COVID-19 doesn’t care who you are or how famous you might be. Since early 2020, many of the biggest names in Hollywood, sports, royalty and politics have contracted the coronavirus. Wonderwall.com rounded up all the well-known people who’ve had the virus, starting with this TV star… On Dec. 29, “The Office” alum Angela Kinsey shared with fans on her Instagram Story that she was the latest member of her family to test positive for COVID-19. “I knew the odds were against me since I was living with 4 Covid positive people,” she wrote. Shortly before Christmas, her stepsons, Cade and Jack, started running low-grade fevers. Tests showed they were positive. “We don’t go out and about and have been in lockdown so we aren’t sure how they got it,” she explained in a Dec. 24 post. Soon, husband Josh Snyder and her daughter from her first marriage, Isabel Lieberstein, tested positive. Angela was next. During all this, her mother was hospitalized with COVID-19 but was “doing better,” Angela shared on Dec. 29, adding that her mom would remain there “for a few more days just to be sure.” Keep reading to see who else among the famous has been diagnosed with COVID-19…
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TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky on Dec. 29 revealed that — months after he apologized for downplaying the coronavirus pandemic — he tested positive for COVID-19. After suffering a fever and being bed-bound for six days, he posted an Instagram video explaining that he was “through the viral phase” during which the virus was multiplying and had moved on to the “inflammatory phase” which for him meant his “lungs are filling up.” He added that he was “waiting on a monoclonal antibody infusion with bamlanivimab” though would be grateful if his illness resolved before that happened.
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On Dec. 28, Page Six broke the news that “The Real Housewives of Dallas” star D’Andra Simmons had been hospitalized with COVID-19. “Her oxygen levels were borderline,” said her rep, noting that the Bravo personality was admitted to the COVID ward at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she’s being treated with Remdesivir. “At this time we ask you to respect her and family’s privacy and to send your prayers for a speedy recovery,” added the rep.
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Golf star Greg Norman spent Christmas Day in a Florida hospital after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. After returning home to quarantine, he learned his PCR test for COVID-19 was indeed positive, and on Dec. 27, Greg checked back into the hospital where he received the monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, he shared on Instagram in a lengthy post. He urged fans to take the virus seriously, explaining, “I am fit and strong and have a high tolerance for pain but this virus kicked the cr** out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before. Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head scrapping little bits off each time, fever, muscles that just did not want to work … due to fatigue. Then my taste failed…”
On Christmas Eve 2020, Bachelor Nation stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick revealed they had COVID-19 and explained how they got it. “Unfortunately, this is our Christmas card this year. We have Covid,” the “Dancing With the Stars” season 29 winner captioned this selfie on Instagram. “Jason and I had been trying to quarantine before seeing family. We thought we were making a responsible decision to have ONE person over, who had been tested daily for work. Negative tests 4 days in a row. The day we saw her, she became positive which we all found out the next day.” In a video on his Instagram page, Jason described some of his symptoms, which in the early days included a 103.1-degree fever, body aches and sweats. “Now, like many, we will spend Christmas by ourselves. We just want to let everyone know that we thought we were being safe, but covid is bigger than us,” Kaitlyn added. She later revealed she’d lost her sense of taste and smell.
Early on Dec. 24, actor Shemar Moore told fans he’d been infected with the coronavirus. “I HAVE COVID!!!! Just found out moments ago… I thought I had food poisoning,” he explained in a text post on Instagram. “Chills and aches all day today… still can smell, taste, no cough, no runny nose.” The “S.W.A.T.” star added that he felt “fine” at the moment “but I have to be responsible!!!!” he added, making it clear he would be quarantining. “My Xmas n New Years is clearly not gonna be the best … but I WILL BE OKAY!!!! This is a hard time for ALL OF US… the WORLD!!! But… I BELIEVE in the sun shining through the rain!!! Stay safe and appreciate everything and everybody you have and had!! MUCH LOVE!!!!” he continued, concluding with “#wearamask.”
On Dec. 23, personal trainer and model Sam Asghari — Britney Spears’ boyfriend of nearly four years — revealed on Instagram that he’d just recovered from COVID-19. “Recently I tested positive for Covid-19, I was lucky enough to catch the news before being around and infecting my loved ones (friends, family, significant other). I quickly isolated myself and started my quarantine process alone,” he wrote in part, adding, “This is where my healthy lifestyle helped a lot, I only had 1 day of common cold symptoms day 2 after testing positive but 24 hours later I was perfectly normal. I continued my workouts and clean nutrition at home as usual. 10 days later I was no longer contagious, and tested negative twice and was cleared by doctors to end quarantine and return to my loved ones.”
On Dec. 17, France’s Elysee Palace announced that President Emmanuel Macron had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms and would begin a week-long isolation. The news sent other European politicians — including French Prime Minister Jean Castex, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and European Council President Charles Michel — into precautionary quarantines as the French president had spent time with them at meetings in recent days. Macron later shared a video while isolating, explaining that the virus “can really affect everyone because I am very protected; I am very careful; I respect protective measures and distancing. … And despite everything, I caught this virus, probably from a moment of neglect, a moment of bad luck too.”
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On Dec. 14, Sharon Osbourne revealed that she was the latest member of her family to be infected with the coronavirus (son Jack and two of her granddaughters had it in September). “I wanted to share I’ve tested positive for COVID-19,” the “The Talk” host wrote on Instagram. “After a brief hospitalization, I’m now recuperating at a location away from [my husband] Ozzy (who has tested negative) while The Talk is on scheduled hiatus. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.”
Music star Ashanti revealed on social media on Dec. 12 that she tested positive for COVID-19 but so far was “OK and not in any pain.” The “Rock Wit U” singer later revealed on Instagram Live that she contracted the coronavirus from a family member who didn’t know they were positive at the time.
Tommy “Tiny” Lister — who starred in movies including “Friday” and “The Fifth Element” — was found dead in his California home on Dec. 10 after experiencing coronavirus symptoms again four months after he first tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Cindy Cowan told People magazine that she was planning to take him for another test the day he died because he began “to feel not well again” about a week before he passed away at 62. “He thought maybe his diabetes was starting to kick up because he just wasn’t feeling right,” she explained to People, noting that the “The Dark Knight” and “Zootopia” actor was having a hard time breathing.
Charley Pride — a country music legend and pioneer for Black artists in the genre — died at 86 on Dec. 12 in Dallas from complications of COVID-19, his family confirmed on his website. The Grammy winner — the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame who gave us hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” — performed for the last time at November’s 2020 Country Music Association Awards where he was given a lifetime achievement award.
On Dec. 11, DailyMail.com broke the news that Nancy Grace, who hosts Fox Nation’s “Crime Stories,” and her family tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. Nancy was experiencing a cough and flu-like symptoms, husband David Linch endured severe headaches and their 13-year-old twins, John David and Lucy Elizabeth, had headaches and sore throats. Nancy and her son also lost their sense of smell. Her 88-year-old mother, Elizabeth, had to be hospitalized in Georgia but started to improve as the week went on. “David, the twins and I will continue to isolate at home while we recover and we look forward to Mom coming home as soon as we are all better,” Nancy told DailyMail.com, adding, “COVID is no joke. We thought we had done everything right. Please keep wearing masks, social distancing and stay safe — no family should go through this.”
Carol Sutton, who’s recognizable from her appearances in movies and TV shows including “Steel Magnolias,” “The Pelican Brief,” “Queen Sugar,” “Treme,” “Claws” and “Lovecraft Country,” died at 76 on Dec. 10 in New Orleans due to COVID-19 complications, the city’s mayor confirmed. Mayor LaToya Cantrell praised Carol as being “practically the Queen of New Orleans theater, having graced the stages across the city for decades.”
On Dec. 10, “Dancing With the Stars” judge and “The Talk” co-host Carrie Ann Inaba revealed on Instagram that she’d tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing symptoms including fever, a bad cough and “lots of aches and pains.” Carrie added that she was quarantining at home and following CDC instructions. “I have been in a very safe environment following all the guidelines and safety protocols and it still found its way to me,” she warned. “So, this is a friendly reminder to be extra careful this holiday season. Wear your masks, socially and physically keep your distance, and wash your hands. Take care everyone.”
Talks how host Ellen DeGeneres announced that she’d contracted the coronavirus with a social media post on Dec. 10. “I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” the comedian wrote. “Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I’ll see you all again after the holidays.” Ellen later took to social media on Dec. 16 to share an update with fans, letting them know she was feeling better and had experienced an unexpected symptom during the acute phase of her illness: “excruciating” back pain.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Dec. 6 to announce that former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — who’s currently working as the POTUS’s personal attorney — was the latest member of his circle to test positive for COVID-19. Rudy — who The New York Times reported was being treated at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. — later tweeted, “I’m getting great care and feeling good. Recovering quickly and keeping up with everything.” On Dec. 10, he was released. He told New York’s Daily news that he received Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody cocktail — which is not available to most people suffering from the coronavirus — during his five-day hospital stay.
Gloria Estefan tested positive for COVID-19 in November, she revealed in a Dec. 1 Instagram video. She believes she contracted it after an unexpected encounter with a fan at a restaurant in late October. “I want you to know how highly contagious this is — I wear my mask everywhere. I went to a restaurant outdoors with some family … and everybody was negative. We wore masks all the way to the table. … Someone came up to me when I was eating and tapped me on the shoulder,” she explained. “They were very close, they had no mask and they were telling me beautiful things. But that’s the only thing that I have done outside of my enclosure here.” She lost her senses of taste and smell on Nov. 5 and got a positive test result on Nov. 8. “I locked myself away on the second floor of my house, didn’t let anybody up for two weeks… Fortunately, I’m very lucky that the only symptoms that I had were the loss of smell and taste and a little bit of a cough.” She urged fans “to keep your immune system as healthy as you can” and to “wear your masks, stay six feet away and protect yourselves.”
Singer-dancer JoJo Siwa had COVID-19 earlier this year, she told “Entertainment Tonight” in an interview published on Dec. 3. “It got through my whole family,” she shared. “We had headaches, we were tired, we had shortness of breath, we had all the things. All my family actually lost their taste and smell, but all have it back. But I never did.” JoJo said she was the last to feel symptoms after her mom, dad and brother became ill. “We were all, like, three days apart,” she said. “Everyone who gets this virus, it’s gonna affect them differently.”
On July 30, Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston revealed in an Instagram post that he had COVID-19 “a little while ago” and was “very lucky” to have recovered after experiencing only “very mild symptoms” including “a slight headache, tightness of chest and [loss of] taste and smell.” The “Breaking Bad” star shared a video he made while visiting the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, where he was donating his antibody-rich plasma. “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus,” he told fans, urging them to continue to wear masks, wash their hands and practice social distancing. Later, on the Dec. 4 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Bryan revealed more details of his illness, which also affected wife Robin Dearden. He said he was sick for about 10 days in March but nine months later, he was still experiencing an unsettling effect of the virus: “I lost a percentage of my ability to taste and smell,” he explained, adding that only “about 75% has come back. If someone was brewing coffee and I walk into a kitchen, I can’t smell it.”
On Dec. 2, TMZ broke the news that almost half the cast of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” had contracted the coronavirus. Other outlets including Variety also confirmed the news that Kyle Richards, sister Kathy Hilton — who recently joined the Bravo show for its upcoming season 11 — and Dorit Kemsley had tested positive for COVID-19. According to TMZ, they “did not contract COVID on set” despite a recent production shutdown due to positive crew members, and “all three ladies are in the end stages of the virus and should be OK.” On Dec. 5, Kyle confirmed her illness on Instagram and revealed that one of her three daughters also tested positive. “Since I was diagnosed I have been separated from my family in order to keep them healthy. Unfortunately, Sophia also got it. We will stay in isolation until it’s safe to see the family and others again . I can’t wait to hug them ?,” she wrote.
Rosie Perez contracted the coronavirus in December 2019 while in Asia to shoot the HBO Max miniseries “The Flight Attendant,” she told Uproxx in an interview published on Nov. 30. “I had contracted COVID when we flew to Bangkok,” she said. “And at that time, they were saying, ‘It’s a new respiratory tract infection. It’s a virus that’s going around. We don’t really know what it is and what it does, but it attacks the respiratory system first and then travels to other parts of your body.'” According to Rosie, her illness “was terrifying. I remember my manager was with me, and I said, ‘Tarik, don’t let me die in Bangkok.’ And he goes, ‘Oh my God, you’re scaring me.’ And the head of the ICU says, ‘You should be scared, sir. This is serious. We’re going to have to put her in a separate room.'” Little was known about the virus at the time, Rosie explained, but one thing her physician said stuck with her: “I remember the doctor saying to me, ‘The mask that you have on, the mask that I have on, every time you go outside, every time you meet someone wear that mask — not just for you, but to protect them too,'” she added. “And I haven’t forgotten it.”
