangling each other in the process. It’s been quite some time since most of us have been in school and, well, it’s showing. The father-of-two has been filling in his fans on the harrowing process on social media (which you must immediately follow) and it’s impossible to watch and not belly laugh.

As the actor takes us through the world of nouns and mustaches (both are tricky), you can see by the look on his face the reality of the situation is starting to set in. But, as Lilly points out, if he hadn’t spent so much time “puff puff puff”ing and “glug glug glug”ing through his own high school and college years, he may make a better teacher.

Another update comes as Greenfield tries (and fails) to read, “The Birchbark House” and his daughter sends a message to her teacher to tattle on him. “My daughter sent this message to her teachers today! Just in case you were wondering what bottom looks like,” he says next to a picture of her note. Busted.

He also shared a riveting video of himself reading a passage to Lilly (who is rightly on her phone) and it’s no wonder she doesn’t understand. He titles this one simply, “shit show” and I can say with every fiber of my being I know exactly how he feels.

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Shit Show

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Lilly soon emerges as the hero we all need in times like these, telling her dad in one video to stop singing because “he has a dog shit voice.”

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Wednesday @dualipa #homeschool

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Then, just when you think things can’t possibly get better, Greenfield eggs her on by asking, “how long does it take to spell Massachusetts,” to which she replies, “Dad, I need your shit like I need a hole in the head.” Bless this child and everyone who has been involved in raising her.

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The vibe in the classroom has deteriorated #homeschool

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“God bless the teachers (the real ones),” Greenfield captioned one of the videos after he realizes Lilly is both on TikTok and doing dance moves behind him.

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God bless the teachers (the real ones) #homeschool

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This is the entertainment we can all use right now and a much-needed break from our own homeschooling adventures.

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Sesame Street Responds To Coronavirus Pandemic With Over 100 Free Ebooks

Sesame Street released over 100 free eBooks and other printables, worksheets, and guides for families during the pandemic

Half of the U.S. is under some form of stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic, which means tons of families on lockdown together, parents doing their best to home school, and kids wondering why they can’t go to restaurants or see their friends or do anything, well, normal. These aren’t normal times and to help us get through this global crisis together, Sesame Street just freed up a huge catalog of eBooks.

Sesame Street released 110 eBooks which you can download from all the major eBook platforms (Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo) for free. And like all things Sesame Street, the books are both eduational and entertaining, so pop the kids in front of the Kindle for an hour and that’s first period, right?

The free eBooks are part of Sesame Street’s “Caring For Each Other” initative which also includes daily worksheets on creating routines during “The For Now Normal,” health and self-care minded coloring pages, and printables on timely topics like “How to wash your hands.” You can also find the free eBooks on Sesame Street’s “Caring For Each Other” portal.

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“Around the world, young children’s lives are being turned upside down, and parents and caregivers are looking for ways to give their children — and themselves — a sense of stability in this new normal,” Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, senior vice president for curriculum and content, sesame workshop, said in a statement (via DesignBoom). “But there are things parents and caregivers can do to face each day with optimism. Sesame Street is here to provide the caring adults in children’s lives with the resources they need to help children, and foster their healthy development at home.”

Sesame Street says the activities on the site “are not prescriptions you have to follow, but ideas you can use to spark other playful learning moments,” and they promise to add more content to the portal on a regular basis. Sesame‘s new portal and free eBook service is just one of many free at-home projects companies are pivoting to during the coronavirus pandemic to help families stay entertained. The makers of “Baby Shark “released a remix called “Wash Your Hands.” Amazon has made some of its kid-content free to watch, even if you don’t have Prime. And Onward is now streaming on Disney Plus, despite being in theaters just weeks ago.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and Scary Mommy is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. With news being updated so frequently, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For this reason, we are encouraging readers to use online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

 

 

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You Can Now Order Girl Scout Cookies Online

Buy some Girl Scout Cookies for yourself and have boxes delivered to those on the front line

The Girls Scouts of USA is doing its part during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure we all have our share of their wonderful cookies while we’re at home — and you can donate boxes to the healthcare workers on the front line, too.

The organization announced Friday it’s now selling Girl Scout Cookies online after it suspended all in-person events during its peak season to help stop the spread of the virus. That means we can support the scouts while eating our weight in Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Caramel Delights while stuck at home with our families. Sounds like a win-win to me.

“For 108 years, Girl Scouts has been there in times of crisis and turmoil,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said in a statement. “And today we are stepping forward with new initiatives to help girls, their families, and consumers connect, explore, find comfort, and take action.”

GSUSA launched a new campaign called the Girl Scouts Cookie Care program, allowing cookie fans to order as many as their heart’s desire and have them shipped directly to their homes. “And to ensure girls are getting the tools they need to become our world’s ambitious change-makers, the organization also launched Girl Scouts at Home, a national online platform where all girls and families — not just Girl Scout members — can access free, self-guided activities from GSUSA’s expert programming,” the statement said.

“As the country’s expert on girls, Girl Scouts is uniquely poised to help the millions of girls and their families adapting to a new reality. With Girl Scouts at Home, families everywhere can access self-guided, free activities to keep them engaged and connected to their communities and the larger sisterhood of girls,” the organization said.

If you’re trying to limit your sugar intake these days, you can order boxes and have them delivered to first responders, volunteers, hospitals, and other “essential workers” fighting the spread of the virus. “By buying and donating cookies, Girl Scout Cookie fans are helping sustain our life-changing programs for girls — and bringing joy and comfort to those on the frontlines of this crisis,” Acevedo said.

