The latest wave of the Covid-19 virus has left the world scrambling to combat it. News has been flooding in from different countries about the pandemic worsening and Taiwan has not been spared.
On 17th May, it was reported that a local area reached 333 cases in a single day. Taiwanese citizens are understandably worried and concerned. However, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou (周杰伦) is doing his best to lift their spirits.
Chou made a post on Instagram, hoping to sooth worries and encourage netizens. He posted a photo of a pair of porcelain hands clasped together with the word pray written on the back of the fingers. The warm colours and peaceful atmosphere makes for a very calming picture. Chou’s caption simply reads, “Safe and sound, pray.”
So far, the post has over 77,000 likes with many netizens cheering each other on in the comments. “Let’s fight the epidemic together, come on!” one said. Others hoped Chou was looking after himself, saying, “(Chou) must pay attention to (being protected),” and “(Chou) shouldn’t leave the house, just stay home and read.
Although Jay Chou only used a few words to encourage them, netizens were quick to pick up his meaning and rally behind it. Hopefully, his post has managed to calm some fears and help others find their second wind in facing down the pandemic.
This isn’t the only time Chou has discussed the pandemic. He’s also been asking netizens to stay home and avoid going out. For our part, we should do what we can to stay safe. Not only for ourselves, but for others as well.