Actors Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus
The acting community has not been spared from the destruction
(by Jim Webb)
Covid-19 is ravaging our public health system and the global economy. It has killed tens of thousands of people in the United States and around the world. There is still no vaccine and no universal approach to containing the spread. It can be a devastating illness when infected. It doesn’t respect borders or boundaries, age, race or gender. It’s an equal-opportunity destruction machine.
The acting community has not been spared from the destruction, either. Hollywood, and most other acting markets in the United States and internationally, have all but shut down. Auditions and shooting dates have largely been pushed back or eliminated everywhere. And it’s likely to remain that way for quite some time.
Several well-known actors have also tested positive in recent months for the Coronavirus since the outbreak and there may be countless others who have contracted the virus but whose symptoms were mild enough to avoid testing or medical care.
Here are a few actors who’ve have come down with the Coronavirus:
Beloved actor, Tom Hanks, was one of the first well-known actors known to have experienced Covid-19. Hanks was in Australia preparing to shoot an Elvis Presley biopic. What Hanks thought was a common cold, or perhaps, flu symptoms turned out to be much more. He was tested and discovered he had contracted the virus.
It, indeed, was a “beautiful day in the neighborhood” when, after a two-week quarantine, Hanks returned to the United States, fully recovered.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 12, 2020
Unfortunately, Tom Hank’s wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, had accompanied Hanks to Australia. She, too, was infected with the virus. But the Sleepless in Seattle star managed to beat the virus and return to the States with her husband, Tom.
Idris Elba, the former star of the HBO television series, The Wire, was himself, almost pushed to the wire when he tested positive for Covid-19. The British movie star self-quarantined after he realized he had come into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus and, after testing, discovered he also was an asymptomatic carrier.
Fortunately, the Golden Globe nominated actor and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, announced via Twitter that they are healthy and well.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Daniel Dae Kim
Luckily, the talented actor, Daniel Dae Kim, was not “Lost” to the Coronavirus. Kim announced in March, via Instagram, that he had been diagnosed with the virus while he was in New York to film an episode of New Amsterdam.
Production for the show was halted but the Hawaii 5-0 actor is safe and healthy.
Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian-born actress, best known for her role opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace (2008), announced on March 15 that she had tested positive for the virus. She experienced symptoms of fever and fatigue, but has since recovered.
The former Bond girl encouraged her fans and supporters to take the virus seriously.
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