Jennifer Aniston has taken to social media several times during the last few weeks to urge fans to wear a mask and take the current coronavirus pandemic seriously.
On July 19, Aniston shared a photo of her friend Kevin in the hospital. He had been admitted in April suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms, and though he has been released, he is still recovering from the virus.
Aniston stressed the fact that Kevin was an otherwise healthy man, and not in the high-risk group the virus tends to affect most severely.
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This is our friend Kevin. Perfectly healthy, not one underlying health issue. This is Covid. This is real. ⠀ ⠀ We can't be so naive to think we can outrun this…if we want this to end, and we do, right? The one step we can take is PLEASE #wearadamnmask.⠀ ⠀ Just think about those who've already suffered through this horrible virus. Do it for your family. And most of all yourself. Covid affects all ages. PS this photo was taken in early April (he gave me permission to post!). Thank god he has almost recovered now. Thank you all for your prayers 🙏🏼❤️
It’s an important message since cases have been increasing most drastically among young, healthy people who feel they are immune from the worst effects of the virus, though some end up hospitalized or even dead. Many young people who don’t end up in the hospital still have symptoms for months on end without doctors having a firm understanding of when they will recover.
Aniston also shared her and Courteney Cox wearing masks together, and had previously shared a photo of her wearing a mask, encouraging her followers to do the same.
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I understand masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But don’t you feel that it’s worse that businesses are shutting down… jobs are being lost… health care workers are hitting absolute exhaustion. And so many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough. ⠀ ⠀ I really do believe in the basic goodness of people so I know we can all do this 🥰 BUT still, there are many people in our country refusing to take the necessary steps to flatten the curve, and keep each other safe. People seem worried about their “rights being taken away” by being asked to wear a mask. This simple and effective recommendation is being politicized at the expense of peoples’ lives. And it really shouldn’t be a debate 🙏🏼 ⠀ ⠀ If you care about human life, please… just #wearadamnmask 😷 and encourage those around you to do the same ❤️
Her caption stated, “I understand masks are inconvenient and uncomfortable. But don’t you feel that it’s worse that businesses are shutting down… jobs are being lost… health care workers are hitting absolute exhaustion. And so many lives have been taken by this virus because we aren’t doing enough.”
In addition to raising awareness, Aniston has personally donated to both COVID-19 relief charities and Black Lives Matter-related organizations in the last few months.