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As we know, coronavirus doesn’t discriminate. People of all races, backgrounds and incomes have tested positive for COVID-19, and as celebrities with coronavirus show, anyone can be affected. But that isn’t a reason to be scared. As we’ve said before, we’re all in this together (à la High School Musical), and it’s going to be OK.
It’s unclear when coronavirus started, but researchers believe that the virus has animal origins and was first spread to people in Wuhan, China, in November or December 2019. The disease has since spread worldwide, including to Hollywood, where some celebrities have tested positive for COVID-19.
Among those stars is a politician’s wife, a celebrity couple and a fan-favorite athlete. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the celebrities who have tested positive for coronavirus so far. As some of these stars reassure us, there’s no reason to freak out and it’s best to remain positive in such an unsure time. (Leave it to Tom Hanks to be a beacon of hope amid a pandemic.) So before we come to conclusions, let’s look at these cheerful celebrity responses to coronavirus as a sign that the world will move on from this and become better. Find out which celebrities have tested positive for coronavirus so far ahead.
A version of this story was published in March 2020. It will continue to be updated as news breaks.
Live With Kelly and Ryan will be missing one of its hosts for a few days, as Kelly Ripa tested positive for COVID-19 over Mother’s Day weekend in May 2022. The former soap star took to Instagram to confirm the news on her story, writing, “Unfortunately I tested positive for covid-19 this weekend. But thankfully i am fully vaccinated and boosted, and today’s show was already pre-taped last week.”
The talk show host went on to hint at how long she would be missing from her show. “I am taking all necessary precautions and looking forward to returning to normal life as soon as the standard quarantine time is over,” she wrote. New York City, which is where Live With Kelly and Ryan is filmed, currently recommends that those who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days before returning to work.
In her message to followers, Ripa also included a joke about her Mother’s Day celebrations: “On a lighter note, i did receive the peace and quiet i requested for Mother’s Day,” she concluded. “Thanks for understanding, Xo, Kelly.”
BTS’ J-Hope tested positive for COVID-19 on March 23, 2022, making him the sixth of the seven-member K-pop group to test positive since 2021. The 28-year-old went to get tested at a hospital after experiencing symptoms of a sore throat, and his PCR test came back positive the following morning. Big Hit Entertainment, the management team behind BTS, confirmed the news in a statement on March 24, 2022.
“J-Hope has completed three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and is currently not presenting any extraordinary symptoms other than a sore throat,” their statement read, per Soompi.com. He is in self-quarantine and undergoing treatment at home.”
In their statement, Big Hit confirmed that the other members of BTS were not experiencing any symptoms, though they did not reveal if they were awaiting test results. The management team added that J-Hope, a.k.a. Jung Ho-seok, is expected to return to any planned events in April 2022 after recovering. “The company places the artists’ health as our top priority, and we will do everything we can to aid J-Hope in his speedy recovery. We will also diligently cooperate with the requests and guidelines of the health care authorities,” their statement concluded.
Former President Barack Obama announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 with a Twitter post on March 13, 2022. “I just tested positive for COVID,” he wrote at the time. He went on to reveal that he was experiencing mild symptoms. “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” he said, before confirming his wife, Michelle Obama, had tested negative for COVID-19 at the time.
“Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative. It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down,” he wrote. Obama is the second president to be diagnosed with COVID-19, following former president Donald Trump’s struggle with the virus in October 2020.
Dancing With the Stars alum Amanda Kloots revealed in an Instagram post on February 24, 2022, that she had tested positive for COVID-19, which made her unable to film The Talk, which she’s a co-host on. “My @thetalkcbs family! Unfortunately I tested positive for COVID and will be missing some days at work until my quarantine is over. I am feeling completely normal now and feel very grateful for that,” she wrote. “I am vaccinated and boosted which is very much putting me at ease. I recently got back from a trip to Mexico where I tested negative before I left and before I flew home so this was surprise this morning. This is the first time I’ve tested positive since the pandemic. I will hopefully be back to work soon but taking this time at home with Elvis to start potty training!!!! Wish me luck as I run after a naked toddler for the next three days. Any advice please leave below 👇 ❤️.”
