Slim Thug says he tested positive for coronavirus despite using mask and staying home: 'It's real out here'
The Houston rapper got tested after he had flu-like symptoms, including a fever and a cough, and is now warning others to follow orders and stay at home
Slim Thug says he has tested positive for coronavirus in a video statement he put out on Tuesday, March 24, on Instagram.
The 39-year-old rapper, whose real name is Stayve Jerome Thomas, said in his video that he followed all the recommendations and took the necessary precautions, including wearing a mask and gloves when he stepped outside, but it still did not prevent him from contracting the virus.
He stated, "As careful as I’ve been self-quarantining, staying home, I might have gone and got something to eat or something, simple stuff like that, nothing crazy." He continues, "Stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on and my test came back positive."
Thomas, who gained mainstream attention and fame after he was featured on Mike Jones' hit single 'Still Tippin', cautioned his viewers to "take this stuff serious," adding they should "sit home, self-quarantine, do not come outside for however long they're saying."
Countries all over the world are taking stricter measures and forcing people to remain indoors, staying isolated in quarantine, to prevent the further spread of the virus. This includes stay-at-home orders that prohibit going outside except in the case of an emergency or to pick up essential goods.
"If you have symptoms," Thomas continues in his video, "you need to go get checked out or whatever." Despite the shortage of testing kits, many are still pushing for people to get tested, even if they are not displaying more extreme symptoms like having difficulty breathing.
Many individuals who have tested positive for the virus have stated they had little to no symptoms, while others simply said they felt extremely tired. And several others have reported having flu-like symptoms, including Thomas who stated that he got tested because he had a fever and a cough.
"I feel better now," Thomas said in his Instagram video. He adds that he no longer has any symptoms, stating "I don't have a fever or nothing like that, so I feel like I'm good," and then once again cautions his viewers, saying "y'all better take this serious. It's real out here."
The rapper has been a huge proponent of social distancing on his social media, frequently advising people to stay indoors and be safe.
He also shared an image featuring the news of a stay-at-home order issued on Tuesday by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo which shut down businesses and ordered residents to remain in self-quarantine only a few hours prior to revealing that he had tested positive.