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 October 21, 2020
Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson
Actor Tom Hanks, who is 63 and his wife, Rita Wilson, had COVID-19 back in March. 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 was later postponed. From his home in Hawaii, Kim told his followers: “Today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close.”
In April, Kim shared an image of himself donating blood plasma and encouraged others to do the same.
“Glad to be able to donate in the hopes that the antibodies I’ve built up will help others in their fight against #Covid19,” he wrote in the caption. “If you were sick, but have tested negative and 14 days have passed since you last exhibited symptoms, or you tested positive but have been symptom-free for 28 days, I hope you’ll please consider making a #plasmadonation as well.”
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 would 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.”
A couple of weeks later, he revealed he was “feeling better” and returning to work on his radio show, Radio Andy.
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.
“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.
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.”
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)!!”
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.
On October 9, after a long absence from social media, Elba posted a video explaining that he had “been in a bubble of life and work, getting my mind and body sharp.”
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.”
In April, Underwood revealed that he had split from Randolph, but thanked her and her family for caring for him during his recovery from COVID-19, and added that he was “working with medical professionals to figure out the best way to support their efforts against the coronavirus.”
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, who were showing no symptoms, all quarantined for 14 days. Mazar appealed to her fans to “stay home” and “build up your immune systems.”
Neil Patrick Harris And David Burtka
During an appearance on the TODAY show in September, Neil Patrick Harris revealed that he and his family (husband David Burtka and 9-year-old twins Gideon and Harper) had tested for COVID-19 early in the pandemic.
“We feel great,” Harris said. “It happened very early, like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up.”
“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 had 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 did not have the virus), went into self-isolation 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 was subsequently suspended in the U.K.
On August 24, Jamaica’s Minister of Health confirmed that Usain Bolt had tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week, he had attended his 34th birthday party.
“It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I’m told by the authorities,” Christopher Tufton told reporters. “It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing.”
Bolt himself said he wasn’t experiencing symptoms, and was going to be responsible and “stay in.”
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.
Donald And Melania Trump
After recovering from COVID-19 — he was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on October 2 and returned to the White House three days later — President Donald Trump called his illness “a blessing from God.”
First lady Melania Trump tested positive at the same time, and although she continues to recover, she pulled out of a campaign trip to Pennsylvania due to a “lingering cough.”
Several other members of the Trump administration have also tested positive for COVID-19, including campaign manager Bill Stepien, assistant to the president Nicholas Luna and assistant press secretaries Karoline Leavitt and Chad Gilmartin.
“Kanye had it way at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on,” she said. “It was so scary and unknown. I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help. I had to go and change Kanye’s sheets and help him get out of bed when he wasn’t feeling good. It was a challenge because it was so unknown. Changing his sheets with gloves and a face shield was really a scary time.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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!”
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.
Actor and musician Nick Cordero had a long battle with COVID-19, spending months in intensive care after suffering complications from the virus. He suffered from sepsis and mini-strokes and had his right leg amputated. On July 5, the Broadway actor’s wife, Amanda Kloots, shared the devastating news of his death.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” she wrote on Instagram. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”
Cordero was 41 years old and dad to a 1-year-old son, Elvis.
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.
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.”
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 social media, sharing his struggle to get a test and imploring young people to take the virus seriously.
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.” Paul quarantined and tested negative in early April.
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 in March after experiencing mild symptoms, including a small cough and a temperature.
Although Browne said he wasn’t sure where he contracted the virus, he thought 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 was self-quarantining and planned to use the quiet time “for additional prayer and sacrifice for all those seriously affected by the virus.” He also spoke of his intention to “be present through Facebook and the archdiocesan website with reflection on this crisis and God’s healing power.”
On March 27, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, tweeted a video message confirming he had 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.” Johnson recovered after being hospitalized. The U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock also had the virus and self-isolated at home.
Iconic singer-songwriter John Prine died from COVID-19 complications on April 7. He was hospitalized on March 26 after a sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms, his family said in a statement.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo had a well-documented battle against COVID-19 in the spring. He isolated at home for several weeks with a severe case of the disease, and though he received negative test results at the end of April, he said over the summer that he was still experiencing symptoms including brain fog, clinical depression and reduced stamina.
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 was best known as one of the frontmen of the band Fountains of Wayne, died on April 1 due to COVID-19 complications. 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 in March that she had contracted the virus. “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, tested positive for COVID-19, the team revealed in a statement on Twitter on March 29. Dolan, who self-isolated but was “experiencing little to no symptoms,” was the first owner in the NBA to publicly confirm to have tested positive for the virus.
