Laura Dern is taking Covid-19 “very seriously” after one of her friends lost his life to the virus.

Laura Dern

Laura Dern

The 53-year-old actress has said she hopes “everyone globally” is taking the ongoing coronavirus pandemic seriously, as she admitted she is being extra cautious when out in public now, after a “beautiful friend” of hers sadly died when he contracted the virus.

She said: “I've had friends who are on ventilators, who pulled through. I've known people of all ages who've been very sick. And we had one beautiful friend and artist who, who lost his life to it. So we certainly take it very seriously as, I pray at this point, everyone globally does.”

Laura wants to see everyone following “essential” health precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including mask wearing, social distancing, and regular testing.

She added: “These are all essential, but a mask really matters. It has really saved lives.”

The ‘Marriage Story’ star - who has Ellery, 19, and Jaya, 16, with her ex-husband Ben Harper - undergoes regular tests herself so that she can continue to look after her mother, Diane Ladd, who is high-risk due to a lung condition, and her father Bruce Dern.

She explained to People magazine: “Testing has been vital, so that I can check on them and bring them food and give them community. People still need community. I feel blessed that I have people that need me to take care of them. I think that serves us and makes us stronger somehow, that we need to be strong for others.

“It makes me feel calmer to know I have more power than I realised when it comes to my own health and wellbeing.”

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