Padma Lakshmi is reaching out to her family on social media for emotional support amid the outburst of Omicron’s variable.
Monday , top chef The flight attendant took to Instagram to express the concerns she had about her family traveling on a plane at this time, given that new research shows that the Omicron variant is spreading much faster than the Delta variant at its peak.
“Hey friends – are you a little scared like me?” Lakshmi started. Yesterday I brought my dad home for Christmas. I’m glad they could be with me and the Littlehands, but throughout the flight back from Los Angeles I was very concerned about whether it was wise to put them on a plane. How much will we need to be wary of others again and how much will we need to reduce the circle of activities we finally enjoy again after so many months? “
“School got quite far away again last Tuesday,” she continued. “I worry about my child and their young ones having to endure another wave of isolation. Their childhoods are already forever marred. I am glad they say this new alternative is not as dangerous as Delta, but who knows? All Lakshmi women have asthma. And my parents are getting older.”
“I have been strengthened and strengthened,” Lakshmi explained. “I have worn my mask again for any indoor activities outside my home and get the checks up frequently. My family and I are all healthy so far and doing what we can to stay safe, but I am still very concerned. What about all of you? How is everyone feeling?”
Lakshmi’s concern is justified. According to the latest data from the CDC, the United States recently surpassed 50 million COVID-19 cases and 800,000 deaths since the pandemic began in December 2019.
Commentators were quick to express their concern, while also praising Lakshmi for using her platform to have this very serious discussion.
Confused, frustrated, and a little depressed about what this means for our collective future, cookbook author Joanne Molinaro wrote.
Another commentator added, “I’m frustrated. Annoyed. Worried.” “I’m excited and boosted. All my kids are frustrated. I’m afraid we’ll go back to where we were last year. And I don’t really want my kids to go back to virtual learning.”
“Almost all of my friends in NYC have the virus,” one wrote. “I tested positive yesterday. I don’t feel well, but at least we’re all in this together. Please cancel all social events and stay safe.”
“I am so sorry that you are worried, Padma!” Chem in another. “Do what you think is best and take the time to take care of yourself. I am very worried these days, especially since my girlfriend is in her hometown of London and we are afraid of the travel ban. Thanks for being so candid! I really appreciate you.”
One fan wrote: “Very worried, very tired, and very defeated.” “But also very grateful to have a safe living situation while we put up with all that.”
Despite the pandemic that haunts many of our travel plans, Lakshmi has constantly used her platform to fight for what she believes is right.
Earlier this year, she and top chef Co-star Jill Simmons together banned speaking out against Texas’ anti-abortion law, SB8, which was enacted in September and bans abortions once doctors can detect heart activity, which is usually about six weeks — before some women even know they’re pregnant.
“Texas is up against a lot right now,” Laskhmi tweeted in September. A hateful anti-abortion bill, the abolition of the right to vote, a humanitarian and constitutional crisis at the border. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. Its government and most of its residents are against @GovAbbott’s hideous bills.”
She continued, “Our presentation highlights the small businesses that employ the same women, BIPOC personnel, and low-income people that these laws harm the most.”
Lashmi added that she “continues to fight” by working with local Houston organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Abortion Funds and the American Civil Liberties Union.
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