Surgeon General Asks Kylie Jenner To Convince Young People To Take Coronavirus Seriously

Kristine Lofgren

Surgeon General Jerome Adams needs help getting younger people to take the threat of coronavirus seriously, and he's turning to one of the biggest reality stars out there for help.

Adams appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday to talk about the growing pandemic, and he acknowledged that younger people are more likely to ignore quarantine recommendations. He urged celebrities like Kylie Jenner to use their influence to set a good example.

According to Page Six, Adams also called on other influencers, including NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell, to use their platform to express how serious the virus is to younger people.

"We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that, look, this is serious, this is absolutely serious. People are dying," Adams said.

The top doctor said he understands the need for celebrities to weigh in because when he tells his kids not to do something, they always want to do it anyway.

"Think about your grandmother, think about your grandfather," he admonished younger Americans. "Think about the fact that you're spreading the disease, which could ultimately be what kills them."

Not only are younger people more likely to ignore self-quarantine guidelines and social distancing standards, but new reports show that young people are being sickened at higher rates than was previously expected, with recent numbers showing that nearly 40 percent of people hospitalized in the U.S. were between the ages of 20 and 54, as The Inquisitr previously reported. On top of that, nearly half of the patients in intensive care units have been younger than 65.

France, Italy and some other countries are witnessing similar effects.

"We are seeing new data from Italy that suggests that young people may be at higher risk than what we previously thought," Adams said.

Adams added that people should work from home when they can and should avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

"We really feel like if we can get America to all pitch in for the next 125 days, we can flatten the curve," he said.

It's not just Adams who has Jenner on the mind during the coronavirus outbreak. Travis Scott is reportedly worried about both her and their daughter Stormi, and he has been rearranging his life to be there for them.