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.
For RuPaul'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.