The coronavirus doesn’t care if you’re rich or powerful, famous or influential. Celebrities who’ve tested positive for the virus have been sharing their stories with the public and detailing the progression of their symptoms. Some have offered regular updates on social media. Here’s a roundup of folks in the entertainment world whose lives have been affected by COVID-19.
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TOM HANKS AND RITA WILSON
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.
“Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-at-time approach, no?
“We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”
Hanks and Wilson are 63. They were the first celebrities to publicly share a positive test result for coronavirus. At the time, Hanks was preparing to film a biopic about Elvis Presley, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
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The actor posted a March 16 video on Twitter, saying:
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I feel OK, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
Elba, 47, is known for roles in movies such as “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Molly’s Game,” “Star Trek: Beyond,” “Pacific Rim” and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” He’s also appeared in TV series such as “The Wire,” “The Office,” “Luther” and “The Big C.”
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“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week. Unsure of what the next step is (getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise. I’m feeling better but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some. Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions. I really would love to help in any way I can.
“Again, let’s please be mindful of our decisions — now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another! Xx”
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“Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.
“Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.”
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The actress confirmed her test results on March 15 via Instagram:
“Locked up at home after having tested positive for coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”
Kurylenko, 40, has appeared in movies such as “Quantum of Solace,” “Oblivion” and “Johnny English Strikes Again.”
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DANIEL DAE KIM
“Hi everyone — yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy.”
His movie and TV resume includes the “Divergent” series, “Spider-Man 2,” “Lost,” “The Good Doctor,” “Star Trek: Enterprise” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
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“I have just tested positive for COVID-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home (husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug — low grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ears ringing and a dry cough. It cleared up quickly. Seasonal I thought? But it felt unusual/different … Two weeks later, March 15th, I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 fever. I figured maybe I got the flu or … corona? I had had cocktails the evening prior, and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.
“I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the COVID-19 test on 3/16. He said NO, I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country & I hadn’t been with someone who had actually tested positive. I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway, gone to the theater, the grocery store, the pharmacy, hair salon, etc. I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies & bleach wipes, dry goods. extra food etc. …
“A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits, which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17. First I was tested for the flu — which was negative. Then they tested me for COVID-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days (in S.Korea it takes two hours). Well … today is day 5 and I just found out. I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already. It’s very “morphy.” One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough. I can breathe, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days. They have no symptoms. I think we all had it possibly already? Who knows.
“Anyhow, stay home people! Protect yourselves & your loved ones. Build up your immune systems. Good Luck & God Bless us all!”
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“I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today. For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine … please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.”
Underwood, 28, was the lead on “The Bachelor” during Alabama native Hannah Brown’s season as a contestant. He also appeared on Season 14 of “The Bachelorette.”
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“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for coronavirus. As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
Cohen, 51, has a pop culture channel on SiriusXM Radio. He’s also a TV producer, involved in “The Real Housewives” franchise and more.
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The Spanish opera singer, 79, revealed his diagnosis on March 22 via Facebook:
“I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus. My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive. I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can! Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon. Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
Domingo’s reputation as a beloved star in the opera world has been tarnished by multiple allegations of sexual harassment that emerged in 2019 in the midst of the #MeToo movement. In February, Domingo apologized to the women who had accused him of misconduct and expressed remorse for his actions. He later qualified his apology, saying “I have never behaved aggressively toward anybody, nor have I ever done anything to obstruct or hurt the career of anybody,”
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The disgraced movie mogul has tested positive for the coronavirus in prison, the head of the New York state corrections officers union told Reuters.
Weinstein, 68, is in medical isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
A lawyer for Weinstein told Reuters on Sunday evening they had not been notified of the diagnosis. “Given Mr. Weinstein’s state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation,” said lawyer Imran Ansari,
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“Hey guys. A couple days ago, my doctor informed me that I too have COVID-19. A lot of us will. I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly.
“So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive the virus. Stay inside. Please. Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside.
“Think about your parents. Think about your grandparents. I love so many people who might have a very tough time getting through this. Think about someone else getting your loved ones sick because they didn’t listen, because they thought they knew better. Because they were selfish.
“We have the power to slow this down. So please, please isolate yourself. Stay clean. Stay informed. Stay aware and make others aware.”
Lawrence’s new song, “Joke’s on You,” appears on the “Birds of Prey” soundtrack.
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“Currently … My fevers have gotten much much better and I have begun to have somewhat of an appetite again, but it is very hard for me to breathe as a result of this pneumonia,” he wrote. “I am laid out in bed chugging Gatorade and using an oxygen machine to give my lungs as much relief as possible.”
Watt has worked with artists such as the Chainsmokers, Bebe Rexha, Ozzy Osbourne, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Lana Del Rey, Cardi B and Future.
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Charnas, a fashion blogger and social media influencer, confirmed her test results on March 18 via Instagram.
“While this virus seems to be everywhere that you turn, its meaning and importance completely changes when it affects you personally,” she wrote. “To date, I’ve been following the guidelines of the CDC and listening to the city and government officials and I urge everyone to do the same. … So, now that I’ve officially tested positive, here is my plan per the recommendation of my doctors: Continue to quarantine/self isolate, get lots of rest and drink fluids, get in touch with the family and friends that I’ve been in close contact with over the past 2 weeks so they can be even more diligent in their own self-quarantine and look out for any symptoms.”
Charnas is the founder of Something Navy, a popular blog and Instagram account.
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