Pink reflects on celebrating Mother's Day amid coronavirus: 'Hold your babies tight'

Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY
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Pink is hoping people across the country spend Mother's Day thinking of how to best take care of at-risk families as America prepares for a long recovery in the wake of the coronavirus.

In a column for NBC News, the singer, 40, reflects on how quarantine has changed life for mothers: "To be a mom, a teacher, a cook, a confidant, and a badass dream chaser all at once is no small feat. Mamas everywhere, you are doing amazing," she wrote.

Pink has been vocal about her and her 3-year-old son's coronavirus diagnoses after revealing they had exhibited symptoms in early April. She announced at the time she had donated a million dollars to relief efforts: $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia, where her mother worked for 18 years, and $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

In the column, Pink touched on her family's struggles with coronavirus, calling it the " most physically and emotionally challenging experience I have gone through as a mother."

"Weeks after receiving our test results, my son was still ill and feverish," she added. "It was a terrifying time, not knowing what might come next. But our story is not unique; there are mothers all over America, and the world, that are facing this same uncertainty every single day."

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And she raised concerns for "children and families around the world who are just beginning to know" the effects of coronavirus," wondering if those families have the essential items to keep themselves safe and healthy.

"In many parts of the world it can take hours just to access water, and even then, soap may be an impossible luxury," she wrote. "As we begin to envision what life will look like on the other side of this, we need to put ourselves in the shoes of moms around the globe and consider doing what we can to help keep their babies safe. How can we partake in ensuring their access to the basic human rights that so many of us are afforded each and every day?"

Pink concluded: "This Mother’s Day, as you hold your babies tight, I encourage you to think about all the mamas around the world who still need our help... I know you would do anything to protect your own child, so let’s make sure every mama has the same opportunity and resources to protect theirs."

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus: Pink reflects on Mother's Day amid pandemic