Arnold Schwarzenegger And His Tiny Horses Will Soothe Your Coronavirus Fears

"Ignore the morons."

There’s a lot of doom and gloom going around at the moment, and it’s no surprise. Coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, with over 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide. A number of high-profile celebrities have also tested positive for COVID-19, and many others are self-isolating. However, it’s not all bad. Some celebrities, including Terminator actor and Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, have stepped up to soothe all your coronavirus-related concerns with the help of some tiny horses.

Let the GOAT team lift your spirits with all the heartwarming ways people are making it through quarantine below:

Schwarzenegger took to social media yesterday to tell his followers to stay home to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

“See, the important thing is you stay home,” he said, while feeding two small horses by his side. “Because there is a curfew now.”

“Nobody is allowed out, especially someone that is like 72 years old. After you’re 65, you’re not allowed out of the house any more in California. So we eat at home.”

Schwarzenegger tries to keep his messaging on the serious side but can’t help getting distracted by his furry friends. “Oh yes that’s yummy,” he says, feeding a carrot to a horse named Whisky.  “Lulu loves carrots, Whisky loves carrots, I just have my little bit of vegan food. Oh yes, that was yummy, huh?”

“Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons (foreheads). We will get through this together,” he captioned the heartwarming video. Who knows what Arnie meant by “foreheads” but honestly, who cares? This the wholesome content the world needs right now, and a whole new side of the Terminator.

We can only hope Arnold Schwarzenegger will stick to his guns and “be back” with more tiny horse content as we continue through these challenging times. As we’ve mentioned in our previous coronavirus coverage, take care of yourself and others and follow the advice of the World Health Organisation to avoid the escalation of this pandemic. 

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All The Celebrity Deaths And Diagnoses As A Result Of COVID-19

COVID-19 doesn't discriminate.

If there’s one thing we’re all learning from the current global pandemic, it’s that we’ve really taken all our social interactions for granted, and coronavirus does not discriminate. Thousands of people around the world have tested positive and tragically died as a result COVID-19, including a handful of high profile celebrities, athletes and leaders. Here’s a list of all the celebrity deaths and diagnoses as a result of coronavirus – which will no doubt be developing. Hear all the details below:

Adam Schlesinger

Singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for being the frontman of US rock band Fountains of Wayne, reportedly died at the age of 52 after being diagnoses with coronavirus.

Andrew Jack

76-year-old actor Andrew Jack has also sadly passed away from COVID-19. Jack appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens as Resistance Major General Ematt, in addition to providing a voice role for the character Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Maria Teresa

Spain’s Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma was the first royal in the world to die after testing positive for COVID-19. She was 86 years old.

Alan Merrill

69-year-old singer-songwriter Alan Merrill, who is perhaps best known for co-writing Joan Jett’s hit ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’, has also died as a result of coronavirus. His daughter Laura Merrill broke the news with an emotional Facebook post.

Other high profile deaths include country singer Joe Diffie, Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Desperately Seeking Susan actor Mark Blum, chef Floyd Cardoz, playwright Terrence McNally, African jazz-funk saxophone player Manu Dibango, Italian actress Lucia Bose and more.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles is reportedly on the “other side” of COVID-19 after he tested positive for the virus, displaying mild symptoms.

Andy Cohen

TV host Andy Cohen recently reunited with his infant son Benjamin 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson

One of the first celebrity duos to contract coronavirus was iconic Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The pair recently tested positive for COVID-19 while filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in the Gold Coast. Despite their diagnosis, Hanks and Wilson appear to be doing just fine.

Idris Elba

The most recent celebrity to test positive for coronavirus is Idris Elba, who took to Twitter this morning to tell his followers, “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.  Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”

Olga Kurylenko 

Earlier this week, James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko confirmed that she had coronavirus. Kurylenko told her Instagram followers, “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Thelma Plum

Aussie singer Thelma Plum confirmed last night that she had also tested positive for COVID-19. She wrote in an Instagram post, “All I can do is stress how important it is to be kind and compassionate to each other during this time & that we need to be looking out for & prioritising the most vulnerable people. This means skip that party, bar, restaurant or show you really want to go to & practice social distancing. I cannot stress enough how much this virus has the potential to severely harm our communities (particularly our Indigenous communities). We need to know that the public health system is going to care for our communities.”

Richard Wilkins

Speaking of Australian celebs, entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins recently tested positive for coronavirus after meeting Rita Wilson. Despite feeling as though he has “no symptoms at all,” Wilkins is currently self-isolating. 

