CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is trying everything she can to keep Chicagoans at home amid the pandemic — including, it seems, playing guitar. Badly.
Lightfoot released a video Monday night where she tries a variety of things — baking, astrology, watching baseball and more — to encourage Chicagoans to “stay home and save lives” during the state’s stay at home order.
The video has quickly gone viral — just like the memes of the mayor sternly watching over the city.
“I don’t have much time to myself these days, but I felt I needed to make sure everyone knows how I feel about this Stay at Home Order,” Lightfoot tweeted with the video. “Which one motivates you the most to stay at home?”
The video then plays a variety of clips. One shows Lightfoot baking — and writing “STAY HOME” in flour on her counter. Another shows her calling friends and reminding them their dogs don’t need to see their animal friends, while another shows her playing a guitar and singing.
Lightfoot “the astrologer” sips from a tea cup as she advises, “Apologies to all the Aries, but if you stay at home now, maybe you can celebrate with the Geminis later.”
Lightfoot “the motivator” calls her daughter — who complains she’s bored. “You’re not bored; you’re saving lives,” Lightfoot says before hanging up.
At one point, Lightfoot “the fan” dons a White Sox jersey and tells viewers, “Tell ya what? If my White Sox win, you gotta stay home.”
Of course, she then plays a clip of the Sox winning the 2005 World Series.
And there’s Lightfoot “the baller,” who holds a mini basketball and points directly at the viewers.
“Here’s what’s up: If I make this shot, you gotta stay home,” she says.
Lightfoot drops the ball into the basket and crows, “She shoots, she scoooores!”
Watch the video:
The video has already been watched more than 160,000 times.
“These are all awesome, mayor!” one person tweeted in response. “Staying home, staying safe. Thank you for all you are doing.”
Another person replied, “We needed this. Thank you, @chicagosmayor. PS I’ve canceled all my pedicures.”
She has also embraced the many memes created after she scolded Chicagoans for crowding the lakefront and other public spaces on a warm day last week. The big crowds led to a city shutdown of beaches, the lakefront trail and The 606.
“Like in any difficult time, I think we’ve gotta have a sense of balance, and humor is a part of it,” Lightfoot said Monday.
Lightfoot has repeatedly urged Chicagoans to stay home as much as possible and to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
So far, there have been 2,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city.
Coronavirus can be deadly, but the vast majority of cases have been mild. Those most at risk from the virus are people who are elderly or who have underlying health conditions.
Symptoms of coronavirus can appear two to 14 days after a person has been exposed to the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. People with no symptoms may have the virus and spread it to others.
The virus spreads between people through coughing and sneezing, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The most common symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
People have also experienced body aches, nasal congestion, runny nose and sore throat, according to Harvard Medical School.
If you or someone else has difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, become confused, cannot be roused or develop a bluish face or lips, get immediate medical attention, according to the CDC.
How To Protect Yourself
The CDC only recommends those are already sick wear facemasks because they help you avoid spreading the virus.
Here’s what you can actually do to prevent getting ill:
- The CDC and other officials have said people should wash their hands often, including before, during and after eating; after using the bathroom; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
The CDC has a guide here for how to properly wash your hands. Remember: Wash with soap and water, scrubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- If you can’t wash your hands with soap and water, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch frequently, like cellphones and light switches. Here are tips from the CDC.
- Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you have to sneeze or cough with a tissue, throw it out immediately after using it, according to the CDC.
What To Do If You Think You’re Sick
Even if you’re not showing symptoms, the Chicago Department of Public Health recommends people coming from high-risk countries (here’s a CDC list) self-quarantine for 14 days after returning home.
If you do have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your primary doctor or a health care facility before going in. Explain your symptoms and tell them if you’ve come into close contact with anyone with coronavirus or traveled to an area where COVID-19 is widespread (here’s a CDC list) within the last 14 days, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
From there, the experts will work with your local health department to determine what to do and if you need to be tested for coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
And, of course, if you think you’re sick with coronavirus, don’t risk exposing other people to the virus. Anyone who feels unwell has been ordered to stay home or risk getting a $500 fine.
Those with questions and concerns about coronavirus can call the Illinois Department of Public Health at 800-889-3931.
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