Coronavirus: Kylie Jenner urges young fans to self-isolate after surgeon general asks her to speak out
Kylie Jenner has spoken out and urged her massive fan following on Instagram to remain indoors.
Jenner's message to her fans follows a request by surgeon general, Jerome Adams who asked the reality TV star to use her influence to spread awareness about the deadly coronavirus. She took to her Instagram account on March 19 and shared a video to her Instagram stories saying she had heard Adam's request.
In her video, the mother of one shared, "I listened to the Surgeon General this morning, and even though I've already been doing my daily reminders [to practice social distancing], he definitely encouraged me to come on here and talk to you guys."
"Coronavirus is a real thing! Please stay 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 and be affecting other people," she added.
"It's serious and the only way to slow this down is if we do this because there's not a cure right now," Jenner shared. She went on to refer to some new research that shows 29% of the first 2,500 cases of coronavirus in the US comprised of people between the ages of 20-44.
The beauty mogul continued that no one is immune to this virus before revealing that a large percentage of those affected are young people. “Nobody is immune to this. Millennials are not immune to this,” Jenner said. “New evidence actually shows that a large percentage in the hospital right now are young adults.”
She also shared that when she was pregnant, she had spent a large chunk of time at home in order to avoid the paparazzi.
"I watched movies, I read books, I would do full spa days and take long baths," she recalled. Jenner also revealed that she had finished a fair share of puzzles when she was pregnant and has taken to the same hobby again in light of the 'stay at home' advice.
"Staying at home is fun guys! Tweet me what you've been doing," she shared as she concluded her video.
Surgeon General Adams one of America's leading physicians knows that teenagers are more likely to listen to social media icons than their country's officials. We had previously reported that he had spoken on ABC's 'Good Morning America' and said, "What I really think we need to do [is] get our influencers."
"We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that look, this is serious, this is absolutely serious. People are dying," he shared. His plea to Jenner came after some disturbing pictures and videos of teenagers and young adults heading to the beaches of Florida for Spring Break.
"I have a 15 and 14-year-old and the more I tell them not to do something, the more they want to do it. What I really think we need to do was get our influencers - Kevin Durant, Donavan Mitchell, we need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand: this is serious - people are dying out there," Adams said.
"We have data emerging from Italy that suggests young people may be at higher risk than we previously thought. But think about your grandfather, the fact you're spreading disease that could ultimately be what kills them," he continued. He further added how America was trying to avoid becoming Italy where the 'worst-case scenario' has panned out with the entire country in its tenth day of lockdown.