“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 were 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.”
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 live-blogged 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.”
“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.
“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.”
After three weeks in the hospital, Faithfull was discharged to continue her recovery at home. “Marianne thanks you all for your kind messages of concern which have meant a great deal through what is a such a difficult time for so many,” said a spokesperson. “She is also very grateful to all the NHS staff who cared for her at the hospital and, without doubt, saved her life.”
On April 5, Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor took to Instagram to tell his followers he’d tested positive for the coronavirus three weeks before, but was 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.
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.”
In a video posted to Instagram on April 8, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Jennifer Aydin revealed she was in recovery after being sick with the coronavirus. “Hey, guys. So I know I’ve been MIA for a little while,” Aydin said. “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.
— Jesse McCartney (@JesseMcCartney) June 12, 2020
Chris Trousdale, who was in the early Noughties boy band Dream Street, died on June 2 from an “undisclosed illness,” according to a statement posted to his Instagram account.
In the comments section, a woman named Jane Gagle, who appears to have worked with Trousdale at the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, revealed that “Chris was in a coma, on life support when he passed.”
Gagle continued, “The outpouring of love has been tremendous. I am comforted by the hundreds of kind words and wishes. Chris was one of a kind and always the brightest light on any stage he stood on. Thank you for the love you gave him. He felt it to the end and I’m sure still as he watches from heaven.”
Former Dream Street bandmate Jesse McCartney also paid tribute, writing in his Instagram caption that Trousdale “passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” and sharing a musical tribute on Twitter.
Actor Balthazar Getty told PEOPLE that he had COVID-19 in early March, and as soon as he tested positive he went into quarantine. He has since made a full recovery and continues to test positive for antibodies.
“I was a bit luckier in terms of my symptoms. I didn’t have a terrible time nor a horrible cough,” he said. “I didn’t need to be hospitalized. I was incredibly lucky in terms of that, but I did suffer quite a bit.”
Portugal and Juventus soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for the coronavirus, Sky Sports announced on October 14. According to a statement from the Portuguese Football Federation (PFF), Ronaldo was “doing well, without symptoms, and in isolation.” The rest of the national squad tested negative.
Singer Trey Songz confirmed on Instagram on October 6 that he had received a positive COVID-19 test result.
“I’ve taken many tests as I’ve been out protesting, food drives, of course I have a very young son at home, so I get tested periodically and this time it unfortunately came back positive,” he said.
“I will be taking this seriously. I will be self-quarantining,” he added. “I will be in my house until I see a negative sign.”
Jim Parsons And Todd Spiewak
Jim Parsons told Jimmy Fallon that he and husband Todd Speiwak had contracted the coronavirus.
“Todd and I both had it early on,” the “Big Bang Theory” star recently said. “It was like the middle of March… We didn’t know what it was.”
The “Big Bang Theory” alum revealed that the couple were surprised by one particular symptom.
“I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,” he said. “And when you’re in quarantine and there is really nothing to do but eat? That was brutal.”
On October 6, weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, Giuliana Rancic told E! News that she was “feeling good” and was grateful to have been able to quarantine at home with her husband, Bill, and son, Duke, who also contracted the virus.
Rancic broke the news to her fans back in September, saying in a video message that she was thankful she got the result before she traveled for the E! award shows red carpet coverage.
On September 8, Jillian Michaels revealed she contracted COVID-19 after letting her “guard down for an hour.” In an interview with Fox Business, the fitness entrepreneur said she got it from one of her best friends who does her hair and makeup.
“It’s just that simple,” she said. “So, if you’re not in a mask and that person is not in a mask and they have COVID and have no idea… because by the way I had no idea that I had it for six days. My friend had no idea that she had it when she gave it to me. Anticipate that you will likely get it.”
Actor Robert Pattinson reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a further delay in filming “The Batman,” only days after it picked up again after lockdown. According to Vanity Fair, a “well-placed source” confirmed the rumors.
A couple of weeks later, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said, “Following a hiatus for COVID 19 quarantine precautions, filming has now resumed on The Batman in the U.K.,” per Entertainment Weekly.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
In a lengthy Instagram video posted on September 2, actor Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, revealed that he and his wife, plus their two daughters, tested positive for COVID-19 after contracting the virus from family friends. He said he and his wife had been particularly unwell, but were “on the other end of it.”
