Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey & More Celebs Send Encouraging Words Amid Coronavirus Fears

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As the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, continues to sweep the globe, many states and cities are implementing aggressive social distancing regulations and encouraging people to self-isolate as much as possible to help slow the rapid spread of the illness.

The new rules and regulations have been met with varying degrees of cooperation from the public, and many celebs are using their down time to encourage their fans, followers and friends to start taking this whole thing more seriously, and to help the most vulnerable in our society whenever possible.

On Wednesday, March 18, Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to express how much she misses her sisters as they all have been self-isolating in the wake of the outbreak. She shared a throwback photo to explain why the sacrifices people have been making to stay safe are so important.

"I was organizing my photos in my phone and found this and miss my sisters but we are all social distancing and staying away from each other all separately self quarantined," Kardashian wrote. "It’s hard but we have to do this for our safety and for everyone else’s."

"PLEASE do not ignore the severity of the warnings to stay inside to stop the spread of this virus. We will all get through this! #TogetherApart," she added.

Matthew McConaughey also shared a video to Instagram encouraging people to care for one another.

"In these crazy times that we’re in with coronavirus, let's take care of ourselves and each other,” he said. “Let’s not go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid. Let’s do our due diligence and take the precautions we need to take care of ourselves and those of us around us. Right now, more than ever before, we’re all more dependent on each other than we ever been, but we have an enemy in coronavirus that is faceless, sexless, non-denominational and bi-partisan and it’s an enemy we all agree we want to beat. And we’re gonna beat him.”

McConaughey also said he hopes the positive ways in which the world is currently uniting will be reflected in the post corona-virus world.

“There is a green light on the other side of this red light that we’re in right now and I believe that green light is going to be built upon the values that we can enact right now," he explained. "Values of fairness, kindness, accountability, resilience, respect, courage."

"If we practice those things we right now [and] we get out of this, this virus might be the one time that brings us all together and unifies us like we have not been in a long time," the 50-year-old actor continued. "So let’s see if we can make some lemonade out of this lemon that we’re in the middle off -- turn a red light into a green light. Just keep living.”

Justin Bieber also reminded people about the power of society coming together to support one another, even if that means implementing social distancing practices. 

"Obviously this is a really scary time," he wrote alongside a video of people doing good deeds around the world. "I wanted to remind everyone what we can do when we come together!! LETS COME TOGETHER BY ISOLATING OURSELVES UNTIL WE HAVE MORE ANSWERS! Our grandparents are counting on us."

Kylie Jenner also tweeted: "i hope everyone is feeling well! it’s so important right now to self quarantine to ensure we aren’t endangering ourselves or anyone who can’t handle this virus."

Christina Aguilera also showed how she and her "little one" are marking art and being creative while staying at home.

"While we distance ourselves and keep our communities safe, I encourage you to get creative - find ways to do the all the little things that make you happy," the singer penned. "Life is a gift and sometimes it takes these hard reminders to realize all that we have and what we live for...the things that REALLY matter. Thinking of everyone around the world during this challenging time- we are fighters and we will make it through this together. Love, X 💋"

Lucy Hale used Instagram to raise awareness for pets in danger of abandonment or euthanasia following closures of shelters due to the spread of coronavirus. “LA County decided to shut all 7 of their shelters. This means they are going to start euthanizing dogs if they can’t find fosters. Please help these poor dogs by becoming a foster,” she wrote

Hale also shared a sweet message to her fans, encouraging them not to worry about the fear of missing out. “To all my friends, if y'all need anything at all during this time, reach out! I love you,” the Katy Keene star wrote alongside a funny photo reading, “Just chill. Your friends aren't doing anything, anyways.”  

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Lady Gaga took to Instagram on Sunday to share a message about how this experience is a reminder that we are all part of a global community, and emphasized the need to be considerate and compassionate.

"This is reminding I think a lot of us what it is to both feel like and be a human being. I think it’s so important to acknowledge that we are and must be a global kind singular community," she wrote. "We can’t do this without kindness. And corona virus is not prejudiced."

"My thought for the day is to accept there will be times we feel powerless and out of control -- but we can fill that space with kindness and be a part of the solution to a world problem. We then have control," she added. "We can create healing by learning how to be kind and take care of each other and ourselves during this time."

Gaga previously shared a post on Saturday in which she explained the importance of staying home and essentially staying in self-quarantine to fight the illness.

"So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups. I wish I could see my parents and grandmas right now but it’s much safer to not so I don’t get them sick in case I have it," she wrote. "I’m hanging at home with my dogs. I love you world, we’ll all get through this. Trust me, I talked to God —she said we’re gonna be ok."

Taylor Swift took to her Instagram story on Sunday to beg her fans to try and isolate themselves for the time being, explaining, "It's a really scary time but we need to make social sacrifices right now."

"I follow you online and I love you guys so much and I need to express my concern that things aren't being taken seriously enough right now. I'm seeing a lot of get togethers and hangs and parties still happening," Swift wrote. "This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don't assume that because you don't feel sick that you aren't possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this."

