These Celebrities and Public Figures Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus
As the coronavirus pandemic and its effects continue to echo around the world and the number of confirmed cases increases, celebrities have been encouraging fans to take precautions, some doing so after revealing their own diagnoses.
After Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they tested positive for the coronavirus, several other stars and public figures have followed suit. Some Hollywood stars have spoken out about their experiences getting tested for the virus, urging fans to practice social distancing, wash their hands, and keep each other safe.
As of March 11, the World Health Organization has declared the virus a pandemic, raising the health emergency to its highest level.
Here are the celebrities and public figures who have come forward to reveal that they have tested positive for the virus.
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On August 5, Milano let her Instagram followers know that she had tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after two previous tests returned negative results.
"Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible," she said of her symptoms. She added that she had tested negative two times at the end of March, adding, "I basically had every Covid symptom."
Though she's recovered, she wrote that she is still experiencing "lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise."
She urged others to take precautions to slow the spread of the coronavirus, saying, I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying."
Milano ended her message with a note saying that she intended on donating plasma, "with hopes that I might save a life."
On Twitter, actor Antonio Banderas announced that he would be celebrating his birthday quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19.
"I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,” he wrote.
“I would like to add that I feel relatively good, just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet,” he said. “I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years, to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone."
Banderas has three upcoming projects, “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” “Uncharted” and “Official Competition.”
On Friday (July 31), Lena Dunham revealed she contracted coronavirus in mid-March, and still has lingering symptoms from the disease, including arthritis, swollen hands and feet, and migraines. “Suddenly my body simply … revolted. The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises," she wrote about the early side effects on Instagram.
She continued, “I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes. A pounding headache right between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs. This went on for 21 days … that blended together like a rave gone wrong.”
Despite suffering from chronic illness, Dunham wrote she had "never felt this way," adding that doctors don't know exactly what her recovery will look like in the future.
On July 20, Cranston let his Instagram followers know that he was diagnosed and recovered from COVID-19.
"I wanted to announce that I had COVID-19 a while ago," Cranston wrote. He noted that he was "very lucky" and had "very mild symptoms."
"Hopefully the plasma donation can help some other people," he added.
"I didn’t get tested but I know I had it. One hundred percent had it," Sam Smith said during an appearance with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. "Everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So I think I definitely got it."
Smith admits that they didn't get tested, adding, "I didn’t get tested but I know I had it. One hundred percent had it. Everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So I think I definitely got it."
Singer Marianne Faithfull was hospitalized due to the coronavirus in London.
“Marianne Faithfull’s manager Francois Ravard has confirmed that Marianne is being treated for Covid-19 in hospital in London,” a rep for her told People. “She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery.”
Duran Duran's John Taylor told fans he tested positive for coronavirus three weeks ago, and is currently in recovery.
"After a week or so of what I would describe as a 'Turbo-charged Flu', I came out of it feeling okay," he wrote in an Instagram post. "I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn't always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing."
CNN's Brooke Baldwin became the second news anchor at the media organization to test positive for coronavirus (Chris Cuomo was diagnosed days earlier). "I am OKAY," Brooke announced on Instagram on Friday. "It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever." Despite social-distancing and following other CDC guidelines, Brooke explained, "Still — it got me."
Pink revealed that she and her three-year-old son, Jameson, tested positive for COVID-19 on Instagram, telling her followers that "this illness is serious and real." After self-isolating at home for two weeks, the singer was tested again, and the results came back negative.
"It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible," she wrote about the lack of available tests in the United States. "This illness is serious and real. 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."
Fountains of Wayne co-founder Adam Schlesinger has died due to coronavirus complications. The Oscar-nominated songwriter was 52.
"As many of you are aware, Adam had been hospitalized with Covid-19 and although he had been making some small improvements over the last few days, Adam's condition was critical and he was ultimately unable to recover from COVID-19 complications," read a statement from the band's attorney, provided to CNN. "He was truly a prolific talent and even more so, a loving and devoted father, son and friend. We are terribly sorry to convey this loss."
