As the coronavirus spreads throughout the world, the numbers of those infected are rising rapidly. And this is a virus that doesn’t discriminate. Young or old, rich or poor, famous or not — everybody is at risk.
Here are the celebrities, including actors, politicians and sports stars, who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
Updated April 6, 2020
Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Actor Tom Hanks, who is 63, tested positive for COVID-19, as did his wife Rita Wilson. Hanks shared the news on his social media pages on March 12 that he and Rita were in isolation so they didn’t spread the virus to anyone else.
“There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness,” he wrote. “We are taking it one day at a time.”
On March 17, Hanks gave an update on Twitter, revealing that one week after testing positive, his symptoms were “much the same.”
“No fever but the blahs,” he wrote. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared “some personal news” on Twitter on March 12. His wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was experiencing mild flu-like symptoms after returning from a speaking event in the UK.
“She’s feeling better, but following the advice of our doctor she is self-isolating as we wait on COVID-19 test results,” he wrote.
The Prime Minister’s office said in a statement, per the National Post, that he would also be isolating for a “planned period of 14 days.”
On March 19, Trudeau assured Twitter followers that “Sophie feels better and I feel just fine.”
Daniel Dae Kim
On March 19, actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Before then, he had been in New York filming NBC’s “New Amsterdam.” Production of the show has since been postponed. From his home in Hawaii, Kim told his followers: “Today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close.”
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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.
Andy Cohen, the host of “Watch What Happens Live,” posted to his Instagram on March 20 to say that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He added that the Bravo show will be on pause entirely for the time being and expressed his gratitude for the “medical professionals who are working so tirelessly for all of us.” He also urged everybody to “stay home and take care of themselves.”
Fabio Wajngarten, the press secretary to the Brazilian president, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12 — days after meeting President Trump at an event in Florida. This marked the first time that someone known to have the virus was in close proximity to the president. However, Trump was later tested and his result was negative.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez
On March 13, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez became one of the first U.S. elected officials to test positive for the novel coronavirus. He had attended the same event as Brazilian government official Fabio Wajngarten, who also tested positive for the virus. Suarez has been live-blogging from self-isolation, telling The South Florida Roundup that he wanted to share his experience because “I know there’s a lot of fear and anxiety.”
Prince Albert II
Prince Albert II of Monaco became the second royal and the first head of state to contract the coronavirus, according to an official statement on March 19. The palace told CNN that the status of the prince’s health “is not worrying at all” and that he was working from home and in contact with members of his cabinet and government.
“His Serene Highness urges the people of Monaco to respect the measures of confinement and to limit contact with others to a minimum,” said the spokesperson. “Only the strict observance of these confinement measures will make it possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
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 March 16, actor Idris Elba tweeted a video statement saying he had tested positive for COVID-19 (despite showing no symptoms) and was isolating at home.
“There are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it,” he said. “So now is a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance, okay.”
On March 17, Elba gave an update on his condition, revealing on Twitter that he was “feeling okay… I’m a little tired… my temperature’s fine – I don’t have a fever.” He also revealed that he has asthma, so he fits into the high-risk category.
US Rep. Ben McAdams
— Rep. Ben McAdams (@RepBenMcAdams) March 19, 2020
Utah congressman Ben McAdams, a representative for Utah’s 4th district, released a statement on Twitter on March 18 to reveal he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine,” he wrote. He urged “all Utahns” to take the threat of the virus seriously and follow all health recommendations from the CDC.
US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Like McAdams, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, fell ill after voting on the House floor on March 13. On March 18, Diaz-Balart wrote on Twitter that he was feeling much better, and stressed the importance of taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously and follow CDC guidelines.
“We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times,” he wrote.
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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.
In an Instagram video posted on March 20, former “Bachelor” star Colton Underwood told his followers that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and said the illness had “been kicking my a–.” The reality TV star, who had been social distancing with his girlfriend Cassie Randolph at her parents’ house in California, told fans to “stay at home, do your part.”