On Dec. 1, the Mercedes racing team confirmed that British Formula One champion driver Lewis Hamilton was isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 during mandatory pre-race PCR testing for the Sakhir Grand Prix, which he will now miss. Reports revealed the driving legend awoke on Nov. 30 with mild symptoms. He later learned he’d been exposed to the coronavirus before the Nov. 29 Bahrain Grand Prix — which he won — though he’d tested negative three times ahead of that race. “I’m gutted not to be able to race this weekend, but my priority is to follow the protocols and advice to protect others.” he wrote, in part, on Instagram. “I’m really lucky that I feel OK with only mild symptoms and will do my best to stay fit and healthy. Please look after yourselves out there.”
Dave Prowse — the British character actor who physically played Darth Vader (James Earl Jones voiced the villain) in the first “Star Wars” trilogy — died from complications of COVID-19 on Nov. 28. He was 85. His daughter Rachel told The Sun that the 6-foot-6 former bodybuilder, who had Alzheimer’s, spent the last two weeks of his life fighting the coronavirus. “It’s horrible that COVID restrictions meant we did not get to see him and say goodbye,” she said. “But when we went to collect his stuff from the hospital the nurse said what a cool guy he was. He was such a larger-than-life character. He would have loved to see himself trending on Twitter.”
“The Bachelor” season 22 star Arie Luyendyk Jr. revealed on his Instagram Stories on Nov. 26 that it had been “a rough road” after he was diagnosed with COVID-19 “nine days ago.” The race car driver-turned-realtor explained that he’d been isolating in his Arizona home separate from 1-year-old daughter Alessi and wife Lauren Burnham, who, he added, “just slides some food outside and then I go get it.” The following day, he sought out a rapid test in hopes he’d cleared the coronavirus. “Rapid tests are really hard to come by here (everyone is out of them). Had to go to an independent lab which charges $125. They do 300 tests a day and run through them before lunch,” Arie wrote alongside a photo of himself masked while waiting in line. Later on Nov. 27, he posted a photo of his negative test, adding, “Lauren is still scared to hug me though.”
Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and wife Princess Sofia tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms on Nov. 25, Expressen reported the next day. Other members of the Swedish royal family including King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria and her husband were tested — as of Nov. 26, all were all negative — because they were in the same room as Carl Philip and Sofia during a funeral service for Queen Silvia’s brother on Nov. 20 that was attended by fewer than 10 people.
Another member of the Trump family has been fortunate to recover from COVID-19: On Nov. 20, a spokesman for President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., confirmed that the businessman and former “Celebrity Apprentice” star “tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result.” The spokesperson added that Don has been “completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines.” (Don Jr.’s girlfriend, presidential adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle, tested positive for the virus in July. Half-brother Barron Trump — along with the president and first lady Melania Trump — tested positive in October.) “Apparently I got the ‘rona. You wouldn’t know it based on anything that I felt or have seen,” Don Jr. later said in a Facebook video, further sharing, “I only got tested ’cause I was supposed to do a father-son trip with my son after basically being on the road non-stop for a few months.” He also asked fans for Netflix and e-book recommendations: “Gimme your thoughts because I may have a couple days of solo time and there’s only so many guns I can clean before that gets bored.” On Nov. 25, he took to social media to reveal he’d left quarantine in time for Thanksgiving. “I got cleared Rona free so I’m psyched to be able to spend the weekend with the fam and out of isolation,” he wrote.
Another British royal is recovering from the coronavirus: Princess Michael of Kent, who’s married to Queen Elizabeth II’s paternal first cousin Prince Michael of Kent. “Princess Michael of Kent’s housekeeper fell ill three weeks ago and HRH was immediately tested and was found to be positive for COVID,” her spokesman, Simon Astaire, told the Sun on Sunday on Nov. 21. “She and her husband Prince Michael have remained in isolation at Kensington Palace ever since. Prince Michael did not test positive.” A source close to the couple further told the tabloid that the princess “is suffering from extreme fatigue and has terrible fevers.”
“Catfish” star and “Dancing With the Stars” season 29 finalist Nev Schulman revealed on Instagram on Nov. 17 that he and wife Laura Perlongo had the coronavirus in March. “It was really scary as there was so little information available and we were terrified that our kids would get sick too. For over three weeks, my constant fatigue, headaches and difficulty breathing was awful and the stress of wondering if my symptoms would worsen was horrifying. Thank God my condition improved and our kids didn’t get sick and we were able to safely quarantine,” he wrote. On Nov. 23, Nev shared more with ETOnline, explaining, “Fortunately, I sort of made a full recovery in terms of cardio abilities earlier this summer,” adding that he did, however, have lingering issues with a symptom known as “COVID toes.” “Throughout the summer and fall I have had this sort of weird toe injury and achiness, you could say, which is pretty common,” Nev explained. “I don’t have it so much anymore, but they will start hurting [sometimes]. It has not, fortunately, inhibited my dancing abilities.”
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On Nov. 22, Latin trap and reggaeton artist Bad Bunny dropped out of a scheduled closing performance at the 2020 American Music Awards after testing positive for the coronavirus. Few details about the Puerto Rican music star’s illness were known at the time but Billboard reported that, according to sources, he was “weathering the virus well.”
“Don’t Tell ‘Em” singer Jeremih almost died during his COVID-19 battle. On Nov. 14, sources told TMZ the music star had been hospitalized in Chicago and put on a ventilator in the ICU as his condition worsened. Fellow music stars took to social media to ask fans to pray for the 33-year-old Chicago-based R&B artist. “Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now. I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him,” Chance the Rapper tweeted. Added 50 Cent on Instagram, “Pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s*** is real. He’s in ICU in Chicago.” On Nov. 15, 50 gave fans a hopeful update: “He is responsive today, doing a little better,” he tweeted. On Nov. 19, Jeremih’s agent told Variety, “J was just pulled off the ventilator. He’s still in ICU in critical condition. Please keep him in your prayers.” In a statement published by “ET” on Nov. 21, the Def Jam artist’s family shared more good news: “Jeremih has been transferred out of ICU. He will spend the rest of his recovery time in a regular hospital room. The true healing begins.” On Dec. 5, Jeremih confirmed he’d been sent home and issued a statement thanking God, the fans who prayed for him and “the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for saving my life. I will be forever grateful.”
“The West Wing” alum Richard Schiff and his wife, “L.A. Law” and “Sisters” actress Sheila Kelley, tested positive for COVID-19 in early November. “On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19. This has been the most bizarre week of our lives,” the actor, who was diagnosed while in Canada to film season 4 of “The Good Doctor,” tweeted on Nov. 10. “This is tough. We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing.” Several days later, the actor revealed his condition had declined and he’d been hospitalized. “I am in the hospital on Remdesivir, O2 and steroids showing some improvement every day. Sheila is home and doing better but still fairly ill. Love you all,” Richard tweeted on Nov. 16. Two days later, he was released. “I’m so grateful for all the love and support. It’s overwhelmingly moving and touches me deeply. Thanks to fantastic nurses and docs. I’m aware of how lucky I am. So many still struggling. Love!” Sheila, who was quarantining at their Vancouver home, also took to social media to share their experience. “This virus is a slippery sucker. One minute you feel almost fine and the next you can’t catch your breath. Symptoms change radically daily even hourly,” she wrote on Instagram on Nov. 10. “For those of you who do not have this virus stay healthy keep practicing physical distancing. If you have Covid we’re in this together. Breath deeply. Breath slowly. Breath fully. We will get through this together.”
Former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star Meghan King on Nov. 15 revealed that she was isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus seven months after estranged husband Jim Edmonds had COVID-19. “I have been safe while traveling but I had an exchange on [Nov. 10] where I did not protect myself and this is when I had been infected,” she wrote in part on her Instagram Story. “My [three] kids have been at their father’s but Hayes will quarantine due to a brief (1 hour) proximity to me,” she added, explaining, “I have contacted everyone and will isolate for 10 days minimum per CDC guidelines. My children will have to stay with my parents as they cannot stay at my house while I’m sick.” The reality TV star told fans she does have symptoms: “I went in to be tested mainly due to extreme lethargy, but I just knew I was positive. I don’t have a fever. I do have extreme exhaustion, sneezing, a mild cough and diarrhea. I think I’m losing my sense of smell. I ordered a regimen of vitamins and getting tons of rest, water, and food delivery. None of my friends or family are infected or have any symptoms.”
Broadway star Ben Platt shared on Twitter on Nov. 15 that he had COVID-19 in March. The reveal came in response to a tweet asking if anyone knew people who’d had the coronavirus. “Me. it was like an awful flu that lingered for 3 weeks or so,” the “Dear Evan Hansen” Tony Award winner wrote. “Thankfully made a full recovery. so many haven’t been as lucky and will continue not to be. #WearAMask.” Ben added, “This was in march, I’m totally fine now you sweet bb’s. keep distancing and masking!”
On Nov. 13, “The Real Housewives of Miami” alum Larsa Pippen revealed on her Instagram Stories that she had the coronavirus. “I’ve been battling COVID for a week,” she wrote alongside a photo of her legs in bed. “It’s no joke I’ve never felt pain like this!”
Thanks to a COVID-19 diagnosis, CMA musician of the year winner Jenee Fleenor had to pull out of the 2020 Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 11 hours before she was scheduled to play the fiddle solo in the show’s tribute to the late Charlie Daniels. “Unfortunately, I tested positive for…yeah you guessed it…’Rona. I am thankfully feeling just fine just bummed of course,” she wrote in part in an Instagram post.
During a Nov. 10 appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Hugh Grant said he and wife Anna Eberstein believe they had COVID-19 in February. The British actor, who said they both tested positive for antibodies in October, detailed their symptoms early in the pandemic. “It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat, embarrassing really,” Hugh shared. “And then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this feeling as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest, sort of Harvey Weinstein or someone. I thought, ‘I don’t know what this is,’ and then I was walking down the street one day and I thought, ‘I can’t smell a d*** thing,’ and you start to panic, ’cause by then people were just starting to talk about [loss of smell] as a symptom.”
On Nov. 9, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard took to Instagram to let fans know he had COVID-19 and was staying apart from his wife and kids on his tour bus, which he parked outside their home. “Got the Rona. Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus. Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful,” the country music star explained.
On Nov. 9, Country music singer Lee Brice had to cancel plans to take the stage at the Country Music Association Awards on Nov. 11 where he was set to perform the CMA Award-winning song “I Hope You’re Happy Now” with duet partner Carly Pearce because he tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the show. His rep told People magazine that Lee was “in good spirits and not experiencing any symptoms” and would be isolating at home for a few weeks until he was cleared by a doctor.
Spanish pro golfer Sergio Garcia revealed on Nov. 9 that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. “On Saturday night after driving back from the Houston Open, I started feeling a bit of a sore throat and a cough. The symptoms stayed with me on Sunday morning so I decided to get tested for COVID-19 and so did my wife Angela. Thankfully she tested negative, but I didn’t,” he tweeted, adding, “After 21 years of not missing a Major Championship, I will sadly miss @themasters this week. The important thing is that my family and I are feeling good. We’ll come back stronger and give the green jacket a go next April.”
More members of President Donald Trump’s administration have been infected with the coronavirus. On Nov. 9, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for COVID-19 days after attending an election-night watch party at the White House. Also at that party? White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who also tested positive. On Nov. 20, Ben took to Facebook to share that he became “desperately ill” with COVID-19 but believed he was now “out of the woods” after receiving an antibody treatment.
“Sons of Anarchy” alum Charlie Hunnam revealed on the Nov. 6 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live” that he had COVID-19 near the start of the pandemic — and feared he’d recently contracted it again. Early in 2020, “I just lost my sense of taste and smell for about 10 days and had a little bit of fatigue,” he said, explaining that it “wasn’t particularly acute” but he knew something “wasn’t quite right” when he couldn’t smell the coffee he was grinding one morning. Charlie said longtime girlfriend Morgana McNelis also couldn’t taste their coffee. “It was very early on” in the pandemic at a time when loss of taste hadn’t “really come to light as a symptom of mild COVID,” he explained. Then, in early November, he again experienced symptoms and wondered if he’d contracted COVID-19 again. “I’m not sure what I have. I have a little bit of a persistent fever, a dry cough, a little bit of fatigue, so it could be COVID,” he told the late night host, though Charlie noted he’d tested negative after taking a rapid test earlier in the week and speculated it could also be something else. “So I could be unfairly jumping to conclusions.” Charlie added that he hadn’t really interacted with people in six months — except to seek care for a kitten he’d adopted. “Whether I just have a cold or flu or something, the only time I’ve ever been in any sort of contact with the outside world was taking her to the vet,” he said. “And it turns out what she has is feline coronavirus.”