Kloots’ diagnosis comes less than two years after her husband, Broadway actor Nick Cordero, died of complications related to COVID-19 in July 2020 at the age of 41. “God has another angel in heaven now,” Kloots wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.” She continued, “I am in disbelief and hurting everywhere. My heart is broken as I cannot imagine our lives without him. Nick was such a bright light. He was everyone’s friend, loved to listen, help and especially talk. He was an incredible actor and musician. He loved his family and loved being a father and husband. Elvis and I will miss him in everything we do, everyday.”
She also thanked her husband’s “extraordinary doctor,” Dr. David Ng, who cared for him throughout his 91 days in hospital. “There are not many doctors like you,” she wrote. “Kind, smart, compassionate, assertive and always eager to listen to my crazy ideas or call yet another doctor for me for a second opinion. You’re a diamond in the rough.”
Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace announced on February 20, 2022, that Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19 days after her son, Prince Charles, and his wife, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, also tested positive for coronavirus. “Buckingham Palace confirm that The Queen has today tested positive for Covid,” the palace released in a statement at the time. “Her Majesty is experiencing mild cold-like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.”
The statement continued, “She will continue to receive medical attention and will follow all the appropriate guidelines.” According to People, the Queen, Charles and Camilla aren’t the only royals and Buckingham Palace staffers who tested positive at the time. The Queen, 95, and Charles, 73, were seen together on February 8, 2022, two days before he tested positive for COVID-19. Charles was at Windsor Castle, where the Queen lives, to hand out investiture honors.
Duchess Camilla tested positive for COVID-19 on February 14, 2022— just four days after her husband, Prince Charles, went into self-isolation for the virus. Clarence House confirmed the news in a statement at the time, writing, “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating.”
Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19 a second time on February 10, 2022. “This morning The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating,” Clarence House announced in a statement at the time. “HRH is deeply disappointed not to be able to attend today’s events in Winchester and will look to reschedule his visit as soon as possible.” The diagnosis came after the Prince of Wales tested positive for a first time in March 2020.
“I was lucky, in my case, and got away with it quite lightly. I’ve had it and can still understand what other people are going through,” he told Sky News that June. “I feel particularly for those, for instance, who’ve lost their loved ones but were unable to be with them at the time. That’s, to me, the most ghastly thing. But in order to prevent this from happening to so many more people, this is why I’m determined to find a way out of this.” Charles’ positive test also came days after he attended an engagement at The Prince’s Foundation in London with his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, and Kate Middleton.
Hugh Jackman announced that he tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19 on December 28, 2021. The Australian actor shared the news in a short video posted on social media, where he revealed that he was experiencing “mild” symptoms. The X-Men star previously revealed that he received his booster shot on December 5, 2021, three weeks before testing positive.
“Hey good morning, so I just wanted you to hear it from me that I tested positive this morning for COVID,” Jackman said in his video. “My symptoms are like a cold, I have like a scratchy throat and bit of a runny nose but I’m fine. And I’m just gonna do everything I can to get better ASAP.” The actor, who recently began his stint on The Music Man on Broadway, is expected to resume performances on January 6, 2022. “As soon as I’m cleared I’ll be back on stage heading to River City. So just wanted you to hear from me,” Jackman added. “So please stay safe, be healthy, be kind.”
On November 24, 2021, BLACKPINK‘s management YG Entertainment announced that group member Lisa had tested positive COVID-19. The agency released a statement confirming the news, where they revealed that Lisa’s fellow BLACKPINK members Jennie, Jisoo and Rosé were also tested following Lisa’s positive result. “BLACKPINK’s Lisa was diagnosed with COVID-19 this afternoon (November 24),” their statement began. “The other three BLACKPINK members have not been classified as close contacts yet, but they immediately received PCR tests after hearing of Lisa’s positive COVID-19 results, and they are currently awaiting their results.”
