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'Drag Race's Shea Coulee Says Cousin Died From Coronavirus

Shea Coulee on Instagram.

According to the performer, no one knew the realitive had contracted COVID-19.

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As has been said before, the danger in COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, is that it is a silent pandemic. For days, and even weeks that someone is infected with the virus, they can show no symptoms while being able to spread it. Some can remain entirely asymptomatic and for that reason -- among others -- the pandemic is extremely dangerous.

ForRuPaul's Drag Race star Shea Coulee, things recently hit close to home. On Twitter, they wrote that they had a relative recently die from the virus.

"I just learned that a cousin of mine died today from Coronavirus," the season nine finalist wrote. "No one knew she had it, and I'm growing concerned for my other family members in her household."

"This is serious," they continued. "Please stay safe everyone." The tweets have since been deleted.

Government and health officials have stressed the importance of social distancing during this time to fight the spread of the global pandemic. People are encouraged to stay in their homes as much as possible, and not gather in groups of more than 10. They are also encouraged to wash their hands frequently, not touch their faces, and if they must go outside or meet with others they haven't chosen to seclude themselves with, to wash their clothes after as there has been some evidence that the virus can live in clothes.

A number of celebrities have reported testing positive for the virus including Tom Hanks and Idris Elba.

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Mikelle Street

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.

Mikelle is the former editorial director of digital for PrideMedia, guiding digital editorial and social across Out, The Advocate, Pride.com, Out Traveler, and Plus. After starting as a freelancer for Out in 2013, he joined the staff as Senior Editor working across print and digital in 2018. In early 2021 he became Out's digital director, marking a pivot to content that centered queer and trans stories and figures, exclusively. In September 2021, he was promoted to editorial director of PrideMedia. He has written cover stories on Ricky Martin, Miss Fame, Nyle DiMarco, Jeremy O. Harris, Law Roach, and Symone.