Celebs and Famous Figures Who've Tested Positive for COVID-19
Tom Hanks was the first big name to reveal that he had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 11, but in the days since, more and more celebs have announced that they also have been diagnosed. A-list actors, athletes, reality stars and royals are among those who have tested positive. Click through the gallery to find out who's opening up about their battle with the illness during the coronavirus outbreak.
The famed fashion designer revealed on Feb. 3 that she's battling COVID-19, and has seen firsthand how the disease has devastated hospitals and healthcare workers in New York City. "I was in the hospital the other day. I have COVID. I experienced it," Karan said as part of the Women for Ray healthcare fundraiser, a virtual event held in support of mayoral candidate Ray McGuire. Reflecting on her own time in the hospital, Karan said, “I was taken care of absolutely amazingly. And I looked at these nurses and I asked, ‘Did you get the vaccine?’ And she said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘How could you be here?’ She said, ‘Because that’s what I do. I’m here to help.'"
The 40-year-old comedian and TV personality tested positive COVID-19, ET learned on Feb. 3. The diagnosis came shortly before the start of production on the fifth season of The Masked Singer, and FOX told ET that Niecy Nash had signed on as guest host, to helm the show until Cannon's return. The actor went into quarantine following the test, and producers expect him to return for later episodes in the forthcoming season.
On Jan. 28, 2021, Good Morning America announced that the co-anchor tested positive for coronavirus. "He wanted us to let you know that he tested positive for COVID. He's at home quarantining right now," Robin Roberts told viewers at the time.
On Jan. 21, 2021, it was announced that the comedian would have to cancel his shows in Austin, Texas, after testing positive for COVID-19. At the time, his rep told ET that he was quarantining and had not experienced any symptoms.
On Jan. 15, 2021, the actress revealed that she had tested positive on New Year's Day. "I had made it all the way through 2020 keeping myself and my family safe. Doing everything i could to protect my wolf pack and follow the rules to protect others. Suddenly on The morn of the last day of 2020... boom it took me down," she wrote on her Instagram, before detailing her symptoms and experience with the coronavirus.
Tyler also took a moment to thank "those who are working tirelessly to protect and care for others."
Nine months after losing his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, due to complications from the coronavirus, the Minnesota Timberwolve tested positive for COVID-19. The athlete -- and Jordyn Woods' boyfriend -- shared the news on his social media on Jan. 15, 2021.
"I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions," Karl wrote on Twitter. "We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us. It breaks my heart that my family, and particularly my father and sister continue to suffer from the anxiety that comes along with this diagnosis as we know all too well what the end result could be."
Towns has also lost six other family members to COVID-19.
The singer revealed on Jan. 9 that she tested positive for the coronavirus. "Finally got COVID but weirdly enjoying the dayquil fever dream 2021," she wrote on her Instagram Story. At the time, she didn't elaborate on her symptoms or how long she had been battling the virus.
The TV journalist was hospitalized with COVID-19 on Jan. 2, 2021, and moved out of the ICU on Jan. 4. King -- who over the last years has suffered many health issues -- had reportedly been battling the virus for 10 days before being admitted. His wife, Shawn King, 61, and their two sons, Chance and Cannon, were not able to visit him when he entered the hospital for treatment.
Dr. Drew Pinsky
The radio show host's official Instagram account shared the news on Dec. 29 that Pinsky had tested positive for the virus. "Cheers to the New Year with some Hydralyte for Covid-19. Drew tested positive day 4," read the caption, alongside a photo of the doctor laying in bed at home. "Drew is home, under surveillance and fever is down... feeling better and will hopefully get well soon." The positive test result came one day after documenting his coronavirus test on social media, in which he jokingly hoped to have the illness.
On Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the reality star revealed that she tested positive for COVID-19 in the spring. "I just found out that I do have corona. I have been in my room. It's gonna be fine, but it was really bad for of couple days, vomiting and shaking and then hot and then cold," she told cameras. "I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache. I wouldn't say it was a migraine. The cough in my chest would burn when I would cough. My throat is still not fully recovered, clearly. Let me tell you, that s**t is real. But we're all going to get through this. I'm praying if we all follow orders and listen, we're gonna be OK."
The TV host announced that she'd be missing the Emmy Awards show due to testing positive on Sunday during E!'s Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards special, adding that her husband, Bill Rancic, and their 8-year-old son, Duke, had also been diagnosed with the virus.
"As part of E! and NBCUniversal's very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19," she continued. "Now as much as I didn't want to hear that, I'm very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I'm thankful."
David and Victoria Beckham
The couple is reportedly "petrified that they might be super-spreaders" after an anonymous friend told The Sun that the Beckhams had been in Miami on March 1 in support of David's soccer club, Inter Miami, before flying back to London. They celebrated their son Brooklyn's 21st birthday at their country estate before returning to Miami, where they reportedly began to have COVID-19 symptoms. "It was an absolute nightmare scenario," the source said. "David started to feel ill and then Victoria developed a sore throat and high temperature. At the same time, several of their team including drivers, bodyguards and assistants fell ill -- a couple of them very badly so. Victoria really panicked and made the whole family quarantine rigidly for more than two weeks. She... did all she could to minimize all future risk. Not only was she poorly in bed, she was also completely panicked. It was a rough few weeks.” ET reached out to the couple's rep, who wouldn't comment on the reports due to medical confidentiality.
During an interview with Fox Business on Sept. 8, the 49-year-old fitness trainer revealed that she had contracted COVID-19 several weeks earlier and encouraged people to avoid gyms during the pandemic. "If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym. And I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago," she said, explaining that she let her guard down for one hour to meet up with a friend who unknowingly had the coronavirus at the time. "I'm fortunate to have gone into it being healthy and I was able to get on the other side of it pretty quick, but not everyone is that lucky as we know. All I can tell you is if you are afraid of getting COVID, a public gym is probably a place where you will get it."
Production on The Batman shut down once again after its star tested positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed the production halt to ET on Sept. 3, explaining, "A member of The Batman production has tested positive for COVID-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused." ET has learned the U.K. production on the Matt Reeves-directed film -- which stars Pattinson as the latest iteration of the Caped Crusader -- had only resumed three days ago, after being shut down in March in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Vanity Fair was the first to report that it was Pattinson who had tested positive, leading to the production halt.
The Rock revealed on Sept. 2 that he, his wife Lauren, and their two daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, contracted the coronavirus and are now recovering. The actor shared on Instagram that he and his family had picked up the virus from close friends and that they were lucky enough to stop the spread and quarantine. "I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well…And I've gone through some doozies in the past. Testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries, or being evicted, or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times," he said, adding his "No.1 priority is to always protect my family. And protect my children, my loved ones."
In an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that she posted to her YouTube channel on Aug. 31, Haddish revealed that she has taken 12 coronavirus tests so far, mainly due to projects she's been working on throughout the summer. One of them taken about three months ago showed that she was positive, though she showed no symptoms. "I didn't feel anything... and I stayed away from everybody, just stayed in my house, me and my dogs, and I practiced learning how to do the splits. And now I can do the splits," she shared. The comedian also took antibody tests, one which said she had antibodies and a later one that said she did not, which Dr. Fauci explained was most likely due to the antibodies' short half-life and that she does most likely have some immunity, but there's no way to know how long that will last.