YG Entertainment added, “We first shared this information quickly and accurately with representatives and staff, and we took strong preemptive measures even beyond the guidelines of health authorities. We will continue to not hold back on providing full support with the health of our artists and related staff members as the top priority. If there are any changes in the future, we will once again notify you quickly.”
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19, a source confirmed to ESPN on November 3, 2021. Rodgers, who previously suggested during the pre-season that he had been vaccinated after telling reporters he was “immunized,” is actually unvaccinated, per NFL Network.
The quarterback reportedly petitioned the NFL to give him the same considerations as vaccinated players after he pursued an “alternate treatment” prior to the start of training camp, ESPN reports, however, this request was ultimately denied by the league. Following his positive COVID-19 diagnosis, Rodgers must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and may not return to the Packers until November 13, 2021 at the earliest due to his unvaccinated status. As a result, the Green Bay athlete will miss the Packers’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs on November 7.
Khloé Kardashian tested positive for COVID-19 for a second time a year after she was first diagnosed. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum announced in a tweet on October 29, 2021, that she and her daughter, True, have tested positive for COVID-19. (The Good American founder shares True with her ex-boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.) Khloé also confirmed in the tweet that she’s vaccinated.
“Hi guys I wanted to let you know True and I tested positive for Covid. I’ve had to cancel several commitments and I’m sorry I won’t be able to make those happen. Luckily I have been vaccinated so all will be ok. We will be over here in quarantine and following current guidelines,” she wrote.
Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Cheryl Burke revealed in an Instagram post on September 26, 2021, that she tested positive for COVID-19—one day before the show’s live episode. Burke, who was set to perform a salsa routine with celebrity partner Cody Rigsby, revealed that she took a PCR test, which came back positive. She also confirmed that she’s fully vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine. “I just feel so bad,” she said. “I feel so bad for Cody. I feel like I’m letting him down. I just feel like sh*t, to be quite honest. And it’s so overwhelming because it’s Sunday, and the show’s tomorrow.”
She continued, “I just hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s fucking real, dude. So I have to quarantine for 10 days and I’ve been ordered to stay home… I’ll be in bed. I can’t believe this happened.”
The Wendy Williams Show announced on September 15 that the Season 13 premiere for the popular daytime talk show would be postponed after its host tested positive for a “breakthrough case” of COVID-19. “To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by the SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, October 4th,” a statement on the show’s official Instagram account read at the time. “In the meantime, repeats will be scheduled.”
Williams, 57, previously admitted that she didn’t “trust” the COVID-19 vaccine during an appearance on The Dr. Oz Show in March 2021. “No. I don’t trust it,” she said at the time. “I’ve never gotten the flu shot either, though, and you and I have talked about that. Several of the doctors on my team have told me, ‘Wendy, get the flu shot.’ I’ve never had the flu. I’m not getting a flu shot. I very rarely get a cold. I never have headaches. I don’t take aspirin because I feel my heart murmur or something like that. I’m not getting—no! I don’t trust it. There, I said it.”
Nicki Minaj revealed in a tweet on September 13, 2021, that she tested positive for COVID-19, which is why she had to cancel her performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. “I was prepping for vmas then i shot a video & guess who got COVID? Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama? ‘get vaccinated’ Drake had just told me he got covid w|THE VACCINE tho so chile,” she tweeted.
Nicki also revealed that her cousin tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced side effects. “My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied,” she tweeted.
The “Super Bass” rapper also revealed that she couldn’t attend the 2021 Met Gala because she’s unvaccinated from COVID-19. “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. if I get vaccinated it won’t for the Met. It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with 2 strings that grips your head & face. Not that loose one,” she tweeted.
