The Covid-19 pandemic is spreading around the world, and shows no sign of abating any time soon
As more and more people show symptoms, we are seeing a number of politicians, celebrities, professional athletes, and even royalty announcing their diagnoses.
By sharing their health status with the public, they are trying to put a face to the crisis
People are far more likely to take the virus seriously if they can relate to a sufferer that they know (or feel they know through the media). Celebrities and notables make things seem more real some how.
Here is a brief round-up of the celebrities and notables who have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus
As the news is constantly changing, we can expect more names to be added daily.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
The Prime Minister confirmed today that he is suffering with mild symptoms of the virus on his twitter feed:
‘Hi folks I want to bring you up to speed with something that’s happening today which is i have developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That’s to say a temperature and persistent cough.
He will continue to lead the country though, but just remotely from home.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
The world was shocked on March 11 when married actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson released a statement that they had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Academy Award-winning actor was in Australia with his wife Rita, both 63, preparing to start shooting a film about the life of Elvis Presley.
In their statement posted on Instagram, Mr. Hanks wrote, “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.”
They have since been released from hospital, and post cheery messages on a regular basis.
On March 16 the British actor of ‘The Wire’ and ‘Luther’ fame posted a video on social media announcing his diagnosis. Appearing alongside his wife Sabrina, Mr. Elba, 47, said, “Listen, I’m doing OK. I didn’t have any symptoms. I will keep you updated as how I’m doing. So far, we’re doing OK.”
Sabrina herself tested positive 3 days later.
On March 24, Clarence House confirmed that the 71-year-old Prince Charles has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The next in line to the throne displayed “mild symptoms” on Sunday, and was tested Monday.
He “otherwise remains in good health,” and will be self-isolating in Scotland until further notice. He is with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, who has thus far tested negative.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
Prince Albert II of Monaco, 62, is another European royal who has tested positive for Covid-19. According to a statement from his office on March 19, he was the first head of state to announce his diagnosis. He is planning to continue to work from his private offices.
World famous opera star Placido Domingo, 79, revealed on March 21 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. He posted on Facebook, writing, “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for Covid-19, the Coronavirus.”
He plans to stay in self-isolation with his family, “for as long as it is deemed medically necessary.”
As the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II,” Rachel Matthews has brought joy to millions of homebound children. She posted on March 16 that she had received a positive diagnosis the week before. “I’m feeling better,” she wrote, listing her symptoms as including sore throat, fatigue, a loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. She told fans with symptoms to, “rest, drink lots of liquids and self-quarantine.”
Fans of “Games of Thrones” were shocked on March 16 when Kristofer Hivju, 41, revealed he had tested positive for the virus. On Instagram, the Norwegian actor wrote, “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.” He and his family are in isolation.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, 44, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive for the virus. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” revealed the prime minister’s office on March 12. Mr. Trudeau has shown no symptoms and has declined to be tested. He and his family are in isolation in Ottawa, where he is working from home for at least 14 days.
Daniel Dae Kim
Known for his roles on “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” Daniel Dae Kim posted about his positive Covid-19 test on March 19. Mr Kim, 51, was in New York shooting New Amsterdam, a medical drama in which he plays a doctor working during a pandemic. He returned to Hawaii, and received a test in a drive-thru testing facility.
He urged people to end the, “senseless violence and prejudice against Asian people. Yes, I’m Asian and yes I have coronavirus, but I did not get it from China. I got it in America, in New York City.”
America reality TV icon Andy Cohen has tested positive for coronavirus. The 51-year-old creator of the “Real Housewives” franchise and host of Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live,” revealed his health status in an Instagram post on March 20.
“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,” he wrote. He claims that the hardest part of his illness is being separated from his 1-year-old son.
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