It's a good thing Bolt played it safe because according to Christopher Tufton, Jamaica's Minister of Health, the 34-year-old athlete tested positive for the coronavirus. "It is now public knowledge that Mr. Bolt has tested positive. He has been formally notified, I'm told by the authorities,'' Tufton told reporters on Aug. 24. "It triggers an approach to questioning, interrogation if you will, which we follow through with contact tracing." According to CBS News, Jamaica has had less than 1,700 cases of the coronavirus, which the website notes is a relatively low number in a country of nearly three million. Prior to the health minister's statement, Bolt took to Instagram to address reports that he had contracted the coronavirus. "I saw on social media it said I'm confirmed of COVID-19. I did a test on Saturday to leave because I have work," Bolt said in the video, which was taken from bed. "I'm trying to be responsible so I'm going to stay in and stay away from my friends. I'm also having no symptoms. I'm going to quarantine myself and wait confirmation to see what is the protocol."
The 41-year-old comedian talked about his diagnosis while performing at An Intimate Socially Distanced Affair, Dave Chappelle’s comedy show in Yellow Springs, Ohio, on Aug. 23. Hart revealed he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 back in March, around the same time as Tom Hanks publicly spoke out about his own diagnosis. "The problem is that I had it around the same time as Tom Hanks," Hart said, according to Page Six. "And I couldn’t say anything because he’s more famous than I am."
The Colombian reggaetonero revealed that he had the coronavirus during his virtual Premios Juventud acceptance speech on Aug. 13. "I am recovering from COVID-19," he said in Spanish as he was accepting the award for Video Con El Mensaje Más Poderoso for "Rojo." "I've had difficult days, very complicated days. At times you think that you won't get it, and I got it. It hit me really hard. I'm sending a message to everyone who follows me, all young people, people in general, please take care of yourselves. Protect yourselves. This is not a joke... The virus exists and it's very dangerous. Please take care of yourselves. I'm recovering and I love you all."
On his 60th birthday, Banderas took to social media to alert his followers that he has tested positive for COVID-19. "Greetings to all. I want to make public that today, August 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday following quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus," he tweeted in Spanish, accompanied by a black-and-white photo of himself as a child. The actor went on to note his symptoms, writing, "I would like to add that I feel relatively well, just a little more tired than usual and confident that I will recover as soon as possible following the medical indications that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I suffer and that is affecting so many people around the planet."
The second-year linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings announced on Aug. 9 that he will miss the 2020 NFL season because he needs to have open heart surgery. Through further testing that was performed after he had tested positive for COVID-19, Smith discovered he needs the surgery to fix a bicuspid aortic valve that he was born with. "Although this will unfortunately end my 2020 season, it is really a blessing that we found this as my heart is severely enlarged and wouldn't have lasted much longer," Smith wrote on Instagram. "I found this out after I tested positive for COVID and had to have further testing done as protocol. The Lord works in mysterious ways, but I could really feel him on this one!" Smith, a 2019 fifth-round pick who appeared in five games as a rookie, is confident that he will resume his career in 2021, saying he "didn't think twice" about resuming his career upon receiving the news of his upcoming surgery.
The 47-year-old actress revealed via Instagram on Aug. 5 that she tested positive for antibodies, after taking three other tests that indicated she was negative for the coronavirus. Milano explained that she had been sick for two weeks, saying "everything hurt" as she lost her sense of smell, couldn't breathe and "couldn't keep food in me." "I basically had every Covid symptom," she wrote alongside a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask. "At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE." After still having lingering symptoms -- "like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise," she wrote -- she went to get another antibody test. After she got her blood drawn, she tested positive for antibodies. "I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers," she explained. "I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying." The Charmed alum concluded her post by writing that she will be donating plasma in hopes that it might save a life. She also reminded people to "take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance."
The Girls alum took to Instagram on July 31 to share what she called her "Covid Story." Dunham, who has previously spoken up about being diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, wrote that she was diagnosed with the coronavirus in mid-March and that she started with achy joints, which she was "unable to distinguish from my usual diagnoses." She said that she next had "impossible, crushing fatigue" and a 102-degree fever. "Suddenly my body simply... revolted. The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn't seem to do their job," she said of the rest of her symptoms, which lasted 21 days. "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 washes. 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." Dunham added that after one month, she tested negative for COVID-19 and that she "couldn't believe how intense the loneliness had been, in addition to the illness," but not every symptom was gone and even as "a chronically ill person, I had never felt this way."
The Breaking Bad star revealed in an Instagram post on July 30 that he tested positive for the coronavirus and has since made a full recovery. In his clip, which shows him donating plasma after his recovery, Cranston shares a bit of how he was feeling before getting tested. "I wanted to announce that I had COVID-19 a while ago," the 64-year-old actor began, adding that he was "very lucky" to have had "very mild symptoms." "Hopefully the plasma donation can help some other people." In the caption, the actor also sent a message to those "feeling a little tied down," writing, "I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience. I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still... I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones."
Miami Marlins players
According to CBS Sports, as of July 28, there are at least 17 reported positive cases of COVID-19 amongst players and coaches of the traveling Marlins team since Opening Day. The traveling team has remained in Philadelphia, where they had been hosted by the Phillies over the weekend -- and reportedly knew about some of the cases before playing those opening weekend games. The Marlins' July 27 and 28 games against the New York Yankees were postponed due to the outbreak. A "vast majority" of Washington Nationals players voted against traveling to Miami for the scheduled three-game series, which was set to begin on July 31, according to the Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, but the MLB will make the final decision on those games. Four individual players gave the Marlins permission to disclose their positive tests: catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielders Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez, and pitcher Jose Urena.
112's Michael 'Mike' Keith
While speaking about his R&B group's upcoming EP, the 112 singer told Atlanta radio station V-103 that he has been battling COVID-19 since mid-July. "I'm still here… but this COVID is real…" he said during the interview. "It’s not a game. People need to put a mask on and take this thing seriously."
When he received a positive COVID-19 test just prior to the MLB's Opening Day, the Washington Nationals outfielder became one of the most prominent pro baseball players affected by the coronavirus. He wasn't allowed to play in the home opener against the New York Yankees, which was a nationally televised game. He has since had one negative test, but is required by MLB protocol to have one more test come back negative -- taken at least 24 hours after the first one -- in order to resume playing with his team, who are the reigning World Series champions. According to CBS Sports, Nats manager Dave Martinez told reporters on July 27 that his fear went from an "8" to a "12," as he has a heart condition. "I'm scared," he said. "I really am."
The Real Housewives of Orange County star shared a pre-pandemic photo of her and her three daughters -- Stella, Sophie and Adeline -- on July 24 to share the news that the four women had tested positive for COVID-19. "The girls and I are blessed to be quarantining in the same home (but isolating in separate rooms)," she wrote on Instagram. "A huge thank you to all of the medical personnel that have been patiently guiding us through this illness. Sending prayers to all of those affected. ??❤️."
