In the midst of a global pandemic, people everywhere are feeling the effects of COVID-19—even public figures. Actor, Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first to announce their diagnosis of the coronavirus while on a work-related trip in Australia. Then, Idris Elba, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and more.
Here’s a list of the faces that have put a name to the coronavirus:
1. Idris Elba
Idris Elba, 47, announced in a video on Monday that he tested positive for the virus. Elba famously played the mythical god ‘Heimdall’ in the “Avengers” and “Thor” movies. The actor reassured fans that he expects to be okay. But, the scary part—he reported being asymptomatic and only got tested after coming in contact with someone else who tested positive.
2. Rachel Matthews
Frozen star, Rachel Matthews (26), also announced on Monday to Instagram that she has tested positive. In her most recent statement, she says “There isn’t much to do other than rest, drink lots of water, take vitamins,” adding that more than anything “it’s just a waiting game.”
3. Kristofer Hivju
Actor, Kristofer Hivju, revealed this week that he too has caught the virus. Hivju, who played Tormund in “Game of Thrones”, said that he is quarantining himself in Norway and only experiencing mild symptoms. “There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis,” he told fans. “I urge all of you to be extremely careful. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.”
4. Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were the first to announce their illness. The couple is quarantining in Australia where Hanks was filming an untitled biopic of Elvis Presley’s life. Hanks told fans “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?”
5. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
The wife of Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has also tested obtained the virus. Government officials have stated that although her symptoms are mild, Mrs. Trudeau will remain in isolation. Prime Minister Trudeau is not feeling sick and has not been tested as of this writing.
6. Kevin Durant
The Brooklyn Nets announced yesterday that four of their players have tested positive for the coronavirus but have not officially named them. Kevin Durant revealed that he was one of those players. The Nets also stated that of those four players only one was feeling symptoms. Durant said, “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine, we’re going to get through this.”
7. Rudy Gobert & Donovan Mitchell
The Utah Jazz players were the first of the NBA to test positive, resulting in the NBA shutdown. On a March 9 incident, Golbert was criticized for making a mockery of the health crisis. Prior to his diagnosis, he was seen leaving a press conference and carelessly touching every microphone and recording device that reporters placed in front of him. He has since apologized and pledged $500,000 in relief funds.
Miami mayor, Francis Suarez, announced on Friday that he has contracted the coronavirus. He said he self-quarantined after coming in contact with a top adviser to Brazillian President, Jair Bolsonaro, who later tested positive. Suarez says he feeling ‘healthy and strong’ and will continue to govern the city remotely.
9. Karl Anthony Towns Mother, Jacqueline Towns
Minnesota Timberwolves star center, Karl Anthony Towns’ mother, Jacqueline Towns has passed due to complications with the coronavirus. Towns posted a message on his Instagram account on March 25, 2020 informing everyone that she was in the hospital.
Since the national lockdown, the Trump administration has determined that the ramifications of COVID-19 could linger on until July-August. That said, wash your hands!
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