Brian May Urges World To Take 'Extreme Measures' To Slow COVID-19 Pandemic

By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta

March 17, 2020

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Queen guitarist Brian May is urging the public not to be cavalier regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who moonlights as an astrophysicist, took to Instagram to warn his followers about the consequences of not treating the novel coronavirus as a real threat.

May decried "false information" about COVID-19 and the people who insist that it's a hoax. He said the British government's slow action on the outbreak will cause "thousands of deaths."

"It's too late to contain the CoronaVirus in Britain — but we CAN still save some of the lives of our dear ones by doing NOW what we should have done 3 weeks ago," May wrote. "ISOLATE - minimise our social contacts. Minimise them, if possible, to almost zero. The more interactions you have, the more chance you have of bringing the virus in to threaten your family."

May's statement echoes the repeated calls from infectious disease experts for social distancing as a means to 'flatten the curve' i.e. the rate at which the virus spreads to reduce stress on the global medical infrastructure.

The nations who appear to have weathered the COVID-19 outbreak the best — Singapore and South Korea — each acted swiftly to enact large-scale testing and containment in localities that seemed to be epicenters for the virus.

The two nations' responses have been widely praise by health experts, who also note that the reaction to the pandemic on the part of the U.S. and most of Europe has been decidedly slower — more akin to China's reaction — and more costly.

There is no known cure yet for COVID-19. It is a widely held belief that older people and people with underlying respiratory conditions are the most vulnerable to the new coronavirus.

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I feel this might be THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I EVER POSTED. There is so much false information out there - people saying the CoronaVirus is not a threat - even that it doesn’t exist. And our own Government has failed to act promptly, acting on catastrophically bad advice, which will eventually be the cause of thousands of deaths. It’s too late to contain the CoronaVirus in Britain - but we CAN still save some of the lives of our dear ones by doing NOW what we should have done 3 weeks ago. ISOLATE - minimise our social contacts. Minimise them, if possible, to almost zero. The more interactions you have, the more chance you have of bringing the virus in to threaten your family. The less people you meet up with, the better the chance of saving yourself and your family, and the greater chance we will have to limit the damage this awful plague will do. PLEASE READ the article these screen shots come from. It will take you 30 minutes or so to absorb it - but at the end you will truly understand why we must take extreme measures NOW. Do not confuse this with panicking. It is simply taking the measures we need to adopt to protect ourselves from a Hellish future. THE LINK IS IN MY BIO. Do it, please - and forward it to all your friends and family. This could save countless lives. My God - I am praying that Boris will read it - and throw his advisors out the door. Extreme Action is needed - delaying is shite. And please, politicians, stop talking about the economy, just for a moment. A million lives are at stake. Bri

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