The 64-year-old actor battled COVID-19 and was hospitalized for at least one week, ET has learned. The controversial Australian filmmaker was admitted to a hospital in the United States back in April and reportedly dealt with his illness in private, as The Daily Telegraph Australia was the first to report. Gibson's rep told the outlet that while hospitalized, the actor was treated with the drug Remdesivir and he "has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies."
The 37-year-old actress revealed her diagnosis via Instagram on July 21, sharing that she's since tested negative for the virus. Camp explained that she was diligent about protecting herself from the disease but contracted COVID-19 after deciding not to wear her mask "one time." She felt it was her "responsibility" to share her experience with fans. "I was extremely sick for over three weeks and still have lingering symptoms," she wrote. "I was incredibly safe. I wore a mask. I used hand sanitizer. One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask. One. Time. And I ended up getting it. People are saying it’s like having the flu, but I’ve had the flu, and this is absolutely not that. The panic of contracting a virus that is basically untreatable and is so new that no one knows the long term irreparable damage it does to your immune system is unbelievably stressful. Completely losing my sense of smell and taste without knowing when or even if they will return is extremely disorienting. I’m only smelling about 30 percent of how I used to now." She also listed the other persistent symptoms she's experienced, such as dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever.
On July 19, the golf legend told CBS Sports' Jim Nantz that he and his wife Barbara tested positive for COVID-19 in March. They isolated for a month in Florida, and Jack has since tested positive for the antibody. Nicklaus said he and his wife were lucky not to suffer serious complications from the coronavirus. "It didn't last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky," Nicklaus said. "Barbara and I are both of the age, both of us 80 years old, that is an at-risk age. Our hearts go out to the people who did lose their lives and their families. We were just a couple of the lucky ones." Nicklaus said earlier in the week that he would shake hands with the winner of his tournament, the Memorial, as has been the tradition for decades. "If they don't want to shake my hand, that's fine, I'll give them a fist bump or an elbow bump, but I'm not going to give them COVID-19," he explained. "I wouldn't put anybody in that position. I wouldn't do that, and if I was in any danger of doing that, I wouldn't shake their hands."
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt
On July 15, the Republican governor confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 in a virtual press conference held with Oklahoma Commissioner of Health Colonel Lance Frye, in which they were giving an update on the state's coronavirus response. Stitt is the first U.S. governor to become infected, and he said he gets tested "periodically," receiving his positive result on the afternoon of July 14. "So I feel fine. I felt a little bit achy yesterday, didn't have a fever, but just a little bit achy," he said, noting he wanted to be "transparent" with Oklahoma citizens.
The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star revealed on July 14 that she is the latest Bravo celeb to test positive for the coronavirus. Whitfield shared a video on Instagram, thanking followers for reaching out after she'd been "MIA" for a few days. "I tested positive for COVID-19, so I've kind of just really been at home self-quarantining for the past week and a half," she said. "I just want you guys to know that it is no joke. I'm feeling much better today, thank you to everybody who knew they had not heard from me and reached out... I just have been out of it."
The Colombian singer confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19 via an Instagram post on July 13. She admitted that she didn't want to make it public at first for a few reasons, including that her parents were far away from her, she didn't want to worry anyone, and her single was set to come out but she didn't want headlines to be about her having the coronavirus. "Thank you to everyone who has reached out. I did have COVID-19 and it was very difficult, painful but I'm recuperating. I took another test today, which I hope comes back negative," she said in Spanish, noting that she is "doing well." "Thank you for the sweet message and for everyone that has worried about me. All I can say is, please take care of yourself. COVID-19 is real." Karol also let fans know that her fiancé, Anuel AA, did not test positive for the coronavirus; she quarantined away from him as soon as she found out that she was sick.
The nine-time NBA All-Star tested positive for the coronavirus just before he was supposed to fly to Florida with his team, the Houston Rockets. The 31-year-old basketball pro confirmed the news via Twitter on July 13. “I tested positive for covid-19 prior to my teams departure to Orlando,” Westbrook wrote. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined, and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I’m cleared. Thank you for all the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up! #whynot.” The team was traveling to Orlando ahead of the NBA season recommencing on July 31 at Walt Disney World Resort, where the athletes will be kept in quarantine to reduce spread of the coronavirus. The season was suspended in March due to the pandemic.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The Bollywood actress and her 8-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, tested positive for the coronavirus. Their diagnoses came just hours after Aishwarya's husband, Abhishek, and father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, revealed they hadtested positive for the virus. Both Abhishek and Amitabh were hospitalized for treatment and shared with fans that family members and staff were being tested. "Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive," Abhishek tweeted July 12, noting that Aishwarya and Aaradhya will be self-quarantining at home and that the rest of his family, including his mother, tested negative. "My father and I remain in hospital till the doctors decide otherwise. Everyone please remain cautious and safe. Please follow all rules!" India has over 850,000 positive cases of COVID-19, becoming the third highest country affected by the coronavirus after the U.S. and Brazil. The country has had over 22,000 deaths, according to official numbers.
The former WWE superstar -- whose real name is Miroslav Barnyashev and now goes by Miro -- announced on his Twitch channel, MIROtwch, that he tested positive for COVID-19. His agent, Robert DeFelice, confirmed the news on July 12, according to Bleacher Report. Just days earlier, Rusev's wife, WWE star Lana, said that both of her parents had tested positive for COVID-19. The Bulgarian-born wrestler began his professional career in 2008 and was let go by WWE earlier this year among the company's layoffs and furloughs.
The New York Yankees closer tested positive for the coronavirus, the team's manager, Aaron Boone, announced on July 11. "We did have a player test positive, it was Aroldis Chapman, so he is not at camp. He's got mild symptoms but overall is doing well," Boone said, according to ESPN. "He will not be here for the foreseeable future. Beyond that, I'm not going to get into commenting much on him." Chapman told ESPN that he had "very little symptoms" and was feeling well. His right-hand man and personal trainer was also tested, but he was negative. Two other Yankees had previously tested positive -- pitcher Luis Cessa and infielder DJ LeMahieu -- before heading to New York for intake protocols. More than 30 other MLB players have tested positive for the coronavirus, including the Cleveland Indians' Delino DeShields; Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sanó, Willians Astudillo, Nick Gordon and Edwar Colina; San Diego Padres' Tommy Pham; Boston Red Sox's Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez; St. Louis Cardinals' Ricardo Sanchez and Génesis Cabrera; and Kansas City Royals' Salvador Pérez. Additionally, four Miami Marlins and a number of Philadelphia Phillies players have tested positive but have not been named.
In a July 2020 interview with Forbes, the rapper said he believed he contracted the coronavirus in February. “Chills, shaking in the bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I'm supposed to do to get over it," he said of his illness. "I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, 'Drake can’t be sicker than me!'" He also noted in the interview that reportedly contracting the virus was not a factor in his decision to run for president.
The seven-time champion has become the first NASCAR driver to test positive for the coronavirus. The 44-year-old racer confirmed the diagnosis in a statement on NASCAR’s website, saying, My first priority is the health and safety of my loved ones and my teammates. I’ve never missed a race in my Cup career, but I know it’s going to be very hard to watch from the sidelines when I’m supposed to be out there competing. Although this situation is extremely disappointing, I’m going to come back ready to win races and put ourselves in playoff contention.” NASCAR also released a statement, sharing that Johnson would not be permitted to return to racing until he was cleared of symptoms and has two negative coronavirus tests at least 24 hours apart. The protocols are in line with the CDC’s guidelines. NASCAR was one of the first sports to resume competition amid the coronavirus pandemic, first by not allowing spectators and then holding socially-distanced races. Johnson previously announced 2020 would be his last year as a full-time driver.
