From Tom Hanks to Prince Charles, these public figures have been candid about testing positive for the coronavirus.Source: TODAY
By Gina Vivinetto
With more than 510,000 people worldwide testing positive for the coronavirus, perhaps it’s no surprise that Hollywood celebrities and other public figures are coming forward to say they’ve been stricken by the illness.
Oscar winner Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, both 63, announced they’d tested positive for the virus in an Instagram post on March 11. The couple, who were in Australia when they became sick, continued posting about their condition during their hospitalization and subsequent self-isolation. They’ve also shared charming updates about how they’re killing time together, including this video of Wilson demonstrating her previously unknown rapping skills.
A press statement from Clarence House on Wednesday revealed that Prince Charles, 71, had tested positive for the coronavirus. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” the statement read.
Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested, according to Clarence House, and results came back negative.Andy Cohen
“Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen revealed his diagnosis on Instagram on March 20. The 51-year-old Bravo star said in an interview days later that the “very worst part” about self-isolating is being apart from his 1-year-old son, Ben. Cohen said his symptoms included body aches, and loss of appetite and sense of smell.
British actor Idris Elba tweeted a video of himself on March 16 saying he’d been diagnosed with the virus. The “Hobbs & Shaw” star, 47, who appeared in the clip alongside his wife, model Sabrina Dhowre Elba, said he was asymptomatic and opted to get a test after he’d been exposed to “someone who had also tested positive.”
Elba also urged fans to be “vigilant” about their own health. “Look, this is serious, you know? Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it,” he said.Colton Underwood
Former “Bachelor” Colton Underwood revealed his diagnosis March 20 in a video he shot at his girlfriend Cassie Randolph’s family’s house in Huntington Beach.
“It’s been kicking my a–, just to put it very bluntly,” said the former NFL player, 28. “I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath and I have to sit down every time I go to the bathroom just because I’m exhausted.”Floyd Cardoz
Floyd Cardoz, the groundbreaking Indian chef who won Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” died Wednesday from complications of the coronavirus. He was 59. Cardoz, who recently appeared on the Netflix series “Ugly Delicious,” was a co-owner of two restaurants, The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, in Mumbai, India.
On March 18, he admitted himself to a New York-area hospital after reportedly feeling feverish. He’d recently returned from a trip to Mumbai, where he was set to open a third restaurant, Bombay Sweet Shop.Plácido Domingo
Famed opera singer Plácido Domingo, 79, wrote on Facebook over the weekend that it was his “moral duty” to announce he’d tested positive for the virus. “My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary,” he shared. “Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive.”Terrance McNally
Four-time Tony Award-winning playwright Terrance McNally died Tuesday at age 81 of complications of the coronavirus, a spokesperson said. McNally, who was a lung cancer survivor with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, was frequently described as the “bard of American theater.”
McNally’s plays included “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998), “Love! Valor! Compassion!” (1995) and “Master Class” (1996).David Bryan of Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, 58, opened up about his positive test results on Instagram March 22. “I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day. Please don’t be afraid! It’s the flu not the plague,” said the musician.
“I’ve have 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,” he added.Rachel Matthews
Matthews, who opted to get tested after being around someone who was “a confirmed case,” said her symptoms included a sore throat, fatigue, headache, fever, body chills, dry cough, pain in her lungs, shortness of breath and loss of appetite. She urged fans who are experiencing symptoms but haven’t been able to get tested to “treat yourself as if you are positive (you most likely are).”
“Rest, drink lots of liquids and SELF QUARANTINE,” she wroteOlga KurylenkoOlga Kurylenko as Camille in the 2008 James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace.”Courtesy Everett Collection
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, who played Camille opposite Daniel Craig in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” revealed her diagnosis March 15 on Instagram. The Ukrainian-born actress, 40, wrote, “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms.”
She also urged fans to take precautions about the virus. “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!” she wrote.Debi Mazar
Actress Debi Mazar shared news of her diagnosis in an Instagram video on March 21. The “Younger” star, 55, said her entire family had experienced a similar “odd bug” over the previous month. Mazar said her symptoms included fever, headache, sore throat, body aches, ringing ears and dry cough.Kristofer Hivju
“Games of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju said in an Instagram post on March 16 that he’d tested positive for the virus and that he and his family members were self-isolating. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold,” said the 41-year-old actor.Jackson BrowneSinger-songwriter Jackson Browne revealed his diagnosis to Rolling Stone this week, saying, “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through.” Daniel Knighton / Getty Images
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne told Rolling Stone magazine this week that he’d been diagnosed with the virus. “My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that,” said Browne, 71. ”
Browne said he got tested after coming down with a ““a small cough and a temperature.”
“It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through,” said the singer.Daniel Dae Kim
Actor Daniel Dae Kim shared a video of himself announcing his diagnosis on March 19. One of the stars of the NBC series “New Amsterdam,” Kim, 51, told fans he was on the mend. “Today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close,” he shared.Mark BlumMark Blum, a character actor who starred opposite Madonna in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan,” died as a result of complications from the coronavirus at age 61.Roy Rochlin / Getty Images
Actor Mark Blum, who starred opposite Madonna in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan,” died as a result of complications from the coronavirus at age 61. Madonna paid tribute to Blum in a heartfelt Instagram post after learning of his passing.
“I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus,” she wrote. “This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!!”
“Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way,” the singer added. “We need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules!”Josh WallworkJosh Wallwork was a longtime costumer for “Law & Order: SVU.”Facebook / Facebook
Josh Wallwork, a longtime costumer for the NBC series “Law & Order: SVU,” died after experiencing complications from the coronavirus. He was 45. Mariska Hargitay, one of the show’s stars, honored Wallwork on Twitter, writing, “Heartbroken we are. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He brought love and kindness everywhere he went. Always ready with the joke. The SVU Corredor will never be the same. We will miss you Josh. #ForeverInOurHearts”Sophie Grégoire TrudeauSophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-March.Chris Jackson / Getty Images
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 44, wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a brief trip to the U.K. After Grégoire Trudeau’s diagnosis, which was announced on March 12, she and her husband put themselves in self-isolation for two weeks.Rand PaulSen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is the first senator and the third member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus. Nati Harnik / AP
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is the first senator and the third member of Congress to test positive.
“He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” Rand’s Twitter account tweeted Sunday.
The account said Rand, who is working remotely, expected “to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time.”Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert
NBA star Donovan Mitchell 23, thanked fans in an Instagram post on March 12 after news spread that he and his Utah Jazz teammate Rudy Gobert, 27, tested positive for the virus. The pair were the first in a handful of high-profile athletes, including Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood and Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart, to share that they’d tested positive for COVID-19.