There’s no point denying it: coronavirus is basically the only thing anyone is talking about right now. This week has been an anxiety-ridden time, as people stock up for potential quarantine situations, basically every major event has been canceled, and everyone just generally doesn’t know what to do with themselves. It remains to be seen how bad things will get before they get better, but COVID-19 is affecting us all. And that includes famous people. This week, we’ve seen the first round of high-profile public figures test positive for the virus, and there are sure to be more in the coming days and weeks. Here are all the celebrities who have tested positive for coronavirus so far.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
On Sunday afternoon, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s staff announced that he tested positive. He’s the first US Senator to test positive (that we know of), which is ironic considering that last week, he was the only Senator to vote no on a bill for emergency coronavirus funding. I would never wish this upon anyone, but maybe this will convince him to take things a bit more seriously.
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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.
On Friday afternoon, Andy Cohen shared on Instagram that he has the coronavirus. In his post, he said that he had been self-quarantined and feeling rough for a few days. Earlier on Friday, he had announced that he would resume hosting Watch What Happens Live this week from his home, but those plans have now been put on hold. Hopefully he starts feeling better soon, because if we have to go two whole months without WWHL, I’m actually going to lose my mind.
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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.
Buckle up, because Bachelor Nation has officially been hit. On Friday afternoon, Colton Underwood shared on IGTV that he tested positive for COVID-19. He said that he’s been practicing social distancing “since last week”, and that he got tested after he began experiencing symptoms in the past few days. He didn’t mention Cassie at all, so let’s hope she’s somewhere far away, also staying inside.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like Cassie isn’t far away, she’s just downstairs. Colton posted an update on Monday, saying that he’s quarantining on the third floor of Cassie’s parents’ house, which is apparently huge. It sounds like his symptoms have been pretty miserable, saying that “breathing is challenging,” and it feels like he can only use 20% of his lung capacity. He said he’s getting an inhaler, so hopefully things will start to clear up for him soon.
Daniel Dae Kim
On Thursday, Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim shared that he tested positive for COVID-19 in a heartfelt IGTV video. I’d recommend watching the full video, as he’s incredibly well-spoken, but he reiterates the importance of following protocols, and celebrates our healthcare professionals for being on the frontlines of this fight. He also urged people to ” stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people”, stressing that this virus doesn’t discriminate based on race or nationality, and neither should we.
Earlier this week, singer Charlotte Lawrence shared her diagnosis on Instagram, with an impassioned message urging her followers to take all the recommended precautions. At 19 years old, Lawrence is one of the youngest public figures to be diagnosed with COVID-19, which gives her an important platform to reach members of Gen-Z with this message. To get through this, people of all ages have to work together, and if the video of dumb spring breakers is any indication, not everyone gets it yet.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
Get well soon Prince Albert of Monaco! pic.twitter.com/WXUbbCm1ER
— The Royal Couturier (@RoyalCouturier) March 19, 2020
On Thursday, it was announced that Prince Albert II of Monaco tested positive for COVID-19, making him the world’s first head of state to come out publicly with a positive diagnosis. In a statement from the palace, Prince Albert urged “the people of Monaco to respect containment measures and to limit contact with others to a minimum,” adding that his condition is not serious at the moment. Honestly, if a Prince can stay inside, so can you, so just hang in there and do what you’re supposed to.
On Wednesday morning, fashion influencer Arielle Charnas, also known as Something Navy, shared on Instagram that she tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier in the week, she had gotten backlash online for sharing her experience of being tested for the virus. While it’s great to be open, Charnas didn’t meet the standard requirements to be tested, and people called out her privilege. In her post today, she acknowledged how fortunate she is, and called upon the government to make tests available to everyone. In her post, she also shared a detailed update on her symptoms, which definitely don’t sound fun.
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant told The Athletic that he had tested positive for the virus, along with three of his teammates. There are now several NBA players who have tested positive, making the league’s early decision to shut down seem all the more prescient. Durant told everyone to “be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” and that’s really the best advice for now.
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. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
On Monday afternoon, Idris Elba became the latest high-profile celeb to announce he has coronavirus. He posted a video on Twitter, in which he said that he got tested last Friday after realizing he was exposed to someone with the virus. While it’s unclear how he was able to get tested without showing any symptoms (famous people things!), he said he’s been quarantined since he realized he was exposed, and will continue to isolate. I feel like this would never have happened if they had just made him James Bond when they had the chance.
Rudy Gobert & Donovan Mitchell
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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.
On Wednesday, the NBA made the shocking decision to immediately suspend the remainder of their regular season. Well, it was shocking at the time, but a lot has changed in the last two days. The decision was made after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, just days after he touched every microphone in an interview room as a prank. That didn’t age well. He’s since apologized for his “careless” actions, but the damage is done. Since then, one of Gobert’s teammates, Donovan Mitchell, has also tested positive, proving that shutting down the season was probably the right call.
While it’s good that Gobert and Mitchell were able to be tested quickly, this situation raises some important questions about access to testing. As a preemptive measure, all traveling members of the Utah Jazz were tested—58 people in total. This is in stark contrast to the current situation at U.S. hospitals and health facilities, which are finding it nearly impossible to get their hands on enough tests. According to the COVID Tracking Project, only around 14,000 people in the entire country have actually received COVID-19 tests, leading to concerns that there could be many more cases than we’re even aware of. I’m glad the NBA players are staying safe, but it’s really troubling that normal people—particularly those who are at high risk—aren’t getting the same treatment.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
In many ways, this Wednesday was the day when things in the U.S. really started to feel intense. More large-scale cancelations were announced, and President Trump announced the European travel ban. But sh*t really got real on Wednesday night, when it was confirmed that Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson had both tested positive for COVID-19. Currently working on a movie in Australia, the couple confirmed the news on Instagram, and have since updated us saying that they’re doing fine, and following all quarantine procedures.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
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