R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe has shared a video detailing tips for surviving “the end of the world” as we know it, amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
In the video, Stipe shares with viewers some important tips for staying safe and staying healthy as people self-quarantine and practice social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Situated in some curtained corner of his house, Stipe begins by singing the refrain to R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World”, which recently re-entered the charts in what must be a mix of emotions for Stipe and his bandmates.
He then shares four important rules to remember:
- Most important: stay at home if its not an important, if it’s not an emergency. If you don’t have to get groceries, stay at home. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll celebrate in 4 months.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds every time you come into or out of your house. Wash your hands over and over and over again, don’t sing “Happy Birthday” twice it’s too depressing, find some other song.
- Act like you’re already sick. Act like you may already have the virus and you don’t want to be within six feet of anyone else because you could pass it on to them and they could pass it on to someone else, they pass it on to two other people. You don’t want to be that guy, I don’t want to be that guy.
- And maybe most important, be careful where you get your information from. I’m a former pop star, but don’t trust social media. Go to the CDC website, go to trusted news services for your information.
Stipe ends the video by once again wishing viewers a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and telling fans that they will celebrate together in four months. He also encouraged viewers to check out the four-and-a-half-minute version of the video posted on his website “if you’re sadistic.”
Watch the full video from Michael Stipe on surviving coronavirus and quarantines below.
A Message From Michael