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Danny DeVito begs New York state dwellers to self-isolate in video message plea


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Danny DeVito has urged people living in the state of New York to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary actor shared his plea in a video message, warning that youngsters could spread the virus to the elderly and cause fatalities.

‘Hi everybody, it’s Danny DeVito, and I’m asking you from the bottom of my heart, all over the State of New York, stay home,’ the 75-year-old star began. ‘I mean everybody.

‘I mean, we got this virus, this pandemic and, you know, young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people – and the next thing you know, I’m out of here.

‘So, Governor Cuomo asked me to ask you to please, do us all a favour, all of us, and stay home.’

Danny DeVito has encouraged people to self-isolate (Picture: Twitter/ABC)



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.

Celebrities all over the globe have been warning others to self-isolate, including the likes of Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, who, last week urged fans to think of others by staying indoors to help stop the spread of the virus.

More recently, Madonna shared a song from her bath tub about how coronavirus doesn’t discriminate, while Sam Smith shared their meltdown over life in quarantine.

They’re hardly the only celebrities who have chosen to stay inside and do their part in helping keep those more vulnerable safe.

So far stars including Tom Hanks and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko have tested positive for Covid-19, as well as Idris Elba and his wife.

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