The American Idol alum revealed to followers on his Instagram Story that he recently contracted coronavirus, which then "devolved into double pneumonia." "I'll try to reach out to as many people as I can individually, but publicly let me say thank you for the prayers & kind words," he later shared in a post on his Instagram on July 7. "I have Covid that has devolved into pneumonia. Breathing without pain or coughing is difficult & I didn't get much sleep last night, but hopefully the antibiotics do their work and fast. Thank you again for your love. It means a lot to me. I still covet your prayers & good thoughts." Sligh competed on the sixth season of American Idol in 2007 and placed tenth. Before the competition, he released several albums with the band Half Past Forever, and after the show, he dropped a solo album, 2008's Running Back to You. Sligh has also found success as a songwriter and producer, notably co-writing Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye."
Keisha Lance Bottoms
The mayor of Atlanta announced on July 6 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. Bottoms, 50, said she had not experienced any symptoms of the virus. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive," she tweeted. In an appearance on MSNBC, Bottoms said the positive test result was a "shock" and that she thought to get tested because her husband had been sleeping more than usual. "It leaves me for a loss of words because I think it really speaks to how contagious this virus is," she said. "We've taken all the precautions that you can possibly take. I have no idea when and where we were exposed." As of July 6, there had been more than 97,000 confirmed virus cases in Georgia, with over 2,870 deaths and over 11,900 hospitalizations, according to the state's Department of Public Health. Bottoms has been among several names being considered as Joe Biden's potential running mate.
Miguel Sano and Freddie Freeman
Despite the MLB looking to start its shortened season on July 24, players are testing positive for coronavirus. Among those includes first basemen Sano (Minnesota Twins), and Freeman (Atlanta Braves). In addition, Twins utility man Willians Astudillo, righty Edwar Colina and infielder Nick Gordon all also tested positives, the league announced on July 4. Because COVID-19 is a "non-work-related" injury, it is subject to the privacy guidelines in the collective bargaining agreement, which means the baseball pros had to give the Twins permission to announce that they tested positive. Without their permission, the Twins would not have been able to discuss their absences from summer camp. That same day, the Braves announced that not only had star Freeman tested positive, closer Will Smith and two others had tested positive for COVID-19 as well, as had Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, who was asymptomatic.
The 31-year-old singer said he tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-June despite constantly washing his hands and wearing a mask. "It's something that, I'm in shock," he explained in a video. "I didn't think it was going to happen to me. ...I'm concerned and frustrated with what's going on around the country. People not practicing social distancing, seeing people not wearing a mask. ... I'm concerned for people that do have pre-existing conditions and low immune systems. We just don't know what's going on." The Dominican-American singer ended his video with a plea for young people especially to take the coronavirus seriously.." Royce also said that he was, fortunately, feeling better and hoped to test negative after a week or so.
The former Playmate revealed her test results with her followers in a series of videos posted on her Instagram Story on July 2. "I got my test results back yesterday and I am indeed COVID positive. They think I'm in around day seven," Moakler -- who had previously shared that she had been "really sick the last four, five days" -- explained. "I've had different symptoms from fever, chills, coughing," she continued, adding that she's just mostly exhausted. Moakler also shared that she has a great doctor and nutritionist who have been helping her "boost her immune system" and help her "fight this." "I just know a bunch of you guys have been sending me such sweet messages and I have a really great support team of friends and family who are keeping my spirits up," she noted, adding, "Otherwise I am in full rest mode."
The WWE host shared on Twitter that she had contracted COVID-19 twice. The New York Post reported on June 25 that Braxton wrote, “Was keeping it quiet but since everyone else is sharing, I feel like it is my responsibility to share this PSA: YOU CAN GET COVID-19 MORE THAN ONCE! I had it back in early March and then thought I was invincible after I recovered. Not true. Dont be dumb like me."' The Smackdown correspondent later deleted her entire Twitter account, saying she was taking a hiatus after being cyberbullied following her coronavirus announcement. "It's been an emotionally taxing several weeks so I'm going to take a little hiatus from social media," she wrote in an Instagram Story. "In the meantime, be safe. Be healthy. And please, be kind."
The WWE broadcaster tweeted on June 24 that she tested positive for COVID-19, making her one of a number of people working with the WWE in some capacity to get the coronavirus. "Man. What a few days. My show gets cancelled and I get Covid. Wear your masks and wash your hands. Stay safe, everyone," she wrote. Young's husband, All Elite Wrestling champion Jon Moxley, did not appear in a June 24 AEW: Dynamite match because of coming into secondhand contact with someone with COVID-19.
Following the Adria Tour, the No. 1-ranked male tennis player in the world said on June 23 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He had received a lot of criticism for organizing the exhibition tournament in Croatia and his home country of Serbia. At the first pro games since March, there were no masks worn and a lack of social distancing in the stands, according to the New York Times. "We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met," Djokovic said. "Unfortunately, this virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am hoping things will ease with time so we can all resume lives the way they were." Djokovic became the fourth player who participated in the matches to test positive, according to the Associated Press; those players were Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov and Viktor Troicki, and Djokovic's wife, Jelena, also tested positive for coronavirus. Before testing positive for COVID-19, the tennis pro had recently spoken out against the "extreme" coronavirus guidelines the US Open is putting in place ahead of the New York tournament in August.
The stand-up comedian said he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing on stage during a stand-up show at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville on June 19. In an Instagram video posted the following day, Hughley thanked everyone at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville for taking good care of him as well as his fans and friends for their concerns. "When I came I was being treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration ...but it turns out they ran a battery of tests and I also tested positive for COVID-19, which blew me away," he said, adding that he was being released from the hospital. "I was what they call asymptomatic." The 57-year-old actor said he had none of the symptoms associated with the virus, including shortness of breath or a cough. The comedy club has since closed its doors for a comprehensive cleaning, according to the local NBC affiliate.
In early June, the Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father star told Radio Times that he had contracted COVID-19 just ahead of the lockdown going into effect in the U.K. His biggest fear was that he had accidentally passed the disease onto his 80-year-old father, Michael, as he had visited his parents for a week before finding out he had the coronavirus. "I had every symptom, the whole situation," Whitehall explained. "I had it quite badly, and then the rest of the people in my household had it as well. At that point, I was absolutely 'zero contact.' I had to be so careful and was really careful not to leave the house and to follow the guidelines in the right way." The English comedian added that he realized a lot of people must have been going through the same feelings of hopelessness, saying, "That feeling that you could give it to someone you love is totally overwhelming."
