Actor's Tweets About 'Hopeless' COVID-19 Go Viral

Leah Groth
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You may have seen his name trending yesterday on Twitter, so, what did Kumail Nanjiani tweet? For months, experts have been warning that a surge of COVID-19 cases in the fall and winter was inevitable unless people took immediate preventative action to flatten the curve of infections. Now, as cases are spiking across the country, it has become clear that the next several months could be the worst of the pandemic so far. Like many Americans, Kumail Nanjiani, an actor, comedian, and writer (known from Silicon Valley and Lovebirds), is frustrated with the current state of things—especially because his wife falls into a high risk category. Read on to see which of his tweets went viral, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

What did Kumail Nanjiani Tweet?

Over the weekend, Nanjiani expressed his concern over the recent surge of cases and how nothing is being done to quell the virus.

"I'm sorry. I'm generally a very optimistic person&have fought to keep positive these last few months. But today is hard. We are heading into a massive Covid spike&the people who are supposed to protect us are doing nothing&blaming us for being concerned," he tweeted. "We've been in quarantine for 8 months because my wife is in a high risk group. We feel let down by our country. But it's not about us. We're the lucky ones."

Nanjiani's wife, Emily V. Gordon, suffers from adult-onset Still's disease, an autoimmune disease that can shut down the body's vital organs and even lead to death. Their story served as inspiration for the hit film The Big Sick, which the couple co-wrote and he starred in.

He then pointed out that "over 226,000 people have died" and irreparable damage has been done as a result of the virus. "That's so many families destroyed. People have lost their homes, their jobs…And this was all preventable."

He continued to explain that he is disappointed in the country's pandemic response compared to other nations. "I look at the Covid cases&deaths in other countries&it feels like they're in another world. Are they dealing with the same disease we are? I guess that's the difference. They're dealing with it. We're not. We politicized every suppression effort," he added.

"Wearing masks is a sign of weakness. Protecting your friends, family, neighbors is a sign of weakness. Getting your heart broken every day by rising cases is a sign of weakness. Worrying that the next text will contain unthinkable news is a sign of weakness," he continued.

"Sleepless nights because what will happen if the person laying next to you in bed gets sick is a sign of weakness. Science is a sign of weakness. We could have done so much more to prevent all these losses. But it's not his fault. It's China's fault. 8 months& we're still here."

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"Just Be Careful Out There"

He admitted that he is trying to stay positive about things, and "keep all these scary/sad/devastating thoughts out of my head. Focus on the positive. Donate to worthy causes. People are doing fantastic work out there," he explained. "Most days it works. But not today."

"I guess I have nothing constructive to say. Just be careful out there. I'm afraid we have a couple of bad months ahead of us. And I feel hopeless&helpless today," he concluded, asking his followers for suggestions of "worthy organizations we can donate to" and telling his fans that he's "gonna try&crawl back to optimism now."

As for yourself, 35 states in America are seeing dramatic rises in cases and, in many, hospitalizations. No matter where you live, wear your face mask, avoid crowded, hang outdoors more than indoor, practice good hand hygiene, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.