If there’s anything we have learned from the coronavirus pandemic, it’s that COVID-19 does not discriminate.
And while sometimes they may play characters who are out of this world, or have otherworldy athletic skills, one thing is for sure — celebrities are human too.
A handful of stars from around the globe have gone public with their coronavirus diagnosis.
From Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson to Idris Elba, here are the known famous coronavirus patients.
Alan Merrill, who penned “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” made famous by rocker Joan Jett, has died of complications from coronavirus at age 69.
His daughter, Laura Merill, took to Facebook to share the news.
“The Coronavirus took my father this morning,” she wrote. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right-hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen … By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone.”
“I had just photographed his portrait for his new album. Texted with him earlier. He played down the ‘cold’ he thought he had,” she wrote. “I’ve made a million jokes about the ‘Rona’ and how it’ll ‘getcha’…boy do I feel stupid. If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter.”
Alan Merrill wrote “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” for his band The Arrows and recorded it in 1975.
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) March 29, 2020
On Friday, March 27, it was announced that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had tested positive for coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Johnson confirmed the news via Twitter.
“Over the last 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating,” he said.
“But I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives”
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.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
On March 25, an official statement via Clarence House announced that Prince Charles had tested positive for 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,” it read.
“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus. 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.
“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”
🚨 BREAKING: Prince Charles has tested positive for 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 Telegraph (@Telegraph) March 25, 2020
According to Deadline, the 68-year-old was diagnosed just days after being transferred to Wende Correctional Facility and is now in medical isolation.
An Empire State law enforcement official confirmed the news to the outlet, however, the New York State’s Department of Corrections did not respond to their request for direct confirmation.
PR chief for Weinstein, Juda Engelmayer, told media that: “Our team …has not heard anything like that yet,” while her personal rep added, “I can’t tell you what I don’t know.”
Not sure if it’s a hoax or not at this stage, but given how fast this virus is spreading, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear it had reached correctional centres.
On March 23 it was announced that Spanish Opera singer, Placido Domingo, 79, had contracted coronavirus.
“I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for Covid-19, the Coronavirus [sic],” he wrote on his Facebook page, before adding that he and his family were in isolation “for as long as “it is deemed medically necessary.”
“I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!” he said.
On March 22, Younger actress Debi Mazar, 55, announced via Instagram that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
“I have just tested positive for Covid-19. I AM OK!,” she told her 406k followers before adding that a month ago her husband and two teen daughters all “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…[sic].
“Two weeks later, March 15th, I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 fever.”
Blaming her illness on cocktails and cigarettes from the previous night, the former Entourage star just figured she had “jacked my immune system”.
After going to a doctor, she asked if she could be tested for the virus, however, the doctor told her she “didn’t meet the criteria”.
Two days later, Mazar finally had tests to see what was wrong, and after testing negative for the normal flu, she was then tested for the coronavirus.
See her full post below.
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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
On March 21, Watch What Happens Live host and television producer of the Real Housewives franchise in the US, Andy Cohen, revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a post on his Instagram account, he said:
“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. 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.”
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After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. 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, US Bachelor
On March 21, Colton Underwood, who starred in Season 23 of the US version of The Bachelor in 2019, announced in an Instagram post that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
“I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week,” he wrote in a post accompanied by an IGTV video.
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 favour 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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I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. 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.
Prince Albert II of Monaco
On March 20, Monaco’s royal palace announced that Prince Albert II of Monaco had tested positive.
According to the palace, he remains in a good state of health and will be monitored closely over the coming days.
The Prince is currently under the supervision of his attending physician, and specialists at the Princess Grace Hospital Centre in Monaco, however, is not in hospital himself.
Influencer Arielle Charnas
On 19 March, American influencer Arielle Charnas took to Instagram to reveal that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
The 33-year-old, who runs a popular blog called Something Navy, told her 1.3 million followers in a lengthy statement on her Instagram.
“I realise that there are many individuals, both in New York City, and nationwide, who do not have the ability to receive immediate medical care at the first sign of sickness, and access to care is #1 priority in a time like this,” Charnas wrote on her Instagram.
“It is the responsibility of our government offices to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests and I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access.”
Before saying: “This morning, I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19.”
For the full statement, see her post below:
Kevin Durant, NBA
On March 18, Brooklyn Nets NBA player, Kevin Durant, announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
In an interview with The Athletic, he said: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine, before adding that he is feeling fine and not showing any symptoms. “We’re going to get through this.”
Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who has tested positive, however, only one is showing symptoms.
On March 16, Kristofer Hivju who played popular character Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones took to Instagram to reveal that he had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus,” he wrote alongside a selfie of him and his wife, Gry Molvær Hivju.
“My family 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 continued. “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 [1.6 yards] distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.”
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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. 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. 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. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
On March 14, Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko (James Bond: Quantum of Solace) revealed she had tested positive for COVID-19.
“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!”
On March 15, actor Idris Elba (Cats) confirmed on social media that he had been diagnosed via video.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
“There are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it,” he said.
“So now’s a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance.”
“Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill and you feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, then do something about it, alright?
“We live in a divided world, we can all feel it, it’s been bulls**t. But now’s the time for solidarity; it’s the time for thinking about each other.”
“There’s so many people whose lives have been affected, from those who’ve lost people that they love, to people that don’t even have [the virus] and have lost their livelihoods. This is real.”
“Stay positive and don’t freak out.”
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, Australian musician Thelma Plum revealed she had tested positive for coronavirus.
The 25-year-old ARIA award winner told her fans on Instagram.
On March 15, a Channel Nine spokesperson said that Today Extra host Richard Wilkins had “tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Richard is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been self-isolating, on his own at home, since Thursday last week, Richard is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been self-isolating, on his own at home, since Thursday last week,” the spokesperson said.
Rudy Gobert, NBA
On March 9, NBA star Rudy Gobert joked with members of the media by touching all of the microphones and recording devices that were placed on the table in front of him.
On March 11, the joke turned serious when Gobert announced he had tested positive.
Taking to his Instagram, the player apologised for his “careless” behaviour.
“I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously,” the basketballer said.
“I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis … mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment.”
“The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologise to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
“Rita 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.”
Hanks and Wilson were then “tested, observed and isolated”.
Then, on March 13, the couple shared another update via Instagram.
“Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us,” Hanks said.
“We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. 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”
On March 16, Wilson and Hanks were released from the hospital and are now self-quarantining in their Gold Coast home.
On March 18, Hanks shared an update with his 8.1 million fans on Instagram.
“Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points. But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx.”
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Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points. But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx
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