Betty White is safe and sound in self-isolation as fans worry for 98-year-old star in coronavirus pandemic

Betty White is chilling in quarantine (Picture: Getty)

Fans of Betty White can breathe a sigh of relief (into a tissue, in your own homes and then wash your hands for 20 seconds) as the actor is safe and ‘in good health’ in self-isolation.

The 98-year-old is holed up in her home in Los Angeles and has been limiting her in-person interactions to prevent catching coronavirus, TMZ reports.

Betty’s fans had expressed their worries as the pandemic
spread across the USA, with it being most dangerous for the elderly and those
with underlying health conditions.

They tweeted: ‘Can someone please check on Betty White?? We must protect her from coronavirus.’

Others added: ‘The more of you that stay home, the less chance there is that
Betty White will contract coronavirus. that should be reason enough to
#StayHome’ and ‘If you’re not doing #SocialDistanacing for yourself, do it for
#bettywhite. #coronavirus.’

Sources told TMZ that Betty is being cautious not to catch
the virus and is only interacting with people who are being equally as careful
as they drop off groceries and supplies to her so she doesn’t have to leave the

Fans were concerned for the 98-year-old star (Picture: @BettyMWhite)

Los Angeles, where Betty lives, has a ‘stay-at-home’ order
in place similar to the UK’s lockdown, where people are only allowed to leave
their homes for essential trips such as to buy food shopping or medicine or for

According to the source: ‘Betty is spending all of her time
inside and relaxing through her quarantine.’

That’s what we like to hear.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding all contact with other people for 14 days, according to the NHS.

It means no going to work, school, the shops or even to the park for some fresh air, in order to minimise the risk of passing on Covid-19.

Public transport and taxis are a no-no and you shouldn’t have visitors over, even if you just stay at home.

Anyone in self-isolation is advised to ask friends, family and delivery drivers to pick things up for you and drop them-off. You should put a sign outside telling people you are self-isolating and everything should be left on the floor outside your front door to avoid the risk of further infections.

You should leave a sign outside your property if you have to self-isolate (Picture: PA)

Those who are self-isolating are still advised to stay away from their pets as much as possible and to wash their hands before and after touching them.

If you live in a house share and have to self-isolate, the advice is to stay in your room with the door closed and only emerge to use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas if absolutely necessary.

Who should self-isolate?

The government advises anyone returning from Category 1 areas (Hubei, Iran, Italy and Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea), to go straight home and self-isolate, even if they don’t display any symptoms.

Travellers should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Anyone returning from Category 2 areas should self-isolate and call 111 if they have Covid-19 symptoms. You can find the list of those places here.

Several countries around the world have implemented social
distancing measures or lockdown in order to slow the spread of coronavirus,
which can cause complications including deadly pneumonia.

By keeping people apart and ensuring fewer people get the virus at the same time, the measures should lessen the impact of the pandemic on health services around the world.

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