The star, who has had two family members die from COVID-19 and has her sister Kelly and brother-in-law Bruce currently hospitalized for the deadly disease, blamed the government for its gross mishandling of the crisis.
In a heartwrenching video posted to social media on Monday, actress Sharon Stone shared how the pandemic has impacted her family and called out those she holds responsible for it. The Basic Instinct star, who has had two family members die from COVID-19 and has her sister Kelly and brother-in-law Bruce currently hospitalized for the deadly disease, blamed the government for its gross mishandling of the crisis. "I want to talk to you about compassionate integrity versus politics and greed," the 62-year-old began the three and a half minutes long video.
Actress Sharon Stone shared her sister's experience with Covid-19 on Instagram and said that people who don't wear masks are to blame https://t.co/ZCrzZbGe3R— CNN (@CNN) August 17, 2020
The star's emotional video message came a day after she shared a picture she said was of her sister's hospital room on Instagram with an impassioned plea urging everyone to wear face masks. My sister Kelly, who already has lupus, now has COVID-19. This is her hospital room. One of you Non-Mask wearers did this. She does not have an immune system. The only place she went to was the pharmacy. There is no testing in her county unless you are symptomatic, & then it's a 5-day wait for results. Can YOU FACE THIS ROOM ALONE? Wear a mask! For yourself and others. Please, she wrote.
Referring to the post in her video, Stone said, "As many of you know, I've posted about my sister being in the hospital in a COVID room and that she has lupus and she's fighting for her life. I didn't let you know that her husband Bruce is also in a COVID room in the same ward, fighting for his life. And that they stayed at home as long as they could. I want to tell you a little bit about why. In Montana — where they live — you can't get tested unless you're symptomatic and then you don't get your test results for five days. Also, the people that they came in contact with, like my mother who's had two heart attacks, five stents, and a pacemaker in the last five months, couldn't get a test because she wasn't symptomatic even though she could've been the asymptomatic contact that gave them COVID."
"The nurses in the hospital that are taking care of them, can't get tested because they don't have tests to test them with. Those nurses are risking their lives and cannot get tested," Stone continued. "The stress, the strain, the exhaustion that's happening in the hospital is met with the conflict around the courthouse where people are carrying guns and saying that it's their freedom not to have to wear a mask. This is the situation in Montana where the governor, Stephen Bullock, is not returning my calls. Where the health department, where I continuously call, is hanging up on me."
Sharon Stone is urging everyone to wear their masks as she shared that her sister is battling the coronavirus: "One of you Non-Mask wearers did this," she wrote on Instagram https://t.co/EqGJeXjfNN pic.twitter.com/Js0KatWw8q— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 16, 2020
"This is the state of affairs in the middle of our country, where you, the people in the middle of our country, are at great risk of dying from COVID," the celeb added. Stone called out those downplaying the dangers of the Coronavirus even as people continue to die across the world by speaking how the virus has personally impacted her and her loved ones. "My grandmother died of COVID and my godmother died of COVID. My sister and her husband are fighting for their lives and my sister is not doing well," she revealed. Heavily criticizing the Trump administration for politicizing the pandemic, the actress continued: "When they say there are tests for everyone they're lying. When they say there are tests even for the nurses in the hospitals, they're lying."
Sharon Stone Says Family Ravaged by COVID-19, Blames Trump, Montana Officials https://t.co/8X6y8jjkCD— TMZ (@TMZ) August 17, 2020
Stone stressed that the only way to remedy inadequate testing and overwhelmed hospital staff "is if you vote. And if you vote for Biden and if you vote for Kamala Harris," Biden's running mate. "With women in power, we will fight for our families. We will fight for people to live. And we will fight for people to get tested," she said. "Because the only countries that are doing well with COVID are the ones that have women in leadership." The star ended her somber message with on a powerful parting note: "Please vote. And please, whatever you do, don’t vote for a killer."