In two recently published tweets, Pink revealed that she and her three-year-old son tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but have since recovered. And now, following her personal battle with the infection, the “Just Give Me a Reason” performer has made a $1 million donation to the larger fight against the novel coronavirus.
The first of Pink’s coronavirus-related tweets indicated that she and Jameson (her son) exhibited symptoms of the disease, contacted their primary care physician, and eventually tested positive for COVID-19. Said symptoms were evidently mild, as they remained home for two weeks (per their doctor’s orders) while recovering. Pink and Jameson completed additional coronavirus tests “just a few days ago,” and the results showed that both are free of the disease.
After that, Pink set her sights on the low (or non-existent) COVID-19 testing available in the United States: “It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government not to make testing more widely accessible,” the singer blasted.
Lastly, Pink (a Pennsylvania native) closed her message with information about the aforementioned $1 million donation: $500,000 will reach Philadelphia’s Temple University Hospital, where her mother worked for 18 years, and the remaining $500,000 will benefit the Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.
The Twitter community’s reaction to Pink’s message appeared mixed. On one hand, Reno 911 star Kerri Kenney offered kind words, and actress Alyssa Milano wrote: “So glad you’re ok. And I love your haircut.”
However, other follow-up messages were decidedly less upbeat.
One disgruntled individual tweeted: “Rich and connected who have private physicians get tested and retested is all I heard here.” A different user responded to the latter statement by writing: “Right?! I love Pink and all, but tested twice? While the rest of us can’t?”
Media analyst Mark Dice wrote: “The government is not God. It can’t just magically create 327 million tests out of thin air overnight. #ShutUp.” The message drew the ire of Pink’s husband, motocross professional Carey Hart, who engaged in something of a war of words with Dice and sparked a debate over why the U.S. government has been unable to test most Americans. Other nations like South Korea and Germany have had ample testing conducted, and far more effective containment and treatment strategies.
Others continued to trounce on Pink for having the luxury of multiple tests, while medical workers and frontline responders don’t. “You have a nice voice, but it’s sickening that rich useless celebrities all seem to have access to tests while essential people who actually benefit society (healthcare workers, first responders, delivery drivers, care home workers, etc) can’t get them,” one user tweeted.
At the time of this writing, medical professionals had diagnosed approximately 1.25 million worldwide COVID-19 cases, including about 330,000 stateside infections. More than one million Americans have been tested for the disease, and additional test kits are being developed and manufactured presently.