Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Colton Underwood and More Stars Who Tested Positive for Coronavirus
The novel coronavirus has made its rounds worldwide after first emerging in the Wuhan, Hubei, province in China back in 2019 — and today’s biggest stars are not immune.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first high-profile names to test positive for COVID-19. On March 11, the Academy Award winner shared the symptoms the couple experienced during their time in Australia, where Hanks was working on pre-production for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.
“We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” the Forrest Gump actor said of he and Wilson. “Rita had some chills that came and went.”
On March 16, Us Weekly confirmed that Hanks and Wilson were released from the hospital. The pair, who have been married for 30 years, rented a home in Australia.
Nearly a week after Hanks and Wilson’s diagnosis was confirmed, Idris Elba announced that he contracted the virus as well. He revealed via Twitter on Monday that he decided to get tested after learning that an individual he was in contact with tested positive on March 13.
The day after speaking out, the English actor shared that Hanks’ confession inspired him to speak about his own condition. “I’m really proud of Tom Hanks, who is also someone in the public eye who came out and said they have it and has been public about it,” the Cats actor said in a Twitter livestream video. “I was really motivated by Tom’s move there.”
As of Monday, March 23, there are more than 378,000 confirmed cases worldwide and more than 16,500 individuals have died from COVID-19. Symptoms for the illness include fever, coughing and difficulties breathing.
All 50 states across the U.S. have confirmed cases of coronavirus. In response to the pandemic, President Donald Trump announced a European travel ban and closed the border to Canada to “non-essential traffic.”
Scroll down to see all the stars who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
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The U.K. prime minister announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 via Twitter on March 27. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus,” Johnson wrote. “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.”
Laura Bell Bundy
The Broadway star announced via Instagram on March 25 that she contracted the coronavirus. “Do not be alarmed, I am OK,” she told fans. “I am taking everything in stride. I am taking all the nutritional supplements that have been recommended by my doctor and I have been taking herbs for a while as well.”
Clarence House confirmed on March 25 that the Prince of Wales has COVID-19. “He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home through the last few days as usual,” the royal house said in a statement, noting that Duchess Camilla tested negative for the virus.
After battling a small cough and a temperature, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee tested positive. “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through,” he told Rolling Stone on March 24. “Our experiences will be helpful for others to know. I don’t think my case is that important, but it might be helpful to know that some people don’t get this really bad.”
The former NBA player revealed on March 24 that he has COVID-19. “I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game,” he tweeted, listing symptoms including a “terrible headache,” a fever, a cough and tightness in his chest. “Please stay safe and continue to social distance. Thank you to every single health care worker out there that are our true heroes on the frontline. Please let’s try to flatten the curve & not overwhelm our health care system.”
The Young and the Restless actor revealed on March 23 that he had tested positive for coronavirus. “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,” he captioned two Instagram photos that showed him with his son, Montgomery, and husband, Robert Sudduth. “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.”
The Daytime Emmy winner added that he is “confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. 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. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside.”
The Grease Live! star took to Instagram on March 23 to announce his positive diagnosis. He had been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down 11 days prior. “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,” the Gossip Girl alum wrote. “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. … I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone. And even if you aren’t feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms – please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon.”
The convicted rapist and former movie producer reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in March while serving a 23-year prison sentence at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York.
The opera singer said on March 22 that he has COVID-19. “I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive,” he wrote on Facebook. The news came less than a month after Domingo apologized to the multiple women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Bon Jovi’s keyboard player revealed on March 22 that he had tested positive for COVID-19. “I just got my results back today and tested positive for corona virus,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day. Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague. I’ve have been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon… with the help of every American !!” His bandmate Jon Bon Jovi commented on Bryan’s post, writing, “Feel good my brother.”
The Younger actress revealed on March 21 that she had tested positive for the virus. “I AM OK!” she captioned an Instagram photo of herself at home, explaining that she and her husband and two teenage daughters “got an odd bug” about a month ago that cleared up quickly. But two weeks later, on March 15, she woke up with the same symptoms — a fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ringing in her ears and a dry cough — but they were “super intense.” After being denied a COVID-19 test at first because she didn’t meet the criteria, Mazar had the test on March 17 and waited for the results. “Today is day 5 and I just found out,” the Power actress wrote. “Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already. … One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough. I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days. They have no symptoms. I think we all had it possibly already? Who knows. Anyhow, stay home people! Protect yourselves&your loved ones. Build up your immune systems. Good Luck&God Bless us all!”
The Bravo vet confirmed his coronavirus diagnosis via Instagram on March 20. “After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he shared at the time. “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.”
The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host added, “I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
The former Bachelor revealed he tested positive for coronavirus on March 20. “I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week,” he said at the time. “My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results.”
Underwood also gave his followers insight into how he’s feeling. “It’s been kicking my ass, just to put it pretty bluntly,” he said. “The main thing is I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath or go to the bathroom without having to sit down because I’m exhausted.”
Los Angeles Lakers
The NBA team announced on March 19 that two of its players have tested positive but are asymptomatic and in quarantine. “All players and members of the Lakers staff are being asked to continue to observe self-quarantine and shelter at home guidelines, closely monitor their health, consult with their personal physicians and maintain constant communication with the team,” the Lakers said in a statement.
