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Al Horford delivers message amid NBA’s coronavirus hiatus

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Al Horford delivered a public service announcement, via the NBA’s official Twitter page, early on Friday afternoon. The veteran power forward and center, flanked by his adorable children, warned about the current public-health crisis that is the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Horford, 33, encouraged folks to work from home if possible. “[I] wanted to encourage everyone to work from home if you can,” the five-time All-Star remarked in the video. “Make sure that we stay isolated, we listen to health officials, and take care of yourselves.”

The longtime Atlanta Hawks big man was selected third overall in the 2007 NBA Draft and last summer signed a four-year, $109 million contract with the Sixers after three seasons with the Atlantic Division rival Boston Celtics. It’s unclear who exactly has the virus, but yesterday it was revealed that three members of the Philadelphia organization tested positive for coronavirus. Horford is unlikely dealing with the virus if he’s jovially playing with his children instead of self-quarantining.

Besides the three Philly employees, Utah Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive last week along with Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood. All-Star forward and two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant, along with three other players of the Brooklyn Nets, also tested positive, and in the last several days several members of various NBA organizations like the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Denver Nuggets reportedly produced positive coronavirus tests.

Horford’s PSA is a warning that in the current moment one of the best ways to fight the spread of COVID-19 is to isolate and “social distance”—keeping away from undue public interaction to prevent rising cases of coronavirus in the United States.