Serena Williams Says She'll Be Spending the Next Six Weeks in Solitude Due to 'The Rona'

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When news first broke about the pending pandemic that was the coronavirus, we had jokes. (To be fair, nobody asked them to name a virus after a popular Mexican beer.) But now, we’re all feeling the burden.


From the NBA suspending its season to workers struggling to make decent paychecks and millions of children being kept out of school, Americans are feeling overwhelmed by all the precautions being taken out of fear for our collective health. No one is exempt from potential harm; not the rich or the poor and not the average Joe or the celebrity. Tom Hanks caught it, y’all. Forrest Gump didn’t catch whatever Jenny had, but he got this shit.

Even goddesses are not immune; and speaking of Serena Williams, she’s feeling the fear and taking her precautions too.

On Friday morning, the tennis champ took to Instagram to let it be known that for the next six weeks, she, her husband Alexis Ohanian and 2-year-old daughter Olympia will be self quarantined.

“Spending the next 6 weeks in solitude. Being a wife. Being a mom. Cooking. Cleaning. Spring cleaning. Face mask. Makeup tutorials. I’ll let you know how it goes.... stay safe everyone. This is serious.”

Williams, of course, has the right idea safeguarding herself and her family from possible exposure to “the Rona.” She’s not out here touching microphones as a joke like a certain Utah Jazz member that basketball fans are not too fond of right now. And now that a second Jazz team member has tested positive, perhaps she’s simply not trying to be the next athlete getting sick and making headlines.


All jokes aside, everyone needs to be following the lead of Williams and others. According to the New York Times, there are now over 2,030 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and the death toll has risen to over 45.

Be safe out there, folks.

Zack Linly is a poet, performer, freelance writer, blogger and grown man lover of cartoons



“All jokes aside, everyone needs to be following the lead of Williams and others.”

They would if they could.

I got word today that I’m off through at least April 20 with pay. Very few people are as lucky as Serena and me; most hourly employees would be hungry in a week because they get nothing if they’re not working, and in fact, many will be getting little or nothing because when business drops, hours get cut and people get laid off. If they get the disease and have to self-quarantine along with their hungry children, how’s that going to work? It won’t. They’ll be out working because they have no choice.

We all benefit from sick people staying home. We need some way for people who should stay home for the public good to be able to stay home, and the public should make it possible.

People, take care of yourselves by staying away from others as much as you can, and take care of others by staying away from them as much as you can.