The 55-year-old Days of Our Lives actress contracted COVID-19 while in the hospital to treat multiple broken bones, which she suffered in a horseback riding accident. Evans' rep took to Facebook on June 8 to provide an update on the actress, revealing that "she nearly had both legs amputated on two different occasions" due to blood clots in her legs. "She had mild symptoms -- fever, aches, a cough and the blood clots," the actress' rep wrote. "On top of everything, when she went into surgery on one of her legs, they forgot to numb the leg and cut into her leg while she was fully conscience with no numbing of the area!" Despite the complications that have arisen, Evans' rep said the actress is now "in good spirits and back to Judi humor."
The NBA hall-of-famer and current coach of Georgetown's men's basketball team announced on May 22 that he had been hospitalized with the coronavirus and was "under care and isolated at a local hospital," according to a statement on Twitter. "I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serous [sic] and should not be taken lightly," Ewing said in Georgetown's tweeted statement. "I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Now more than ever, I want to thank healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this." Georgetown added that the former New York Knicks player is the only member of the men's basketball program to have tested positive for the virus.
The 25-year-old actress was one of the first celebrities to have COVID-19. Deutch revealed in an interview with Vulture that she had the coronavirus "early on," before shutdown orders went into effect, as did a group of her friends. "People keep asking me, 'Where did you get it?' and I wish I knew. I feel like I could have spoken in a more eloquent way about my experience had I known," she admitted. "I continued testing positive for a month, which is longer than they’re saying you’re supposed to. I also feel guilty, in a way, for making it out OK. I think this virus is bringing up so many conflicting emotions." She added that she's feeling better now and is "so grateful for my health."
The meteorologist revealed on the Today show on May 13 that following her husband's coronavirus diagnosis in March, she decided to get both a nasal swab test to see if she had active COVID-19 as well as an antibody test, which determines if the body has an immune response to a past coronavirus infection. Dreyer tested negative for active coronavirus but positive for antibodies. As Dr. Kavita Patel warned Dreyer on Today, her positive antibody test doesn't necessarily mean she has immunity to the coronavirus. "Unfortunately, as much as it would be comforting to believe that an antibody-positive test means you're invincible, the truth is that we don't know," Patel said.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star shared in a video on May 11 that he and his wife, Brooke Adams, tested positive for the coronavirus. The 66-year-old actor revived his beloved Monk character, Adrian Monk, for the Peacock web series The At-Home Variety Show, humorously showing how the character -- a detective who has obsessive-compulsive order and a fear of germs -- would be doing amid the coronavirus pandemic. He then revealed his real-life diagnosis at the end of the video when he dropped character. "I hope you are all being careful and following the protocol," he said as he pet his dog from home. "We really are all Monk now. Last month, my wife, Brooke, and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse." He then went out on his balcony to participate in a mass clapping for healthcare workers and first responders at 7 p.m.
The 61-year-old singer took to Instagram to reveal that after seeing the results of her antibodies test, she believes she had the coronavirus during her Madame X Tour earlier this year. "Im Grateful that I can be a part of supporting Research to Find the cure for Covid -19!! ??," she wrote on May 6, referencing a $1.1 million donation she made to help find a COVID-19 vaccine. "And just to clear things up for people who would rather believe sensationalist headlines than do their own research about the nature of this virus -- I am not currently sick. When you test positive for anti-bodies it means you HAD the virus which I clearly did as I was sick at the end of my tour in Paris over 7 weeks ago along with many other artists in my show. But at the time We all thought we had a very bad flu. Thank God we are all healthy and well now." She concluded her post by writing, "Hope that clears things up for the band wagon jumpers!! Knowledge is Power! #covid19."
The NFL star and DWTS alum was "shocked" to learn he tested positive for COVID-19. The 31-year-old Denver Broncos linebacker shared his story on the Today show on April 16, saying it started with a simple cough that got worse and the nebulizer he uses to treat his asthma wasn't helping. "It really didn’t work like it should, had waited another day and the cough still didn’t go away… I got tested and two days later, my doctor called me and said I had a positive result for COVID-19." The Texas native couldn't believe he had coronavirus, saying that he's "been taking this serious since day one." He had been training in San Francisco, but when the stay-at-home order was placed on the city, he and his girlfriend decided to go back to Denver.
After news broke that he tested positive, Miller took to his Instagram Story to thank everyone for their support and well wishes. "Thanks for the love everybody. That's dope! AF! I'm going to do whatever I have to do to get thru this!" he wrote, adding, "Take this seriously. It's definitely FOR REAL."
The Runaway June singer wrote about her battle with COVID-19 on Instagram on April 15, admitting she wasn't sure if she should share her struggle because it "kind of rocked me and I wasn’t sure that putting it on a public platform was right for me." She eventually did post about it because so many people were asking her what her symptoms were like and for advice. She said she was helped by doctors and friends and that she "loaded up" on Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, B complex, chaga mushrooms and zinc, plus she "drank more water and Gatorade then I ever have in my life. I wanted to flush that thing out of my system."
The activist, Pod Save the People co-host and educator tweeted on April 15, "I just tested positive for COVID-19. I lost my sense of taste about a week ago — a mild symptom, the doctor said. Quarantine has now turned into isolation. Luckily, taste is beginning to come back. The doc expects me to recover fully, told me to call if I have any chest pains."
The Los Angeles Rams center is the first active NFL player known to have tested positive for COVID-19. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported the news Fox Football Now on April 15, three weeks after the NFL player tested positive, and Rams coach Sean McVay also confirmed the news on the program. Allen was the Rams' fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in 13 games during his rookie season with no starts and in 2019, he started all nine games he played before an MCL injury placed him on injured reserve.
The 49-year-old CNN anchor tweeted on March 31 that he had just found out he had coronavirus after having been exposed to people who had also subsequently tested positive. Chris said his symptoms include a fever, chills and shortness of breath. He continued to work from home and quarantined in his basement. Two weeks after his own diagnosis, Chris' wife, Cristina, was diagnosed with Covid-19. A source close to the Cuomo family tells ET that Chris is "beating himself up" now that Cristina has tested positive. Then on Earth Day, Cristina revealed that the couple's 14-year-old son, Mario, had also tested positive for coronavirus.
The 59-year-old journalist tested positive for COVID-19 after serving as his wife, Ali Wentworth's, caretaker. Stephanopoulos revealed the news on his show, Good Morning America, on April 13, as he spoke with colleagues Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan. "I also learned over the weekend that my test came back positive for COVID as well, which is really no surprise given the fact that I've been here for a couple of weeks," he explained. "But I'm one of those cases that I guess are asymptomatic. I've never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I'm feeling great."
The six-time Tony nominee -- who was in the same Moulin Rouge! company as Aaron Tveit and several other members who also tested positive for coronavirus -- wrote about his COVID-19 battle in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter on April 13. He felt severely ill shortly after Broadway closed on March 12, including a high fever, migarine, fainting, body aches and coughing up blood offer days. Burstein checked into St. Luke's in New York City on March 22, where he tested positive for coronavirus and also had double pneumonia; he stayed in the hospital for five days.
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
On his 62nd birthday on April 10, the famed music producer shared the news that he and his family had tested positive for COVID-19. "I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday... It's an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends," he wrote of coronavirus. "I'm happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health."
