Kim Kardashian and Dr. Fauci Had a Zoom Party and Here's Who Came
While trying to get the word out about the severity of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease doctor, has talked with celebs like Tiffany Haddish and Dennis Quaid about how we can stop the rise in cases. Back in April, he had an even more star-studded call. "It was a whole bunch of movie stars and some sports figures and they wanted to know about what they could do to stay safe, about wearing masks and avoiding crowds," Fauci told CNN about the Zoom call. "I was impressed by the questions they asked, by their level of sophistication…Each of them has enormous numbers of followers on their social media accounts. I could say to them, for example, it's important to wear a mask, and they get on their accounts and say 'wear a mask' and it goes out to an additional couple of million people," said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Here's some of the 36 people on the call, "according to Fauci and two others familiar with the call," says CNN. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
CNN says Kim Kardashian arranged the call between the celebs and Fauci. Her husband Kanye West "had it way at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on," Kardashian said in an interview with GRAZIA. "It was so scary and unknown." Since then, she has caused a controversy for throwing a birthday party, despite taking precautions. "After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time," she wrote in captions of photos from the shindig. This caused backlash from the likes of musician Peter Frampton. "Are you that insensitive you don't realise this is not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear?" Frampton wrote. "People are going to food banks not private islands."
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
Always the entrepreneur, Ashton Kutcher and his wife Mila Kunis generated an idea that generated awareness—and money. They sold "quarantine wine" and donated the profits to COVID-19 awareness. "When we first started it, we were just like, 'All right, we'll see if we can raise a little bit of money and see how it goes,'" said Kunis on the Tonight Show. "You have to do an allotment of cases. You have to pre-order juice. So we were, like, let's just play it safe," added Kunis. "We bought 2,000 cases." After some social media promotion, "in eight hours, we sold out 2,000 cases. We were shocked," said the actress. Added Kutcher, "We've raised, like, a million dollars."
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry
The actor and singer couple wore matching Fauci Gang sweaters—the letters blinged out in dazzling silver—on Instagram to show support. "Double tap if you're in the #drfauci gang" said their caption. Perry also appeared on Good Morning America, where, according to Entertainment Tonight, "the 'Daisies' singer hopped on a Zoom call with T.J. Holmes to surprise Megan Ranney, an emergency room doctor who has been working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Rhode Island. Ranney's two children, Lillian, 11, and Clark, 8, were also on the call, and couldn't contain their excitement over video chatting with their favorite pop star." "Your mom, Megan, is an absolute hero. Aren't you so proud of her?" Perry asked. "Your mom could join the circus. She's literally doing the best juggling act in the world."
"As businesses in Georgia decide whether or not to reopen after Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to reopen the state despite coronavirus infections remaining consistent, rapper 2 Chainz is finding another way to serve the community safely," reports BET. "Instead of offering dine-in service at his Atlanta-based Escobar Restaurant and Tapas eatery, the 'I'm Different' MC has decided to feed homeless people." Unfortunately, that same restaurant was later cited for "after public safety officials received complaints that there were too many people inside the restaurant and bar," reports Fox 30.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk
Paltrow, actress and health influencer, was at the center of a pandemic before COVID-19—in the movie Contagion. "En route to Paris," Paltrow captioned one photo, as she wore a face mask very early in the pandemic. "Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I've already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don't shake hands. Wash hands frequently." Follow that advice yourself, and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.