The coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the world, with 304,986 people diagnosed with the virus worldwide and 12,987 passing away due to the virus according to WorldOMeter.
Members of the UFC roster have decided to help raise awareness about the coronavirus, with those roster members being former two division champion Conor McGregor and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Both fighter issued their statements through Instagram:
Quick reminder to stay vigilant with our quarantine efforts, team Ireland! We have seen a drop over the last 3 days in numbers of infected. From 191 cases on Thursday, March 19th (Our heaviest day to date) to a slight decrease of 126 the following day, Friday March 20th. To now today, Saturday March 21th, a total number of 102 new cases. These are encouraging drops each day but we are still above 100 a day. With today being Saturday and the peak of our weekend, plus the fact we have received lower numbers each day, we will all feel tempted to get out and back to living our normal lives again. But now is the time we must remain most vigilant! Remain most vigilant and put this fully to bed. Otherwise we run the risk of going around in circles with these numbers until they hit a spike we then can’t contain. Stay tight Ireland! We will do this! Together in unity! God speed to everyone around the world fighting this virus. We fight it side by side! ---- Team work makes the dream work, God bless!
Here is a transcript of what Jones said in his Instagram video, provided by MMA Junkie:
“Just reaching out to let you all know that I love you very much. Hope you guys are keeping your head held high. You owe it to yourself. This world can be a very difficult place, and sometimes it’s going to present us with some very hard fights. But we owe it to ourselves to have faith, to be positive and remember that attitude is everything. Mentality, mindset it everything. No one is going to feel sorry for us at a time like this. We owe it to ourselves to not feel sorry for ourselves and do everything we can every day to smile, to do our part. And right now our part is to stay home, stay happy, stay positive. Keep a positive mindset, keep a positive outlook, and I promise you, we will get through this thing.”