On Nov. 1, Britain’s The Sun tabloid broke the news that Prince William was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in April shortly after his father, Prince Charles, and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed they had the illness. However, the Duke of Cambridge decided to keep his diagnosis a secret so as not to further alarm the nation, The Sun and other outlets reported — a move that’s sparked widespread criticism. The newspaper further reported that William received treatment from palace physicians and quarantined away from his family at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk, England. He got through it but he did have symptoms. “At one stage he was struggling to breathe, so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked,” a source told The Sun. According to a Nov. 2 tweet from Daily Mail royals reporter Rebecca English, Kensington Palace officials “have belatedly confirmed that Prince William did have coronavirus in April – [but] [Duchess] Kate and the children did not. Valid questions as to why this was kept secret, although KP say he didn’t want to alarm people after his father’s diagnosis.”
On the Oct. 29 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Ugly Betty” alum Vanessa Williams revealed she had COVID-19 early in the pandemic after catching the coronavirus from one of her “City of Angels” co-stars. “I had the aches, I had gastro issues and severe headache. I had the dry cough,” she said, as reported by “ET Canada.” “But luckily I distanced myself from everybody, quarantined for 14 days. Nobody saw me and made it through on the other end.”
In a teaser for the Oct. 29 episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Khloe Kardashian revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. “Just found out that I do have corona,” she said in self-taped footage. “I have been in my room. It’s gonna be fine, but it was really bad for a couple days.” Khloe also detailed her symptoms, which included vomiting, shaking, hot and cold flashes, a sore throat, coughing that burned her chest and intense headaches. “I suffer from migraines, but this was the craziest headache,” she said, adding, “Let me tell you, that s*** is real. But we’re all gonna get through this.” On the Oct. 29 episode, she shared even more details about her illness. “This virus has hit me like a ton of bricks and it’s been really scary,” she said.
“Arrow” alum Stephen Amell revealed his diagnosis on the Oct. 27 episode of the “Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum” podcast, explaining that he’d gone into isolation several weeks earlier after someone else on the set of his new Starz drama “Heels” tested positive. Soon, his symptoms began. “I woke up and it was the strangest thing. My … right ear was plugged and I was hot and cold,” he explained. Stephen said he “never ran a fever,” but “for two nights, I was up every couple of hours vacillating between freezing cold and boiling hot. And I would be freezing cold because I sweat through all my stuff. So, I get up, dry off, change my clothes, get back into bed, warm up, and then start sweating again, and the cycle would just [on] repeat.” He also felt “super dizzy” and lost his appetite, ultimately dropping 15 pounds over three weeks. He said he felt incredibly lucky that unlike many other affected by the coronavirus, he had the “luxury of taking two weeks off.” Stephen also warned people to follow best practices. “I have actively, actively, actively tried to avoid contracting this virus. And guess what? I f****** got it anyway, so be smart,” he said. “If you’re being smart, stay smart. And if you’re not, you’re just dragging this s*** on longer for everybody else.”
Just a few weeks after announcing her first pregnancy with husband Christian Huff, former “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson on Oct. 26 revealed that she’d been hospitalized with coronavirus complications. “Life update: I’m not going to lie, this has been one of the most challenging things. I got Covid-19 and ended up getting very sick. I know everyone experiences covid differently, but wow these symptoms are wild. I’ve definitely struggled through this one!” Sadie — the daughter of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and wife Korie — captioned a photo of herself in her hospital bed on Instagram. “Thankfully baby Huff is doing great and healthy, and I am now healing as well.” A few days later, the “Dancing With the Stars” alum spoke in depth about her illness on her “WHOA That’s Good” podcast and revealed that mom Korie and sister Bella also had the coronavirus.
Balthazar Getty tested positive for COVID-19 the first week of March, he told People magazine on Oct. 16. The diagnosis came after he returned to Los Angeles from a trip to Milan with French luxury designer Moncler. He told the magazine it was “a real miracle” his family did not test positive too. “I was a bit luckier in terms of my symptoms. I didn’t have a terrible time nor a horrible cough,” explained the actor, who told People he quarantined in an extra bedroom while enduring cold sweats, body aches and a 101.5-degree fever. Still, he added, “I didn’t need to be hospitalized. I was incredibly lucky in terms of that, but I did suffer quite a bit.”
On Oct. 14 — nearly two weeks after President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus — she revealed that their 14-year-old son, Barron Trump, also had COVID-19. Following the couple’s diagnosis, which Donald revealed on Oct. 2, “Naturally my mind went immediately to our son. To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think ‘what about tomorrow or the next day?’ My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” Melania explained in a statement. “Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together. He has since tested negative,” she added.
Dustin Johnson — the top-ranked golfer in the world — experienced symptoms of a coronavirus infection on Oct. 11 and, when they failed to improve by Oct. 13, took a test that confirmed he had COVID-19, CNN reported. He had to withdraw from a PGA Tour event but made clear he was following medical advice as he hoped to be back in competition later in the month.
On Oct. 13, the Portuguese Football Federation confirmed that one of the world’s most well-known athletes, Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, the Juventus forward was “doing well, without symptoms and [is] in isolation,” the PFF said in a statement.
In an interview with Grazia magazine published on Oct. 5, Kim Kardashian West spoke about caring for husband Kanye West when he had COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic. “Kanye had it way at the beginning, when nobody really knew what was going on. It was so scary and unknown. I had my four babies and no one else in the house to help,” she said. “It was a challenge because it was so unknown. Changing his sheets with gloves and a face shield was really a scary time.” Kanye first revealed he’d recovered from the virus in a wild July 8 interview with Forbes that focused on his plans to run for president in 2020. The rapper-designer said his symptoms included “chills, shaking in the bed” and to cope, he was “taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it,” he said, adding, “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, ‘Drake can’t be sicker than me!'”
Music star Trey Songz revealed his positive COVID-19 test on Oct. 5. “Here with a very important message to let you know that I tested positive for COVID-19,” Trey began a video he shared on Instagram. “I’ve taken many tests as I’ve been out protesting, food drives, of course I have a very young son at home, so I get tested periodically and this time unfortunately it came back positive.” He went on to say, “7.5 million Americans have contracted Covid. One out of a thousand black people have died from it. I will be taking this seriously. I will be self-quarantining. I will be in my house until I see a negative sign.”
On Oct. 5, legendary former college football coach Bobby Bowden revealed he’d tested positive for COVID-19. The 90-year-old, who coached the Florida State University football team from 1976 to 2009, told the Tallahassee Democrat he received his diagnosis on Oct. 3. The newspaper explained that Bobby had been hospitalized in Florida’s capital for nearly two weeks with a leg infection following the removal of cancer spots then transferred to a rehab center. He left that facility two days before learning he’d been infected with the coronavirus. As of Oct. 5, he had not yet exhibited any symptoms, but the next day, he was admitted to the hospital after suffering a fever and fatigue. A week later, though still hospitalized, he told the newspaper, “I do feel better. I am doing good.”
One of the NFL’s most high-profile players, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, received a positive coronavirus test result on Oct. 3, multiple outlets confirmed, sending him to quarantine and landing him on his team’s Reserve/COVID-19 list. The next day, Cam took to Instagram where he told fans, “I never will question God’s reasoning, just will always respond with, ‘Yes Lord.’ I appreciate all the love, support and well wishes. I will take this time to get healthy and self-reflect on the other amazing things that I should be grateful for.”
Famed Japanese designer Kenzo Takada — the 81-year-old Paris-based visionary behind the international luxury fashion house Kenzo — died at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, on Oct. 4 from COVID-19-related complications, a spokesperson for his K-3 brand confirmed.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 2 — hours after news broke revealing that Hope Hicks, one of his senior counselors, had been diagnosed with the coronavirus — President Donald Trump confirmed he and first lady Melania Trump had the virus too. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” he tweeted. Later that day, the president was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after his oxygen levels dropped. Over the next few days, multiple high-profile members of his inner circle — including counselor Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany and many others also tested positive for COVID-19.
“The Big Bang Theory” alum Jim Parsons revealed on the Sept. 28. Episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that he and husband Todd Spiewak battled COVID-19 in the spring. ″Todd and I both had it early on. It was, like, middle of March,″ Jim said. ″We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste.″ The actor added, “It defied the descriptions for me. I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone.”
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“The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne revealed on Sept. 21 that granddaughter Minnie, 2 — whose parents are TV host Jack Osbourne and his ex-wife, Fancy Sprinkles founder Lisa Stelly — had recently tested positive for the coronavirus. “One of my granddaughters has come down with COVID,” Sharon said. “She’s OK, she’s doing good.” Minnie, Sharon explained, acquired the illness “from somebody who works for my son.” Sharon added that the diagnosis “just goes to show you … that children can get COVID.” Jack then confirmed on the Sept. 23 episode of the “Pretty Messed Up” podcast that another of his three daughters also has COVID-19. The same day, ex Lisa confirmed on her Instagram Stories that she too had tested positive.
On Sept. 20, Giuliana Rancic revealed on E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” special that she, husband Bill Rancic and their son, Duke, recently tested positive for the coronavirus. While explaining her absence from the broadcast, Giuliana said, “As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately this year is just so different. 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. 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.” She went on to say that she and her family are “all doing well and taking care of each other.”
Like Giuliana Rancic, Vivica A. Fox was also forced to drop out of her hosting duties on E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards” special after testing positive for the coronavirus. During the Sept. 20 broadcast, her E! colleague Brad Goreski read a statement from the actress explaining that “in an abundance of caution,” she’d decided to isolate at home while recovering. “I’m terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus,” she shared.
On Sept. 15, actor Neil Patrick Harris revealed that he, husband David Burtka and their 9-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper, had the coronavirus in the spring. “It happened very early [in the pandemic], like late March, early April,” Neil told the “Today” show. “We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up.” The Tony- and Emmy-winning actor added that though their experience was “not pleasant … we got through it and have antibodies and are feeling good [now].”
On Sept. 8, fitness star Jillian Michaels revealed in an interview with Fox Business that she had the coronavirus in August after contracting it from a friend who was asymptomatic. “I literally let my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it. It’s just that simple,” she said, adding, “If you’re not in a mask and that person is not in a mask, and they have COVID and have no idea — because, by the way, I had no idea that I had it for six days [and] my friend had no idea that she had it when she gave it to me.” Jillian has since recovered. “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,” she said, issuing a further warning to fans to rethink where they work out. “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.”
On Sept. 4, NJArts.net reported that 92-year-old Tommy DeVito — an original member of the legendary New Jersey music group The Four Seasons — had been hospitalized and was fighting COVID-19. On Sept. 21, the music star died in a Las Vegas area hospital from complications of the coronavirus, “Casino” actor Alfredo Nittoli confirmed on Facebook.
On Sept. 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise star Michael Rooker took to Instagram to reveal that he’d finally tested negative after fighting the coronavirus. “It has been quite a battle. And as in any war, ALL is fair. And IN the middle of this epic battle….I’ve come to the conclusion that there aint a whole heck of a lot one can do externally, to fight off COVID-19 once it has gotten into your Body/immune system,” the alum of “The Walking Dead” wrote in a lengthy post. “This is my personal opinion And definitely not The conclusion of some scientific Study. The real battle takes place internally, on a cellular level. And For me, I made the decision not to take any extra medicines or vitamins or supplements. I felt that if my immune system was not already prepared for this battle loading up with all this extra stuff would only do me damage as kidneys and liver would have been gravely stressed…” Ultimately, he shared, “My body/immune system, has won the WAR!”
Tiffany Haddish revealed on social media that she tested positive for the coronavirus early in the pandemic but was asymptomatic. She spoke to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, about her experience and what people can do to try to stay healthy then shared their conversation on YouTube on Aug. 31. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus,” she told the scientist. “I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later, they said I didn’t have the coronavirus.” But after someone she knew came back positive, the “Girls Trip” star got tested a second time even though she wasn’t “feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus.” She quarantined with her dogs and later tested negative, “then I got tested for antibodies, they said I had antibodies,” she explained. “That was three months ago. I’ve been tested 12 times now because I’ve been working and everything.” A later test, however, showed that she no longer had antibodies.
