Kanye West & More Celebs Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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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.

Kanye West

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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.)

Zoey Deutch

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.”

Sam Smith

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.”

Sara Bareilles

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.”

Caroline Lunny

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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. But everyone was dming me attacking me for wearing this mask yesterday when healthcare workers need them... 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. . I initially thought I was negative... but as many of you nurses pointed out the test was negative for influenza A, B, & RSV, not COVID-19. I’m not a doctor and didn’t how to read the results. I didn’t know they even tested me for the regular flu. But a few days later I got a call from my doctor that I did in fact have covid. . I cannot stress enough how much you need to STAY HOME. I luckily have a mild case, I’m going to live. But ANYONE can get this. I’m young and healthy. And this is only going to get worse before it gets better. So stay home. Stop hanging out with different friends at each other’s house. Just FaceTime them. Practice social distancing. This is scary, this is dangerous. My best friend just lost her grandmother to covid-19. I have a mild case, luckily... but it makes me think about how many other people may have it and not even know. How many have it and dismiss it as allergies or just a cold. I have had worse flus than I have now. But just because it’s mild in one person, doesn’t mean it couldn’t kill the next. So stay home. Watch a show. Wash your hands. Just be smart. Do your part to flatten the curve! . I’m lonely AF. I GET IT! I haven’t seen another human up close in 14 days now. But this will eventually pass. We have to do our part to flatten the curve. The longer we don’t sit still, the longer this is going to be, and more people will die. We are not invincible. STAY HOME PLEASE! See you all in a month ♥️😷 stay healthy xoxo . #corona #coronavirus #covid19 #flattenthecurve .

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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.”

Prince Charles

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 does 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.”

Greta Thunberg

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The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside. When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father - who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever. In Sweden you can not test yourself for COVID-19 unless you’re in need of emergent medical treatment. Everyone feeling ill are told to stay at home and isolate themselves. I have therefore not been tested for COVID-19, but it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances. Now I’ve basically recovered, but - AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this! Had it not been for someone else having the virus simultainously I might not even have suspected anything. Then I would just have thought I was feeling unusually tired with a bit of a cough. And this it what makes it so much more dangerous. 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. Please keep that in mind, follow the advice from experts and your local authorities and #StayAtHome to slow the spread of the virus. And remember to always take care of each other and help those in need. #COVID #flattenthecurve

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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.

Aaron Tveit

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.”

Debi Mazar

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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

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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!”

Andy Cohen

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.”

Colton Underwood

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.”

Daniel Dae Kim

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.”

Rachel Matthews

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.”

Kristofer Hivju

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.”

Idris Elba

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.”

Tom Hanks

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.”

Rita Wilson

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

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.”

Daniele Rugani

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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