Tom Brady tested positive for COVID-19 in February 2021, the same month he won the Super Bowl LV as the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady confirmed the news in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times in September 2021. “And I think [COVID-19] going to be challenging this year,” he said. “I actually think it’s going to play more of a factor this year than last year, just because of the way what we’re doing now and what the stadium is going to look like and what the travel is going to look like and the people in the building and the fans.”
Brady, who is vaccinated from COVID-19, also explained how the pandemic has affected players and the NFL season. “It’s not like last year, although we’re getting tested like last year,” he said. “It’s going to be, I definitely think guys are going to be out at different points and we’ve just got to deal with it.”
In an Instagram post in March 2021 promoting her Amazon Original Stories essay, “Take the Lead,” Simpson revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 during an “intense” year. “I started writing this essay on the same day I received a positive test result for COVID-19,” she wrote. “I decided instead of being driven by fear, I would manifest a hopeful conversation with you. I felt strong, resilient, and God- inspired through my pen teaching me as I was sharing with you ways to get to the other side of fear.”
In a post for Goop in February 2021, Paltrow revealed that she had COVID-19 “early on” in the pandemic, which left her with long-term symptoms. “I had COVID-19 early on, and it left me with some long-tail fatigue and brain fog,” she wrote.
She continued, “In January, I had some tests done that showed really high levels of inflammation in my body. So I turned to one of the smartest experts I know in this space, the functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole. After he saw all my labs, he explained that this was a case where the road to healing was going to be longer than usual.”
Paltrow went on to explain how her diet has changed since testing positive for COVID-19. “So I’ve been cooking a lot, and some of it is really delicious: I made scallops with crispy capers and sage the other day, asparagus with bacon vinaigrette, and some little artichokes with stuffed herbs and garlic,” she wrote.
She continued, “Everything I’m doing feels good, like a gift to my body. I have energy, I’m working out in the mornings, and I’m doing an infrared sauna as often as I can, all in service of healing. A side benefit is my skin, which makes me happy—and makes me want to double down on skin care even more. Let’s make 2021 the year of never needing makeup, people!”
Variety reported in February 2021 that Cannon, who has hosted The Masked Singer for the past four seasons, will be missing from the first few episodes of season 5 after he tested positive for COVID-19. Niecy Nash will replace Cannon as host for the episodes he missed. The Masked Singer started filming on February 4, 2021.
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson revealed in an Instagram Story in January 30 that she tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks after she announced that she’s pregnant with her second child with husband Andrew East. “Got my results back today and they came back positive for COVID,” she wrote on her Instagram Story. “Not going to lie … I’m nervous knowing I’m positive. It’s been a long two weeks of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) with [my 14-month-old daughter], Drew, and now this. My body is exhausted.”
She continued, “So far, I have a cough, terrible sore throat and headache. Fatigue for sure but that’s pregnancy haha. Not looking for any kind of pitty [sic] party. Just a reminder to take care of yourself. Drink an extra water tonight and wash your hands.”
Johnson also expressed how “worried” she is for her family. “[We] had a very close family member fight for his life last month while battling COVID so it’s a serious topic of concern/hits home in our household,” she said. “This scares me a little extra.”
TMZ reported in January 2021 that Strahan had tested positive for COVID-19. Because of his diagnosis, Strahan missed several episodes of Good Morning America late that month before returning to the program remotely. Strahan also appeared remotely on FOX NFL Sunday during the FNC Championship. His positive test came days after he interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci about President Joe Biden’s plans for COVID-19, which can be seen above.
Grimes confirmed on her Instagram in January 2021 that she tested positive for COVID-19. “Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the dayquil fever dream 2021,” she wrote alongside a screenshot of SZA’s “Good Day.” She continued, “This song is sooooo.” Her post came about six months after she and Elon Musk welcomed their first child together, X Æ A-12, in May 2020.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show host announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 with a tweet in December 2020. “Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” DeGeneres wrote. “Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines.
She went on to reveal that production on her talkshow would be halted until January. “I’ll see you all again after the holidays,” DeGeneres added. “Please stay healthy and safe.”