Kristofer Hivju

Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has become the latest celebrity to test positive for coronavirus. The Norwegian actor, who played Tormund Giantsbane on the hit fantasy series, announced the news via Instagram, revealing he has quarantined himself at home. “Greetings from Norway!” he wrote. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold.”

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews, who voices Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed in an Instagram story that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Charlotte Lawrence

American singer songwriter Charlotte Lawrence also took to Instagram to tell her followers she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Daniel Dae Kim

Daniel Dae Kim, who you might recognise from the iconic TV series Lost, has also contracted the virus. He told his followers: “Looks like I’ll be OK, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful.”

Plácido Domingo

79-year-old Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo recently announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post he wrote, “I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!”

Rudy Gobert

Utah Jazz basketball player Rudy Gobert made headlines last week when he joked about getting coronavirus, touching all the microphones during a press conference, before testing positive for the virus. He was slammed for his irresponsible actions and issued an apology via social media, telling his followers, “At the time I had no idea I was infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”

Donovan Mitchell

Following Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis, fellow Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19. Mitchell was understandably annoyed with Gobert, telling the media, “It took a while for me to kind of cool off and I read what he said and I heard what he said, so I’m glad he’s doing OK.”

Daniele Rugani

Juventus star Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus last week, leading Serie A to suspend their season. Speaking on the club’s TV channel, Rugani said, “I’m fine. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news. I was lucky despite it being a good hit, because I was the first in our environment to get it. I hope it will serve to raise awareness.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Chelsea football player Callum Hudson-Odoi has also been infected by coronavirus, throwing the premier league into turmoil. After Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta also tested positive for COVID-19, squads and coaching staff were put into self-isolation. 

Other athletes and sportspeople with coronavirus include Colombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria, Russian ProTour cyclist Dmitry Strakhov, NBA players Christian Wood and Kevin Durant, Italian football player Blaise Matuidi, and Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.

That’s not to mention the many government officials, who – along with some of their spouses – have tested positive for COVID-19. These include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Australia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Gomez, and others based in the UK, the US, Iran, France, Brazil and Poland. 

As mentioned in much of our coronavirus coverage, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and others right now, and follow the advice of the World Health Organisation to help prevent the escalation of this pandemic.

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The Kindness Coming Out Of Coronavirus Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

It's not all bad.

Sadly, the ongoing coronavirus crisis is impacting all humans on a global scale, leading to mass panic and frankly, some pretty unkind behaviour. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen people resort to violence, racism and panic buying of household goods like toilet paper. 

However, it’s not all bad. Coronavirus has forced many of us into isolation and social distancing which, ironically, has brought us closer together. 

Listen to us break it all down on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Despite a national lockdown, Italian residents have been venturing out onto their balconies to sing and play instruments in solidarity. According to The Guardian, it’s not just the southern cities of Salerno and Naples who are taking part in the singalongs. Residents in other parts of Europe including Spain and Sweden have also been offering DJ sets and creating a beat with pots and pans from their apartment buildings and tower blocks. 

In the Spanish city of Seville, one workout instructor ran a class from the rooftop of his apartment building. Another quarantined block held a huge game of bingo between units, and some even emerged on their balconies just to applaud the country’s healthcare workers.

All over the world, we’ve also seen members of the public step up and kindly offer a helping hand to those in need. Social media posts show strangers offering to do grocery shopping or even give a friendly phone call to those who are currently quarantined due to coronavirus.

Big businesses are also trying to treat society with kindness. Woolworths will be offering dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and those with disabilities, so they don’t have to compete with the panic buying masses. And across the pond, Bulgaria is raising the salaries of medics working directly with those affected by coronavirus.

Italian psychologist Francesco Morelli had a rather awe-inspiring take on the coronavirus crisis. He said, “In a social phase in which thinking about oneself has become the norm, this virus sends us a clear message…to re-emerge in us the feeling of helping others, of belonging to a collective, to be part of something bigger to be responsible for and that in turn be responsible to us.”

“Let’s stop looking for culprits or wonder why this has happened, and start thinking about what we can learn from all this. We all have a lot to reflect on and strive for. With the universe and its laws it seems that humanity is already quite indebted and that this epidemic is coming to explain it to us, at an expensive price.”

They’re wise words, and something we should all try to remember as we continue to take care of ourselves and treat others with kindness during the coronavirus crisis. If all else fails, just watch this video of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mini ponies:

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