The Fox & Friends weekend anchor and former co-host on The View took to Instagram on April 9 to update her followers on her condition, revealing she has contracted COVID-19. "I know I’ve been a little MIA. I’m actually at home recovering from Covid-19," she captioned a selfie of herself holding up an orange slice. "I’m very much on the mend, so please don’t worry." Bila revealed that her husband, Jeremy Scher, also suffered from the illness, but added that her 4-month-old son, Hartley, thankfully managed to avoid having any symptoms.
On Chrisley and wife Julie's podcast, Chrisley Confessions, the reality star opened up about his battle with COVID-19 that eventually led to his hospitalization. "I have been battling corona for three weeks, I was in the hospital for four and a half days -- fever between 100-103, and it has been the sickest that I have ever been in the 52 years that I have been on this Earth," he shared on April 8. "I have never seen our country at a standstill... I'm not going anywhere. I'm not running the risk of getting any sicker than I've already been. Hopefully, I will get better everyday...I'm probably about 70-75% of what I normally am."
The Real Housewives of New Jersey shared the news that she tested positive for the coronavirus via an Instagram video posted on April 8. She said her husband, plastic surgeon Bill Aydin, brought home a test for her after she'd been symptomatic for several days. "Keeping my kids away has been the hardest and I’m grateful that I have no breathing issues," she admitted. "My days haven’t been so bad, aside from a lot of fatigue and sleeping. At night is when it’s the worst for me because of the mix of sweating and chills. I’m taking my vitamins and drinking hot liquids. We’ll all get through this."
The British prime minister said on March 27 that he tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first world leader to confirm a diagnosis. "I've developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus. That's to say, a temperature and a persistent cough. And on the advice of the chief medical officer, I've taken a test that has come out positive. So I am working from home, I'm self-isolating, and that's entirely the right thing to do," he said in a video message posted to his official Twitter account. Johnson said he would be able to continue carrying out his duties despite his illness.
Johnson was hospitalized on April 5 -- 10 days after testing positive -- "for tests" after displaying "persistent symptoms," according to a press release from his office. He was admitted to an unnamed London hospital "on the advice of his doctor," the release explained. The following day, he was moved to the ICU. "Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital," said a statement from his office. Johnson asked Foreign Secretary Domenic Raab, the first secretary of state, to stand in for him "when necessary."
On April 5, the Duran Duran bassist shared that he had tested positive for COVID-19 "almost three weeks ago" and was opening up about his recovery in an attempt to encourage fans to think positively. "Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old - I like to think I am - or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 - but after a week or so of what I would describe as a 'Turbo-charged Flu', I came out of it feeling okay- although I must admit I didn't mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover," he wrote. "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."
Praise Dumbledore! The 54-year-old Harry Potter scribe revealed via Twitter on April 6 that she has been experiencing symptoms of the virus for the past two weeks and shared a breathing technique she says helped her. The famed author went on to thank her fans for their support, saying, "I really am completely recovered and wanted to share a technique that’s recommended by doctors, costs nothing, has no nasty side effects but could help you/your loved ones a lot, as it did me."
The country singer shared a photo his wife took in the ER for "chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels" on March 13, when a doctor refused to test him despite having recently been on tour in Western Europe. He was finally tested at a drive-thru clinic at a National Guard depot in Nashville on April 6, though his wife, who had been with him since Europe, tested negative. "All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet Im still positive and contagious and now on quarantine in the dojo until April 19th and really wishing Id taken my wife’s advice and put a bathroom in the floor plans..live and learn," he wrote. "But hey, at least our Government appointed task force headed by a man who does not believe in science is against mass testing and we now have a second task force in the works to 'open America back up for business'!"
According to a statement given to multiple outlets by Francois Ravard, the 73-year-old singer's spokesperson, on April 4, Faithfull is "stable and responding to treatment" after being hospitalized in London for COVID-19. She was discharged from a London hospital after 22 days of suffering from COVID-19 symptoms; the news was shared on Faithfull's Twitter page on April 22.
The singer announced her diagnosis in an Instagram post on April 3, sharing a photo with her 3-year-old son, Jameson. "Two weeks ago my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19," Pink captioned the pic. "Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative. It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. 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."
The 40-year-old CNN anchor posted to Instagram on April 3 about testing positive for coronavirus. She said she is OK but that her symptoms came on "suddenly" the previous afternoon and included chills, aches and fevers. Baldwin noted she had been practicing social distancing in New York, yet still contracted the virus, but she shared that she's healthy with no underlying conditions. On April 23, she updated fans that she had recovered from the virus.
The singer and Broadway star took to her Instagram story on April 2 while going on a "socially distanced" walk through the park to share with fans that she had successfully recovered from the coronavirus. Bareilles told fans she's "thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love, adding that she feels "really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around." She didn't reveal anything more about her illness, or how she may have contracted the virus.
Her Waitress co-star, Gavin Creel, admitted during a podcast last week that he was self-quarantining because he believed he had COVID-19. The two acted together in their final performance of Waitress on March 14 before all of Broadway was shut down as part of the New York City's efforts to slow the spread of the outbreak.
John Benjamin Hickey
On April 2, the 56-year-old Tony winner told Broadway.com’s Live at Five show that he had been sick for two weeks. He started "feeling funny" the day after Broadway suspended its productions and later got tests back from his doctor that he had coronavirus. He is now symptom-free and feels "great," admitting that he feels "profoundly lucky" considered everything we're learning about the disease. "I only ever got really sick. I never needed to be at an emergency room or at a hospital," he said. "I had a doctor monitoring me the whole time... I came out okay and feel like myself again.”
It was revealed on April 2 that the "Murder on My Mind" rapper tested positive for COVID-19 while awaiting trial behind bars in the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus," an announcement posted to the rapper's Instagram shared. "He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please."
Theormer MLB and Real Housewives of Orange County star took to his Instagram story on April 1 to update followers after sharing earlier in the week that he was suffering symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. "I appreciate everyone who has sent well wishes and wished me the best," he said. "I did test positive for pneumonia and I did get a test back positive for the virus. I am completely symptom-free now and doing really well, so I must have had it for a while before i got tested." The former St. Louis Cardinal shared that he and his eldest daughter were quarantined at his home. "My daughter has been tested, she's waiting for her results, but she is symptom-free, and so we're all doing really well here."
The comedian and wife of Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos posted a photo of herself sick in bed to Instagram on April 1 to let fans know that she had tested positive for coronavirus. "I've never been sicker," she wrote. "High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest. I’m quarantined from my family. This is pure misery. #stayhome."
Brian Stokes Mitchell
The Tony-winning Broadway actor tweeted on April 1 that he had tested positive for coronavirus but had been self-isolating. His wife and son were asymptomatic and helping him and had been feeling better in the couple of days before recording a video for fans.
In a Twitter video shared on March 31, the former doubles tennis player and current ESPN broadcaster shared that he self-quarantined for 11 days due to minor symptoms before getting a drive-thru test in New York's Westchester County. "I feel fine, my symptoms have passed, I feel really 100 percent," he said, noting he got his test back quickly.
The country singer told fans on March 31 that he had contracted the coronavirus. He felt tired for about 10 days and tried to get tested on the 21st but was told none were available, so he went back again on the 30th when he felt "the same tired," at which point he was tested. "Hoping for the best don't have the usual symptoms but feel tired head ache no fever no cough!!" Benson wrote on Facebook. "I'll be ok sure do miss playin music and seein everyone! Stay well this shits serious!! I have been alone for the most part and wore mask washed hands used hand sanitizer still got it! Do not listen to right wing BS!"
