Tennis player. Serena Williams suffers from heightened anxiety after entering self-imposed quarantine amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the string of TikTok videos Serena Williams spoke honestly about her mental health struggles.
‘By anxiety, I mean, like, I’m just on edge any time anyone sneezes around me or coughs I get crazy. And I don’t hang out with anyone. So when I say anyone I mean my daughter.’
“She coughed, I got angry and gave her a side-eye. I gave her that ‘angry Serena’ and then I got sad.
“I was like, ‘Is she OK? Is there something wrong with my daughter? Is there anything I can do?’ I just don’t know what to do, so instead of being relaxed I’m really under a ton of stress.”
Williams said that like many people she first thought the coronavirus wouldn’t affect her.
“And then suddenly Indian Wells was cancelled and I was like, ‘Oh, OK, that’s weird but I have a little time off and I’m going to enjoy that time off,'” she said of her reaction when the prestigious ATP and WTA tournament in Indian Wells, California, was called off earlier this month.
But as more tournament cancellations followed, Williams said she found herself feeling more anxiety.
“It is what it is, we’ll get through this. We have to,” added Williams, who has used other social media platforms, including Instagram, to urge her followers to heed recommendations to stay home when health authorities deem it necessary.
At least Williams takes the deadly virus seriously, unlike some others.
Athletes who have already tested positive for coronavirus include NBA players Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant and Marcus Smart, and NFL head coach Sean Payton.
Many more athletes have tested positive in just about every sport but their names not yet released.
Many more will likely diagnose with COVID-19 before this pandemic gets over.