The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entireworld, and America is now bracing for the worst.
The virus is currently spreading through everystate, and no one is safe including celebrities and politicians.
In fact, the list of celebs with coronaviruskeeps on growing.
On March 16th, 2020, actor Idris Elba announcedthat he'd tested positive for the coronavirus, tweeting: “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far buthave 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.
” In the accompanying video message, Elba explainedthat he self-quarantined and got tested immediately after learning that a person he'd come intocontact with had tested positive three days prior.
Elba then explained why he decided to sharehis diagnosis with the world: “Transparency is probably the best thing forthis right now.
” He goes on to say, “If you're feeling ill, or you feel like youshould be tested, or if you've been exposed, then do something about it.
” Elba ended the video by saying, “Look, we live in a divided world right now.
We can all feel it.
] But now is the time for solidarity.
Now's the time for thinking about each other.
] Stay positive.
Don't freak out.
” On March 19th, 2020, Hawaii 5-0 actor DanielDae Kim revealed he'd tested positive for the coronavirus in a video posted to Instagram.
The 52-year old actor wrote in the caption, “Looks like I'll be ok, but I wanted [to]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.
” In the accompanying video, Kim goes on explain, “For the past several weeks I was in New Yorkshooting a role on a TV series, where, ironically, I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospitalto help patients during a flu pandemic.
” He goes on to reveal that after he startedshowing symptoms, “I went to a drive-through testing facilitythat had just opened here in Honolulu.
” Three days later, he received a positive testresult.
In his message, Kim warns a certain demographicabout the seriousness of the virus: “For all those out there – especially teenagersand millennials – who think this is not serious, please know that it is.
” He goes on to say, “If you treat this without care, you are potentiallyendangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones.
” On March 20th, 2020, Andy Cohen the host ofBravo's talk show Watch What Happens Live announced that he'd tested positive for coronavirus.
In a message to his fans posted to Instagram, he said, “As much as I felt like I could push throughwhatever I was feeling to do WWHL from home, we're putting a pin in that for now so I canfocus on getting better.
I want to thank all the medical professionalswho are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take careof themselves.
” Just a few days before his diagnosis, Cohentold Variety that he planned to host the popular talk show from his New York City apartmentamid the coronavirus pandemic.
He said, “Our show is arguably the most lo-tech showin late night in its current form.
So the idea of taking it down even furthera few notches is just ironic and hilarious.
I mean, we're the show that I still can'tbelieve gets a live signal out of a very small clubhouse in Soho.
So we will now be from my own clubhouse inthe West Village.
” Hopefully this plan will still come to fruitiononce Cohen recovers.
Colton Underwood who starred in Season 23of The Bachelor in 2019 announced in an Instagram video that he'd been diagnosed with coronavirus.
In the caption, he wrote that, “I have been following all of the social distancingrules since last week.
My symptoms started a few days ago, I wastested and just received my results today.
” He goes on to say, “For anyone out there that is hesitant toself quarantine.
please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home.
We will all beat this and come out strongeron the other side.
I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.
” In the video, Underwood shared a few wordsof encouragement and wisdom: “So, I guess the reason I'm sharing this isnot to cause fear or panic, but to hopefully encourage you guys to stay home, do your part, take care of yourselves, take care of one another.
” The reality TV star also pointed out why everyoneshould take the virus seriously, regardless of how old they are: “I'm 28, I consider myself pretty healthy, I work out regularly, I eat healthy, and I became symptomatic a few days ago.
” But despite his healthy lifestyle, Underwoodclaims that, “I can't even walk up a flight of stairs withoutbeing out of breath or going to the bathroom without having to sit down, because I'm exhausted.
” Disgraced former movie producer Harvey Weinsteinhas also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Officials told New York's Niagara Gazettethat Weinstein was likely already positive for COVID-19 upon entering Wende CorrectionalFacility, after he was transferred from Rikers Island.
As the Niagara Gazette reports, “He is one of two Wende inmates who have testedpositive.
” Michael Powers, the president of the New YorkState Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, couldn't give any details onthe disgraced mogul's health, but he did make a point to say, “There is no better breeding ground for thisvirus than a closed environment such as a correctional facility.
” According to Reuters, Weinstein's legal teamwasn't notified of his diagnosis.
Imran Ansari, a lawyer on Weinstein's defenseteam, said, “Given Mr.
Weinstein's state of health, weare of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation.
” The Oscar-winning producer is currently servinga 23-year sentence.
On March 22nd, 2020, an announcement on SenatorRand Paul's official Twitter account revealed that the Kentucky Republican has been diagnosedwith coronavirus.
Paul's spokesperson tweeted in part: “He is feeling fine and is in quarantine.
He is asymptomatic and was tested out of anabundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events.
He was not aware of any direct contact withany infected person.
” Paul's diagnosis makes him the first sittingsenator and third U.
lawmaker to announce that they've tested positive for COVID-19.
The previous week, Representative Mario Diaz-Balartand Representative Ben McAdams both revealed that they'd been diagnosed with the novelcoronavirus.
Paul had recently voted against an $8.