“I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well,” he added. “And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past.”
He encouraged his followers to be careful about how they are socializing and to wear a mask.
“Use me as your example,” he said. “Remember these takeaways that I shared with you and stay healthy, my friends, and I’ll see you down the road.”
During a virtual appearance on “The Late Late Show,” “Succession” star Brian Cox said he previously had COVID-19 but didn’t know until he later tested positive for antibodies.
“I’m a diabetic, and I went from my usual bloods that I usually have between months,” Cox told host James Corden. “I went there, and they took my bloods, and they took the COVID test. Then my doctor called me and said, ‘Oh, congratulations. You’ve had it.'”
The news came as a total surprise to Cox, who said that he had “never felt anything” when it came to having symptoms of the virus, although he did remember being sick in December 2019 when he was directing a play in London.
On August 10, his 60th birthday, actor Antonio Banderas made a statement in Spanish on Twitter revealing that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Greetings to you all,” he wrote. “I want to make public that today, the 10th of August, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine after [testing] positive for COVID-19.”
In a later tweet, Banderas revealed that he had overcome the infection “after 21 days of disciplinary confinement.”
“I am cured,” he wrote. “My thoughts go to those who weren’t as fortunate as me, and to those who suffered more than I did. I also wish strength to the ones who are in the middle of the fight.”
Actress Alyssa Milano revealed on Instagram that she had tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after previously testing negative – twice.
Alongside a photo of herself wearing what appeared to be a mask attached to a breathing machine, Milano wrote, “I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom.”
“I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax,” Milano added. “I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well.”
On July 31, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham shared her “Covid story” on Instagram, revealing that she became ill with COVID-19 in mid-March.
“I’ve been reluctant to share this, having written and rewritten it anxiously. I don’t want to unnecessarily add my voice to a noisy landscape on such a challenging topic,” Dunham began her post, before revealing that her symptoms included achy joints, “crushing fatigue” and a fever of 102 degrees.
“This went on for 21 days, days that blended into each other like a rave gone wrong,” Dunham wrote. “I was lucky enough to have a doctor who could offer me regular guidance on how to care for myself and I never had to be hospitalized.”
Dunham said that she self-isolated for a month before she tested negative.
Actor Mel Gibson was hospitalized in Los Angeles, California for a week after testing positive for COVID-19 in April. A rep for the star said in July that he had since made a full recovery.
“He was treated with the drug Remdesivir, while in the hospital, and has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies,” the rep told PEOPLE.
Keisha Lance Bottoms
On July 6, Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta tweeted that she had tested positive for COVID-19, despite having no symptoms.
“I’m still in a state of shock because I don’t have any idea how we were exposed,” Lance Bottoms told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, adding that she initially thought her husband’s symptoms, and her own of a mild headache and dry cough, were due to allergies. “I’m stunned.” She shared that she tested negative two weeks earlier, but decided to get tested again after noticing her husband was sleeping more than usual.
“It leaves me for a loss of words because I think it speaks to how contagious this virus is, and we’ve taken all of the precautions that you can possibly take,” Lance Bottoms said. “I have no idea when and where we were exposed.”
After taking part in the Adria Tour, a charity exhibition tennis series in Serbia and Croatia in June, Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena tested positive for COVID-19, and had to isolate for two weeks with their two young children in their native city of Belgrade, Serbia.
He told The New York Times in August that his coronavirus symptoms were mild – fatigue and some loss of smell and taste – and lasted for four or five days. He added that he had received lots of medical tests, and “everything is clear.”
Italian singer Andrea Bocelli confirmed in May that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 10, along with his wife and children, weeks before his historic Easter concert at the empty Milan Cathedral. Bocelli has made a full recovery, and donated plasma for research purposes.
In May, he took to Facebook to reveal why he hadn’t revealed his illness earlier, writing, “The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected – albeit mildly – me and certain members of my family. Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy.”
In a video posted to her Instagram in May, Madonna said she has coronavirus antibodies and revealed she plans to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”
“I took a test the other day. I found out I have the antibodies, so tomorrow I’m just going to go for a long drive in the car. I’m going to roll down the window, I’m going to roll down the window and breathe in the COVID-19 air,” she said.
“When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show but at the time,” Madonna added. “We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now.”
Roy Horn, one-half of the popular Las Vegas animal and magic act Siegfried and Roy, died in May of COVID-19 complications, at age 75.
“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement. “I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”
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.