In an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in December 2020, Stewart’s Happiest Season co-star, Aubrey Plaza, revealed that she had COVID-19 while filming the movie in February 2020. “COVID was on our set. Kristen got sick, but we didn’t know,” she said, noting that Happiest Season was filmed before lockdown in most areas in March 2020.
“It was the last week of February, so people were starting…to talk about coronavirus, but people were kind of laughing about it. Nobody really understood how serious it was. But I think a bunch of people on our set got sick. I didn’t, thank God,” she said.
In a since-deleted tweet in November 2020, Platt revealed that he had coronavirus in March and described it as an “awful flu.” “Me. It was like an awful flu that lingered for 3 weeks or so.” “Thankfully made a full recovery. So many haven’t been as lucky and will continue not to be. #WearAMask,” Platt responded to a user who asked if he knows anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19. “This was in march, I’m totally fine now you sweet bb’s. Keep distancing and masking!”
In an Instagram Story in November 2020, Pippen confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19. “I’ve been battling Covid for a week,” she captioned a photo of her in bed. “It’s no joke I’ve never felt pain like this!”
In November 2020, BBC confirmed via Kensington Palace sources that Prince William tested positive for COVID-19 in April 2020, a month after his dad, Prince Charles, tested positive. According to The Sun, William kept his diagnosis private to not alarm the United Kingdom, as he is second in line for the British throne. “There were important things going on and [he] didn’t want to worry anyone,” a source told The Sun. Sources also confirmed that William’s wife, Kate Middleton, and his three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, did not test positive for COVID-19 at the time.
In an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians season 19 in October 2020, Kardashian revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus. “Just found out that I do have corona,” she said. “I have been in my room. It’s gonna be fine, but it was really bad for a couple days.”
The Good American designer revealed that her symptoms were vomiting, shaking, hot and cold flashes and severe headaches. “I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache,” she said. “I wouldn’t say it was a migraine. The coughing, my chest would burn when I would cough.” She continued, “Let me tell you, that shit is real. But, we’re all gonna get through this.”
In a statement in October 2020, the Portuguese Football Federation confirmed that Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19 but is “well, without symptoms, and in isolation.”
The singer revealed in an Instagram video in October 2020 that he tested positive for COVID-19. “Down but not out! Stay safe y’all! Wear your mask. Wash your hands. 🙏🏾,” he wrote in the caption.
In the video, the musician revealed that his grandfather passed away earlier this year and she believes the cause of death was coronavirus. “I will be taking it seriously,” he said. “I will be self-quarantining, I will be in my house until I see a negative sign.” He continued, “If you come in contact with Covid, please do say. Please do say. Don’t be like the president.”
Donald Trump & Melania Trump
The President of the United States announced in a tweet in September 2020 that he and the First Lady of the United States had tested positive for COVID-19. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.
The Big Bang Theory alum revealed in an episode on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in September 2020 that he and his husband, Todd Spiewak, tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2020.
″Todd and I both had it early on. It was, like, middle of March,″ Parsons said. ″We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we.″
He continued, ″It defied the descriptions for me. I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,″ he continued. ″And when you’re in quarantine and there’s really nothing to do but eat, oh my God, that was brutal.”
Vivica A. Fox
The actress announced in September 2020 that she would have to drop out of her E! red carpet hosting duties at the last minute because she tested positive for COVID-19.
“I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home,” she said in a statement. “During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other. I’m sending my very best to Nina and Brad, who I know will hold down the fort, and congratulations to all tonight’s nominees! I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!”
Two days after her announcement, Fox confirmed that she had tested negative. “On Friday I took a self administered COVID-19 test and as many of you are aware, it came back positive,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Two days ago I took another COVID test, this one administered by a medical professional, and I am thrilled to announce that last night my results came back NEGATIVE!” “I am feeling great and I want to thank everyone for their show of love and support.”
The host revealed in an Instagram Video in September 2020 that she had to skip her red carpet duties at the Emmys because she tested positive for COVID-19.