3 billionemergency response coronavirus bill after his proposed amendment to the bill was turneddown.
On March 5th, he tweeted: “Earlier today I said that while I supportan all-hands-on-deck response to the coronavirus we should cut out waste and take money fromless urgent spending like what we waste overseas to put into that response effort.
We have to start setting our own priorities.
” And as recently as March 5th, Paul had beenskeptical that the novel coronavirus would spread through the United States: “I think we're still doing pretty well andI'm hopeful that the numbers remain pretty small and that through sequestration or quarantinewe're able to actually stymie this disease.
” On March 25th, 2020 it was announced thatPrince Charles the 71-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for coronavirus.
The statement revealed that Prince Charleswas self-isolating in Scotland, and claimed that, “He has been displaying mild symptoms butotherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last fewdays as usual.
” The Prince of Wales' wife, Camilla, Duchessof Cornwall, has since tested negative for COVID-19.
The statement revealed that the tests wereadministered by the NHS, the United Kingdom's publicly-funded healthcare system, because “They [both] met the criteria required fortesting.
” The statement also announced that “It is not possible to ascertain from whomthe Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in hispublic role during recent weeks.
” Meanwhile, a statement from Buckingham Palacerevealed that “Her Majesty The Queen remains in good health.
The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales brieflyon the morning of [the] 12th [of] March and [she] is following all the appropriate advicewith regard to her welfare.
” On March 17th, a royal announcement statedthat, “As a sensible precaution and for practicalreasons in the current circumstances [.
] Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for theEaster period on Thursday [the] 19th [of] March, one week earlier than planned.
” On March 27th, 2020, UK Prime Minister BorisJohnson revealed in a Twitter video that he'd tested positive for coronavirus, writing inthe caption that “I have developed mild symptoms [.
and]am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conferenceas we fight this virus.
Together we will beat this.
” In the accompanying video, Johnson explainsthat he took a test after experiencing a fever and a persistent cough.
He announced that he would be working fromhome for the foreseeable future.
“Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanksto the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the nationalfightback against coronavirus.
” In the video, he goes on to thank the NationalHealth Service, and expresses gratitude to British citizens for doing their part to stopthe spread of the virus.
He strongly encourages everyone to take therecommended prevention measures, adding: “Thank you to everybody who's doing what I'mdoing, working from home to stop the spread of the virus from household to household.
That's the way we're going to win.
” On March 21st, 2020, Bon Jovi keyboardistDavid Bryan took to Instagram to announce that he'd tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the caption, he writes that, “I just got my results back today [.
I'vebeen sick for a week and feeling better each day.
Please don't be afraid!!! [.
] I've [.
] been quarantined for a weekand will for another week.
And when I feel better I'll get tested againto make sure I'm free of this nasty virus.
Please help out each other.
This will be over soon.
with the help ofevery American!!” In addition to his work with Bon Jovi, Bryanhas released three solo albums over the years.
He also won two Tony Awards for his originalscore and orchestrations for the 2010 Broadway musical, Memphis.
During a live stream appearance on Oprah Winfrey'sApple TV+ series Oprah Talks, Idris Elba's wife, the model Sabrina Dhowre, revealed thatshe didn't take measures to avoid contracting the coronavirus.
As she put it, “Actually, I found out this morning, Oprah, that I tested positive.
I'm not surprised, as soon as I heard thatIdris was potentially exposed.
” Here's how she explained why she didn't distanceherself from Elba: “I was on my way anyway and I wanted to bewith him, I think that's an instinct as a wife: You just want to go and take care.
We didn't change the way we interacted.
I could have made a decision to put myselfin a separate room or maybe stay away and I'm sure people are making those decisions.
] I made the decision to want to be withhim and still touch him.
” On March 23rd, 2020, Broadway actor AaronTveit [tuh-VAIT] announced on Instagram that he'd been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 36-year-old performer wrote, “I've been in quarantine since Broadway showsshut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I'm feeling much better.
I consider myself extremely lucky that mysymptoms have been very mild cold-like with no fever as so many are experiencing muchmore serious symptoms.
” He goes to on to say, “I want everyone to realize that this canaffect anyone.
And even if you aren't feeling sick or showingdrastic symptoms please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone atthe theater again soon.
” On March 25th, 2020, actress Laura Bell Bundyannounced on Instagram that she'd tested positive for the coronavirus: “Do not be alarmed, I am OK.
I am taking everything in stride.
” The actress also revealed that she's beenself-quarantining since March 12th.
She claims she initially experienced mildsymptoms like headaches and a sore throat, but a few days later, her symptoms grew moreintense: “I had what I can only explain as a tightnessin my chest and a shortness of breath.
” Bundy also admitted, “Of course I'm scared.
My husband also has symptoms.
Our son is not showing symptoms.
] I highly encourage everybody to stayinside.
” Stressing the importance of social distancingand self-quarantining, she said, “My belief is that more people have this thanthey realize and could be carriers.
I was tested, but many people can't get tested.
My husband is not getting tested, so he'snot going to be counted as someone who has this even though he does.
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