Kumail Nanjiani feels 'helpless' as Covid-19 cases spike in the US

The actor has criticised the government in it's handling of the pandemic

Entertainment Desk October 26, 2020

Pakistani-American actor  Kumail Nanjiani has been very vocal in criticising the US government in it's handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Big Sick star, who normally adopts a humouristic approach in his rants on the matter, recently penned an emotional note wherein he expressed helplessness over the situation. 

“I’m sorry. I’m generally a very optimistic person and have fought to keep positive these last few months. But today is hard. We are heading into a massive Covid spike and the people who are supposed to protect us are doing nothing and blaming us for being concerned,” said Nanjiani.

Nanjiani talked about how he and  his wife Emily V Gordon have been in quarantine for the last eight months since the latter is part of a high-risk group. 

“We’ve been in quarantine for eight months because my wife is in a high-risk group. We feel let down by our country,” he continued. “But it’s not about us. We’re the lucky ones. Over 226,000 people have died. That’s so many families destroyed. People have lost their homes, their jobs."

Comparing the scenario in the US with other countries, Nanjiani stressed that the fiasco in the country was "preventible". “And this was all preventable. I look at the Covid cases and deaths in other countries and it feels like they’re in another world,” he wrote. “Are they dealing with the same disease we are? I guess that’s the difference. They’re dealing with it. We’re not.”

The Lovebirds star concluded his note by telling his followers to stay careful in the days ahead. " I guess I have nothing constructive to say. Just be careful out there. I’m afraid we have a couple of bad months ahead of us. And I feel hopeless and helpless today. Actually, please respond with worthy organisations we can donate to. I’m gonna try and crawl back to optimism now," he said. 

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