“Hi friends 💕 I shared this video on E! earlier today to explain why I was going to be missing our Emmy show. As I prepared to fly to LA to host E!s Emmy coverage, I discovered that I, along with my husband Bill and our son Duke, tested positive for Covid-19,” she wrote. “As you may know, the health of those around me is always my first priority. We are all three doing well and are isolating at home and taking very good care of one another. We aren’t the first to get this news and we certainly won’t be the last so please continue to follow the safety guidelines to protect yourselves and those around you the best you can. We are all in this together. ❤️ Thank you so much to those of you who have been wishing us well. Please know we are sending you all lots of love from the three of us. Take good care ❤️ G, B & D.”
Neil Patrick Harris
In September 2020, the How I Met Your Mother alum revealed on the Today show that he, his husband David Burtka, and their twins, Gideon and Harper, had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. “It happened very early [in the pandemic], like late March, early April,” he said. “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 , which was a big indicator, so we holed up.” Harris added that he and his family now “have antibodies and are feeling good.”
In a video on her YouTube page in August 2020, the Girl’s Trip star revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19 three months ago. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus,” Haddish saidi. “I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie.”
She continued, “I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus.”
Vanity Fair confirmed in September 2020 that Robert Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19 while filming 2021’s The Batman in London. Though Warner Bros. wouldn’t reveal the identity of the Batman crew member who tested positive for coronavirus, the studio did confirm that someone on the set was sick and production was halted. “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” the statement read.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson told fans in an Instagram video in September 2020 that he, his wife, Lauren Hashian, and their two daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, tested positive for coronavirus. “I wanted to give you guys a little helpful update on things that have been going on on my end for the past two-and-a-half to three weeks now,” he said. “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. And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past. Testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries, or being evicted, or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times.”
The Charmed alum revealed in an Instagram post in August that she had symptoms of COVID-19 and lost nine pounds in two weeks because of her illness. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick,” she captioned a photo of her in a mask “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. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative,” she continued. “I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. 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. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)❤️”
In an Instagram post in August, the Girls creator revealed that she was diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-March after she experienced a fever of 102 degrees and achy joints that turned into “crushing fatigue.” “Suddenly my body simply… revolted. The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time,” she wrote. “Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red washes. A pounding headache right between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs.”
Dunham shared her story with the disease, which lasted 21 days, as a warning to those who aren’t social distancing. “Seeing the carelessness with which so many in the United States are treating social distancing, people jogging without masks and parties on Instagram, I feel compelled to be honest about the impact this illness has had on me, in the hopes that personal stories allow us to see the humanity in what can feel like abstract situations,” she wrote.
The Pitch Perfect star took to her Instagram in July to reveal that she tested positive for COVID-19 after not wearing a mask one time. “Hi friends… I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19,” she wrote. “I have since tested negative, but I was extremely sick for over three weeks and still have lingering symptoms. I was incredibly safe. I wore a mask. I used hand sanitizer. One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it.”
She continued, “I believe it may have been because of that one time. People are saying it’s like having the flu, but I’ve had the flu, and this is absolutely not that. The panic of contracting a virus that is basically untreatable and is so new that no one knows the long term irreparable damage it does to your immune system is unbelievably stressful. Completely losing my sense of smell and taste without knowing when or even if they will return is extremely disorienting. I’m only smelling about 30 percent of how I used to now. Other persistent symptoms are (a month later) dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever. I’m lucky. Because I didn’t die. But people are. Please wear ur mask. It can happen any time. And it can happen to anyone. Even that one time you feel safe. We can all make a difference. Wearing a mask is saving lives. Thank you to everyone who reached out to check on me during this scary time. Please be safe out there. Let’s all do our part and wear a mask. I don’t want any of you to go through what I did. Even though it’s a little thing, it can have a huge impact, and it’s so incredibly easy to do.”
