Matthew McConaughey calls coronavirus 'faceless, sexless' in video message

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey offered some words of encouragement to his social media followers on his Twitter, to help get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, Hollywood‘s biggest celebrities are taking to their platforms to reach out to their fans.

The latest star to do so is Matthew McConaughey, who shared a supportive message on his Twitter account to let people know they aren’t alone and there’s hope.

“Because every red light eventually turns green,” the tweet reads.

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The video footage begins with McConaughey, 50, saying: “In these crazy times that we’re in with the coronavirus, let’s take care of ourselves, and each other.”

“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 to take care of ourselves.”

“We are more dependent on each other than we have ever been,” he continues, adding that the virus is an enemy that’s “faceless, that is raceless, sexless, nondenominational and bipartisan.”

The video, posted on March 17, has been viewed 2.3 million times and shared more than 20,000 times. Clearly, it’s had an impact on Twitter folks, many of whom are likely in self-isolation, just like the Interstellar star.

“If only Trump had paid attention when the light was yellow instead of running the red light into the danger zone … But here we are and together we’ll be alright, alright alright,” one Twitter user wrote, referring to one of McConaughey’s catchphrases.

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Another commented: “ more inspirational and hopeful than anything the current president has ever said.”

“Very cool of you to take the time to speak with us,” one person tweeted.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Health officials say the risk is low for Canadians but warn this could change quickly. They caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are asked to self-isolate for 14 days in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. And if you get sick, stay at home.

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meaghan.wray@globalnews.ca

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