Marion Cotillard: Listen to health experts and stay at home

Marion Cotillard: Listen to health experts and stay at home

Hollywood star Marion Cotillard has urged people to listen to health experts and stay at home.

Cast from the 2011 movie Contagion, in which people find themselves in the midst of a pandemic, have made videos.

The actress, 44, played a doctor who works for the World Health Organisation in the film, directed by Steven Soderbergh.

In the video, she says that “like everybody else I want nothing more than to help stop Covid-19. It is a choice but a choice we all have to make together.

“There is a future where you listen to your public health experts and that means you go home now and stay there until it’s safe… observing social distancing, working from home, not gathering in crowds and washing your hands with soap and water as often as possible.

“There is the future where you ignore the experts who are trying to help us, where we watch our medical systems collapse as the virus spreads uncontrollably and the most vulnerable among us die in unfathomable and unnecessary numbers,” she said.

Her video comes after fellow cast Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet teamed up with scientists from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to offer individual homemade videos.

“Wash your hands like your life depends on it,” Winslet said. “Because right now, in particular, it just might.”

The film’s screenwriter, Scott Z Burns, and medical experts who worked on the movie, wrote the pieces.

They were all shot by the actors themselves, with Winslet’s husband helping film her video.

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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