The world is on heightened alert regarding the coronavirus, with anxiety hitting a high mark this week as President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday evening.
That same evening, actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson announced that they both have tested positive for coronavirus, which they believe was contracted in Australia.
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Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!
Iconic singer Celine Dion, meanwhile, postponed two upcoming shows after being tested for coronavirus herself — and while the results of that test came back indicating she was suffering the common cold — not the virus — it was still the right decision, given the circumstances.
DUE TO COMMON COLD, CELINE DION POSTPONES COURAGE WORLD TOUR DATES IN WASHINGTON, D.C AND PITTSBURGH, PAShow dates on…
All of this comes as global concern over the spread of coronavirus has had significant ramifications on the world as we know and accept it. Also on Wednesday evening, the NBA announced the indefinite suspension of its season, in part due to Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz being confirmed to have contracted the illness.
NBA To Suspend Season Following Tonight's Games pic.twitter.com/2PTx2fkLlW
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2020
Major League Soccer also announced the suspension of its season on Thursday:
MLS is suspending its season immediately until further notice due to coronavirus, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Sports Illustrated.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) March 12, 2020
Prog-rock band Yes, meanwhile, also postponed some upcoming live dates as well, issuing a statement on their official website.
YES has confirmed that they regretfully are cancelling a handful of shows and will not be performing on this year’s “@cruisetotheedge.”
Band members Steve Howe and Alan White both commented, read their statements at Yesworld:https://t.co/AmIyYRhNry
— YESofficial (@yesofficial) March 11, 2020
Earlier this week, the 2020 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and Stagecoach Festival were rescheduled to October by Goldenvoice for the same precautionary reasons as above;
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As residents of the city of Seattle, we’ve been hit hard and have witnessed firsthand how quickly these disastrous situations can escalate. Our kids’ schools have closed along with universities and businesses. It’s been brutal and it’s gonna get worse before it gets better. So we are being told that being part of large gatherings is high on the list of things to avoid as this global health crisis is now beginning to affect all of our lives. Unfortunately, communing in large groups is a huge part of what we do as a band and the tour we’ve been busy planning for months is now in jeopardy… We have and will always keep the safety and well-being of our supporters as top priority. So it is with deep frustration and regret that we are forced to make this most unfortunate of announcements… This scheduled first leg of our PJ/Gigaton tour will need to be postponed and shows rescheduled for a later date. We’ve worked hard with all our management and business associates to find other solutions or options but the levels of risk to our audience and their communities is simply too high for our comfort level. Add to that we also have a unique group of passionate fans who travel far and wide. We’ve always been humbled by this and respect their energies and devotion. However in this case, travel is something to avoid. It certainly hasn’t helped that there’s been no clear messages from our government regarding people’s safety and our ability to go to work. Having no examples of our national health department’s ability to get ahead of this, we have no reason to believe that it will be under control in the coming weeks ahead. Again, here in Seattle what we are witnessing we would not wish for anyone. What we do wish for the rest of the country is that they can avoid the harsh negative effects of this and retain their sense of community and take care of one another. Just as we look forward to our next concerts and the ability to gather together and play loud songs as energized as ever. We are so sorry… And deeply upset.. If anyone out there feels the same based on this news, we share that emotion with you. – Ed & Pearl Jam
And South By Southwest canceled its 2020 event.
All of this to say: We’re in uncharted territory, seeing so many events and gatherings canceled or postponed over fears of coronavirus — and everything is in flux for the forseeable future, really. Stay tuned — and stay safe!