Despite the U.S. having surpassed 4 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, some people still aren’t grasping just how serious this virus can get. Speaking to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, actor Ice-T shared the terrifying experience of seeing the coronavirus incapacitate his “Harley Davidson-riding, no masking” father-in-law, damaging his lungs “indefinitely.”
“I don’t want to die because of this, and especially with a new daughter,” Ice-T told Fallon. “So yeah, I’m aware and I’m concerned and I’m cautious. You know, you want to call that scared, call it scared.”
Ice-T also recalled being on set the day production on Law and Order: SVU was shut down, and noted that while face masks were uncommon in Arizona during the early days of the outbreak, more people are now using them.
“See, what happens is, when it’s just announced nobody reacts, but then when you get these numbers up, more people know people that are in the hospital. And that triggers the mask quicker than anything else,” said Ice-T.
“It’s easy to say, ‘oh I can’t catch it.’ But once you know people, I mean, I know about eight people that have actually passed away. I don’t need much more proof than that to know I don’t want to play with it, you know?”