These are the celebs actually doing some good during the coronavirus pandemic
From working on hospital front lines to organising online concerts
During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been a lot of celebrities who have stepped up and have been helping out as much as they can. From returning to previous hospital and medical jobs, to making huge donations – lots of famous people have been doing their bit.
Yes there are still the few not taking government rules seriously, or spreading crazy theories that 5G caused the virus outbreak, but let’s take a few minutes to appreciate those who actually do give a damn and are using their platforms and skills positively.
Here are all the celebrities, so far, who are helping out and doing their bit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Alex George
Love Island 2018’s Alex George has continued working as an A&E doctor in Lewisham, London. He’s been working long shifts during the coronavirus outbreak, and has been sharing updates on his Instagram.
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, has been hosting free online PE lessons. They’re 30-minutes long, and designed to keep children who can no longer go to school keep active – but they’re just as good for adults too. The classes are live everyday, and each one has been uploaded to his YouTube channel.
Lady Gaga and the members of One World: Together at Home
Lady Gaga, along with the group Global Citizen, has raised around $35m (£28m) for the World Health Organisation. The money she has raised will go towards buying protective equipment for health workers and support efforts to develop drugs and vaccines.
As well as this, Lady Gaga has announced she has created an online concert to recognise health workers’ efforts in fighting coronavirus. The show is called One World: Together at Home and will be hosted by US talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert.
Some of the celebs taking part include Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. It has been reported that other celebrities expected to appear include: David Beckham, John Legend, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Idris and Sabrina Elba.
The concert will be on Saturday 18th April and will be live across US channels. It will also be streamed on social media channels such as YouTube, Instagram and Twitter.
Dr Ranj Singh
As well as appearing as the on-screen doctor on This Morning, Dr Ranj has kept his day job as an NHS doctor. During the coronavirus outbreak he’s been working round the clock.
Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012. In honour of her grandparents she has donated $5 million to Direct Relief, Feeding America, the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and other organisations fighting COVID-19.
Peter Andre’s wife, Emily Andre, is an NHS doctor. She has been working on the front line as a medic during the pandemic.
Love Island 2019’s Anna Vakili worked as a pharmacist before she entered the villa. Last week, she announced on Instagram that she was going back to her old job. She said: “First day back working as a pharmacist since leaving Love Island. It’s been almost a whole year! Wow can’t believe how fast it’s gone. Wasn’t really planning on registering yet but with everything that’s going on it felt wrong not to. We can all fight this together. Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.”
Love Island 2016’s Malin isn’t just a reality TV star and influencer, she is a trained elderly and palliative carer. Since the coronavirus pandemic, she has decided to go back to her job. She said on Twitter: “I can’t sit at home on my own anymore knowing I have training within the sector. My heart hurts for them, and if I can give something more then what I’m doing – then I am satisfied.” Earlier this week, she added: “First shift complete. My heart feels full. So so full.”
Rita Ora and her sister Elena have both signed up to be NHS volunteers. This can include anything from delivering medical supplies to people who can’t get them, delivering supplies between hospitals and making phone calls to vulnerable people. Rita’s mum, Vera, has returned to the NHS front line to protect mental health patients from the virus.
Over 750,000 people have singed up to be an NHS volunteer. To find out more, see here.
Talk-show host, Oprah, has donated $10 million to coronavirus relief, including $1 million to America’s Food Fund.
Dolly Parton has donated $1 million to research into finding a coronavirus vaccine.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Hollywood power couple, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, were some of the first celebrities seen publicly helping coronavirus efforts. Last month, they donated $1 million to help food banks which had been left depleted during the spread.
Jay-Z and Meek Mill
Jay-Z and Meek Mill have donated more than 100,000 surgical masks to prisons and jails across the US to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. The masks were sent by the REFORM Alliance – a prison reform alliance set up by the pair over a year ago.
Kylie Jenner is another of the celebrities doing their bit and helping the coronavirus cause. She has donated $1 million to fund protective gear for Los Angeles hospital workers.
Tennis player, Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, have jointly donated around $1 million to help vulnerable families fighting COVID-19 in their home country of Switzerland. On Instagram he said: “These are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind. Mirka and I have personally decided to donate one million Swiss Francs for the most vulnerable families in Switzerland. Our contribution is just a start. We hope that others might join in supporting more families in need. Together we can overcome this crisis! Stay healthy!”