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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 hadnt 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. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin’! 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.Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already.Its very “morphy”.One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I’m tough. I can breath,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! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome
On March 21, “Younger” star Debi Mazar announced that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. She wrote on Instagram that she had started to feel ill on March 15 and that, so far, her symptoms (including a low-grade fever, headache and sore throat) appear to come and go. Her family members are showing no symptoms but they are all under quarantine for 14 days. Mazar appealed to her fans to “stay home” and “build up your immune systems.”
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I’m staying at home for my mom @nicole3mitch and my sister @jordannmitchell_ lets all try our best to stop the spread of the Coronavirus together!! Share your #IStayHomeFor photo and tag who you nominate for the #IStayHomeFor challenge!!! ❤️ @rolls_royce00 @epaschall @cp3 @dwyanewade @jordanclarksons @jaytatum0
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell told Good Morning America that the “scariest part” of having the coronavirus is that you can be asymptomatic.
“I could walk down the street if it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it,” he said. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus, is that you may seem fine, be fine and you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.”
“Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” she wrote on March 16. “Let’s please be mindful of our decisions — now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another!!”
Matthews revealed that her early symptoms included a sore throat, headache and fatigue, and said she also had a mild fever, shortness of breath and a deep, dry cough.
Italian soccer player Daniele Rugani was the first player in his country’s top soccer division to test positive for the coronavirus. On March 11, per the BBC, his club Juventus shared the news, stressing that Rugani has no symptoms. After this announcement, Juventus’ match against Lyon was canceled by UEFA.
Rugani took to Twitter to reassure fans, writing, “You will have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure all those who are worrying about me, I’m fine. I urge everyone to respect the rules, because this virus makes no distinctions! Let’s do it for ourselves, for our loved ones and for those around us.”
On March 25, Buckingham Palace released a statement saying Prince Charles, who is heir to the British throne, had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Palace said he “otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.” The Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall (who was also tested but does not have the virus), are now self-isolating at their Scottish residence of Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, on the Queen’s Balmoral estate, per CNN.
After Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the coronavirus, the London soccer club closed its training complex and the entire first team went into self-isolation. The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.”
All elite soccer has been suspended in the U.K. until at least April 3, reported the BBC.
The first NBA player to be diagnosed with COVID-19 was Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert, who caused an outcry when he touched all the tape recorders on the table before him at a media event in Salt Lake City on March 9. He later apologized on Instagram and said he wished he’d taken the virus “more seriously.”
“I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis … mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment,” Gobert wrote. “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.”
— Sean Payton (@SeanPayton) March 19, 2020
Sean Payton, head coach of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, told ESPN he had tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19. He later thanked fans for well wishes on Twitter, revealing that he was “feeling better and fortunate to not have any of the respiratory symptoms.” Payton is the first person in the NFL world known to have caught the virus.
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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. 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. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
On March 17, actor Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund on “Game of Thrones,” revealed his positive COVID-19 test result.
“My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” he wrote on Instagram. “We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cough.”
He urged his followers to take all necessary precautions and preventative measures.
“Just do everything you can to stop this virus from spreading,” he wrote.
Actor Olga Kurylenko, who’s best known for her role in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” revealed on Instagram on March 15 that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Locked up at home after having tested positive for coronavirus,” she wrote. “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!”
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in this time of fear and panic, its important to tone into what you love and calm your state of mind. these are some of my favorite things❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️1. writing. singing. playing guitar. it makes my heart feel better 2. painting. i’m not a good painter (and this one isn’t done) but i love it. 3. listening. this is my favorite playlist on spotify if i feel anxious or if i can’t sleep 4. my favorite song off of the playlist. 5. art. this painting is by Pierre Auguste Cot. art always makes me feel serene and inspired 6. go outside. look at the clouds- i thought this cloud looked like a lady holding her baby 7. i thought this cloud looked like a baobab tree on a small planet (like from my favorite book) 8. last but not least, read. this is my favorite book. every time i read The Little Prince it opens my eyes in a way i can’t describe. i think it’s the most beautiful, important book i’ve ever come across❣️ share with me what you guys do to calm down and feel a little happier
Singer Charlotte Lawrence shared her COVID-19 diagnosis on Instagram on March 17. She urged her followers to stay informed about the virus and follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help stop the spread.
