Screenwriter and bestselling author Bess Kalb has a stark warning for all of us who are thinking of visiting the beach or going to the nail salon. Her dad is an ICU doctor treating coronavirus patients and he told her just how bad Covid-19 really is.
Bess warned that the virus is serious business and that we shouldn’t relax too much: even young and healthy people are at risk. The writer mentioned everything from “cytokine storms” to “random strokes” and suggested that people send her Twitter thread to anyone who’s outside in a crowded public space.
The writer’s thread about her dad’s insights got more than 161.7k likes and 64k retweets and it shows just how widely their message about the dangers of the virus spread.
Los Angeles-based Bess is the author of the book Nobody Will Tell You This But Me and is the writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Emmy-nominated writer is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker’s “Daily Shouts,” and her work has been published in The New Republic, Salon, Wired, The Nation, and elsewhere.
While a lot of countries are relaxing some of the quarantine measures in place, the coronavirus pandemic is far from over.
According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 3.58 million cases of people sick with the coronavirus worldwide and over 250k people have lost their lives because of it. Nearly 69k people died in the United States, 29k in Italy, and nearly 29k in the United Kingdom.
The US now plans to borrow 3 trillion dollars for virus-related financial relief. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that it obtained an “internal document” that shows that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Emergency Management Agency forecast around 200k new coronavirus cases each day by the end of May and 3k deaths by June 1. In other words, it might be too soon to relax and celebrate.
Here’s how some people reacted to Bess’ Twitter thread