The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting close to home for Anna Wintour.
The Vogue editor and chief, 70, took to the magazine’s official Instagram to reveal her son, Dr. Charles Shaffer has fallen “quite ill and self-quarantining” after treating patients with the novel coronavirus.
“The most critical aid, of course, is happening on the frontlines,” she told the camera in the clip. “My son is a doctor. He is currently quite ill and self-quarantining at home. But when he is able, he will return to the ICU at his hospital.”
She added, “I am so proud of him and so grateful to all the health workers, first responders, nurses and doctors who are fighting to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.”
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“Tom [Ford] and I are not doctors, but there is so much help that is needed, especially as small businesses and workers around this country suffer devastating economic consequences,” Anna Wintour says, adding: “The fashion industry has been hit hard. I have been speaking to so many American designers and others in the community who fear that they won’t make their payroll or have had their orders returned, stores closed, who fear that their businesses and their livelihoods may not survive what we’re going through. The fund we’ve created is intended to help them and the talented people they work with.” Tap the link in our bio to learn more about the #CVFFACommonThread fund and to donate if you can.
According to her Instagram, Charles’ wife Elizabeth Shaffer, and their two daughters, Caroline, 3, and Ella Rose, 1, have also been in isolation.
In response to her son’s illness, Wintour and Tom Ford have relaunched the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which was started following the event of Sept. 11, 2001, is being “repurposed” amid the pandemic.