Well, at this point, we probably don't need to tell you about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the global economy.
In fact, if this is the first you're hearing about, we guess it's safe to assume you awoke from a coma just minutes ago, and we'd like to thank you for checking in with The Hollywood Gossip as your first order of business.
Seriously, though, you should probably hit the call button and let a nurse know that you're conscious.
Anyway, back to that nasty old coronavirus.
At this point, what can we -- or anyone else who is currently developing a vaccine, for that matter -- possibly say about it that hasn't already been said?
It's possible that no event in history has led to such a rapid restructuring of day-to-day life, and everyone from the president to your aunt Deborah is sharing their two cents on social media.
You might think you've heard just about every COVID-19 take there is to hear, and you might be right.
But a global pandemic will not stop celebrities from taking centerstage, dammit.
And so A-listers from Taylor Swift to Ariana Grande are still corresponding with their milliojs of fans -- and fortunately they're using their clout to spread a very important message -- namely, if you're able to do so, please stay TF at home!
"I love you guys so much and need to express my concern that things aren't being taken seriously enough right now," Taylor wrote on Instagram this week.
"I'm seeing lots of get togethers and hangs and parties still happening," she continued.
"This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don't assume that because you don't feel sick that you aren't possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this," Swift added.
"It's a really scary time but we need to make social sacrifices right now."
Ariana offered a simililar message -- of course, she expressed herself using the sardonic wit that's so endeared her to fans:
"I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like 'this isn't a big deal'/'we'll be fine'... 'we still have to go about our lives' and it's really blowing my mind," the singer tweeted.
"I understand if that is how u felt weeks ago. But please read about what's going on. Please don't turn a blind eye. It's incredibly dangerous and selfish to take this situation that lightly," Ari continued.
"The 'we will be fine because we're young' mindset is putting people who aren't young and/or healthy in a lot of danger. You sound stupid and privileged and you need to care more about others. like now," Grande concluded.
In a separate tweet, she added that "your hip-hop yoga class can f--king wait i promise."
While we're sure many will rush to condemn the singers for dismissing the very real effect on service industry employees and others who can't work from home, it's important to note that Taylor and Ariana were both very specific in their message:
Limit your exposure as much as possible by avoiding unnecessary group gatherings.
Some people will be forced to work throughout this global crisis, and the best thing the rest of us can do is help their jobs go as smoothly as possible by exercising compassion toward the people clocking in at hospitals, grocery stores, and other essential facilities.
Folks, it's gonna take all of us to get through this -- from the most famous pop stars to the lowliest clout chaser. We can do this/