In a July 2020 interview with Forbes, West revealed that he had COVID-19 in February. “Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it,” he said. “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, ‘Drake can’t be sicker than me!’” he said in the interview. (Drake, for his part, tested negative in March.)
In an interview with Vulture in May 2020, Deutch revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 “early on” and recovered after a month. “I had the coronavirus early on, before the shutdown, and a group of my friends also got it,” she wrote. “People keep asking me, ‘Where did you get it?’ and I wish I knew. I feel like I could have spoken in a more eloquent way about my experience had I known.”
She continued, “I continued testing positive for a month, which is longer than they’re saying you’re supposed to…I also feel guilty, in a way, for making it out OK. I think this virus is bringing up so many conflicting emotions.”
While Smith hasn’t tested positive for coronavirus, the singer told radio host Zane Lowe in a FaceTime interview in April that they believe they had and recovered from the disease. “I didn’t get tested but I know I have it. I’m just going to assume that I did because everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it,” Smith said. “I’ve got an older Nan, so we didn’t want to risk anything,”
The Grammy winner continued, “As everyone was kind of really on lockdown, that’s when I got over it, luckily.”
The “Love Song” singer took to her Instagram Story in April to reveal that she had also tested positive for COVID-19. The Grammy winner assured her followers that she’s recovered from the virus but was positive at some time. She didn’t specify when she received her positive diagnosis, but she urged her followers to take care of themselves. “I had it, just so you know. I’m fully recovered, just so you know. And I am just thinking about all the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around,” she said at the time. “I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet, just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings, as I do.”
The “So What” singer revealed in an Instagram post in April that she and her 3-year-old son, Jameson, had tested positive for COVID-19. The Grammy winner explained that she and Jameson had received their positive diagnosis two weeks before her Instagram post but kept the news private until they could recover and retest as negative. “Two weeks ago my three-year-old son, Jameson, and I were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive,” she wrote at the time. “My family was already sheltering at home and 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.”
The Bachelor Nation star, who competed on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor, revealed in an Instagram on April 1 that she tested positive for COVID-19. “I have coronavirus. I don’t know why I feel embarrassed by this, like I feel like no one is ever going to want to hang out with me ever again,” she said. Lunny’s Instagram came after her followers criticized her for wearing a medical-grade mask when healthcare workers need them. “But everyone was dming me attacking me for wearing this mask yesterday when healthcare workers need them…” she wrote. “I’m so grateful for all the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, delivery people, grocery store workers, and everyone else who’s on the front line making this world keep turning right now. But please stop dming me and attacking me and saying awful things to me for wearing a mask to protect my family. Im allowed to wear a mask.”
Clarence House confirmed on March 25 that Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus. “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus,” Clarence House said in a statement. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home through the last few days as usual.”
The royal residence also confirmed that Charles’ wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was also tested but did not have the virus. “The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus,” Clarence House’s statement continued. “In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland. The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”
Activist Greta Thunberg disclosed on her Instagram in March that she too has tested positive for COVID-19. “Many (especially young people) might not notice any symptoms at all, or very mild symptoms. Then they don’t know they have the virus and can pass it on to people in risk groups. We who don’t belong to a risk group have an enormous responsibility, our actions can be the difference between life and death for many others,” she wrote, urging young people to stay inside even if they don’t feel symptomatic.
In March, Tviet, who starred in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “Hey everyone. I just wanted to update you all that I’ve found out that I’ve tested positive for Covid-19. I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better,” Tveit, who currently stars in Broadway’s Moulin Rouge, wrote. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild – cold like with no fever – as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms, because this is a very dangerous virus. 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.”
In an Instagram post in March, the Younger actress revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19. After she explained her symptoms, which included headaches, a fever, a dry cough, her ears ringing and body aches, the urged people to stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus even further.
“Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones,” she wrote. “Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all!”
The Bravo host announced in an Instagram post on March that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Due to the diagnosis, Cohen made the decision to cancel his upcoming Watch What Happens Live: @ Home episodes, where he was set to interview Bravolebrities and other stars via webcam from home.
