This week has seen even more COVID-19 cases spike. This has also caused anxiety to spike for many, including country artist Trisha Yearwood, who was vocal about it on social media.
A New York Times article reported in late October that the hospitalization rate from the virus had risen 46%. Hospitals are at, or very close to reaching, their capacity.
It is no surprise that from information like this people would be feeling that same residual stress and anxiety that has come from this growing eight-month long pandemic.
Yearwood Takes to Twitter
Yearwood tweeted expressing to her followers that the anxiety from this pandemic is very serious. She also stressed the importance of people continuing to stay home. Although the pandemic has been around for months on end, the end is not quite in sight.
Yearwood has been spreading information about COVID-19 on Twitter fairly consistently. From data relating to the most recent numbers to urging people to wear masks to posting fun pictures of her in a Cher mask.
Yearwood is using her lighthearted platform to show people that they need to continue to take precautions seriously.
She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and like the rest of the country, it is continuing to see drastic spikes this week.
The New York Times reports that there are 299,597 total reported cases and 3,839 deaths in Nashville. On Nov.14, there were 4,462 new cases and 25 deaths, while 2,083 people were hospitalized.
For help on coping with anxiety and stress during COVID-19, the CDC has some suggestions and helpful tips.
Country Artists Still Having Concerts
Despite these numbers, many country artists have continued to put on shows.
According to Rolling Stone, country artist Chase Rice played a recent concert in Petros, Tennessee, for “nearly 1,000 smiling fans.” It was clear that they were smiling due to the overwhelming lack of face masks being worn.
Chris Janson also had a concert with little to no social-distancing precautions. He was the same artist singing “open up the doors and fill the seats” all the way back in April.
While some artists continue to put on shows, other artists have scolded Rice and Janson, as well as anyone else not taking proper precautions.
“In a seismic shift in Nashville’s ‘Let’s all be friends’ image, even some of Rice’s and Janson’s fellow artists took them to task, including Jason Isbell, Mickey Guyton (‘Jesus help us‘), Will Hoge (‘Y’all should be embarrassed‘), and Kelsea Ballerini, the latter deriding Rice as ‘selfish.'” Rolling Stone wrote.
Artists urge other artists to hold off on shows and wear masks, so the possibility of going back to “normal” can happen at some point in time.