HOUSTON — Houston rapper Slim Thug announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus in a video he posted to Instagram Tuesday.

“So check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive,” the rapper said in the video. “As careful as I have been self-quarantined, staying at home, I might gotten something to eat or something, did some stuff like that, simple stuff, nothing crazy.”

Slim Thug reiterated that he was doing his best to follow CDC guidelines when out and about, but still contracted the virus.

“Stayed in my truck, had mask, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive, so take this stuff seriously,” he said. “Sit at home, self-quarantine, do not come outside for however long they sayin’.”

The rapper encourages those who have symptoms to get checked out. He added that he is feeling better now but did have some of the symptoms before he was tested.

“I’m good, I don’t got no problems right now,” he said. “The other day I had a slight fever and a cough, I feel better now, no fever, nothing like that, I feel like I am good, you all better take this serious, coronavirus is real.”

Coronavirus symptoms

The symptoms of coronavirus can be similar to the flu or a bad cold. Symptoms include a fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Most healthy people will have mild symptoms. A study of more than 72,000 patients by the Centers for Disease Control in China showed 80 percent of the cases there were mild.

But infections can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death, according to the World Health Organization. Older people with underlying health conditions are most at risk.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 14 days after being exposed.

Human coronaviruses are usually spread through...

  • The air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Help stop the spread of coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Eat and sleep separately from your family members
  • Use different utensils and dishes
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hand.
  • If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.

Lower your risk

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you are 60 or over and have an underlying health condition such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD, the World Health Organization advises you to try to avoid crowds or places where you might interact with people who are sick.

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