Jared Leto says he just found out about coronavirus (COVID-19) after a twelve-day sabbatical in the desert. It may have been a better call to stay out there for a while longer, but hey.

Taking to social media, the Academy Award-winning actor and potential cult leader revealed he has just rejoined society after nearly two weeks in “silent meditation” out in the boonies.

“We were totally isolated,” the American star said. “No phone, no communication etc.”

While we’d argue COVID-19 has been news for a bit longer than two weeks, the global outbreak has progressed rapidly in recent days.

If Leto did actually zone out on March 6, or thereabouts, he would have missed the World Health Organisation declaring the virus a pandemic, the surge of confirmed infections and deaths in Italy, and US President Donald Trump‘s call for Americans to avoid gatherings of ten people or more.

“Mind blowing – to say the least,” Leto said of his newfound awareness.

“I’m getting messages from friends and family all around the globe and catching up on what’s going on.”

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Of course, Leto’s story of cutting himself off from the outside world for nearly two weeks is complicated by the fact his Instagram account shared content from Kyiv, Ukraine, a week ago.

Oh well!

If you have come into contact with someone who has the virus, you should self-isolate for 14 days. If symptoms develop you should call your doc or the Australian Government’s National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.

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