The organization called its Girl Scout Cookie program the “financial lifeblood” that helps it deliver life-changing programming to 1.7 million girls. Many of us look forward to ordering from our favorite Girl Scout or meet neighborhood kids when they come to you door selling cookies but times have changed and these programs are an awesome way to still support them from a distance.

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Amy Schumer and Venus Williams Exercise With Champagne Bottles On Instagram Live

Amy Schumer squats with a magnum of champagne in Instagram Live exercise session with Venus and Serena Williams

As the country is being forced to social distance, shelter-at-home, or in some cases, completely quarantine, many fitness instructors have pivoted to livestreaming their workouts so we can all follow along in our living rooms. Despite previously joking that “the gym was cancelled,” Amy Schumer linked up with Tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams for an at-home workout using wine and champagne bottles for dumbells.

Venus Williams has been live-streaming her pro exercise routines on Instagram every week day at noon and on Friday, March 27, 2020, her sister Serena and comedienne Schumer “joined her” online from their respective living rooms for the bootcamp.

Pink Is Every Quarantined Mom Trying To Fit In A Workout

Pink added a little extra resistance to her workout in the form of her super-cute son

Since we’re all the in midst of social distancing due to the coronavirus crisis, gym visits aren’t exactly an option at the moment. But when you’re a mama, you’re used to multitasking — and for Pink, that currently looks like squeezing in strength training while juggling her adorable three-year-old son Jameson Moon Hart.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, Pink shared a short video of her latest workout. In case you missed it, choreographer Ryan Heffington has been using Instagram Live to stream his “Sweatfest” dance class so that families can join in while stuck at home during this trying time. So, while Heffington’s class streamed in the background, Pink made the most of being home with her little boy by inviting him to be a part of her exercise routine.

“I was carrying a 40 pound weight in today’s @ryan_heffington dance class,” she joked. But can we just say how impressed we are on multiple levels here? Not only is Pink obviously strong as hell (I can barely do a push-up with nothing on my back but a tank top), but Jameson also shows off some serious balance.

Exhibit B? Earlier this month, she showed what a tight-grip Jameson has during a mother-son yoga sesh.

While we’re on the subject of this rad family, we should probably point out that Pink’s house feels every bit as fun and vibrant and full of life as she is. Brightly hued walls, cool architectural details, quirky furnishings (is that a Grecian statue by the door?) — yeah, this feels like the space of a badass mom we’d love to have in our circle.

In further proof she’s the mom friend we all need right now, Pink recently revealed that she lets off the coronavirus tension by rage-cooking. She doesn’t whip up just any old thing, either. When Pink gets stressed out over the state of the world today, she pounds out her unrest on a ball of dough. That ball of dough ultimately becomes homemade ravioli. So, basically, the best comfort food ever.

And over the weekend, she shared a cute snapshot of her daughter Willow baking Brazilian Cheese Bread.

So, yes, please do sign us up to eat our feelings with Pink and her fam. Or practice mom-balancing-baby-workouts. We’re pretty much looking to Pink at this point to lead us through the uncertainty of quarantine mom-life.

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Tom Hanks Shares Health Update And Urges People To Stay Home

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are on the mend, two weeks after testing positive for novel coronavirus

Since Tom Hanks first revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the celebrity power couple has become two of the world’s most influential celebrity faces of the virus. First revealing they had been infected two weeks ago, they have been providing health status updates via social media, updating the world about how the potentially fatal illness has been impacting their lives. On Sunday, he revealed that both he and his wife are finally on the mend after two weeks of feeling ill.

“Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” Hanks wrote in a joint statement with his wife on Twitter. However, they didn’t stop there. The couple used their star power and influence to urge their fans and followers to stay the hell home — clearly a message that many people still need to hear.

“Sheltering in place works like this: You don’t give it to anyone — You don’t get it from anyone. Common sense, no?” he wrote. “Going to take awhile, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts… this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out.”

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On a less serious note, Wilson decided to share her own update on her Instagram account, in the form of a totally hilarious, 90s tribute. The 63-year-old rapped Naughty By Nature’s hit song Hip Hop Hooray, and while we aren’t exactly sure what inspired the amazing rendition, we are so appreciative.

First, she can be seen reading Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game when the song starts playing. And then…wait for it… she starts rapping along. She literally knows EVERY SINGLE WORD of the song, and doesn’t quit until the song is over. Once the music fades out — she returns back to reading, nodding her head at the camera, and laughing at herself. “Quarantine Stir Crazy. See it to believe it,” the actress captioned the video.

Other stars who have tested positive for coronavirus include Daniel Dae Kim, Colton Underwood, Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina Dhowre , and Debi Mazar, and all of them have shared a similar message. Whether you are feeling sick or not, stay home. The only way we are going to win the battle against the novel coronavirus is if we do it together — meaning every single one of us participate in social distancing.

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and Scary Mommy is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. With news being updated so frequently, some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For this reason, we are encouraging readers to use online resources from local public health departments, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization to remain as informed as possible.

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Neil Diamond Shares Revamped ‘Sweet Caroline’ To Help With Hand-Washing

‘Sweet Caroline’ updated for a global pandemic

In times of crisis such as these, we need a few silver linings here and there to keep us all sane. Cue beloved singer/songwriter Neil Diamond who recently updated his iconic hit “Sweet Caroline” with some new lyrics to remind everyone that personal hygiene is very, very important.

Diamond posted a video on Twitter of himself and his dog sitting next to the fireplace, which in and of itself is calming enough. But he picked up a guitar and told viewers, “I know we’re all going through a tough time right now. But I love you and I think if maybe we sing together, well, we’ll feel a little bit better.”