Pastor of Hillsong NYC Carl Lentz has announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus, making the announcement with fellow pastor Judah Smith over Instagram Live. Lentz said he tested for the virus after feeling the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

He is now in self-quarantine and according to him, the disease is a brutal one.

“My advice to people is try to take this as seriously as you can,” Lentz said.

“I’m fine,” he said, according to Fox News. “I’m good ..Let me tell you something. It is definitely real … the symptoms are so real. It’s kind of like a flu times 50–still don’t feel like myself … I look forward to getting my energy back.”

Lentz said he hoped healthcare professionals would progress quickly on the race to find a vaccine.

In the meantime, he told everyone around the world currently facing a positive test result that he stood in solidarity with them.

“You’re not alone,” he said. “I’m praying that we find something that eradicates this¬†thing completely. That’s my hope.”