On Sept. 3, Vanity Fair reported that Robert Pattinson tested positive for the coronavirus on the U.K. set of “The Batman,” which had just resumed shooting a few days earlier. Subsequently, production on the superhero flick was shut down for the second time.
On Sept. 2, Dwayne Johnson posted a video on Instagram revealing that he, wife Lauren Hashian and their young daughters, Jasmine and Tiana, battled the coronavirus in August. “I wanted to give you guys a little helpful update on things that have been going on on my end for the past two-and-a-half to three weeks now. So the update is this: my wife Lauren as well as my two baby girls and myself, we have all tested positive for COVID-19,” he began. He shared that he and his family contracted the virus from family friends who were “devastated” they’d unwittingly infected The Rock and his loved ones. While his daughters “bounced back” from the virus fairly quickly after suffering from symptoms including sore throats, he said, he and and Lauren “had a rough go at it.” They’re finally feeling better now. “We’re on the other side,” he added. “We’re no longer contagious, and we are — thank God — we are healthy.”
On Sept. 2, reports revealed that Neymar — the world’s most expensive soccer star — was one of several Paris Saint-Germain players who’d tested positive for COVID-19. According to French media, the famed Brazilian athlete whose 2017 transfer from Barcelona to PSG cost $263 million was one of three teammates (Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes are the others) who tested positive after vacationing in Ibiza, Spain, in late August.
Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times published on Aug. 31 that he fought COVID-19 in May and June and was on a ventilator at L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai hospital. “For anybody that’s doubting whether the coronavirus and COVID-19 is real, it’s really real,” the “Whip It” singer said. Despite switching to virtual recording sessions for some animated films he was scoring, the musician-composer found himself near strangers at his offices in late May and days later had a 103-degree fever. His wife made calls and, he explained, “a nurse came over the next morning and said, ‘You should be in ICU.’ I said, ‘That’s ridiculous.’ She replied that she’d been a nurse for three decades: ‘You need an ambulance right now.'” He spent 18 days in the ICU and credits his wife and kids’ loving, positive phone calls with helping him find hope amid the confusion and hallucinations. “If you have anyone that you know who’s in ICU with COVID, contact them and keep them in touch with the outside world, because it’s easy to lose track of where you are and why you are,” he said. “I had no idea I was on a ventilator for 10 days. Time meant nothing.”
Comedy star Kevin Hart revealed during a stand-up set at Dave Chappelle’s “An Intimate Socially Distanced Affair” show in Yellow Springs, Ohio, over the weekend of Aug. 22 that he had the coronavirus early in the pandemic, Page Six reported. “The problem is that I had it around the same time as Tom Hanks, and I couldn’t say anything because he’s more famous than I am,” Kevin joked.
Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt — also known as the fastest man in the world — was diagnosed with COVID-19 after being tested on Aug. 22, Jamaica’s Minister of Health confirmed two days later, adding that the athlete’s contacts were being traced. On Aug. 24, before learning the results, Usain took to social media to reveal that he was quarantining as a precaution.
On Aug. 13, Billboard reported that Colombian reggaeton performer J Balvin revealed in a recorded-from-home award acceptance clip that he’d tested positive for the coronavirus. While accepting the video with a purpose prize for his music video “Rojo” during Premios Juventud 2020, he explained, as translated from Spanish, “At this moment, I’m just getting better from COVID-19. These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it but I got it and I got it bad. My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous.”
On “The Late Late Show With James Corden” Aug. 12, “Succession” star Brian Cox revealed he learned he’d previously had COVID-19 after an antibody test came back positive. “I’m a diabetic, and I went [for] my usual bloods…” he explained of tests run during a routine visit to a Massachusetts hospital. “I went there, and they took my bloods, and they [did] the COVID test. Then my doctor called me and said, ‘Oh, congratulations. You’ve had it.'” Brian was shocked, he said, because he’d “never felt anything.” Thinking back, he recalled experiencing four days of sneezing attacks and tiredness, which he at the time chalked up to jet lag, after returning home from directing a play in London in December, and thought that perhaps that’s when he was unknowingly infected with the coronavirus.
On Aug. 10 — his 60th birthday — Antonio Banderas revealed that he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus and was celebrating his birthday in quarantine. The Oscar-nominated actor added, in a message posted in Spanish on Twitter, that he was feeling “relatively well, just a little more tired than usual” and was confident that he’d recover from the infection “that is affecting people around the planet.” He said he’s taking “advantage of this isolation to read, write and rest” and would be working to find new ways to give meaning to his new milestone age, “to which I arrive loaded with desire and hope. A big hug to all.”
On Aug. 5, “Who’s the Boss?” alum Alyssa Milano took to Instagram to reveal she had the coronavirus in the spring but struggled with testing. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself using a nebulizer to help her breathe. “At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger [blood-draw] test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a [vein] blood draw (not the finger [one]) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid 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. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt.”
Lena Dunham took to Instagram on July 31 to reveal that she suffered from COVID-19 for three weeks beginning in mid-March and continues to deal with lingering and related health issues. “It started with achy joints,” the star and creator of “Girls” explained in a lengthy and detailed post, adding that “an impossible, crushing fatigue” followed. “Then, a fever of 102. Suddenly my body simply… revolted.” The nerves in her feet burned, her muscles were weak, her hands were numb and she lost her senses of taste and smell. She experienced severe headaches and rashes too. “We don’t yet understand the long term impact of this illness on people’s bodies and minds,” she warned, urging people to be sensible and compassionate as the pandemic continues.
On July 24, reality TV star Shannon Beador took to Instagram to reveal that she and her three daughters — 18-year-old Sophie and 14-year-old twins Stella and Adeline — tested positive for the virus. “Today, we are Covid positive times 4. The girls and I are blessed to be quarantining in the same home (but isolating in separate rooms). 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 star of “The Real Housewives of Orange County” captioned a “pre-pandemic” pic with her daughters.
Mel Gibson was hospitalized for a week this spring after contracting the coronavirus, his rep revealed on July 24. “He tested positive in April and spent a week in the hospital. He was treated with the drug Remdesivir, while in the hospital, and has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies,” the actor-director’s rep told Daily Telegraph Australia.
On July 21, actress Anna Camp took to Instagram to share her experience with the coronavirus and urge fans to wear masks. “I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19. I have since tested negative, but I was extremely sick for over three weeks and still have lingering symptoms,” the “Pitch Perfect” franchise star began a lengthy post. “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 in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it.” She explained that her illness was nothing like the flu. “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. Other persistent symptoms are (a month later) dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever. I’m lucky. Because I didn’t die. But people are. Please wear ur mask. It can happen any time. And it can happen to anyone. Even that one time you feel safe.”
Jazmin Grimaldi — the adult daughter of Prince Albert II of Monaco and American ex Tamara Jean Rotolo — took to Instagram on June 21 to confirm that she was recovering from COVID-19. Her father also battled the coronavirus and revealed his diagnosis in March. “I am so thankful that I am starting to finally feel like myself today after almost three weeks since I first felt Covid symptoms. I am grateful to be alive and healthy at this present moment,” Jazmin wrote in part. “I do in fact have Covid symptoms that continue to linger and pop up on and off again. … I want to be a reminder to each of you that this virus can affect you, a family member or someone you love. Please don’t be careless even if you personally seem to not have symptoms or think you have immunity.”
On July 19, golf legend Jack Nicklaus revealed in an interview with CBS that he and wife Barbara tested positive for the coronavirus on March 13 and remained at their home in North Palm Beach, Florida, until they recovered on April 20. “It didn’t last very long, and we were very, very fortunate, very lucky. Barbara and I are both of the age that is an at-risk age,” the golf champ, who is 80, said. His symptoms included a sore throat and cough while his wife was asymptomatic, he explained, adding that he tested positive for the virus four times and his wife tested positive three times before both finally swabbed negative. Both have since tested positive for antibodies.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum Sheree Whitfield took to Instagram on July 14 to tell fans that she was recovering from the coronavirus. “I tested positive for COVID-19,” she said in a video post, explaining why she’s been off social media and hasn’t been getting back to friends. “I’ve kind of really just been at home, self-quarantining for the past week and a half. I just want you guys to know that it is no joke. I’m feeling much better today … [but] I just have been out of it.”
Three generations of a world-famous Bollywood acting family tested positive for COVID-19 in July, the Indian state of Maharashtra confirmed. On July 11, Amitabh Bachchan and son Abhishek Bachchan were taken to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai and placed in isolation, though their symptoms were at the time reported to be mild. The following day, Abhishek’s wife — actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan — and their 8-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, tested positive and initially quarantined at home before being admitted to the hospital days later. They were said to have been asymptomatic at the time they tested positive.
On July 13, Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook announced that he’d tested positive for the coronavirus. “I tested positive for COVID-19 prior to my team’s departure to Orlando [for the abbreviated NBA season],” he wrote on social media. “I’m currently feeling well, quarantined and looking forward to rejoining my teammates when I am cleared. Thank you all for the well wishes and continued support. Please take this virus seriously. Be safe. Mask up!” CBS Sports at the time published a list of dozens of other NBA players who’ve also tested positive for COVID-19.
Singer-producer and pastor Chris Sligh — a finalist on season 6 of “American Idol” in 2007 — took to Instagram on July 7 to reveal his COVID-19 diagnosis and related health issues. “I have Covid that has developed into pneumonia,” he wrote. “Breathing without pain or coughing is difficult & I didn’t get much sleep last night, but hopefully the antibiotics do their work and fast.” He thanked fans for their prayers and support and the same day shared a photo of himself being treated. “Covid suuuuucks,” he captioned the shot.
On July 3, a campaign aide confirmed that former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle — an adviser to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign who is in a relationship with Donald Trump Jr. — had tested positive for the coronavirus, after which she was “immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said the aide. “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events.” Don Jr. tested negative at the time but planned to isolate with his girlfriend. The next day, Kimberly tweeted, “Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers! I feel good thanks be to God and look forward to a speedy recovery so I can resume working to re-elect @realDonaldTrump.”
It was revealed in early July that Herman Cain — a former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza — had been hospitalized with COVID-19. The co-chair of Black Voices for Trump and contributor for conservative media outlet Newsmax died from complications due to the coronavirus later that month, his website announced on July 30. He was 74.
Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on July 3. Aside from a tickle in his throat, Jimmie was asymptomatic at the time. His wife, Chani, got swabbed first — she was positive — after experiencing allergy-like symptoms. “I can be down and out about my situation, but if I turn on the news and see how this virus is impacting so many others, quickly I’m thankful that I’m asymptomatic and don’t have any other issues,” Jimmie — who had to pull out of what was expected to be his final Brickyard 400 race set for July 5 — told reporters on a July 4 Zoom call.
On July 2, Miss USA 1995 Shanna Moakler revealed she had COVID-19. “I got my test results back yesterday and I am indeed positive. They think I’m in around about day seven,” she said on her Instagram Stories, adding that her symptoms included “fever, chills, coughing, all kinds of stuff” but that “mostly I’m just really exhausted in a way I can’t even describe.” Shanna said she was resting and working with her doctor and a nutritionist to “boost my immune system and help me fight this.”
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On July 1, People magazine reported that “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Ramona Singer and her daughter, Avery Singer, both tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, indicating they’d previously had COVID-19. “We both found out we have the antibodies, so we donated our plasma,” Ramona told the magazine, explaining that she and her only child were tested for antibodies in May. The Bravo star explained that looking back, she realizes she had mild symptoms in February but wasn’t tested for COVID-19 at the time as it was early in the pandemic plus she’d been diagnosed with Lyme disease around the same time. “I had no energy,” she recalled of being sick months ago. “I just wanted to stay in bed all day. I felt very tired, and I also had severe headaches.” After she and Avery flew to Boca Raton, Florida, in early March to quarantine with Ramona’s ex-husband, Mario, as a family, Avery began to feel ill. “She just thought maybe she had a cold or a sinus infection, because she wasn’t able to taste food and she lost her sense of smell,” Ramona told People. “We kept her quarantined in a separate part of the home because, not realizing I had already been sick, I was afraid my Lyme disease had weakened my immune system and I would be more vulnerable to catching an illness.” They now know Avery’s isolation appeared to be effective because Mario tested negative for coronavirus antibodies.
