ONE of the few silver linings in the COVID-19 crisis is watching entertainers get creative while being cooped-up.
Some celebrities have the virus and are quarantined, while others are self-isolating just to be safe. Either way, they're flattening the curve, staying at home and turning to social media to keep us entertained.
This week US actor and former politician Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter via video, appearing remarkably calm. While sitting at his kitchen table he fed his miniature horses - Whiskey and Lulu - carrots while reminding everyone to stay home.
"See, the important thing is you stay at home," Schwarzenegger said. "Because there is a curfew now. Nobody is allowed out, especially someone that is like 72 years old. After you're 65, you're not allowed out of the house any more in California. So we eat at home."
Australian country music star Keith Urban performed a half-hour concert from his Nashville warehouse after his actual concert was cancelled. He made sure viewers knew that there were only four members in his "Instaband."
Tom Hanks is arguably the biggest celebrity yet to be infected with coronavirus, and Australia couldn't believe it when he and his wife Rita Wilson were diagnosed on the Gold Coast. Hanks is keeping us up to date with his isolation journey on social media. He posted a photo of his heavily-spread Vegemite toast, to some Aussies' horror.
On Wednesday Hanks told us he had "no fever but the blahs." He and Rita are staying in and keeping their chin up.
"We are all in this together. Flatten the curve," he wrote.
Pop star Miley Cyrus is in LA self-isolating but on Instagram. She announced to the world that she'd been wearing the same pair of sweatpants for five days and she plans to keep wearing them.
She's created a live talk show for her Instagram during the pandemic called "Bright Minded: Live with Miley." She's bringing in guests who have "tips and tricks for staying lit in dark times."
Brisbane singer-songwriter Thelma Plum took to her Instagram this week to tell the world that she had just been diagnosed with COVID-19. She told fans that she's currently being managed by the Brisbane Metro North Public Health Unit and they're taking good care of her.
She stressed social distancing, the importance of protecting Indigenous communities and provided mental health resources.
"Schools need to be shut down but there needs to be structures in place that can ensure low income families and vulnerable people aren't being left in the dark," Plum wrote.
"People need to work from home and if they aren't able to the government needs to step in and financially help. Putting a temporary moratorium on things like rent, bills and mortgages could be a great start."
South African comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, is working from home this week. Inspired by the Italian balconies filled with locked-down people making music, he took to his Facebook to try to instigate something similar in New York.
Noah sang approximately one verse of a Disney song from the balcony only to be immediately shouted out to, "shut the f*ck up!" On YouTube he took viewers through his home where he manically cleaned and scrubbed everything including his own food.
It's not confirmed that American rapper and Instagram sensation Cardi B is isolating, but the Grammy Award-winner from The Bronx does have many opinions of the virus which is growing rapidly in her hometown.
"I ain't gonna front, I'm a little scared, know what I'm saying?" she said on a recent Instagram post while waving her trademark long, colourful nails frantically. She finished her video screaming, "coronavirus, coronavirus! Sh*t is getting real!"
The internet loved this and countless memes and even rap tracks have been created since she posted on March 11.
Take them or leave them, the COVID celebrities have lots of time on their well-washed hands.