The NBA is hopeful that it will be able to resume its season some time in June, but in order for that to happen, everyone needs to do their part to slow down the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, in the United States. It’s for that reason teams across the NBA, including the Los Angeles Lakers, are using their platforms to deliver PSAs on coronavirus with the help of their biggest stars, both past and present.
The Lakers released their first PSA on Monday, and who better to give them an assist than Magic Johnson, the man who’s ranked fifth on the NBA’s all-time assists leaderboard.
“Hi everyone, this is Magic Johnson,” Johnson said, humbly identifying himself as if there is anyone in the world who doesn’t know who he is. “I know these are very scary times. But I also know we can get through these times, together. Please join me and the NBA, and let’s follow all the health guidelines about washing your hands on a regular basis.
“It is also especially important that we learn what it means to practice social distancing. Avoid large crowds, parties and other gatherings. Stay at home with your family. Let’s look out for each other, (I’m) sending love and prayers to everyone at this time. Stay healthy.”
For those that need a quick reminder on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus safety guidelines, here’s what they are asking of everyone:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
In addition, the CDC has recommended that all gatherings of 50 people or more in the United States be cancelled or postponed for the next eight weeks. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for Magic.
For more information on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, you can visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.