Serena Williams says she’s taking some time off amid the coronavirus outbreak. The tennis star announced her hiatus on Instagram on Thursday (March 12).
“Spending the next 6 weeks in solitude,” Williams wrote. “Being a wife. Being a mom. Cooking. Cleaning. Spring cleaning. Face mask. Makeup tutorials. I’ll let you know how it goes…stay safe everyone. This is serious.”
The virus has spread rapidly around the world with more than 145,000 confirmed cases. Italy was placed on a nationwide lockdown in wake of the outbreak and other countries might follow suit. The U.S. has confirmed more than 1,800 cases so far.
Several states have closed down schools until April, and some businesses have asked employees to work from home. On Friday (March 13) President Donald Trump declared a national emergency.