A mid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, actor Matt Damon says while other generations have been asked to do extraordinary things, we are just being asked to stay at home. He feels we all “can be together just by staying apart”.
Recently, Damon reunited with Kate Winslet and other stars of the 2011 virus thriller “Contagion” for a series of public service announcements (PSAs) to warn people about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Now is the time to spend all the time you want staring at your phone or your tablet and if anybody gives you a hard time about it, tell them not to bother you because you are saving lives. Just make sure that you tell them that from six feet away,” Damon said.
“We can all do this together just by staying apart. Please do your part. Other generations have been asked to do extraordinary things. We’re being asked to just stay at home. We got this. Let’s please respect and protect our elders,” he added.
Looking back at his 2011 film “Contagion”, Damon said: “A few years ago, a bunch of us did this movie called ‘Contagion’, which we’ve noticed is creeping its way back up on the charts on iTunes for obvious reasons, given what we’re all living through right now. Everything you are going to hear from me has been vetted by Public Health Experts and Scientists. So, I am here to talk about social distancing, something we’ve been hearing a lot on TV since the last couple of weeks.”
“In the movie, I played a guy who was immune to the hypothetical virus that was spreading around the world. So, a few things to start, that was a movie, this is real life. I have no reason to believe that I’m immune to covid-19 and neither do you, no matter how young you are. This is a new virus, it’s going to take some time for our bodies and our doctors to understand the best way to protect us. New viruses emerge all the time. This isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. So, the good news is, we have seen things like this before and we emerged stronger as a result. And in time, we’re going to win against this one as well. Nobody knows how much time, but we do know how to make that day get here quicker,” he added. (IANS)