Op-Ed: The pandemic, Hurricane Ian and me — a doctor whose friends say I have PTSD
As the world braces itself for another wave of coronavirus, the world’s first real celebrity, actress Jennifer Lawrence, has taken it upon herself to fight back against the media’s ongoing harassment and bullying.
With her latest Twitter exchange with comedian and activist Bill Maher revealing her concerns about the upcoming outbreak with COVID-19, Lawrence is fighting back against the very press that is so quick to write her off as an attention-seeking, vain, publicity-seeking diva. And she is doing it in a way that will resonate with those who are sick of having to hide their symptoms to avoid being put on a list of probable carriers in the United States.
Lawrence, 46, has been vocal about her fears of COVID-19 in the past few days, but she was at least hoping to use her platform for good when she opened up on Twitter with a message of solidarity and support for fellow Americans: “If you’re worried what you might be missing in your life as a parent, please keep in mind that this virus is real danger and you can get sick, too.”
To Lawrence, it’s not a life-and-death situation. It’s a serious, life-limiting illness that requires quarantine and self-isolation until you are no longer contagious. “I have a child and a boyfriend, and I would rather not get them into this kind of danger than not have them near me. I want to say to anyone out there who is worried about the news media or worried about their children, worry about them. Just do what you can. Just be you. Just love them. Just take care of yourself. That’s my message, and I think it needs saying to the world.”
Lawrence’s message was a hit with a group of people on social media who didn’t even realize Lawrence exists.
“My sister is so worried about the news and media. I don’t know what’s wrong with her, but I do know what’s right. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen to her and to my family. I am