Last week, Pink revealed she and her 3-year-old son Jameson Moon were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. And now that they appear to be on the path to recovery (after weeks of battling the illness), the singer is sharing harrowing new details about their experience — including one particularly terrifying night when her little boy’s health took a dramatic turn.
“It’s been two days in our house without a fever, so that’s a relief,” Pink told Ellen DeGeneres in a video chat that aired on Ellentube Thursday. As the singer previously recounted, Jameson was hit hardest in their household. Speaking to DeGeneres, she described in more depth just how much of an uphill battle the toddler faced in fighting off the illness. “[It] started with a fever for him and it would come and go, and he would have stomach pains and diarrhea and chest pains and then a headache, sore throat,” she explained. “It sort of was just all over the place. Every day was just some new symptom.”
While Pink didn’t have a fever at all, poor Jameson proved to be another story. She shared, “His fever stayed; it didn’t go. And then it just started going up and up and up and up and then at one point it was at 103. I’m calling my doctor, ‘What do I do?’ He’s like, ‘There’s nothing to do. He’s 3. We’re not seeing this take 3-year-olds out, so just stay home.”
Since they’d already been sheltering in place prior to being diagnosed, staying home wasn’t an issue. However, there was at least one moment when she felt convinced she might have to break their quarantine to seek emergency care.
“At one point when he started throwing up and saying he had chest pains and it hurt to breathe, that’s the point where you’re just kind of like, ‘OK, are we going to the hospital? What are we doing right now?’ Because this is the scariest thing I’ve ever, ever been through in my whole life,” Pink admitted tearfully.
The mom-of-two (her and Carey Hart’s 8-year-old daughter Willow was unaffected) also took the opportunity on Ellen to address the controversy surrounding her receiving a COVID-19 test.
“I would say two things to that — I would say you should be angry that I can get a test and you can’t. But being angry at me is not going to help anything. It’s not going to solve the issue of the fact that you can’t get your hands on a test. You should be angry about that. And we should work together to try to change that,” she said, continuing, “And number two, tell me anybody with a sick 3-year-old that if they could get their hands on a test wouldn’t take it and if they say that, I’m calling bullshit.”
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Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤️
It’s also worth mentioning that when Pink originally revealed her diagnosis, she advocated for more accessible testing, calling the disparity between those being tested and those not “a travesty” and failure of the government.
As Pink is now acutely aware, the novel coronavirus can and does affect anyone, despite early reports that suggested certain demographics might be quote-unquote safe. “This illness is serious and real,” she said on Instagram. “People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”
Before you go, learn more about what you should have in your coronavirus first aid kit.