Kylie Jenner has been urged to help young people understand how “serious” coronavirus is by the US Surgeon General.
Jerome M. Adams believes it’s essential for the likes of the ‘Life of Kylie’ star, basketball player Kevin Durant and others with huge social media followings to speak up in order to educate teenagers and millennials on the importance of social distancing and self-isolation during the pandemic.
The country’s public health spokesperson told ‘Good Morning America’: “I have a 15 and a 14-year-old and the more I tell them not to do something the more they want to do it.
“We need to get our influencers — Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell — we need to get Kylie Jenner, and our social media influencers out there helping folks understand that this is serious, this is absolutely serious, people are dying.”
And he urged young people who have been ignoring the advice to think about the impact the virus could have on elderly relatives.
He added: “Think about your grandmother, think about your grandfather. Think about the fact that you’re spreading disease, which could ultimately be what kills them.”
“We need to get Kylie Jenner, and our social media influencers out there helping folks understand that this is serious.”— Adams
Both Kevin and Donovan tested positive for the virus and have spoken about their experiences, while Kylie and the rest of her famous family have also been urging people to stay in.
The 22-year-old star tweeted earlier this week: “I hope everyone is feeling well! it’s so important right now to self-quarantine to ensure we aren’t endangering ourselves or anyone who can’t handle this virus.”
Her half-sister, Kim Kardashian West, has also urged her fans to “take the directive to stay home seriously” and to “not ignore the severity of the warnings to stay inside”.
She wrote on her Instagram Story: “Please everyone, especially people who are young and healthy, pls take the directive to stay home seriously if you care about the health and safety of your mom, father, grandparents, sisters, brothers, children and community.
“Unless you are leaving your home to go to work, restock on necessary food and essentials, to see your doctor or to help someone in need such as an elderly neighbor, please do not ignore the severity of the warnings to stay inside to stop the spread of this virus.
“Also a reminder that this virus does not discriminate against race, age, gender, etc. This applies to us all and we will get through this together. Sending everyone lots of love and keeping everyone in my family’s prayers.”