On March 30, the Victoria’s Secret Angel shared that she had been hospitalized with severe coronavirus symptoms one week prior. She thanked her little sister for taking care of her via a lengthy Instagram post, in which she also shared that she's "getting stronger and feeling better daily." Graham also implored people to take the outbreak seriously, citing her "scary" symptoms that included "throwing up and on the toilet at the same time multiple times through the first day," a fever that caused severe chills after it broke, chest tightness, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and losing "the ability to be able to speak properly in full sentences." "I wasn’t able to get in and out of a bath alone, i needed help to get in and out of bed and even eating became painful!!" she lamented. "Please take this seriously and please stay home. Love to you all out there ❤️ Stay safe everyone ? ? ?."
The "Fight Like a Girl" singer took to Twitter on March 30 to share her coronavirus diagnosis. "Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19," she wrote, adding that the first few days were "absolutely miserable." "I'm feeling significantly better, but it's proof how dangerous and contagious this is. It's endlessly frustrating to see people not taking this seriously."
The comedian took to Instagram on March 30 to thank friends and fans for their well-wishes as he battled coronavirus. He spent eight days in the hospital with both COVID-19 and pneumonia but is now at home self-quarantining. "I appreciate all the love, the prayers, man -- it meant a lot," he said in his tearful, heartfelt video.
The ESPN reporter and analyst, who covers the NBA, shared that she had tested positive for coronavirus on the Woj Pod on March 27, saying, "I could not be out of bed for more than five minutes." She noted that her symptoms began on March 14.
In a March 27 video, the Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood alum revealed he had been in the hospital for a week with COVID-19. He shared that he has pneumonia in both lungs which makes it difficult for him to breathe but that he is "going to be alright." "This thing, man, it's not a game. I feel a little better today," he said on Instagram. "They're not really saying much of anything, and that's the scary part, the not knowing... Nobody fully understands what [coronavirus] is yet."
The famed rapper and member of the Houston-based hip hop group Geto Boys revealed on March 26 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 during a live-streamed interview with bandmate Willie D. Scarface -- who's real name is Brad Terrence Jordan -- said he was at "the point where I felt like I was going to die" after suffering from symptoms for weeks, including a 103-degree fever, pneumonia, kidney failure and multiple visits to the hospital. With a pre-existing asthma condition, he said the breathing problems were exacerbated by the illness and it felt like "an elephant sitting on my chest.” He went on to explain that he doesn't understand why people aren't taking the outbreak more seriously by adhering to quarantine mandates and social distance protocols. "I don’t see how nobody can even want to play them games," he said. "I don’t want to have fun that bad, where it could take my life."
Laura Bell Bundy
The Hart of Dixie actress shared her diagnosis via Instagram on March 25. In her clip, Bundy says, "Do not be alarmed. I am OK. I am taking everything in stride. I am taking all the nutritional supplement that have been recommended by my doctor. I have been taking herbs for a while as well. What I wanted to do is explain to you some of the symptoms that I have."
The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and next in line to the British throne has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House announced on March 25. The 71-year-old Prince of Wales was showing "mild symptoms" but was said to be in "good health." His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not currently have the virus. They are both self-isolating at their home in Scotland. Clarence House says Charles "has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual." On March 30, Clarence House confirmed that "having consulted with his doctor, the Prince of Wales is now out of self-isolation.”
The 71-year-old Rock Hall of Fame musician told Rolling Stone he got tested for COVID-19 after falling ill with "a small cough and a temperature." "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that," he told the mag, noting he suspected he fell ill during a recent trip to New York for the Love Rocks NYC benefit. "The prognosis for what to do once you test positive is pretty much the same as if you don’t test positive, which is to stay put. And stay self-quarantined. Don’t expose anybody. Don’t go anywhere," he reiterated. "I quarantined immediately upon feeling sick. It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not... You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else."
The Broadway star revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus on March 24. "What a wild time in the world. I want to take a moment to just share that I tested positive for COVID-19 when the shows and our world began to come to a halt. I am inspired to share this to share my experience and hopefully be another voice to take this virus seriously," she wrote in part on Instagram.
The Cascada singer took to Instagram on March 23 after receiving a call from the hospital that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. "I'm still getting used to the thought, but saying that- nothing much changes about my everyday life really," she captioned her video. "I've been self isolating for ages now anyway and now I’ll just not leave the house at all for the next 14 days and be in full blown quarantine?♀️My case will most likely be mild, so the most important thing is to protect everyone else who may be at risk. So please continue to STAY HOME!"
Matt Doyle and Max Clayton
The couple and Broadway actors (Doyle is also a Gossip Girl alum) were both diagnosed with COVID-19. I want to give a quick update, as I’ve received many calls/texts of both love and concern. I tested positive for COVID-19. I am completely safe and have been quarantined with Matt for the past 10 days," Clayton wrote in part on Instagram on March 24, noting he had flu-like symptoms and lost his sense of taste and smell for a week. "...I'm not posting this for sympathy. I will be OK. I’m posting this because it is crucial that we take this seriously and understand that more people than you realize are carriers. Including those who show no symptoms and feel perfectly fine. What is happening in NYC right now is merely a preview of what can and will inevitably happen in your towns. Pay attention and be smart. Please stay home. Please practice social distancing. It will literally save other people’s lives."
The former NBA player tweeted about his diagnosis on March 24, writing, "I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game. I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough. Please stay safe and continue to social distance. Thank you to every single health care worker out there that are our true heroes on the frontline. Please let’s try to flatten the curve & not overwhelm our health care system.”
The Houston rapper took to Instagram on March 24 to share his positive diagnosis with fans. "No games being played, alright? The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive," he said in the video, in which he also discussed his symptoms and encouraged people to stay home. "As careful as I've been still quarantined and staying home, I might have went got something to eat or some simple stuff like that, nothing crazy. Stayed in my truck, had mask, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive. So, y'all gotta take this stuff serious."
The Young and the Restless revealed his diagnosis via Instagram on March 23. He described his symptoms and encouraged fans to stay home to prevent the spread of the disease, noting that even though he is a "pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn't smoke, doesn't drink much, eats well and exercises regularly," experiencing deterioration, an 11-day fever, difficultly breathing and self-quarantining has "been the hardest experience of my life." But he's looking up! "Nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys," he wrote.
The Broadway star shared a photo of his dog, Miles, on March 23 to announce that he tested positive for COVID-19. "I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better. I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild - cold like with no fever - as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms, because this is a very dangerous virus. One thing I have been experiencing is the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a big sign for people who are otherwise asymptotic," he wrote in part on Instagram.
The opera singer and former general manager of the Los Angeles Opera took to Facebook on March 22 to share that he tested positive for COVID-19 and he in his family are in self-isolation. "Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive," he wrote. "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!"
Senator Rand Paul
Paul became the first senator to test positive for coronavirus, revealing his diagnosis on March 22. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. 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," a message on his official Twitter read. "He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time."
