American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), possibly the "worst illness" he has ever had, he said in a Facebook post on April 3.
"Dear Friends, I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," Cross, a multiple Grammy award winner, said in his post.
"I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is," he said.
Cross, who is currently receiving care at home, said the disease "is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had." He did not say how he may have contracted the highly contagious disease.
He urged the public to take COVID-19 seriously and not believe that the illness is "a "hoax" or part of some conspiracy."
"... [M]y advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world," he said.
He also encouraged the public to take measures to protect themselves, including staying at home, proper hand washing and following the science.
He also shared a link to guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "to educate yourself on the facts and protect your loved ones."
"Last but never least: wherever you are in the world, let’s all be kind to one another. Only if we work together can we defeat COVID-19," he said.
Cross, popular for his hits "Sailing" and "Arthur's Theme," is among over 200,000 confirmed US cases of COVID-19, which has also stricken other American celebrities and athletes.