“We have the power to slow this down,” she wrote. “So please, please isolate yourself. Stay clean. Stay informed. Stay aware and make others aware.”
On March 21, Lawrence revealed what she’d been doing to stay calm, including writing, singing, painting and listening to music.
Karl von Habsburg
On March 17, Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, confirmed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and had been in self-quarantine since March 12 after getting his positive result.
“It’s annoying, but I’m fine,” he told Austrian TV network oe24, per Vanity Fair. “It’s not the Black Plague. I thought it was the usual flu. When a friend called me that he had a positive test at a congress in Switzerland, I was also tested.”
Social media influencer Arielle Charnas, who runs the popular Instagram account Something Navy, revealed on March 18 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Sharing her recovery plan and listing her symptoms on Instagram, she wrote, “I’m dealing with the weirdest virus I’ve ever had since mono,” she wrote. “I’m so happy my fever is gone but the body pain that I’m feeling today is unlike anything else. It feels like we’re all in a bad dream right now but I’m determined to bring back some normalcy to our lives.”
The day prior, she had shared an Instagram post noting she hoped it would be the last about a nasty illness she’d be fighting, which turned out to be COVID-19.
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Majibu ya vipimo vyangu vya Covid 19 yamerudi chanya. Inaudhi. Siumwi KABISA. Nipo sawa 100%. Na nimejitenga toka niliporudi ili kuepuka kuathiri wengine. Na kwa bahati hata watoto wangu sijakutana nao kabisa. Hawapo nyumbani. Nawaomba tu tuchukue tahadhari kwa kadri ya uwezo wetu kukwepa usitupate na hata tukipatwa nao sio tatizo la kivile hata,virusi wake wanaondoka wenyewe baada ya siku kadhaa tu. So yah,sisi wa nchi hizi tulioandamwa na migonjwa mikubwa mikubwa katika kukua kwetu,haya ‘mafua’ wala sio kitu cha kututisha. ITAKUWA TU SAWA. Tuweni na amani tu mioyoni.
One of Tanzania’s most popular rappers, MwanaFA, revealed his positive COVID-19 result on March 19, per the BBC. He wrote on Instagram (in his Swahili language), “I’ve decided to record this video message to tell you that this disease is real!” He urged his followers to adhere to expert advice on washing hands and keeping social distance from others and to not panic if they caught the coronavirus.
“Let’s take care of each other,” he concluded in his announcement.
Universal Music boss Lucian Grainge was hospitalized with the coronavirus, Variety reported on March 15. After being tested, he was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Grainge, 60, started his career in 1979 at April Blackwood Music Publishing and was named chairman/CEO of Universal Music in 2011.
Record producer/musician Andrew Watt urges everyone to take Coronavirus seriously after testing positive. pic.twitter.com/yjXu85iqKw
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) March 17, 2020
On March 16, record producer and musician Andrew Watt, who has worked with artists like Cardi B, Ozzy Osbourne and Post Malone, announced he had tested positive for COVID-19. He posted a series of notes on Twitter, sharing his struggle to get a test and imploring young people to take the virus seriously.
“To have the mentality ‘I’m young this can’t affect me’ is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you,” he wrote. “Social distancing is to protect someone’s mom and dad, someone’s grandmother… it’s not about you. It’s about everyone together fighting this as a team.”
US Senator Rand Paul
The first senator and the third member of Congress to test positive for the new coronavirus was Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky. On March 22, Paul’s office said on Twitter that he “is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.” They added that he has since self-quarantined, and since his Washington office began operating remotely several days previously, “virtually no staff has had contact with him.”
Opera star Plácido Domingo, who is 79, announced on Facebook that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, writing on March 22, “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive.” He said he and his family were in good health and would be self-isolating “for as long as it is deemed medically necessary.” Domingo added that he had decided to get tested because he had a fever and cough.
“Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he added. “Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne told Rolling Stone magazine that he had tested positive for the new coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms, including a small cough and a temperature. “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through,” Browne said on March 24.
Although Browne said he isn’t sure where he contracted the virus, he thinks it might have been during a recent trip to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit. “So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested,” he said. “They don’t have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on. That’s what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody.”
Gregory M. Aymond
Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans, 70, said in a statement on March 23 that he tested positive for COVID-19 after having some mild symptoms, including a fever. He said he has self-quarantined and plans to use the quiet time “for additional prayer and sacrifice for all those seriously affected by the virus.” He also intends to “be present through Facebook and the archdiocesan website with reflection on this crisis and God’s healing power.”
President Donald Trump may have tested negative for the new coronavirus, but British Prime Minster Boris Johnson isn’t so lucky. On March 27, Johnson, 55, tweeted a video message confirming he has COVID-19, writing: “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.” The U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also has the virus and is self-isolating at home.
Iconic singer-songwriter John Prine was hospitalized on March 26 after a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, his family said in a statement. He was intubated, and two days later, he was still in critical condition.
“This is hard news for us to share,” his family wrote. “But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said in a social media statement on March 31 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing fever, chills and shortness of breath following exposure to people “who have subsequently tested positive.” Cuomo joked that his family “seem pleased” he’s quarantined in the basement, and assured followers he would continue to host his show from there.
There would be no Playtone without Adam Schlesinger, without his That Thing You Do! He was a One-der. Lost him to Covid-19. Terribly sad today. Hanx
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) April 2, 2020
Emmy award-winning musician Adam Schlesinger, who is best known as one of the frontmen of the band Fountains of Wayne, tested positive for the new coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital in upstate New York. Sadly, Schlesinger died on April 1, his lawyer Josh Grier confirmed to Rolling Stone. Social media tributes flooded in, including one from Tom Hanks, who also tested positive for COVID-19. “Terribly sad today,” Hanks wrote on Twitter.
Schlesinger, 52, was married to Katherine Michel from 1999-2013 and he is survived by their two daughters, Sadie and Claire.
“Game of Thrones” actor Indira Varma, who is currently starring on the ABC drama “For Life,” revealed on Instagram that she has tested positive for the new coronavirus. “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people,” she wrote.
James L. Dolan
James L. Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks, has tested positive for COVID-19, the team revealed in a statement on Twitter on March 29. Dolan, who is in self-isolation but is “experiencing little to no symptoms,” is the first owner in the NBA who has been publicly confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.
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I just tested positive for coronavirus. I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life. Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family. So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside. ❤️
“The Young and the Restless” actor Greg Rikaart revealed on March 23 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus after being in solo quarantine since March 14. He wrote on Instagram that it had been “the hardest experience of my life” but said he seemed to be on the mend after being fever-free for the first time since he had started feeling ill. “Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside,” he told his followers.
“Moulin Rouge!” star Aaron Tveit revealed on March 23 that his COVID-19 test had come back positive and that he had been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on March 12. Writing on Instagram, Tveit said he was feeling “much better” and considered himself “extremely lucky” that his symptoms have been very mild, mostly like a cold with no fever. “One thing I have been experiencing is the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a big sign for people who are otherwise asymptotic,” he wrote. “I was tested last Monday, and just found out the results, however, I have been taking this situation extremely seriously, even before I was tested.”
A day after announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Instagram, rapper Slim Thug told ABC13 that the wait between taking the test and getting his result was “a little scary,” but said he felt better after he got more information. He said he had been really careful to follow government guidelines, even wearing masks and gloves for extra protection before he became sick. “Everything I was doing was essential. I did get a haircut. I must have caught the spray,” he said. “Outside of that, I went to get something to eat. I stayed in my truck, I never got out of my truck.”
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Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities. In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center. Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes! These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home. Please. Stay. Home.❤️
Pink revealed her positive coronavirus diagnosis on Instagram on April 4, and she wasn’t the only one in her family to be affected. Her 3-year-old son Jameson also tested positive, and he had it bad.
