Advertisement

‘This illness is serious’: Singer Pink says she had tested positive for COVID-19

Click to play video: 'COVID-19 survivors answer viewers’ questions' COVID-19 survivors answer viewers’ questions
WATCH: (From April 2, 2020) COVID-19 survivors answer viewers' questions – Apr 2, 2020

The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said Friday, also announcing that she is donating US$500,000 each to two emergency funds.

In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Celebrities and public figures who’ve tested positive for coronavirus

Her family had already been sheltering at home and continued to do so, she said. They were tested again “just a few days ago,” and were negative.

The Grammy Award-winning artist behind eight studio albums and hits like “Get the Party Started,” “What About Us,” “Raise Your Glass” and “Just Give Me a Reason” called for for free and widespread testing.

Click to play video: 'Ryan Reynolds pokes fun at celebrities in COVID-19 awareness video' Ryan Reynolds pokes fun at celebrities in COVID-19 awareness video
Ryan Reynolds pokes fun at celebrities in COVID-19 awareness video – Mar 24, 2020

“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.”

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: COVID cases in Canada tracker: how many new cases of COVID-19 today?

She announced she’s donating US$1 million across two coronavirus-related relief funds, with US$500,000 each going to the Temple University Hospital Fund in Philadelphia and the COVID-19 response fund run by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles.

The Temple University donation honours the singer born Alecia Moore’s mother, Judy Moore, who worked at the hospital’s cardiomyopathy and heart transplant centre for nearly two decades, she said.

Click to play video: 'Coronavirus outbreak: Habs player Jeff Petry helps health care workers' Coronavirus outbreak: Habs player Jeff Petry helps health care workers
Coronavirus outbreak: Habs player Jeff Petry helps health care workers – Mar 29, 2020

She called health care workers “heroes” and ended her post with an appeal to the public.

Story continues below advertisement

“These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home,” she wrote. “Please. Stay. Home.”

Sponsored content