On June 29, two Brooklyn Nets players confirmed they’d tested positive for the coronavirus. “Found out last night and confirmed again today that I’ve tested positive for Covid while being back in market,” center DeAndre Jordan tweeted. “As a result of this, I will not be in Orlando for the resumption of the season.” Guard Spencer Dinwiddie confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis the same day. “I haven’t opted out and want to play…” he tweeted, referring to the NBA season’s July 30 start, adding, “unfortunately I have been one of the cases that has various symptoms.” He told The Athletic those symptoms include fever and chest tightness. On July 2, the NBA confirmed that 25 players out of a pool of 351 who’d been tested since June 23 were positive.
Longtime WWE announcer Renee Young revealed on June 24 that she’s among a group of WWE wrestlers and employees based at the brand’s performance center in Orlando, Florida, who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus. “Man. What a few days,” she tweeted. “My show [“WWE Backstage”] gets cancelled and [I] get Covid. Wear your masks and wash your hands. Stay safe, everyone.” It’s unclear if her husband, All Elite Wrestling world champion Jon Moxley, has also contracted COVID-19: He pulled out of a live taping the same day Renee shared her diagnosis, Page Six reported.
Former “The View” co-host Abby Huntsman, the daughter of Utah gubernatorial candidate Jon Huntsman Jr., on June 22 revealed that she had received a false negative on an initial coronavirus swab but has since tested positive like her parents. Abby — who said she’s been sick for nearly two weeks but had started to feel better in recent days — took to Instagram to tell fans in a video, “Everyone in our house has experienced it totally differently” and that for her, COVID-19 was like a “giant snake” wrapped around her body that sometimes squeezed her head, causing intense headaches, other times squeezed her chest, causing breathing difficulties and at times squeezed her legs, causing muscle pain.
The No. 1 ranked men’s singles tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, revealed on June 23 that he and his wife, Jelena, had tested positive for the coronavirus and would be isolating for two weeks. As reported by CNN, the news came after he controversially played and partied on the Adria Tour, an exhibition event he organized in the Balkan region. The Guardian reported that other tennis players including Croatia’s Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in the tennis exhibition.
On June 21, singer Laine Hardy, who won season 17 of “American Idol” in 2019, took to Facebook to tell fans that he’d been diagnosed with COVID-19. “This wasn’t what I expected on the first day of summer. My doctor confirmed I have Coronavirus, but my symptoms are mild and I’m home recovering in quarantine. Y’all stay safe & healthy!” he wrote.
On June 21, actor-comedian D.L. Hughley announced on social media that he’d tested positive for coronavirus after he was taken to a Nashville hospital following his collapse on stage during a show on June 19. He explained in a brief video that he was shocked by the diagnosis that came as he was being treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration because he hadn’t suffered any classic symptoms of COVID-19. “I was what they call asymptomatic,” he explained. “I didn’t have flu-like symptoms, I didn’t have shortness of breath, I didn’t have difficulty breathing, I didn’t have a cough, I didn’t have a low-grade fever. I still don’t have a fever. I didn’t have a loss of smell or taste, apparently I just lost consciousness.” He said he would be quarantining in his hotel room for two weeks after leaving the hospital. Days later, he told TMZ that he learned he’d unknowingly spread the virus to his son and nearly everyone at his radio show. D.L. believes he contracted the virus in Dallas, where he’d been performing in the week leading up to his medical incident. In between his shows in Dallas and Nashville, he recorded his radio show in California. “Everybody who I came in contact with… at the radio show tested positive,” he said, noting there was one exception. “My daughter didn’t get it because she had a mask on the whole time.”
Golfer Nick Watney became the first player on the PGA Tour to be diagnosed with the coronavirus after he received a positive test result in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on June 19, leading him to withdraw from the second round of the RBC Heritage tournament. ESPN reported that Nick had tested negative for the virus three days earlier but then felt something might be wrong when the Whoop band he wears around his arm indicated he had an elevated respiratory rate, which sparked him to seek another test. On June 23, a second PGA Tour golfer, Cameron Champ, tested positive for COVID-19 despite being asymptomatic. Within days, three other pro golfers has also received positive test results: Denny McCarthy, Dylan Frittelli and Harris English.
On June 15, ESPN reported that a small number of NFL stars who play for the Dallas Cowboys as well as a few Houston Texans players had recently been infected with COVID-19. Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott’s agent confirmed that the Cowboys star was among those who’d tested positive, though said Zeke was feeling good at the time.
On June 13, country music singer-songwriter Margo Price revealed that her husband, guitarist Jeremy Ivey, was recovering from COVID-19 after first experiencing symptoms back in April — a scary time during which the musician, who’s borderline diabetic/hypoglycemic, was tested multiple times. “He is finally in just this last week getting back to being more like himself,” the best new artist Grammy nominee told CBS “This Morning.” “He was in a worst state than I’d ever seen him in my whole life. I mean, he got thin and frail and he was just sleeping like 12-14 hours a day. I was pretty terrified.” Margo and her family quarantined for 70 days straight while her husband was ill and postponed the release of her next album amid the pandemic.
Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed on June 15 that he had the coronavirus in the spring. “On March 20 I started not feeling well,” the NBA coach told Denver’s CBS4. “We reached out to our team doctors to see if I could get a [coronavirus] test, but unfortunately at that time there were no tests available. I only found out after the fact. I was able to get an antibody test probably right around Memorial Day weekend and not surprisingly, our team doctor called up that weekend and told me I tested positive.” He added that others in the organization had it too. “People on our team, traveling party and staff got it,” he said. “I hope going to Orlando [for the resumption of the NBA season] will be a safe environment and we can limit the amount of people who get it. I like to say that I got coronavirus and I kicked its butt.”
On June 8, a rep for veteran soap opera actress Judi Evans confirmed that the “Days of Our Lives” star was being treated for the coronavirus and had been in the hospital for, at that point, 23 days. “She contracted COVID-19 while there [to have surgery following a horseback riding accident] and she had what is known as the COVID blood clots in her legs and she nearly had both legs amputated on two different occasions,” rep Howie Tiger Simon wrote on Facebook. “She had mild symptoms — fever, aches, a cough and the blood clots. … She has said she appreciates all the prayers for her and they’ve helped her mentally, physically and spiritually! She just wants to continue to test negative on COVID19 before she can go home and get the rest she so needs!!!” Judi made it home in mid-June to continue her recovery.
Former Broadway child actor Chris Trousdale — who’s best known as a member of the late-’90s and early-aughts boy band Dream Street, which also featured pop star Jesse McCartney — died on June 2 at 34. A family member confirmed to TMZ that the cause of death was complications from COVID-19.
Belgium’s Prince Joachim — a nephew of King Philippe and the youngest son of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este — apologized on May 31 after it was revealed that he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus after attending a party in Spain during lockdown. “I would like to apologize for travelling and not having respected the quarantine measures. I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very difficult times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences,” he said in a statement, as reported by the BBC. According to reports, the prince went to Madrid for an internship and to see his girlfriend in late May but instead of quarantining for two weeks as required of travelers under the country’s state of emergency guidelines, he attended a party in the city of Córdoba two days after his arrival. He reportedly has a mild case of COVID-19.
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli revealed on May 26 that he’s recovered from COVID-19. The famed singer — who delivered a lockdown high point on April 12 when he performed classics at Milan’s Duomo cathedral, without an audience, for Easter — shared the news with journalists when he and his wife went to a hospital in Pisa, Italy, to donate their antibody-rich plasma, France 24 reported. Andrea tested positive for the coronavirus more than a month before his headline-making concert. “It was a tragedy, my whole family was contaminated,” he told journalists. “We all had a fever — though thankfully not high ones — with sneezing and coughing … It was like living a nightmare because I felt like I was no longer in control of things. I was hoping to wake up at any moment.” According to CNN, the singer didn’t reveal he was sick sooner so as “not to unnecessarily alarm” fans and in order to protect his family’s privacy.
NBA great Patrick Ewing, who’s now the head men’s basketball coach at Georgetown University, revealed on May 22 that he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus. “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones,” he tweeted. “Now more than ever, I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I’ll be fine and we will all get through this.” According to a statement from Georgetown, Patrick was, at the time, in isolation at a local hospital and was the only member of the school’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus. A few days later, he was able to head home to continue his recovery.
On May 19, “Set It Up” star Zoey Deutch revealed to Vulture that she had COVID-19, “continued testing positive for a month” and has now recovered. She explained, “I had the coronavirus early on, before the shutdown, and a group of my friends also got it. People keep asking me, ‘Where did you get it?’ and I wish I knew.” The star of “The Politician,” whose parents are actress Lea Thompson and filmmaker Howard Deutch, made it clear that despite testing positive for so long, “I’m OK now.” Zoey went on to explain that she and her friends all had “drastically different symptoms. I had a sore throat and felt totally delirious, like I was losing my mind. … One of my friends only lost taste and smell. One went to the hospital with the ‘normal’ symptoms, but another friend had absolutely no symptoms at all. I stayed inside for almost two months, and I still very minimally go out, with a mask.” She is grateful to be recovered. “I am so lucky to be healthy, that I’m safe and not immunocompromised and have access to doctors; I am incredibly privileged. But not everyone shares that privilege — so we need to be extra careful for those who don’t by wearing masks,” she added.
“Today” co-host and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer revealed on the morning show’s May 13 episode that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, which means she’s previously had COVID-19 despite being asymptomatic. Dylan’s husband, cameraman Brian Fichera, was diagnosed with the virus in March and isolated himself in one of their children’s bedrooms in their New York City apartment during the duration of his illness, though it’s believed Dylan was still exposed.
NBC News contributor Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist who, coincidentally, has helped “Today” and the network cover the coronavirus pandemic, was hospitalized with COVID-19, he revealed on May 13. “It felt like a moderately severe flu for the first week,” he told “Today,” explaining that his health then declined as he developed breathing issues. “I couldn’t take a full breath and had to call an ambulance.” The physician — who spent years working in Africa studying viruses like Ebola — said, from his hospital bed, that he believes he contracted the virus while flying home to New Orleans. “I had a mask, I had gloves on, I did… my normal wipe-down, but you can still get it through your eyes,” he said, noting that his airline was not enforcing social distancing guidelines and he was not wearing goggles on the flight. “I was seated right next to someone. The flight was full.” The doctor, who runs five to 10 miles a day and had no underlying conditions, explained, “I am a very healthy person. If it can take me down, it can take anybody down.”
On the May 11 episode of Peacock’s “At-Home Variety Show,” Emmy-winning actor Tony Shalhoub said that he and his wife, Brooke Adams, “came down with the virus” in April. “It was a pretty rough few weeks, but we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse,” said the former “Monk” star, who’s since recovered.
In a story published by People magazine on May 2, HGTV star and celebrity contractor Eric Eremita — who’s best known for his work with Jonathan and Drew Scott on “Brother vs. Brother” and Hilary Farr on “Love It or List It” — detailed his fight with the coronavirus. He spent three weeks at Staten Island University Hospital in New York including two on a ventilator. After he was well enough to be released, Eric began physical therapy to re-learn how to walk — a function he lost due to the severity of his COVID-19 battle. “They’re calling me their miracle,” he told People. “No one else in the hospital that I was in that was on a ventilator walked out alive. I’ll be honest with you, it made me very, very humbled, and reminded me to appreciate life.”
Belgium’s Prince Laurent revealed on May 6 that someone in his immediate family had tested positive for the coronavirus. Days later, he confirmed it was his English-born wife, Princess Claire, who isolated in their home while sick. “Her illness was discovered in an early stage. The treatment is now over,” the prince told Nieuwsblad, as reported by Royal Central. “We can do nothing now but wait and hope she will be OK. I really hope it will be so. She is a strong woman, and I am hopeful that she will completely recover.”
Magician and entertainer Roy Horn, who suffered life-threatening injuries when he was mauled by a tiger during his famed Las Vegas Siegfried & Roy stage show in 2003, tested positive for the coronavirus in April, his rep announced on April 28. He died from complications of COVID-19 on May 17 at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 75.
In late April, Madonna announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies but didn’t clarify whether or not she ever felt symptoms. Then on May 6, she revealed that she was sick during her “Madame X” tour. “I am not currently sick,” she said on Instagram. “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.” At the time, Madge just thought she “had a very bad flu,” she said.
Longtime “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl revealed on the May 3 episode of her news magazine show that she has recovered after a battle with the coronavirus. “After two weeks at home in bed, weak, fighting pneumonia, and really scared, I went to the hospital. I found an overworked, nearly overwhelmed staff. Every one of them kind, sympathetic, gentle and caring from the moment I arrived until the moment days later when I was wheeled out through a gauntlet of cheering medical workers. In the face of so much death, they celebrate their triumphs,” she shared. “Thanks to them, like so many other patients, I am well now. Tonight, we all owe them our gratitude, our admiration — and in some cases, our lives.”
