Karl-Anthony Towns of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves said that his mother contracted coronavirus and is currently in a coma.
Towns said that his mother went to the hospital after not improving over a period of a couple days.
"She kept getting worse," Towns said. "Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe going down to 101.9 with the meds ... her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating."
Towns said that there was a day where it appeared his mother had turned a corner, but the condition of her lungs deteriorated further and she needed to be put on a ventilator.
She was later put in a medically-induced coma.
"It's rough," he said. "Day by day, we'll just see how it goes. We're being positive."
The two-time NBA All-Star shared his mother's story on social media in order to emphasize just how serious the global pandemic is.
"The severity of this disease is real. This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people.
Watch his message: