Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz is urging people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously after testing positive for COVID-19 himself.
Lentz confirmed his diagnosis Tuesday (March 24) to Religion News Service. He'd first announced it Monday night in an Instagram Live video that is no longer available.
The pastor told RNS he hoped by speaking out he could calm people's fears about a positive test being a death sentence, "but, at the same time, also try to get people to take it seriously."
"Because the longer people won't take it seriously, the longer this is going to go on," he said.
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Lentz described his symptoms as "kind of like a flu, but heavier," with extreme body aches.
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