Schlesinger received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for writing the title track to the 1996 Tom Hanks film That Thing You Do, and won an Emmy last year for a song he co-wrote for CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo (and brother of New York governor Andrew Cuomo) says he tested positive for coronavirus, writing in a Notes app tweet that he had recently been exposed to other people who tested positive, and that he began exhibiting symptoms of fever, chills, and shortness of breath.
He added that he will continue to anchor from home, where he is isolating from his family in the basement.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus with a video on Twitter. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he says. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this." According to the BBC, over the last week, cases in the U.K. have continued to surge.
Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, and is said to be displaying "mild symptoms" but otherwise is in good health and has been working from home over the last few days. Queen Elizabeth reportedly has remained healthy, and Clarence House said that Charles's wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has tested negative.
Musician Jackson Browne says he tested positive for the virus, telling Rolling Stone, "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that."
“So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested,” he said. “They don’t have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on. That’s what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread. That means not going anywhere, not getting into contact with anybody, not seeing anybody.”
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Hawaii Five-0 and Lost Daniel Dae Kim says he's been diagnosed with coronavirus. The actor, who also recently starred in Always Be My Maybe, shared his experience fighting the virus in an Instagram video, writing, "Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy."
Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally has passed away at the age of 81 due to complications from the coronavirus. He was a lung cancer survivor and had a lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and passed away in a hospital in Sarasota, Florida. He won the Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre in 2019.
The actress announced her coronavirus diagnosis on Instagram. "I have just tested positive for Covid-19. I AM OK!" the 55-year-old captioned a photo of herself sick at home, adding that the rest of her family had an "odd bug" that resembled the seasonal flu about a month ago. "Two weeks later, March 15, 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 was originally tested for the flu, but after the results were negative, Mazar was given a coronavirus test. It came back positive five days later.
On Friday, March 20, Andy Cohen let his followers know that he tested positive for coronavirus. He let Bravo viewers know that his talk show, Watch What Happens Live, would be on a temporary hiatus while he recovers and thanked medical staff for their hard work.
"After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus," he captioned the selfie. "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."
In an Instagram video, Bachelor alum Colton Underwood shared that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I became symptomatic a few days ago, and got my test results back today and they are positive. It’s been kicking my ass to put it bluntly,” he said. “The main thing is that I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs with being out of breath or go to the bathroom without having to sit down.” He then encouraged fans to take it seriously while emphasizing that he is doing OK.
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The actor revealed on Twitter that he tested positive for coronavirus but was not exhibiting any symptoms. "Stay home people and be pragmatic," he told fans. "I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic."
James Bond Quantom of Solace actress Olga Kurylenko revealed she tested positive for coronavirus on Instagram, telling followers, "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!"
Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund on Game of Thrones, said he tested positive for the virus, and told fans that he and his family are self-isolating in Norway. "We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold," he wrote. "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."
Frozen 2 star Rachel Matthews shared that she has been under quarantine after testing positive for the virus, and said the tests are "INSANELY hard to come by."
"Our country is very behind, and we don’t have much of a system in place," she wrote in an Instagram story. "I only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case and had been showing symptoms."
Sophie Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the virus and has remained in isolation. The Prime Minister's office announced that although he has no symptoms, he will also be in isolation out of precaution.
In an Instagram post, Game of Thrones star Indira Varma announced that she had tested positive for coronavirus. “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people,” she wrote.
Singer Charlotte Lawrence said she tested positive for coronavirus, telling followers on Twitter, "I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won't be if too many people get sick too quickly."
"So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages," she wrote. "This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus. Stay inside. Please. Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside."
Prince Albert of Monaco
According to AP Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus. The palace says he is being treated at Princess Grace Hospital, which is named after his late mother Grace Kelly.