COVID-19 survivor Pink shares ‘scary’ experience of deadly disease
While Pink and her 3-year-old son Jameson have successfully recovered from COVID-19, the experience, the pop star said, still has her feeling shaken. “It got really, really scary. I’m not gonna lie,” she said in a recent Instagram Live chat. “There were many nights when I cried and never prayed more in my life.”
She and her son had been showing COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolating for two weeks, Pink recalled, before seeking help from her primary care physician, who fortunately has access to coronavirus tests. The results came out positive, prompting the singer-songwriter to continue “sheltering at home” together with her family.
“Jameson had been really, really sick. I kept a journal of all his symptoms for the past three weeks and mine as well. But still, three weeks later, his temperature was 100 degrees (Fahrenheit),” said Pink, who’s both thankful and relieved that her husband, Carey Hart, and their 8-year-old daughter, Willow, didn’t get sick.
“I was on nebulizers. I have asthma really bad … had it for my whole life,” she added.
One of the realizations Pink had while she and her son dealt with the illness was that virus spares no one. “It’s funny, at one point, I heard myself saying, ‘I thought they promised us our kids would be OK.’ But it’s not guaranteed. There’s no one who’s safe from this,” she stressed.
Pink likened coping with COVID-19 to a “roller-coaster ride.” “Just when you think you’re better, something else happens,” she cautioned her followers.
Fortunately, she and child are now “out of the woods.” “We were retested and are now thankfully negative,” Pink said.
In an Instagram post, the 40-year-old music artist slammed the US government for not being able to conduct mass testing. “It’s an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” she wrote, adding that “this illness is serious and real…”
“We must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities,” she pointed out.
As her way of saying thank you to the health-care professionals battling the pandemic in the front lines, Pink donated $1 million to a hospital and an organization of her choice.
She pledged $500,000 to Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia “in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center.” She gave another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
“Thank you to all of our health-care professionals and everyone in the world working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: Please stay home,” Pink said.
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