The Boston Celtics guard received a positive diagnosis on March 19 after being in isolation for several days. “Testing was initiated because of exposure to a known positive case,” the team said in a statement.
Daniel Dae Kim
The Lost alum revealed on March 19 that he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in March after arriving home to Hawaii from filming in New York City. The South Korea native announced that he is on the mend one week after being tested and putting himself under self-quarantine. “I actually started feeling better the day after. Today, even though I’m not a hundred percent, I’m pretty close,” Kim said in an Instagram video. “I was sick, I still am. Thankfully for me it wasn’t a matter of life or death.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Hanks and Wilson confirmed their COVID-19 diagnosis on March 11. The Toy Story star’s illness resulted in the shutdown of pre-production on his upcoming Elvis Presley biopic. In an update on their condition, Hanks noted that the couple were “taking it one-day-at-a-time” and thanked Australian medical professionals for “taking such good care” of them.
Hanks’ rep confirmed to Us on March 16 that the married duo had been released from their Australian hospital and would be staying at a local rental home.
“Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” Hanks noted via Instagram on March 17. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch. Bad news: My wife @ritawilson has won 6 straight hands of Gin Rummy and leads by 201 points. But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick. I travelled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve. Hanx.”
Elba revealed that he contracted the illness on March 16. “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,” he tweeted. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing ???? No panic.”
The Luther alum also noted in a video post that he’s “doing OK.” “I didn’t have any symptoms. I got tested because I realized that I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive,” he revealed. “I found out last Friday that they tested positive, I quarantined myself and got tested immediately.”
His wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, revealed on March 22 that she had also tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling to New Mexico to be with her husband on location for his latest movie, The Harder They Fall.
The NBA star is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who have tested positive for COVID-19. The team confirmed the news to Us Weekly in a statement on March 17.
“Four Brooklyn Nets players have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Of the four, one player is exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians,” the statement read. “The organization is currently notifying anyone who has had known contact with the players, including recent opponents, and is working closely with state and local health authorities on reporting. All players and members of the Nets travel party are being asked to remain isolated, closely monitor their health and maintain constant communication with team medical staff.”
The statement continued, “The health of our players and staff is of the highest priority to the organization and the team is doing everything within its power to ensure that those affected receive the best care possible. As always, we appreciate the support of our fans, partners and surrounding community, and we wish all those who are battling this virus a speedy recovery.”
Prince Albert II
The palace of Monaco announced on March 19 that the prince was the first member of a royal family to contract the disease. He continued working from his home office while being treated by doctors from the Princess Grace Hospital.
The Game of Thrones alum confirmed his COVID-19 diagnosis via Instagram on March 17. “Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Coronavirus,” he shared. “My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.”
Matthews, who voiced Honeymaren in Disney’s Frozen 2, revealed on March 16 via her Instagram Stories that she had contracted the illness. “Hey guys, I tested positive for Covid-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” the Happy Death Day actress wrote. “Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise. I’m feeling better but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some.”
The NYU alum also detailed a timeline of her symptoms, which included “sore throat, fatigue [and] headache” on day one and “mild fever (100.3), horrible body aches, chills, sharp pain in lungs, started a dry cough [and] no appetite” the following day.
The former Bond girl took to Instagram on March 16 to announce that she had coronavirus. “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus,” the Ukranian-French actress 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!”
Utah Jazz Players
News of Utah Jazz All-Star Rudy Gobert testing positive for coronavirus broke on the same day Hanks and Wilson confirmed their diagnosis. Meanwhile, Gobert spoke out about his condition in a video posted to the NBA’s official Twitter.
“I’m going to start by saying thank you to all the people who have been supportive and all the positive energy, it really means a lot,” the athlete said. “As for myself I’ve been feeling better every single day, thanks to the healthcare people of Utah, Oklahoma City and all the people around me. As you already know, I just want to remind you to keep washing your hands, try to avoid touching your face and try to avoid making unnecessary contact with people. It’s all about protecting yourself and people around you.”
The day after Gobert’s diagnosis was confirmed, fellow Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the virus. “I’m asymptomatic. I don’t have any symptoms,” Mitchell said on Good Morning America on March 16. “I could walk down the street [and] if it wasn’t public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn’t know it. I think that’s the scariest part about this virus. You may seem fine, be fine. And you never know who you may be talking to, who they’re going home to.”
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Justin Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 13. In a preventive move, Justin planned to quarantine himself for two weeks.
“The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms. As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days,” a statement from the Canadian Prime Minister’s office read, adding, “For the same reason, doctors say there is no risk to those who have been in contact with him recently.”
The Colombian cyclist had been in the hospital for two weeks before confirming the status of his health on March 12. He contracted the virus from the 2020 UAE Tour race in the United Arab Emirates in February.
“Hello everyone, there are many rumors circulating in regard to my state of health, but I’m fine,” he said in a video post. “I’ve been here, undergoing regular tests, which have returned positive for the coronavirus, but I’m feeling fine. Thank you to my team and to everyone at the hospital who looked after me to perfection.”
Gaviria added, “I’m here to avoid infecting other people, and to avoid this continuing to spread in the way it currently is. This is to assure everyone that everything is going well, and let’s hope it’s all resolved soon.”
Fellow cyclist Dmitry Strakhov also tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 11.