The Younger star took to Instagram on March 21 to share that she tested positive for coronavirus. Mazar explained that she has been feeling ill for weeks and couldn't get tested until someone referred her to an urgent care location in New York. "Well..today is day 5 and I just found out. I'm hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already. It's very 'morphy.' One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough," she wrote.
The Bon Jovi keyboardist shared his positive coronavirus test results via Instagram on March 21. "I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day," he wrote. "Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague. I’ve have been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon... with the help of every American !!??❤️."
The Watch What Happens Live host shared a selfie on March 20 to reveal his coronavirus diagnosis, which followed a few days of a self-quarantine. "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. "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."
The former Bachelor shared on March 20 that he tested positive for coronavirus and had been following social distancing rules since the previous week. "My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today," he captioned his Instagram video. "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."
Daniel Dae Kim
The Lost star revealed on March 19 that he had been diagnosed with coronavirus the day prior. "Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful," he captioned a video posted to Instagram. "Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy."
The Boston Celtics shooting guard posted to social media on March 19. "Young people listen up... quit hangin out in groups and being selfish. This is no joke," he wrote on Instagram alongside a video. "I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP! I’ve had no symptoms and I feel great. But the younger generation in our country MUST self distance. This is not a joke. Not doing so is selfish. Together we can beat this, but we must beat it together by being apart for a short while. Much love!!"
On March 19, the New Orleans Saints head coach told ESPN he was coming forward with his diagnosis "because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly." "This is not just about social distancing," Payton told the outlet. "It's shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it... Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact."
Rep. Ben McAdams
The Democratic Congressman from Utah revealed to the public on March 18 that he has tested positive for coronavirus. "On Saturday evening, after returning from Washington, D.C., I developed mild cold-like symptoms. In consultation with my doctor on Sunday, I immediately isolated myself in my home," McAdams shared in a statement posted to Twitter. "I have been conducting all meetings by telephone. I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine."
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
On March 18, the Republican Congressman from Florida became the first member of Congress to officially reveal a coronavirus diagnosis. After first coming down with symptoms while in Washington D.C. over the previous weekend, he decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution. Instead of returning to his home in South Florida, he stayed at his apartment in Washington D.C., due to his wife's pre-existing medical condition and was still working. "I'm feeling much better. However, it's important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times," Diaz-Balart said in a statement posted to Twitter.
The second child of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco was tested on March 16, with the results confirmed two days later, multiple outlets reported. This appeared to mark the first head of state who had publicly confirmed they have contracted the flu-like virus. According to a statement given to the Associated Press by the palace, the prince's state of health was not a source of concern. He was being treated by doctors from Princess Grace Hospital and continued to work from his home office in the palace. "We’re going to get through this, but it’s going to take time," Prince Albert shared in a statement to People, adding that he was “feeling okay. My symptoms are flu-like, but it feels like a pretty mild case. I’ve a slight fever, not really that bad. A little bit of a cough. I’d a runny nose the first few days, that was the first sign. I’ve felt a little stuffed up but that’s it."
After showing herself getting tested in previous updates to her Instagram Stories, the influencer and fashion blogger revealed to her 1.3 million Instagram followers on March 18 that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Charnas also addressed the backlash she received online after getting the test, saying that access to healthcare should be widely available. “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,” she wrote.
The Game of Thrones star mourned the shuttering of her West End production of The Seagull on March 17 with an Instagram post that seemed to indicate that she had also contracted the coronavirus. "We hope to be back soon and urge you all (and the govt) to support us when we do," she wrote. "Phoenix/Seagull rising from the ashes. I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people."
The 19-year-old singer-songwriter took to Instagram on March 17 to reveal her recent COVID-19 diagnosis. She also begged fans and friends to take this outbreak seriously and commit to self-isolation and social distancing. "I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won't be if many people get sick too quickly," she wrote in a lengthy post. "So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus... Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside... We have the power to slow this down... And for the love of god, self f**king quarantine or you'll be on my s**t list."
On March 17, the 29-year-old music producer revealed he tested positive for coronavirus. Almost two weeks earlier, he "started feeling like I was hit by a bus," had a fever and wasn't able to get out of bed. A doctor told him he most likely had the flu as he hadn't traveled. Watt later went to the ER when he wasn't getting better but was denied a coronavirus test, but he eventually got one from a private doctor. While he's feeling much better, Watt stressed that he wanted to be open as a warning for young people to take the pandemic seriously. "To have this mentality 'I'm young this can't affect me' is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you,'" he wrote on Instagram. "Social distancing is to protect someone's mom and dad, someone's grandmother ... it's not about you."
Four members of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team have tested positive for coronavirus. The team released a statement on March 17 confirming the news. "Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians," the statement said. Though none of the players who have been infected were named, Durant confirmed that he has the virus to The Athletic NBA. The Nets forward told the outlet that he is feeling OK and that people should "be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine."
The Wire star tweeted on Mar. 16 that he had tested positive for COVID-19 despite not having any symptoms. Elba shared that he decided to get tested after finding out a few days earlier that someone he had been in contact with had also tested positive for the flu-like virus and was in isolation. "This is serious. Now's the time to really think about social distancing washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who are not showing symptoms, and can easily spread it. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you're feeling ill, like you should be tested or you've been exposed, then do something about it," he tweeted.
A few days later, his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, revealed she had also tested positive for coronavirus during her March 21 appearance on the first episode of Oprah Winfrey's new series, Oprah Talks COVID-19.
The Game of Thrones star shared his diagnosis via Instagram on March 16. "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. 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," he wrote from Norway.
The Happy Death Day actress revealed on Instagram on March 16 that she tested positive for COVID-19. "Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise," she wrote. "I'm feeling better but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some... Let's please be mindful of our decisions -- now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let's take care of one another."
The Ukrainian-born actress and model shared her coronavirus diagnosis on Instagram on March 15, writing that she's "locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus." "I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms," she wrote. "Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!"
The Detroit Pistons forward was the first NBA player not associated with the Utah Jazz to test positive for the virus. ESPN reported the news on March 14, the same day the Pistons confirmed that a player had tested positive though did not name him, simply saying their player would "remain in isolation and under the care of team medical staff."
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for the virus on March 13, Trudeau's communications director revealed. The announcement came just a few hours after the Associated Press reported that Sophie was experiencing flu-like symptoms after returning from a speaking engagement in the United Kingdom. Sophie will "remain in isolation for the time being," according to the statement, while her husband will also continue to self-isolate.
The Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19. "We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them," he wrote on Instagram on March 12. "I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️?."
It was revealed on March 11 that the Utah Jazz player had tested positive for COVID-19, and by the next day, the NBA announced its decision to suspend the rest of the season. In an Instagram post after his diagnosis, Gobert apologized to "the people I may have endangered," saying, "At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus. I am under great care and will fully recover."
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Hanks and Wilson were the first big names to revealed they had been diagnosed with the coronavirus. "Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks wrote on Instagram on March 11. "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. Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed," he continued. "We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!"
Hanks and Wilson have continued to share updates on their recovery, thanking hospital staff, doctors, and "helpers," as well fans for their support. On March 16, Hanks' rep told ET that he and Wilson had left the hospital and were maintaining quarantine in a rented house in Australia.