Kim Kardashian and many other A-listers interacted with Dr. Anthony Fauci to ask him anything about the contagious coronavirus.
Dr. Fauci told the international news agency that the stars asked many of the same questions other people would ask. They asked about masks, social distancing, and food.
Kim Kardashian, Mila Kunis, Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, 2 Chainz, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Brad Falchuk joined the video conference.
“It was a whole bunch of movie stars and some sports figures and they wanted to know about what they could do to stay safe, about wearing masks and avoiding crowds,” Fauci said. “I was impressed by the questions they asked, by their level of sophistication.”
Health expert Dr. Fauci said that he did the Zoom call that lasted about an hour because “megaphones” and “could get the word out about staying safe.”
“Each of them has enormous numbers of followers on their social media accounts. I could say to them, for example, it’s important to wear a mask, and they get on their accounts and say ‘wear a mask’ and it goes out to an additional couple of million people,” said Fauci.
The Zoom meeting had taken place at the end of April and around 36 celebrities including musicians and athletes attended the session.
Some of these celebrities used their megaphones to promote face masks and social distancing. Sources closed to the Kardashian West family said that The Zoom meeting was the brainchild of Kim Kardashian West.
That source said Kardashian West took note when Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams appealed to her younger sister, Kylie Jenner, in March on “Good Morning America.”
“We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that look, this is serious, this is absolutely serious,” Adams said on the show. “People are dying.”
“She wanted to speak with someone, to ask questions, so she could spread accurate information because there were so many inaccuracies those first few months,” the source said.
Jenner also wrote on her Instagram story that she “listened to the Surgeon General this morning” and pleaded with her followers to “practice social distancing, self-quarantine,”
Fauci also said that among the questions was one from Kunis about if he eats take-out food.
“I told her I feel badly about restaurants losing business, and I feel it’s almost a neighborly obligation to keep neighborhood restaurants afloat, so even though I can cook at home, several nights a
week I go out for take-out purely to support those places,” Fauci said.