Three members of the Cuomo family were hit hard by the coronavirus. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the host of “Cuomo Prime Time,” revealed his diagnosis in a March 31 tweet. He continued hosting his show from his basement, keeping viewers apprised of the challenges — like the “beast” of a fever, chills, shortness of breath and hallucinations he experienced. “I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and [my wife] Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!” he tweeted in March. But about two weeks later on April 15, he revealed on his show while speaking to his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, that his journalist wife had indeed just tested positive. Chris shared that her symptoms included losing “her sense of smell and taste.” By April 20, both had recovered per CDC guidelines, but the good news didn’t last…
On April 22, Chris Cuomo and wife Cristina Cuomo revealed that their 14-year-old son, Mario, was also infected (they also have two daughters). “This virus does not discriminate,” Cristina wrote on Instagram. “While kids are more resilient, they can suffer [the] same severity of symptoms.” She added the one upside: “Since his sense of smell and taste have disappeared, I am feeding him healthy foods that I normally can’t get him to touch.”
On April 23, ESPN analyst Todd McShay revealed that he’s recovering from COVID-19. “I’m so sorry to tell you I won’t be working the NFL Draft this year,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m home recovering from coronavirus. For now, I just want to say I miss you all – my teammates at ESPN who have been incredibly supportive, my friends in the league, and the fans who have made the Draft what it is today.” He added, “I also want to assure you I’ll be back, thanks to the tireless work of healthcare workers and first responders. You are truly our nation’s heroes.”
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Marianne Faithfull was hospitalized in London with pneumonia and has tested positive for COVID-19, Rolling Stone reported on April 4. The singer, 73, is considered to be a high-risk patient as she’s battled hepatitis C and breast cancer in the past. “She is stable and responding to treatment,” her rep said at the time. Two and a half weeks later on April 22, her rep revealed that Marianne had finally gone home. “We are really happy to say that Marianne has been discharged from hospital today, 22 days after being admitted suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19. She will continue to recuperate in London,” her rep tweeted, adding the singer’s thanks to her fans and Britain’s National Health Service. “She is also very grateful to all the NHS staff who cared for her at the hospital and, without doubt, saved her life.”
Bronx-based rapper and hip-hop radio fixture Fred The Godson (real name: Frederick Thomas) revealed on April 6 that he’d been hospitalized after contracting COVID-19. On April 23, Fred died from complications of the coronavirus, his rep confirmed. He was 35.
On April 1, fitness influencer Amanda Kloots revealed that her husband, Tony-nominated Broadway and TV actor Nick Cordero, had been hospitalized with a serious illness. “Nick has been sick for awhile with what we were told last week was pneumonia. Unfortunately we think he was misdiagnosed and we are waiting to hear if this is in fact COVID. He is scared, in the ICU and now unconscious so his body can get enough oxygen,” she wrote on Instagram, later sharing that he’d fallen ill on March 20 and that a COVID-19 diagnosis was finally confirmed. The actor was put on a ventilator and ECMO, a machine that pumps and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, allowing the heart and lungs to rest. Though Nick was able to eventually come off the ECMO, his health further declined: Nearly three weeks after his hospitalization, doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles had to amputate Nick’s right leg due to clotting complications. But NIck’s story, sadly, did not have a happy ending: After more than three months in the hospital and myriad ups and downs, he died on July 5 at 41.
Another CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin, announced on April 3 that she’d tested positive for the coronavirus. “I am OKAY,” she said in an Instagram post. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.” She said she’d been social distancing and “doing ALL the things we’re being told to do.” Brooke added, “Still — it got me.” While thanking medical workers, she said she’d be back on the air soon — but that didn’t happen as her symptoms worsened. “It took a full two-week beating on my body. I went to some very dark places, especially at night,” she wrote in a lengthy essay for CNN on April 20 after she’d finally recovered. She also explained more about some of her specific symptoms. “I can remember the day before I lost my ability to taste or smell. I kept smelling the acrid ammonia-like odor of jewelry cleaner. Except there wasn’t any jewelry cleaner in sight. By the next morning — wham — I couldn’t taste the salted butter on my toast, and couldn’t catch a whiff of the peppermint in my tea,” she wrote. “Along with my appetite, my energy was also zapped. I slept easily 10-12 hours at night, waking many mornings soaking wet having sweat through the sheets. A golf-ball sized gland swelling under my jaw became the daily sign that my body was fighting.” She also shared, “Over two weeks, the fever, chills and aches would sometimes leave just long enough to fool me into thinking I was finally recovering. Then they would revisit me with a vengeance. I never knew when it would end. It was relentless, scary, and lonely.”
On April 20, CNN anchor Richard Quest, who hosts the show “Quest Means Business,” revealed live on the network that he was positive for COVID-19. “Over the weekend, I’ve been tested, and I’ve been diagnosed as having the coronavirus… I am grateful and thankful that I don’t seem to have any of the horrific symptoms of the others,” he told his audience. “I just have a nasty cough… I don’t have too much of the awful breathlessness or fatigue or anything else, night sweats that some of my colleagues have suffered.” He also said he, like colleague Chris Cuomo, planed to stay on the air unless “of course it all gets too much… I’m not a fool nor am I a hero. But at the moment, I feel fine, I feel good.”
On March 11, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson — the first major stars to come forward — announced on Instagram that they had tested positive for the virus in Australia. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” the beloved actor wrote on Instagram. More than a month later during an April 16 interview with “The National Defense Radio Show,” Tom opened up more about how his and Rita’s symptoms differed. “Rita went through a tougher time than I did. She had a much higher fever. She had lost her sense of taste and sense of smell,” he said. “I had some bad body aches and was very fatigued.” Tom further shared that they were both isolated in an Australian hospital for three days after they tested positive. “It was relatively early in Australia’s response to the coronavirus, and they wanted us to not give it to anyone else,” he explained. Tom attempted to stay active while infected — he said he’d start doing a 30-minute routine of stretching, floor exercises and “old man kind of things,” but that he never completed a full session: “I was wiped after 12 minutes.”
2016 Super Bowl MVP Von Miller revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 on April 16. The Denver Broncos linebacker and former “Dancing With the Stars” competitor told Denver’s KUSA-TV that he’d developed a cough a few days earlier. When the nebulizer he uses for his asthma didn’t clear things up, he got tested. “I’m going to do whatever I have to do to get thru this!” the NFL star wrote on his Instagram Story. “Take this seriously. It’s definitely FOR REAL.” His team released a statement explaining that Von “elected to share his diagnosis publicly to emphasize that anyone can be afflicted with coronavirus.” The Broncos further shared that the athlete “is doing well and recovering at home in self-isolation. He remains under the care of team doctors, who are following all coronavirus treatment procedures to ensure a safe environment for Von and our community.”
“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos announced on the ABC show on April 13 that he’d tested positive for the novel coronavirus. His diagnosis came about two weeks after his wife, comedian and author Ali Wentworth, revealed that she was sick with COVID-19 and isolating in her bedroom. George also revealed that while it’s “no surprise” that he had it too now, unlike his wife — who’s been miserable — he was actually asymptomatic. “I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath,” he said. “I’m feeling great.”
Comedian and actress Ali Wentworth revealed on April 1 that she’d “never been sicker” after testing positive for the coronavirus. “High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest. I’m quarantined from my family,” she said on Instagram. “This is pure misery.” She was finally able to rejoin her family on April 13 following more than two weeks of isolation in her bedroom. It was the same day that her husband, “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos, revealed on the morning show that he’d just been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus but was asymptomatic.
Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen was the first active NFL player to publicly disclose that he tested positive for COVID-19. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer broke the news on April 15 after speaking to Brian. “The first thing he said was, ‘I woke up three weeks ago, I couldn’t smell anything I lost all sense of smell to the point where I had smelling salts here, I cracked them open, put them to my nose and nothing happened.’ Then he lost his sense of taste. He said, ‘All I could feel was texture in my mouth — literally the only sense I had.'” Brian’s other symptoms included headaches, a sore throat and fatigue. The same day the news came out, Rams head coach Sean McVay told Fox Sports that Brian was doing well and was “on the road to recovery.”
Sturgill Simpson announced on Instagram on April 11 that he recently tested positive for the coronavirus. The singer noted that he couldn’t get tested in mid-March when he visited the emergency room with coronavirus symptoms because he “did not fit testing criteria.” Finally, on April 6, he was able to get tested at a drive-thru facility in Alabama. “All I know is I first felt symptoms a month ago yet I’m 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 captioned a photo of himself.
English musician Wreckless Eric, who’s best known for his 1977 hit “Whole Wide World,” took to Facebook on April 19 to reveal that he had COVID-19. “I haven’t actually been very well in the past three or four weeks,” he further shared on his blog. “Chest and rib pains, cough, low level fever, intermittent headaches — I was pretty sure it must be the virus though I was told the only way I could get confirmation of this was by presenting myself at the emergency room, death’s door, sick to the point of dying, ready to be hospitalised… No f—ing thank you.” He explained he’d be out of breath simply going for a walk. He and wife Amy Rigby were finally able to get tested in Albany, New York, after they qualified because of their age (both are over 65). Amy had experienced coronavirus symptoms, including a loss of smell for 10 days, but tested negative. “I felt deeply disturbed when I got the news and quite emotional,” Eric admitted. “If I’m honest about this I’m vaguely / acutely worried in the back of my mind that I might suddenly go downhill and die, but I find getting older is a business of constantly facing up to one’s own mortality. A growing list of friends that are no longer with us appears to be developing and it’s becoming clear to me that one day I’ll be on it.”
On April 13, six-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein detailed his harrowing experience with COVID-19 in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter. Danny was starring in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” when Broadway shows were shut down on March 12 and was soon experiencing symptoms of the novel coronavirus. “I’d had a fever, migraines, body aches, my hands hurt so much. I lost my sense of taste and smell… My fever was always around 101.6, give or take. Tylenol seemed to be keeping it at bay, sort of. I was already on an antibiotic, an inhaler and a cough syrup with codeine so I could sleep at night. None of which seemed to be doing anything,” he wrote. After coughing up blood for two to three days and finding himself on his knees in the shower, unable to “get enough air into my lungs,” he realized it was time to go to the hospital. There, he was formally diagnosed with COVID-19. “There were many ups and down during my five days in the COVID unit. I was given two antibiotics and the anti-malaria drug Hydroxycloroquine. I think the latter helped me turn a corner, but I’m just not sure. The virus may just have run its course too,” he said. He’s now recovering at home.
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Grammy-winning producer-singer-songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds took to social media on April 10 — his 62nd birthday — to let fans know he and his family were recovering from coronavirus infections. “I would like to warmly thank everyone for all the birthday wishes today,” he wrote. “I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday. I tested positive for Covid19, as did my family. It’s an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends.” However, he added, “I’m happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health.”
“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Jedediah Bila took to Instagram on April 9 to share that she and her husband were recovering from novel coronavirus infections. “I know I’ve been a little MIA. I’m actually at home recovering from Covid-19. I’m very much on the mend, so please don’t worry,” she wrote. “My husband is also recovering well at home and [our son] Hartley luckily did not get sick (Thank you, God, I am forever grateful.?) This is a crazy time in the world, full of so much anxiety and fear. I’ve learned so much this past week and done so much thinking. Know that I’m sending love, peace, and good energy from my family to yours. I’ll be sharing more in coming weeks. Thank you for your messages. I love and miss you all. xo❤️.”
Gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans revealed on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” in early April that he, his mother and brother were recovering from COVID-19. He believes he caught the virus when he flew from New York to Detroit to attend a funeral before lockdowns started. “I just started coughing out of nowhere… and then the fatigue came on, and the chills, and [my] appetite went away,” he said, explaining that he called his doctor rather than go to a hospital, though his brother had to be hospitalized for four of five days after he suffered a seizure and pneumonia set in. BeBe said his mother thankfully was only sick for a few days. “Being on the other side of it now I’m just grateful… It could have been a different outcome for me and my family. So I’ve learned to be more grateful for life itself,” he added.
