Till Lindemann, Rammstein’s frontman, is reportedly in an intensive care unit in Berlin after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Lindemann, 57, returned to Berlin from Moscow on March 15, when he was taken to the hospital due to an extremely high fiver. He was then diagnosed with pneumonia, taken to the intensive care unit and quarantined. According to the German tabloid Bild, Lindemann is recovering and is understood to not be critically unwell. Newsweek has contacted Rammstein for comment.
Germany has been badly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 47,000 confirmed cases according to Johns Hopkins University, at the time of writing. It has the third-highest number of cases in Europe after Italy and Spain.
Germany has a low mortality rate compared to other countries, with 285 deaths. For comparison, the United Kingdom has more than 11,000 confirmed cases and 578 confirmed deaths.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has entered quarantine after a doctor she had come into contact with had tested positive for the coronavirus.
It is unclear whether Lindemann contracted the coronavirus in Moscow, but Russia has reported just over 1,000 cases and three deaths.
Many celebrities have revealed that they have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few weeks.
On March 12, Tom Hanks confirmed that he and his wife Rita had tested positive while in Australia.
Other actors, including Idris Elba and Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju also confirmed that they had tested positive for the virus.
Sports stars Mikel Arteta, head coach of Arsenal soccer team, Callum Hudson-Odoi, who plays for the Chelsea soccer team and NBA players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz have all tested positive.
Political figures have also been diagnosed with COVID-19, including Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Today, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that he too had tested positive for the coronavirus but with mild symptoms, and Prince Charles announced that he had the virus.
Some celebrities have responded to the coronavirus pandemic by donating to charities like food banks and children’s charities. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated $1 million to food banks in the U.S. and Canada while Angelina Jolie donated $1 million to No Kid Hungry, a charity that feeds children of low-income parents while schools are closed.
Rihanna donated personal protective equipment to healthcare workers on the frontline in New York, and her Clara Lionel Foundation donated $5 million to various charities.
Other celebrities, like Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Lil Nas X, donated money to fans to help them cover their bills and rent.
World Health Organization advice for avoiding spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Clean hands frequently with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Wash hands after coughing or sneezing; when caring for the sick; before, during and after food preparation; before eating; after using the toilet; when hands are visibly dirty; and after handling animals or waste.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your hands, nose and mouth. Do not spit in public.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue immediately and clean your hands.
- Avoid close contact with others if you have any symptoms.
- Stay at home if you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and runny nose, to avoid potential spread of the disease to medical facilities and other people.
- If you develop serious symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) seek medical care early and contact local health authorities in advance.
- Note any recent contact with others and travel details to provide to authorities who can trace and prevent spread of the disease.
- Stay up to date on COVID-19 developments issued by health authorities and follow their guidance.
Mask and glove usage
- Healthy individuals only need to wear a mask if taking care of a sick person.
- Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.
- Masks are effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning.
- Do not touch the mask while wearing it. Clean hands if you touch the mask.
- Learn how to properly put on, remove and dispose of masks. Clean hands after disposing of the mask.
- Do not reuse single-use masks.
- Regularly washing bare hands is more effective against catching COVID-19 than wearing rubber gloves.
- The COVID-19 virus can still be picked up on rubber gloves and transmitted by touching your face.