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Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, took to Twitter to encourage people to stop hoarding goods and to consider the health and well-being of others who also need access to toilet paper, face masks and bread.

"Be thoughtful. Respectful. Compassionate. HUMAN. while preparing for social distancing.... NO ONE needs every soup in the store, The more we hoard the more expensive and sparse necessities will become, leaving many without essentials. This is a great time to practice restraint…" she tweeted. "It’s incredibly difficult to make smart decisions while panicking, but think twice before following the fear and being inconsiderate. There is enough to go around if we take care of one another. This is a beautiful time to LEAD!"

Justin Timberlake took to his Instagram Story as well to encourage people to donate their money and their time if possible to help those in need, especially in this trying time where uncertainty reigns and money will soon be tighter than ever for many.

"This is a crazy time, but remember we're all in it together," Timberlake posted. "Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need. I'm donating to @midsouthfoodbank an organization in my hometown that is helping people assemble and deliver nonperishable food in the Mid-South, so families can be prepared to stay home. Every. little. thing. helps."

"Stay healthy, stay calm, and help everyone stay fed," he concluded.

Justin Timberlake
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Ben Affleck shared a similar message, sharing a call-to-action to his Instagram story.

"During these times of uncertainty, I’m thinking about our most vulnerable populations - children who are losing access to the meals they rely on, our friends and family who are facing job disruptions, the elderly, and low-income families," the actor wrote. "Join me in supporting @FeedingAmerica, the nationwide network of 200 food banks working tirelessly to feed our neighbors around the country."

Ariana Grande shared a note to her followers, encouraging them to "care more about others" amid the pandemic. The flu-like virus is deadly in its most extreme cases, with senior citizens and people with chronic medical conditions at higher risk.

"I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like 'this isn't a big deal' / 'we'll be fine'... 'we still have to go about our lives' and it's really blowing my mind," Grande began. "I understand if that is how u felt weeks ago. but please read about what's going on. please don't turn a blind eye." 

"It is incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly," she wrote. "The 'we will be find 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." 

Here's a look at what other celebrities are sharing to social media in an effort to spread positivity, and the word about civic responsibility and staying healthy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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I hope you are all taking good care of yourselves and each other during this very difficult time. I’m at home with my family, and we are taking all the necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who have lost loved ones, to those who are ill, as well as all who are facing hardships as a result of this drastic situation. I wish you strength and courage, and I hope that positive news and progress will return our lives back to normal sooner rather than later. Now more than ever, I hope you find music as a source of comfort, healing and peace. Be kind to each other, look after each other… we’re all in this together! - Céline xx… . J’espère que vous prenez tous bien soin de vous durant ces temps particulièrement difficiles. Je suis à la maison avec ma famille et nous prenons les précautions nécessaires pour rester en santé et en sécurité. Mes pensées et mes prières accompagnent tous ceux qui ont perdu des proches, ceux qui sont malades et tous ceux qui sont durement affectés par cette situation dramatique. Je vous souhaite force et courage et j’espère que des nouvelles positives ramèneront nos vies à la normale très prochainement. Maintenant plus que jamais, j’espère que la musique saura vous apporter une source de réconfort et de paix intérieure. Nous sommes tous ensemble concernés… Soyons bons les uns envers les autres, et prenons soin de nous et des autres. - Céline xx…

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This was a special tour.. we were having a blast playing our brand new record and hearing all you folks sing these new songs. When we had to suddenly cancel it, we were sad and maybe even afraid. As much as we want to tell you about us getting back to it ASAP.. there is something that we feel must be said to you wonderful people that is so much more important than that... We want to help emphasize in whatever way we can- please stay inside. Please take social distancing seriously. If you have the comfort and freedom to stay home, please do so. Let’s do whatever we can to help our hospitals. Here’s your moment to shine! Working on ways we can connect with you all in the meantime. Maybe a live online show? #chatblog .. reach out, let’s talk. What are the highs and lows you are going through during this time? How can we help each other? This picture was taken by a pretty good drummer named @coolranchdorio #BFF

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The times we are in feel surreal and have put everything into perspective. I’m using this time to appreciate the family time I get to enjoy with Justin and Issac. But we have to acknowledge that it’s a big adjustment to stay inside all day, so remember to also check in and take care of your mental health. Though the times are tough I choose to hold on to comfort given in the eternal command, “Fear not.” I have faith for the now and faith for the future. As we know faith without the necessary work behind it doesn’t mean much. I believe it’s important for us to remain positive, level-headed, calm, and to continue to support each other. It’s also important to take this seriously; if your job allows, socially distance yourself. Even if you’re young and healthy it’s up to all of us to do our part and protect others, especially the elderly and immunocompromised. I also want to shine a light on those who don’t have the option of staying home from work, those who are missing vital pay checks, and the children who are missing out on free or reduced lunches they depend on at school. Thank you to the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly and risking their own health to protect us all. We’re all in this together, so in the spirit of “love thy neighbor” let’s lead with love and kindness ❤️

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Stay at HOME (if you can) and stay HEALTHY.

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