“Chrisley Knows Best” star Todd Chrisley is recovering after testing positive for the coronavirus, he revealed on the April 8 episode of his “Chrisley Confessions” podcast. “I have been battling corona for three weeks. I was in the hospital for four and a half days, fever between 100 to 103 [degrees] and it has been the sickest I have ever been on this earth,” he said. “Hopefully, I will get better every day, but as of right now, folks, I still am not clicking on all cylinders. I am probably about 70 to 75% of what I normally I am, but that last 25% is kicking my a”.” Daughter Savannah Chrisley shared details on Instagram about how her dad got diagnosed. “After a couple days mom and I talked him into going to urgent care…he went in and he was showing all symptoms of COVID-19 so they tested him. Here in TN Vanderbilt was extremely prepared for testing and has testing at 15 or so of their walk in clinics. So before people say… ‘OH HE ONLY GOT TESTED BECAUSE HES A CELEBRITY…’ u are WRONG!” she wrote. “He went into an urgent care just like the rest of u would. After getting tested he went back home and stayed quarantined in his bedroom for 7 days and then his test came back..POSITIVE..when mom and I read that our hearts dropped. Dads symptoms were worsening as days went on..finally at 3am on a Sunday he woke mom up saying he has to go to the ER..he couldn’t fight it any longer.”
“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Jennifer Aydin took to Instagram on April 8 to tell fans she’d tested positive for COVID-19 two days earlier. “I’ve been sick for the past 10 days,” she said in a video. She went on to explain that her symptoms started a week before her test result came in with “extreme fatigue,” though she didn’t have a fever at the time. After two or three days, she “insisted” husband Bill Aydin, a plastic surgeon, bring home a COVID-19 test for her following his initial reluctance since she didn’t have additional signs of coronavirus infection early on. “Today is the first day that I’m finally starting to feel better,” Jennifer added in her Instagram caption. “Keeping my kids away has been the hardest and I’m grateful that I have no breathing issues. 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.”
On April 5, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor took to social media to reveal that he was recovering following a COVID-19 diagnosis. “DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago,” he began his post. “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.” John explained that he was 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.”
John Prine’s family announced on March 29 that the country-folk musician was in critical condition after a “sudden onset” of the coronavirus. “This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you,” the family said in a statement. On April 7, John died in a Nashville hospital from complications related to COVID-19.
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On April 5, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York revealed that Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger who lives at the zoo, had tested positive for COVID-19. “She, her sister Azul, two Amur tigers and three African lions had developed a dry cough and all are expected to recover,” the zoo explained in a statement. “This positive COVID-19 test for the tiger was confirmed by USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, based in Ames, Iowa.” The zoo added that though the big cats had experienced some decrease in appetite, they “are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert and interactive with their keepers… [We] anticipate full recoveries.” As for how Nadia got sick? “Our cats were infected by a person caring for them who was asymptomatically infected with the virus or before that person developed symptoms,” the statement explained. A few weeks later on April 22, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced that seven more big cats at the Bronx Zoo — including four tigers and three African lions — later tested positive. “All eight cats continue to do well. They are behaving normally, eating well, and their coughing is greatly reduced,” the society shared.
Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross announced on Facebook on April 3 that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. “I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he wrote, urging people to wash their hands and “follow the science.” He continued, “For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a ‘hoax’ or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world.”
On April 3, Pink took to Twitter to reveal that after she and her son, Jameson Hart, started “showing symptoms of COVID-19” two weeks earlier, they paid a visit to their primary care physician, who had access to tests for the coronavirus. Her results came back positive. “My family was already sheltering at home and continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor,” she wrote, adding that they were re-tested “a few days ago” and “are now thankfully negative.” The singer went on to disparage the fact that tests are not more readily available: “This illness is serious and real,” she continued. “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.” In the wake of the health crisis, Pink has donated $1 million split between the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of her mother, Judy Moore, who worked in the cardiomyopathy and heart transplant center there for 18 years, and to the Los Angeles mayor’s emergency COVID-19 crisis fund.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Twitter that he had “mild symptoms” after contracting the coronavirus. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” he wrote on March 27. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this.” But 10 days after testing positive, he was hospitalized with “persistent symptoms” and was soon put in intensive care. He was released after a week and publicly thanked Britain’s National Health Service and its doctors and nurses as “it could have gone either way,” he admitted of his illness. “The NHS has saved my life, no question.”
In an April 2 Instagram video, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles said that she “had it” but is now “fully recovered.” Said the “Love Song” chart-topper, “I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet — just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings, as I do. … I am just thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around.”
On April 1, Fountains of Wayne frontman Adam Schlesinger passed away due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 52. The Emmy and Tony winner had previously been put on a ventilator in a New York hospital as he battled Covid-19. According to his girlfriend, the “Stacy’s Mom” singer had been “sedated to facilitate his recovery.” On March 31, Adam’s girlfriend told TMZ, “He is in critical condition, but his condition is improving slightly and we are cautiously optimistic.”
Jim Edmonds, who often appeared on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” with ex-wife Meghan King Edmonds, said on April 1 that he’s feeling fine after testing positive for the coronavirus. On Instagram, he said he’s now “completely symptom free.” Added the former professional baseball player, “Thank god I quarantined myself.” Several days before he got his results, Jim was hospitalized. “Held off as long as I could. I thought I was tough enough to get through,” he wrote alongside a hospital selfie. “This virus is no joke #gethealthy.”
Actress-turned-journalist and author Patricia Bosworth, who starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in “The Nun’s Story,” died in New York on April 2 from pneumonia brought on by the novel coronavirus, stepdaughter Fia Hatsav confirmed to The New York Times. Patricia was 86.
Andrew Parker Bowles, the ex-husband of Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, told the Daily Telegraph on April 1 that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19. “I probably got it on the Wednesday or Friday I attended [the] Cheltenham [Festival in Gloucestershire, England],” the former British army officer said. “I’ve felt pretty bloody awful with it. It’s better in the mornings and gets worse as the day goes on. I’ve had a bad cough and I’ve been very lethargic. I’m sleeping twice as long as normal.”
Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, 56, revealed in an April 2 appearance on Broadway.com’s “Live at Five: Home Edition” that he has recovered from COVID-19. He said he went to the doctor after he began “feeling funny” after Broadway shows were suspended on March 13. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus and “spent two weeks brutally sick,” he said, adding, “I clearly came through it and am two-and-a-half weeks now symptom-free. [I] feel great.” The “Big C” actor added, “I consider myself profoundly lucky. I only ever got really sick. I never needed to be at an emergency room or at a hospital… I came out OK and feel like myself again.”
Rapper YNW Melly (real name: Jamell Demons) “tested positive for COVID-19 while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail [in Florida],” his official Twitter account announced on April 2. Melly’s attorney said the rapper, who in 2018 was accused of killing two friends and trying to make it appear they died in a drive-by shooting, would be “filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus.”
Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus, he said on April 1. “I could feel my body fighting something unusual,” he said, noting that he’s confined himself to a bedroom away from his family. He’s beginning to feel better with every passing day. “I’m pretty sure I’m over the hump,” he said.
Famed jazz musician Ellis Marsalis Jr. passed away in Louisiana on April 1 after battling pneumonia brought on by the coronavirus. He was 85. “Pneumonia was the actual thing that caused his demise. But it was pneumonia brought on by COVID-19,” Ellis’ son told the Associated Press.
ESPN tennis broadcaster Patrick McEnroe said on March 31 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus but has mild symptoms. The 16-time men’s doubles champion said he went to a drive-thru testing site in upstate New York after feeling symptoms. A week and a half after that test, his results came back positive. Patrick, however, feels like he’s already recovered. “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed,” he said. “I feel 100 percent.”
Asleep At The Wheel singer Ray Benson said on March 31 that he’s “been feeling tired for about 10 days.” There’s a reason. He tested positive for the coronavirus. “Went to be tested on the 21st. No tests, so went home. Went back yesterday feelin’ the same — tired, out of it — and they tested. First call this mornin’ from lab sayin’ you got it!” he wrote on Facebook. “Hoping for the best. Don’t have the usual symptoms, but feel tired, headache, no fever, no cough!”
Country singer Kalie Shorr said she’s been careful but still contracted the coronavirus. “Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19,” she tweeted. “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.” In a separate tweet, she detailed her symptoms: “The first few days were absolutely miserable. I’ve never felt like that before,” she wrote. “My entire body was in pain, and my fever was like riding a wave. I completely lost my sense of taste and smell.”
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Andrew Jack, a famed British dialect coach who appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” died on March 31 in London after contracting Covid-19. He was 76. Andrew was the dialect coach for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and most recently worked with Robert Pattinson on the new “Batman” film.
On March 29, “John Deere Green” singer Joe Diffie passed away due to complications from the coronavirus. Two days before his death, he announced that he’d tested positive for COVID-19. Joe had more than 20 Top 10 hits to his credit.
New York Knicks and New York Rangers owner James Dolan tested positive for the coronavirus, but his symptoms are mild. “He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations,” the Knicks tweeted on March 28.
Prince Charles found out he had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 24, and he is now self-isolating in Scotland, his office announced. Charles, who’s next in line for British Throne, is being kept away from his wife, Duchess Camilla, who tested negative for the virus. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” Clarence House said on March 25. A source told CNN this is “unlikely to escalate into a more serious case.” The source added that Charles, 71, continues work and is in “good health and indeed good spirits.”
On March 24, legendary singer Jackson Browne announced that he donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The following day, he announced that he had been ill for a few weeks after contracting the coronavirus. “As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19],” he told Rolling Stone. “My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that.” Jackson is currently at his home in Los Angeles. The singer doesn’t know exactly when he got the virus, but suspects it was during a recent trip to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit.
“Top Chef Masters” star Floyd Cardoz died on March 25 due to the coronavirus, his family said in a statement. The 59-year-old celebrity chef, who cooked on dozens of TV shows, was being treated at a New Jersey hospital after feeling ill upon returning from an international trip to Mumbai in March. Following his death, Padma Lakshmi paid tribute, saying the chef “had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch.” She added, “This is a huge loss…” RIP.
Actor Mark Blum — who starred in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as in many Broadway shows — passed away as result of complications from the coronavirus in late March. He was 69. He most recently appeared as Mr. Mooney on the TV series “You.”
“Do not be alarmed. I’m okay.” That was the message Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy had for her fans on March 25 when she revealed that she’d tested positive for COVID-19. The actress said her symptoms were mild and noted that she initially had a headache, followed by a sore throat, tightness in her chest and an intermittent shortness of breath. “It’s very, very scary,” she said, adding that her husband is also showing symptoms of the coronavirus.
On March 20, Bravo star Andy Cohen told his 3.7 million Instagram followers that he tested positive for coronavirus and will have to temporarily stop shooting his uber-popular show “Watch What Happens Live,” which he planned to film at home. “After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he wrote on Instagram. “As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
Former “The Bachelor” star Colton Underwood reveled on March 20 that he tested positive for coronavirus and said it’s “kicking my a–.” The reality TV star and former NFL player said he wanted to curb the myths that coronavirus only affects older people. The 28 year old said he finds himself incredibly fatigued and can’t go up a flight of stairs without getting out of breathe. “I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week,” he said on Instagram. “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.”
Harvey Weinstein has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus while in prison at Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. The former movie mogul, who’s now one of the country’s most notorious inmates, is being isolated, an official told the Niagara Gazette. The official said Weinstein was already positive for the virus when he entered the state prison system in mid-March.
Legendary playwright Terrence McNally died in a Florida hospital on March 24 amid complications from the coronavirus. The five-time Tony winner was 81. Terrence was a lung cancer survivor and lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Jazz star Manu Dibango died on March 24 after contracting the coronavirus. He was 86. Manu was best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa.” Said music publisher Thierry Durepaire, “He died early this morning in a hospital in the Paris region.”
Legendary Spanish singer Plácido Domingo said it was his “moral duty” to announce that he tested positive for the coronavirus. “My Family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary. 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,” the 7-time Grammy winner wrote on Facebook on March 22. “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 ! Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon. Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
“Lost” actor Daniel Dae Kim has tested positive for Covid-19 and he’s “ready for a fight.” On March 19, the actor posted a 10-minute video to Instagram in which he detailed his experience, which started with a scratchy throat. Daniel, 51, believes he contracted the virus while filming a new show in New York City. “Today, even though I’m not 100 percent, I’m pretty close,” he said from his home in Hawaii. “Even though I’m smiling and upbeat right now, for several days I was in bed. So for all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is.”
On March 13, Idris Elba was tested for coronavirus after realizing he’d been exposed to someone who’d tested positive for COVID-19. On March 16, he announced that he, too, had tested positive. The actor said he had been been self-quarantining and had no symptoms. “This is serious. Now’s the time to really start thinking about social distancing, washing your hands,” he told fans on social media. “Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it … this is real.” A week after Idris announced his positive test, his wife, Sabrina, told Oprah that she, too, tested positive for COVID-19.