“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he wrote in his caption. “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.”
The former Bachelor revealed in an Instagram video on March 20 that he tested positive for coronavirus. In the video, Underwood urged his younger followers to take the disease seriously. He explained that, even though he works out regularly and is 28 years old, he still can’t walk up a flight of stairs without losing his breath. “I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week,” he wrote in the caption. “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.”
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The Lost alum revealed in a 10-minute Instagram video on March 19. In the video, Kim explained that he was in New York City filming a TV show, and it wasn’t until he flew home to Hawaii to quarantine did he experience his first symptom of the virus. “For the past several weeks, I was in New York shooting a role on a TV series where, ironically, I play a doctor who gets recruited by a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic,” he said. ““As the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick. When I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms.”
The actress, who voiced the character Honeymaren in Frozen 2, took to her Instagram Stories on March 16 to reveal that she had tested positive for COVID-19. “Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” she said in a video on her Instagram Story. “I really would love to help in any way I can. Again, 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, who is 26, explained that she at first had a “sore throat, fatigue and a headache,” which later led to a “mild fever (100.3), horrible body aches, chills, sharp pain in lungs, started a dry cough, no appetite.” And while her fever has healed, the actress said that her “lungs got much worse (resulting in deep, dry cough) shortness of breath.”
The Game of Thrones alum, who played Tormud Giantsbane, revealed in an Instagram video on March 16 that he has tested positive for coronavirus. “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,” he captioned a photo of him and his wife, Gry Molvaer, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
The actor revealed in a Twitter video on March 16 that he tested positive for coronavirus. In the video, Elba explained that he and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, have not shown any symptoms. “Hey, what’s up guys? So this morning I got some test results back for Coronavirus and it came back positive,” he said. “Yep. And it sucks. Listen, I’m doing OK. Sabrina hasn’t been tested and she’s doing OK. I didn’t have any symptoms. I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive. I found out last Friday that they were tested positive, I quarantined myself and got tested immediately and got the results back today.”
Hanks announced in mid March that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for coronavirus while they were in Australia. Hanks, who was in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic, posted a photo of a trash bag and gloves and a caption where he urged his followers to stay positive.
“Hello, folks. @ritawilson and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he wrote. “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”
A day later, Hanks updated his followers on his condition and revealed that he was in isolation to prevent the disease from spreading. While he reiterated how serious the virus is for those who have weak immune systems, he again joked in the way only Tom Hanks could in such a serious situation. “Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else,” he wrote. “There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx.”
Hanks’ wife, actress Rita Wilson, also took to her Instagram to update her followers on her health. In her caption, Wilson (who also shared a selfie of her and her husband) thanked her fans for their love and prayers. “A little update below to all of you from@tomHanks and myself. So grateful for the outpouring of prayers, love and support. Means so much and strengthens us,” she wrote. ( PS go to @tomhanks Instagram to see the message since the repost didn’t work).”
In the same vein as her husband’s humor, Wilson also joked on her Twitter about how the only “corona” she wants in the future is a beer. “From here on out, the only Corona I want is from Mexico and you drink it,” she tweeted.
Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has also tested positive for coronavirus. CNN reported that Sophie has mild symptoms and will remain in isolation for 14 days as she continues to recover. According to a statement from the office, Sophie came down with flu-like symptoms after a speaking engagement in mid-March before she tested positive a day later. “The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” the statement continued. “For the same reason, doctors say there is no risk to those who have been in contact with him recently.”
After the news of her COVID-19 test, Sophie thanked those who reached out to her amid her health concerns. “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” she said, according to CNN. “Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.”
Rugani, a Juventus F.C. soccer player, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March. The diagnosis led Rugani’s teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, to quarantine themselves after they played a game together days before Rugani’s positive test. “Juventus Football Club is currently activating all the isolation procedures required by law, including those who have had contact with him,” the team said in a statement.
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