The coronavirus illness (COVID-19) has the whole world battling against a worldwide pandemic, as of this writing in March 2020. While the infection has torn through Asia and Italy - overwhelming everything in the vicinity, America is now planning and bracing for the worst. States are declaring crises, pro sports have totally closed down, Coachella has been delayed, the expression "social isolation" has officially entered the vocabulary, and the act of washing your hands has never been more important.
With researchers foreseeing that the coronavirus pandemic could inevitably contaminate up to 70% of the United States' populace, the virus is not discriminating between the rich and the poor — or the famous. Since America's first recorded case in Snohomish County, Washington on Jan. 19, 2020, the infection has spread to almost every state, including NBA locker rooms and even Hollywood's A-List. Thus, put on that mask and those gloves, and let's keep our distance from the following celebrities who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.
Miami mayor Francis Suarez is keeping a video journal after his coronavirus diagnosis
Four days after going to an event in Florida with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his staff, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tested positive for the coronavirus, the Miami Herald reports. Suarez was in the same room as Bolsonaro's press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who tested positive upon his arrival to Brazil. After learning of Wajngarten's results, the 42-year-old city hall leader went into isolation right away.
"Residents and employees, I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19," Suarez said in a video message posted to Twitter that day. "I feel completely healthy and strong. However, I am doing the responsible thing by working with the county's health department to take every precaution to ensure that not only my family is healthy, but everyone I have come into contact with is healthy, as well."
In another video message two days after his diagnosis, Suarez refreshed his constituents on his condition. "Last night, I was feeling a little bit of aches and pains. I took one 500 milligram Tylenol Extra Strength, been hydrating a lot," he said. "I didn't sleep as much as I would like. I usually get about six and a half hours of sleep on average. I got about five hours of sleep. I think that was a little bit of restlessness and stress from yesterday and being a little bit amped up with all the interviews that I had to do, and also a little bit of the effects."
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were diagnosed with coronavirus while Down Under
While in Australia filming an Elvis biopic with director Baz Luhrmann, Tom Hanks revealed that he and his significant other, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the coronavirus in a post on his Instagram account. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," Hanks, a.k.a. the nicest guy in Hollywood, wrote in part. "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."
As they stayed in isolation, the film star tweeted a photograph of himself and Wilson to update their fans and thank their carers: "Hello folks. Rita Wilson 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."
Bond girl Olga Kurylenko revealed her diagnosis on Instagram
On March 15, 2020, former model and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus. The Ukrainian born, who starred with Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace, shared the news on her Instagram account.
"Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I've actually been ill for almost a week now," she wrote (in both English and the Cyrillic alphabet), accompanied by a photo of a view outside through her window. "Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!"
As per the Daily Mail, Kurylenko talked about her day by day routine while in isolation with the Russian media. "To bring down the temperature, they said to take Paracetamol, which I do. That's all. Nothing more to do," she explained. "Of course, I still take vitamins for myself like that. And I eat garlic, just for the immune system. I drink water. Squeeze lemons in water. That's all."
Daniel Goldman used his coronavirus diagnosis to target President Trump
Daniel Goldman, counsel to the House Intelligence Committee during President Donald Trump's impeachment procedures, tested positive for the coronavirus, Rep. Adam Schiff announced (via CNN). "The former staffer is feeling better and no current staff have reported any flu-like symptoms at this time," Schiff said.
In a multi-tweet string, Goldman refreshed everybody on his circumstances ("it was just like the flu") and tackled Trump about the accessibility of tests. "My difficulty in getting a test despite the exact symptoms and a neg flu test underscores how shockingly unprepared this administration is to deal with this pandemic," he wrote. "In fact, I was told that NYC hospitals STILL would not test my wife — with similar symptoms — unless admitted."
"@realDonaldTrump can try to gaslight the American public by repeatedly saying that everyone who needs a test can get one, but that was not true one month ago (when it should have been the case) and it is not true today (when there is no excuse)," he continued. "Given his stated desire to 'keep numbers down' for his political benefit, it is impossible to reach any conclusion other than that the President is sacrificing the health of the American public for his own personal interests."
Idris Elba revealed his coronavirus diagnosis for 'transparency'
On March 16, 2020, Luther and Hobbs and Shaw actor Idris Elba reported he has tested positive for the coronavirus. "This morning I tested positive for Covid 19," he tweeted. "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 clarified that he self-isolated and "tested immediately" in the wake of discovering that the individual he came into contact with tested positive three days earlier. The Thor: Ragnorak actor at that point said he chose to impart his diagnosis to the world since "transparency is probably the best thing for this right now." He added, "If you're feeling ill, or you feel like you should be tested, or if you've been exposed, then do something about it."
Elba ended his video by admitting that we "live in a divided world," but called for unity. "Now's the time for solidarity, now's the time for thinking about each other," he said. "Stay positive. Don't freak out."
Kristofer Hivju received his coronavirus diagnosis in Norway
On March 16, 2020, Kristofer Hivju, Game of Thrones' Tormund Giantsbane, uncovered that he tested positive for the coronavirus. In an Instagram post, the fantasy series fan-favorite's message began, "Greetings from Norway!"
"Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus (sic)," Hivju continued, adding, "My (family) 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!" Hivju's finding comes just weeks after he formally joined the second season of The Witcher.
Andrew Watt struggled to get a COVID-19 diagnosis
Andrew Watt, a music producer who has worked with artists such as Post Malone, Cardi B, and Ozzy Osbourne, reported that he tested positive for the coronavirus. In a progression of posts from the editor of DJ Booth, Watt shared his account of the fast movement of the disease that ultimately led the 29-year old to be placed on a breathing machine.
On the morning of March 6, 2020, Watt said he felt "like [he] was hit by a bus" and was bedridden "for days." However, a doctor informed him that there was "no way" he had the virus since he hadn't left the country and spends all his time at either the studio or his home. He revealed that he became "delusional" from a frequent dry cough and an emergency room visit where he was given a pneumonia diagnosis but refused a coronavirus test "because of federal regulations." A "private doctor" eventually tested him for COVID-19, and confirmed Watt's infection. Eleven days after his diagnosis, Watt said his fevers were "much, much better," but he still struggled to breathe.
He concluded by saying he would "get through this no matter what," and pleaded for others to be mindful of the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. "I can't stress this enough. This is not a joke. Stay inside, stay sanitized," he wrote. "Please stop everything and take care of yourselves and the people you love around you, until we are all through this."