On March 15, former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko revealed that she is in quarantine after contracting coronavirus. Olga, who starred as Camille in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” shared her news on Instagram, posting a photo from behind a glass window. “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus,” she wrote. “I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!” On March 23, Olga said she had essentially recovered.
Broadway’s Aaron Tveit has been in self quarantine since shows went dark on March 12… And for good reason. The “Moulin Rouge!” star tested positive for the coronavirus. “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,” he wrote on Instagram on March 23. “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.”
Greg Rikaart, who had a 15-year run on “The Young and the Restless,” said testing positive for the coronavirus is “the hardest experience” of his life. On Twitter on March 23, the soap star wrote, “I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life. Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia.” There is light at the end of the tunnel. “I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started,” he continued. “I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family. So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys.”
Tony nominee Chad Kimball, a longtime cast member of Broadway’s “Come From Away,” isn’t asymptotic, but he’s not taking a full punch from the coronavirus. “I got tested for the Coronavirus on Tuesday. My test came back Saturday morning and I am positive for COVID-19/Coronavirus,” he wrote on Facebook on March 23. “I feel a bit better now, save a mild headache, congestion and residual cough. It kinda comes in waves. My symptoms could be classified as this: flu-like, but not the worst flu I’ve ever had. Still very uncomfortable. A little heaviness on my lungs. And fatigued. I am quarantined in the apartment (away from my wife too!) for another 7 days.” He added, “I’m in pretty good shape and have no relevant underlying health conditions.”
Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan tested positive for the coronavirus after feeling ill for days, he wrote on Instagram on March 21. “I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day,” the Tony-winning composer captioned a photo of himself. “Please don’t be afraid!!! … I 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 !!”
“Game of Thrones” star Kristofer Hivju announced on March 16 that he and his family were in isolation in Norway after he tested positive for COVID-19. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.” On April 15, he gave fans an update, writing on Instagram, “We are fully recovered and in good health after I was infected by the Coronavirus, and most likely my wife [documentary filmmaker Gry Molvær Hivju],” he wrote on Instagram. “After several weeks inn quarantine, and also a couple more indoors after being free of all symptoms, we are finally safe and sound. We were lucky to only have mild symptoms of the Covid 19. We send our love and thoughts to all of the people where the virus has hit much harder, and to everyone who has lost their loved ones due to the Cornonavirus.”
“Frozen II” voice actress Rachel Matthews, who also starred in “Happy Death Day,” tested positive for coronavirus, she announced on March 16. The 26-year-old actress, who voices Honeymaren in the animated film, detailed her symptoms on Instagram, noting that her illness started with a “sore throat, fatigue and headache,” which progressed to a “mild fever” on day two. After that, she experienced “horrible body aches, shortness of breath, major fatigue” and “no appetite” as well as a “deep, dry cough.” By the third day, she had no fever and “minor” aches, but her lungs got “much worse.” Afterward, things got “more mild,” she wrote, but said he lungs stayed the same and she lost her sense of smell and taste. During days five, six and seven, she was “feeling more like myself, still experiencing shortness of breath, loss of appetite, fatigue and no taste/smell but overall, doing okay.”
“Game of Thrones” and “Carnival Row” star Indira Varma appeared to confirm that she tested positive for coronavirus on March 17. The actress, who was set to star in “The Seagull” in London’s West End alongside Emilia Clarke, took to Instagram to speak about her health. “So sad our and so many other shows around the world have gone dark affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be back soon and urge you all (and the govt) to support us when we do,” she said. “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.”
“Joke’s On You” singer Charlotte Lawrence announced on March 17 that she tested positive for coronavirus. The 19 year old pleaded with her Instagram followers to take the pandemic seriously. “We have the power to slow this down. So please, please isolate yourself. Stay clean. Stay informed. Stay aware and make others aware.”
Jason Collins, the first openly gay player to ever play in any of four major North American pro sports leagues, tested positive for COVID-19. “I tested positive for COVID19. I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game,” Jason, once named Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” tweeted on March 24. “I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough. The NBA pioneer continued, “On Saturday I went to the ER and got tested and spoke with some docs about the tightness in my chest. I’m home now resting but still experiencing some tightness and might go back to the hospital later today. On Saturday my lungs were clear, which obviously is good.”
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was patient zero for the American sports world when it was revealed that he’d tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 11. The all-star player’s positive test was confirmed just seconds before the Jazz were set to tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As soon as officials learned Rudy had COVID-19, the NBA canceled the game as fans filled the seats and as players stood on the court awaiting the start. This then set in motion a wild chain of events that also saw the NBA suspend the season.
After Rudy Gobert’s positive test, all members of the Utah Jazz and its traveling party were tested. It was then revealed that superstar Donovan Mitchell had tested positive for coronavirus as well. He spoke to “Good Morning America” on March 16, explaining that he felt healthy. “Got no fever, no symptoms as of right now and just blessed to be OK,” he told Robin Roberts. “Right now, the biggest thing for me is to just stay in isolation and just keep to myself.” He added, “I keep making the joke when people keep asking me that if you were to tell me that I would play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I’d be ready to lace up.”
Kevin Durant, one of the best basketball players in the world, confirmed on March 17 that he was one of four Brooklyn Nets players at the time who’d tested positive for the coronavirus. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this,” he told The Athletic, adding that he was feeling fine.
Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood’s coronavirus test came back positive on March 14, according to USA Today. The Pistons played the Utah Jazz in Detroit on March 7 (two players tested positive on the Jazz). A few days after that game, the forward said he was experiencing flu-like symptoms but still played a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus, the government revealed on March 12. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement. The PM “is in good health with no symptoms,” the statement added. Sophie, Justin and their children said they would isolate. “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” Sophie said in a statement. “Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.”
Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for coronavirus, the palace announced on March 19. “His health is good. The Prince is being monitored by his doctor and treated by the specialists at the Princess Grace Hospital,” a statement read. “Prince Albert continues to work from his private apartment and is in close contact with the members of his cabinet, government, and closest collaborators. The palace said it would keep the public informed on the royal’s condition. The statement urged people to “respect the measures of confinement and limiting contact with others. Only rigorous observation with the confinement rules will stem the propagation of coronavirus.”
COVID-19 has officially infiltrated the United States Senate. On March 22, Senator Rand Paul’s office announced that he is the first senator to test positive for coronavirus. “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 statement 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. Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.”
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has tested positive for coronavirus. On March 19, the Super Bowl-winning coach told ESPN he felt ill and took a test, which came back positive. He is one of the few with a positive diagnosis who has no fever and no cough. “This is not just about social distancing,” he said. “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. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.” He specifically asked younger people to take the pandemic seriously. They “feel like they can handle this,” he said of millennials, “but they can be a carrier to someone who can’t handle it.” He’s the first known person with NFL ties to test positive for the virus.
Gospel singer Sandi Patty believes she contracted coronavirus from traveling. “I’m so impressed with how our Health Department handled my case and grateful for their attentiveness. They are working so hard right now to keep us all safe,” the five-time Grammy winer said on Instagram. “WE MUST DO OUR PART. This is not fake news. If you are not already practicing social distancing and STAYING HOME, DO SO NOW! This is what we can all do. This is how we stop the spread. God has given us faith, but he’s also given us wisdom. He has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of a sound mind. I will keep you posted as I can.”
Matthew Broderick’s sister, Janet Broderick, was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early March but days later was “on the road to a full recovery,” her famous brother said on March 14. Janet, who’s the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, is believed to have contracted the virus at a religious conference in Kentucky. “My entire family is grateful for the concern about, and the well wishes for, my sister Janet,” Matthew told Deadline. “I’m happy to say she is feeling much better and is on the road to a full recovery. We are all very appreciative for the wonderful care she received from the amazing doctors and nurses at Cedars Sinai [Medical Center in Los Angeles].”
Olympic gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh said he contracted coronavirus in early March. “I have been struggling with COVID-19 for 14 days today,” the South African tweeted on March 22. “By far the worst virus I have ever endured despite being a healthy individual with strong lungs (no smoking/sport) and living a healthy lifestyle and being young (least at risk demographic).” The 16-time world record holder continued, “Although the most severe symptoms(extreme fever) have eased, I am still struggling with serious fatigue and a residual cough that I can’t shake. Any physical activity like walking leaves me exhausted for hours.”
It was revealed on March 12 that Mikel Arteta, the manager of Britain’s famed Arsenal soccer club, had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was doing well, according to one of his players. “The truth is that we didn’t expect this virus to reach the club, the locker room,” Lucas Torreira said of his manager, who became the first Premier League figure to test positive. “Mikel Arteta is better. He was able to communicate with us and he is improving.”
Even royals aren’t immune to coronavirus. Karl von Habsburg, the Archduke of Austria, became the first royal to be diagnosed with the coronavirus. While speaking to Austrian TV channel oe24, the 59-year-old aristocrat said he began to feel ill and thought he’d come down with the flu. He got tested after receiving news that a friend had tested positive for the coronavirus. He, too, was positive so he self-isolated.
On April 27, Grammy-nominated gospel singer Troy Sneed died from complications of the coronavirus at a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 52.
Steve Dalkowski — the wild and hard-throwing left-handed minor league pitcher who inspired the character Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham” (but never pitched in a big league game) — died at 80 on April 19 at a Hospital in New Britain, Connecticut, due to complications of COVID-19. His sister told the media that Steve had pre-existing conditions that led to his death. The former athlete had been in an assisted living home for 26 years due to alcoholic dementia.
Nadine Dorries, a member of Britain’s Parliament, contracted COVID-19 and unfortunately gave it to her 84-year-old mother. Nadine, who is the country’s health minister and had recently been at an event with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, doesn’t know how she caught the virus. On March 15, she tweeted, “Having lived through #Coronavirus can I assure everyone that at no time during the seven days we were in isolation at home did we even once have to face a secondary crisis and run out of [a toilet paper] roll.”
Hotshot music producer Andrew Watt was put on a breathing machine after his health declined as he battled the coronavirus. “Yesterday I was given the results that I am positive for COVID-19. I wanted to tell you all about my journey getting here in an effort to bring awareness to the severity of what’s happening in the world,” he wrote on Instagram on March 16. Andrew, who has worked with Cardi B, Post Malone and Ozzy Osbourne, said that on March 6 he started feeling like he was “hit by a bus.” He added, “I couldn’t move out of my bed for days and started to run a fever.” He was initially told he had the flu. He was then diagnosed with viral pneumonia. Finally, after he was denied a coronavirus test, he finally got one on March 16 and it was positive. He is very, very slowly recovering. “I am 29 years old. I am a healthy young man and I am going to get through this no matter what. I am going to make a full recovery,” he wrote. “But… there are so many people in my life and in the world that could possibly not get through this due to their age and/or a compromised immune system… this is why I am writing this post. I can’t stress this enough… This is not a joke. Stay inside, stay sanitized.”
Universal Music Chairman and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge tested positive for COVID-19, Variety reported on March 15. Lucian, who’s worked with some of the biggest names in the music business, was so sick that he had to be hospitalized. It soon emerged that on Feb. 29, Lucian was the guest of honor at his 60th birthday party in Palm Springs, California — Apple CEO Tim Cook, veteran music manager Irving Azoff, Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue and, according to “Entertainment Tonight,” famed momager Kris Jenner all attended. Earlier in the year, about a month before his birthday party, Lucian was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Attendees included Lionel Richie, Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Tori Kelly, Lewis Capaldi, Hailee Steinfeld, Sam Smith and Beck. A few days later, he was pictured with Mandy Moore, Howie Mandel, Billie Eilish and Lana Del Rey, though there’s no indication he was experiencing symptoms or contagious at the time.
Fashion influencer Arielle Charnas uses Instagram to share a lot of elements of her life. On March 18, she shared news with her 1.3 million followers that she had tested positive for coronavirus. Arielle, who has a fashion line in Nordstrom called Something Navy, said she was feeling ill for a few days. In a lengthy message, she detailed her plan, as recommended by doctors. “Continue to quarantine/self-isolate, get lots of rest and drink fluids, get in touch with the family and friends that I’ve been in close contact with over the past 2 weeks so they can be even more diligent in their own self-quarantine and look out for any symptoms,” she wrote. A mother, Arielle said her daughters are fine, but her husband is “unwell.”
In mid-April, the world learned that celebrated jazz saxophonist Lee Konitz had died from pneumonia related to COVID-19 on April 15 at 92. The musician was the last surviving performer on Miles Davis’ landmark “Birth of the Cool” album.
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