Star attacked for questioning panic measures
With 217 deaths in the USA at last update, the Wuhan virus is a very minor cause of death. It would not even be a blip in the record of the number of people who die from various illnesses every year.
The panic over it is therefore hugely disproportionate and destructive. The panic is clearly causing more harm than the disease. Ms Lilly is therefore one of the few rational ones
Avengers star Evangeline Lilly revealed to her fans on Monday that she is refusing to self-isolate because she values 'freedom' and dismissed the coronavirus pandemic as a 'respiratory flu'.
She shared a 'business as usual' post to her Instagram account, in which she revealed she was still going out and taking her children to their activities in spite of the fact that everyone has been told to stay home.
Next to a pair of photos of her 'morning tea,' as the 40-year-old Ant-Man And The Wasp star hashtagged it, Lilly wrote, 'Just dropped my kids off at gymnastics camp. They all washed their hands before going in. They are playing and laughing. #businessasusual'
Evangeline is mom to eight-year-old son Kahekili Kali, with her partner Norman Kali, as well as one other child.
'Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices,' the Lost actress responded pointedly within the comments section of her post, clearly making her stance on the world's reaction to the pandemic known.
The post caused many outraged fans and followers to express concern and ask questions, especially regarding Lilly's decision to head out and bring her kids to their normal activities.
'Please stay at home with your family. Flatten the curve and save lives. Irresponsible,' one person commented.
Another concerned fan shared: 'I've always been a fan of yours. But I'm sorry, you are being extremely selfish and irresponsible with people's lives. Screw experts and the world health organization, I'd like a peaceful cup of tea.
But Lilly was adamant about exercising her 'freedom', claiming things were getting 'too close to martial Law.'
Lilly's attitude continued to anger people as she tried to respond to the criticism, revealing that her elderly father with stage four leukemia is currently living with her.
'I am living with my father at the moment, who has stage four lukemia. I am also immune compromised at the moment. I have two young kids.'
Those over 60 or with compromised immune systems are considered at the highest risk for COVID 19 and have been urged to stay home by public health officials.
In yet another comment, Evangeline went so far as to fuel a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus might actually be orchestrated by the government since we're ahead of a presidential election. 'There's 'something' every election year,' Lilly - who was born in Canada - wrote.
Responding to a commenter talking about the dire state of things in New Mexico, Lilly doubled down on her skepticism.
'I think we all need to slow down, take a breath and look at the facts we are being presented with They do not add up to the all-out, global lockdown, control, pandemonia and insanity we are experiencing. I hope that people will find their peace and sanity where you are soon. Sending you loving prayers.'