• Jared Leto has only just learned of the coronavirus. (Getty Images North America)Source: Getty Images North America
“Wow. We were totally isolated."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

18 Mar 2020 - 8:15 AM  UPDATED 19 Mar 2020 - 12:13 PM

In a twist that surely belongs in an episode of Black Mirror, actor and musician Jared Leto has emerged from a 12-day meditation retreat in the desert to learn about the coronavirus pandemic.

“Wow. We were totally isolated. No phone, no communication etc," Leto wrote in a post on social media.

"We had no idea what was happening outside the facility."

He added: "Walked out yesterday into a very different world. One that’s been changed forever. Mind blowing - to say the least.”

In a scene reminiscent of every "what if the world ended while we're out here?" campfire conversation in history, Leto explained that he has been inundated with messages from concerned friends and family.

“I’m getting messages from friends and family all around the globe and catching up on what’s going on," Leto continued in his social media post.

"Hope you and yours are ok. Sending positive energy to all. Stay inside. Stay safe.”

Hollywood has been reeling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, with actors Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba testing positive to the virus. 

Sharing the news on Monday that he had contracted COVID-19, Elba said: “Look, this is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, only people who have recently travelled from overseas or have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case and experienced symptoms within 14 days are advised to be tested.

If you believe you may have contracted the virus, call your doctor, don’t visit, or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

If you are struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia, according to the Federal Government's website, and can include a fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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