26 Celebrities Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus
COVID-19 doesn't care if you're a Hollywood heavyweight, TV star, or famous politician.
With over 561,000 people worldwide infected with the novel coronavirus so far, it's no surprise that this heavy toll includes some very well-known names. To show that everyone is vulnerable to the disease no matter how rich or famous, Health put together a list of celebrities who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and how they're faring right now.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
On March 11, Tom Hanks shared a tweet that revealed both he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for COVID-19 while on a trip to Australia.
"We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," he wrote. "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 positive for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."
A week later, he shared on Twitter that both he and his wife were still experiencing symptoms, so they chose to self-isolate. He gave another update five days later, saying that two weeks after their first symptoms appeared, the couple finally began feel better.
Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen divulged that he tested positive for COVID-19 by sharing an Instagram selfie on March 21.
"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."
On March 24, Cohen went into detail on SiriusXM’s “Jeff Lewis Live” about how he's been feeling over the past week. "I feel like it’s definitely working its way through my body," he said on the show. “I have these moments every day where I’m like, 'Oh, wait, I think I feel totally better,' and then, like, 10 minutes later, I’m like, 'Ugh.'"
Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz died of complications of COVID-19 on March 25. He was hospitalized a week earlier for a fever, then tested positive for the virus.
After his death, condolences poured in on social media from fellow celebrity chefs. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi took to Instagram to pay tribute to Cardoz, writing in her caption, "He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch."
Luther actor Idris Elba announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 via Twitter on March 16. He shared a video of himself and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, sitting together on the couch as he explained more about his illness.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote in his tweet. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.”
In the video, he added that while he didn't have any symptoms, he was exposed to someone with the virus so he decided to get tested. At the time the video was made, Dhowre had tested negative for the virus. On March 22, she revealed she had since tested positive during a FaceTime with Oprah Winfrey on her Oprah Talks COVID-19 Apple TV+ series. Neither of them have reported any symptoms since.
On March 25, Clarence House released a statement saying that Prince Charles of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19. The statement revealed that the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland. His wife, Camilla, did not test positive and is also self-isolating at their estate.
While it's unclear where the prince contracted the virus, it's possible that he picked it up during one of the public events he attended in the last few weeks, according to the statement.
Former Bachelor star Colton Underwood posted that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 20. He shared a video revealing his prognosis and followed it up with a tweet that further explained his symptoms.
"For those wondering what my symptoms are: headache, body aches, night sweats, fever, shortness of breath and a cough," wrote Underwood. "Currently I get winded doing simple tasks like walking up the stairs getting out of bed."
On March 25, Underwood tweeted that after a full week since his symptoms started, he only has a mild cough and is feeling better.
Daniel Dae Kim
On March 19, Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim tweeted that he had tested positive for the virus.
"Ready for a fight? I am. Yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the #coronavirus," he wrote. He followed up his tweet with a video on Instagram, where he explained his initial symptoms: tightness in his chest and a tickle in his throat that caused a cough. He explained that after testing positive, he self-quarantined in his Hawaii home.
Kim shared another video on Instagram on March 21, stating that he's feeling much better and is recovering in isolation.
Known for her roles in Entourage and Goodfellas, Mazar shared on Instagram that she had tested positive on March 21. She explained that her husband and two daughters had come down with a bug a month earlier.
"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?" she wrote alongside a selfie. Tested on March 17, she got her results five days. Since learning of her diagnosis, she and her family have self-quarantined.
Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was one of the first NBA players to test positive for COVID-19. Prior to his diagnosis, Gobert had come under fire after he jokingly touched microphones and recording devices during a press conference on March 9.
Gobert shared an emotional post on Instagram apologizing for his actions and thanking fans for supporting him throughout his illness. "I was careless and make no excuses," he wrote in his caption.
Donovan Mitchell, another player for the Utah Jazz, has also tested positive. Mitchell spoke out about his diagnosis in a Good Morning America interview, where he revealed that despite the test result, he wasn't in any pain.
"Right now the biggest thing for me is just to stay in isolation, and just keep to myself. I have no symptoms, so it’s a unique situation," said Mitchell. “I think that’s the scariest part about this virus is that you may seem fine.”
Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant is another athlete who tested positive for COVID-19. The NBA star originally told The Athletic of his diagnosis, who shared the news.
“Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” said Durant, who described himself as feeling fine. “We’re going to get through this.” Durant is one of four Nets players to test positive, according to a New York Times article. He has not provided any updates on his condition since.
Harvey Weinstein, the former film producer at the center of the #MeToo movement who was convicted of rape in February, was infected with coronavirus while in prison, according to a New York Times report. He is currently being held at the Wende Correction Facility in New York, where one other inmate has reportedly tested positive for the disease.
In a tweet from his official account on March 22, Rand Paul, a US senator from Kentucky, revealed that he had COVID-19.
"He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," his office wrote in a tweet. "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."
The UK Prime Minister announced his diagnosis on March 27. He shared a video on Twitter where he explained that he had mild symptoms of the disease, and as a result has self-quarantined.
“I am working from home, I’m self-isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do,” he said. “But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight against the coronavirus.”
Mark Blum, known for his roles in 1980s and 1990s movies Crocodile Dundee, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Shattered Glass, died of complications of COVID-19, according to the Los Angeles Times on March 26. Madonna, his former co-star in Desperately Seeking Susan, shared a photo on Instagram in memory of the late actor, calling him "funny, warm, loving and professional."
Actress Ali Wentworth announced that she is positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing all of the classic symptoms of the disease in an Instagram post she shared on April 1. Wentworth, who is also the wife of Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos, shared in her caption, "I’ve never been sicker. High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest. I’m quarantined from my family. This is pure misery."
Stephanopoulos spoke out about his wife's condition on Thursday's GMA segment, explaining that he is the only one in his family who is interacting with her, and that both of their daughters are isolated away from their sick mother.
Adam Schlesinger, the lead singer for alternative rock band Fountains of Wayne, died at 52 years old on April 1 due to complications from coronavirus, according to The New York Times. The report didn't specify if Schlesinger suffered from any preexisting conditions.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo revealed in a tweet on March 31 that he had tested positive for coronavirus. The 49-year-old explained that he was experiencing classic coronavirus symptoms in the days leading up to his positive test result.
"I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath," he wrote in a note he shared on Twitter. "I am quarantined in my basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from here."
Pianist and jazz legend Ellis Marsalis, died at age 85 on April 1st due to complications from coronavirus, The New York Times reports. New Orleans Mayor LeToya Cantrell announced the musician's death on Twitter, where she paid homage to the late jazz icon.
Pop singer P!nk revealed in an Instagram post on April 4 that she and her three-year-old son Jameson tested positive for coronavirus after showing symptoms of the disease. She explained that she and her son quarantined for two weeks while they were infected, and were retested after being isolated. Their tests came back negative.
The singer announced that she donated $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund, and warned others of the disease's severity.
"This illness is serious and real," she wrote in her caption. "People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."
Actor Jay Benedict, known for his roles in Double Team and The Dark Knight Rises, died at 68 from complications due to COVID-19. Benedict's agency, TCG Artist Management, announced his death on Twitter on April 4.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family," the tweet read.
Pierce Brosnan shared a photo on Instagram in memory Benedict, calling him a "courageous man of handsome life force."
Chris Cuomo's CNN co-anchor Brooke Baldwin announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, April 3. She shared the news in an Instagram post, where she explained her symptoms and said that despite social distancing, she still contracted the virus.
"I've been social distancing, doing ALL the things were being told to do. Still—It got me," she wrote.
Baldwin says that she is "okay" and is just looking forward to being back on TV.
Former White House communications director and Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos revealed in a GMA segment on April 13 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Unlike his wife, Ali Wentworth, who experienced the more severe symptoms of the virus, Stephanopoulos said he felt fine while infected.
Rapper Slim Thug announced in a video on Instagram on March 24 that he tested positive for the virus, and said that despite self-isolating, he thinks he caught it while picking up food. On April 23, shared the results of a second COVID-19 test, which came back negative.
Singer Christopher Cross revealed his positive COVID-19 test results in a Facebook post on April 3.
"I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is," he wrote. "Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had."
Cross gave his fans an update on April 16, where he revealed that he was experiencing temporary paralysis in his legs due to complications from the virus. He added that his doctors assured him he will regain movement in his legs, and that he's feeling hopeful about his situation.
The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it's possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.
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