Singer Pink reveals she tested coronavirus positive, donates $1mn to fund

"This illness is serious and real," she said in a long post

pink-insta Singer Pink | via Instagram | @Pink

Adding to the count of celebrities who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, singer Pink, on Saturday, revealed that she also had tested positive for the disease. She added that a re-test done a few days ago showed negative results.

In a long post on Instagram, the 40-year-old singer shared her experience. “Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive,” she wrote.

“My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative,” she added.

She said that it is an absolute failure on the part of the government that testing was not made more accessible. “This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities,” she wrote.

She announced that she would be donating $ 1 million to support healthcare workers and those at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus. “In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund,” she wrote.

She also thanked all healthcare workers and called them the real heroes, and urged people to stay home for the next two days. “THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.”

Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first celebrities to test positive for the coronavirus in Australia recently. They are back in the US now after treatment. Actor Idris Elba and wife Sabrina, Kristofer Hivju, and actresses Indira Varma, Rachel Matthews and Olga Kurylenko had also tested positive.

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack, jazz legend Manu Dibango, singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger are among those who lost their lives to the virus recently.