“We have been really, really sick,” Pink told her friend, author Jen Pastiloff, in a live Instagram chat on April 5. “My 3-year-old, Jameson, has had the worst of it. I’ve had many nights where I’ve cried and I’ve never prayed more in my life.” However, Pink said that they’re both feeling better and have now tested negative.
David Bryan, the award-winning composer and lyricist and keyboardist for Bon Jovi, announced on March 21 that he had the new coronavirus.
“I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day,” he wrote on Instagram. “Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague.”
He revealed that he had “been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon… with the help of every American (sic)!!”
“I’ve never been sicker,” actress Ali Wentworth wrote on Instagram on April 1 after sharing her positive COVID-19 test result. She also revealed that she was at home with her husband, “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos, and their two daughters, but was self-isolating in a separate room.
“This is pure misery. #stayhome,” she added.
“Waitress” star and singer Sara Bareilles used her Instagram Stories to tell her fans that she had a “very mild case of COVID” but was “totally fine and fully recovered.”
“Couple of rough days but I promise I’m fine,” she added as she danced in her New York City apartment.
“I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” singer-songwriter Christopher Cross revealed in a Facebook post on April 2. He took the opportunity to remind people that the new coronavirus is no joke.
“For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a ‘hoax’ or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world,” he wrote.
On April 5, Marianne Faithfull’s agent told Rolling Stone that the singer/songwriter was being treated for COVID-19 in hospital in London. Francois Ravard said Faithfull, 73, was is in a stable condition and is “responding to treatment.”
“Please pray for her!” her friend Penny Arcade wrote on Facebook. “She has withstood and survived so much in her life – including being Marianne Faithful, that to be taken down by a virus would be such a tragedy.”
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DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago. Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am – or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 – but after a week or so of what I would describe as a 'Turbo-charged Flu', I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn't mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover. I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn't always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing. Sending LOVE to all my Homies and Fans, in Italy 🇮🇹 particularly, the UK 🇬🇧 and the US 🇺🇸 and everywhere in the world I have been lucky enough to visit on my travels with DURAN DURAN. Cannot wait to be back onstage again, sharing new music, love and joy. Stay safe, stay connected and get creative! Love John 🖤
On April 5, Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor took to Instagram to tell his followers he’d tested positive for the coronavirus three weeks ago, but has now fully recovered.
“Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old – I like to think I am – or was blessed with getting only a mild case of ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover,” he wrote. He signed off his post, “Stay safe, stay connected and get creative!”
ESPN tennis broadcaster Patrick McEnroe tested positive for COVID-19, he revealed on Twitter on March 31. The 16-time men’s doubles champion said he was recovering from mild symptoms, but felt “fine.” In a later tweet, he thanked his fans, writing that he was “so so touched by ALL the messages of support.”
On March 26, Jeff Shell, the CEO of NBCUniversal, emailed his employees to say he had tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
“The other reason to work from home is that in the event you contract the virus, it will limit the number of your colleagues you inadvertently expose,” Shell wrote, per NBCNews. “As some of you now know, I myself am in this category. I recently have been feeling under the weather and just learned that I have tested positive for Covid-19. Although the virus has been tough to cope with, I have managed to work remotely in LA and am improving every day.”
CNN host Brooke Baldwin wrote on Instagram on April 3 that she was “okay” after testing positive for the new coronavirus, and reminded her followers that nobody is invincible. “I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do,” she wrote. “Still — it got me.”
A couple of days later, Baldwin gave an update, posting a photo of her on her bed (where she had “been for a few days now”) with her dog. “I’m very healthy and feel like one of the lucky ones… but am careful to still take this day by day,” she wrote. ”
Weeks after his wife Ali Wentworth’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis, “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos revealed he also had become infected. He shared his diagnosis on the morning news show on April 13 but said he had no symptoms.
“I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath,” Stephanopoulos said. “I’m feeling great.”
Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds
It was singer and producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’ birthday on April 11, and he took to Twitter to thank his fans for their good wishes. He also announced, however, that he and his family had recently recovered from the coronavirus after initially testing positive.
“It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends,” he wrote. “I’m happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health.”
“Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling didn’t get tested for the coronavirus, but she did write on Twitter that she had “all symptoms” of COVID-19 for two weeks. She also shared a breathing technique she said “helped a lot,” although it hasn’t been recommended by the CDC for coronavirus patients, and not all doctors agree that it works.
Laura Bell Bundy
Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy announced on Instagram on March 25 that she had tested positive for the new coronavirus.
“Please please stay home, take care of yourselves,” she wrote. “God Bless.”
She gave an update on April 10, revealing that further tests indicated she was negative for the coronavirus but had tested positive for the antibodies, which she hoped would give her “some sort of immunity.”
“Hoping the virus doesn’t mutate and that I could potentially have a long term immunity,” she wrote. “I will find out soon whether I am eligible to donate plasma.”
Rumors circulated for weeks that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year jail sentence for sexual assault, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, confirmed on March 23 that Weinstein was in isolation, per the BBC.
On April 9, the Daily Mail reported that the inmate had been released from quarantine.
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COVID-19: Dad was diagnosed with the coronavirus about 2.5 weeks ago..and I have never been so scared in my life. When everything started with COVID-19 I was like a lot of u…my mindset was “Wash your hands, don’t touch people, and you’ll be ok…” BUT BOY HAS THAT IRRESPONSIBLE MINDSET CHANGED! When dad started getting sick I immediately started worrying…he and I are the worriers of the bunch. After a couple days mom and I talked him into going to urgent care…he went in and he was showing all symptoms of COVID-19 so they tested him. Here in TN Vanderbilt was extremely prepared for testing and has testing at 15 or so of their walk in clinics. So before people say…”OH HE ONLY GOT TESTED BECAUSE HES A CELEBRITY…” u are WRONG! He went into an urgent care just like the rest of u would. After getting tested he went back home and stayed quarantined in his bedroom for 7 days and then his test came back..POSITIVE..when mom and I read that our hearts dropped. Dads symptoms were worsening as days went on..finally at 3am on a Sunday he woke mom up saying he has to go to the ER..he couldn’t fight it any longer. When she got there they made her drop him off and leave because of all the strict guidelines. He stayed at Vanderbilt for 3 days and those were the hardest 3 days I think I’ve ever endured. I talk to my daddy 10x a day! He’s my bestfriend…I also never go to bed a single night without a “Goodnight and I love you” text..and now my dad was sitting in a hospital room by himself and I had no idea how he was. At one point I fell on my hands and knees and begged God to not take him..to not take my bestfriend..I would give everything I had if it meant keeping my daddy. I was so desperate that I dropped photos of our family off at the hospital and said “If he sees these I know he’ll keep fighting!” So I guess the point of me telling u all this is so that u take it seriously…STAY HOME! SOCIAL DISTANCE! And most importantly..LOVE HARDER THAN EVER! Life is so short. I also owe a HUGE THANK U to my friends @charlesgalanismd @drjacobunger for walking me through all the steps we needed to follow and continuously checking in on us. As well as the drs and nurses @ Vandy❤
On the April 8 episode of his podcast, “Chrisley Confessions,” reality TV star Todd Chrisley said he was recovering from the coronavirus, per E! News.
“I have been battling corona for three weeks,” he said. “I was in the hospital for four and a half days, fever between 100 to 103 [degrees] and it has been the sickest I have ever been on this earth.”
His daughter Savannah provided more details on Instagram, writing that the days Chrisley was in the hospital were “the hardest 3 days I think I’ve ever endured.”
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Jennifer Aydin is in recovery after being sick with the coronavirus. In a video posted to Instagram on April 8, Aydin said, “Hey, guys. So I know I’ve been MIA for a little while. I want to let you guys know that I actually wasn’t feeling well. I’ve been sick for the past 10 days.”
The reality TV star revealed that her main symptom was “extreme fatigue,” but that she didn’t have a fever.