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How Bethenny Frankel Is Helping out with the Effort to Prevent Coronavirus Spread (UPDATED)
The RHONY alum said, "Corona kits will be our small way to contribute to prevention."
UPDATE (March 23, 2020, 10:40 a.m.): Bethenny Frankel offered an update on what she's doing via her B Strong initiative to help gets masks out to those who need them during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
"We have five different suppliers. We have suppliers all over the world. We have suppliers and manufacturers in China, we have an Israeli company we're working with. So they're N95 masks. They also have gowns and different medical equipment," she told RADIO.com.
Bethenny also believes that self-quarantining and self-isolating is of the utmost importance during the outbreak to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
"This is the biggest crisis in our lifetime and many lifetimes," she told NECN.
She told Radio.com about her own self-isolation away from her boyfriend, Paul Bernon, who has been offering her help from afar. "We are connected as ever. We love each other as much as ever. There's no way to pressure each other, obviously, about seeing each other because we know where we're supposed to be, and there's something calming about that," she said.
She added, "I'm grateful that I have a good support system. I'm grateful that I have a place to be. I'm grateful that I have a mission and a way to help and help be a part of a change in the world."
She opened up more about her B Strong efforts on Twitter.
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The Real Housewives of New York City alum and philanthropist will provide kits in an effort to help prevent the spread of the virus.
"The [B Strong] [corona kits] will have masks [and] gloves. Thanks for all of your support always," she wrote.
She noted that the kits will include a "hydration system, sanitizing wipes, hand gel, [and] prevention essentials. NYC public schools stay open to provide shelter for many poor children who need food [and] somewhere to go. Testing is a pipe dream to them. Sanitization is a luxury esp[ecially] w[ith] price gouging."
Bethenny said that she's addressing the need for help amid the coronavirus situation in other ways as well: "Also, B strong is coordinating cleaning, sanitizing, antibacterial kits [and] hydration systems for those who can’t afford to prepare for Corona-throughout the NY area [and] other states at subway stations, schools, shelters etc."
She noted that these "corona kits will be our small way to contribute to prevention."
Bethenny, and her B Strong initiative, for the last several years have tackled many crisis and natural disasters. And currently, the coronavirus situation is just one on Bethenny's plate, as she also shared on Twitter.
"We are addressing Coronavirus as a crisis [and] we’re assessing our access points [and] most effective ways to help with relief. Stay tuned. We have just completed our second [Australia] mission, beginning on [Tennessee and] making this anxiety producing virus a priority."
Other Bravo stars, past and present, have also addressed how the worldwide coronavirus situation has affected them.
For instance, Joe Giudice shared his experience during a government-imposed lockdown in Italy. Kelly Bensimon is dealing with a "quarantine in luxury" during her vacation in the Bahamas.
Landon Clements is on self-imposed quarantine. Faye Resnick used the news an opportunity to address her own recent health scare and how important it is to be aware of your health and hygiene at this time. And Stassi Schroeder has addressed how her Italian wedding plans this October are in flux due to the health epidemic.
For the latest, most accurate information on coronavirus, go to the World Health Organization (WHO) website.