Hollywood is joining the fight against Ebola. Celebrities like David Beckham, Whoopi Goldberg, and Forest Whitaker are using their star power to teach fans about the dangers of Ebola, as well as to encourage people to support campaigns against the deadly disease. These celebrity pleas are proving to be effective, as social media campaigns like #CrushEbolaNow and #ShakeOffEbola are becoming hotter and hotter on Facebook and Twitter by the minute. Footloose star Kevin Bacon, who got involved with the dance-inspired #ShakeOffEbola, explained his role in the campaign, and why dance is an integral part of the battle against Ebola.
"It was specifically about trying to raise money for another care facility in Sierra Leone, and it was an idea based on the fact that West Africa has a long history of dance. It's obviously something we have to take as seriously as possible."
Most of these celebs are joining the fight through the Ebola Survival Fund, a UNICEF-supported organization that aims to "complement the efforts of the larger-scale programs being implemented by international organizations." Here are a few stars, including U.K.'s former prime minister Tony Blair, speaking out against the deadly virus.