The singer Pink announced she tested positive for COVID-19 Friday — adding she’ll donate $500,000 each to two emergency funds.
By: Cami Mondeaux
In a string of tweets, she said she and her 3-year-old son were experiencing symptoms of the virus two weeks ago. After testing for the virus through a primary care physician, Pink said she tested positive.
Her family had already quarantined and sheltering at home — and they’ll continue to do so. They tested again a few days ago, where Pink said she tested negative.
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— P!nk (@Pink) April 4, 2020
The experience has inspired Pink to start calling for free and widespread testing across the country.
“It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible,” she wrote. “This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”
She said she would donate $1 million to two separate coronavirus-related relief funds — with half going to Temple University Hospital Fund in Philadelphia and the COVID-19 response fund connected to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.
She said health care workers are “heroes” and ended her post with a call to the public.
“These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home,” she wrote. “Please. Stay. Home.”