Famous Faces Who Have Tested Positive For COVID-19
So far, the year 2020 has been defined by one of the worst pandemics seen in modern history. Sporting seasons have been canceled, movie theaters have closed down, and working from home has become the new normal. Celebrities and public figures have felt the effects, too. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were in Australia when they become two of the first famous faces to test positive. After their announcement, a wave of athletes, celebrities, and world leaders came out with similar statements. These are the famous faces who have tested positive for Coronavirus.
On March 23rd, the future king of England, Prince Charles, tested positive for Coronavirus. Thankfully, the prince only displayed mild symptoms and was said to be in generally good spirits.
After he tested positive, his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was given a test of her own, which came out negative. The couple has taken to self-isolating now to ensure the health of the Queen. Speaking of the Queen, Prince Charles last met with her on March 12, one day before experts say he would have been contagious.
Tom Hanks was in Australia on March 11 with Rita Wilson when he revealed the couple had tested positive for Coronavirus. He released this statement on Instagram to break the news:
“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.”
Most famous for his role on Lost, actor Daniel Dae Kim announced his positive test on March 19th on a video on Instagram. Fifty-one years old, Kim stated that he first got a scratchy throat.
He then detailed more of his experience, “Even though I’m smiling and upbeat right now, for several days I was in bed. So for all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is.”
Iconic musician Jackson Browne used his positive diagnosis as motivation to help fight the pandemic. On March 24th, he donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital, saying:
“As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested… My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.” Browne added that he did not know when he first contracted the virus.
Actress Debi Mazar detailed her harrowing journey to finding out she had Coronavirus on March 21st:
“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 [word removed] and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough.
Andy Cohen, who boasts nearly four million Instagram followers and hosts the show Watch What Happens Live announced his positive test result on March 20:
“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.”
On March 27, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus after developing mild symptoms which included a temperature and persistent cough. The 55-year-old leader’s statement came just three days after Prince Charles announced that he also had a positive test result.
“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” Johnson said, adding, “[t]ogether we will beat this.”
Idris Elba decided to get tested after he learned he was in contact with someone who had the virus. His own positive test came even though he was showing zero symptoms.
“This is serious. Now’s the time to really start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands… here are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it … this is real.” His wife also tested positive.