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Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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From Boris Johnson to Idris Elba and the N.B.A. star Kevin Durant, public figures have shared their conditions and advice with the world.

The heir to the British throne, N.B.A. stars, award-winning actors and members of Congress. World-touring musicians, religious leaders and the loved ones of elected leaders.

They are among the hundreds of thousands who have tested positive for the coronavirus as it has spread around the world. Many of the famous figures, by going public with their diagnoses, have helped put a face to the virus, sharing updates via social media and giving interviews about their symptoms and conditions.

Here’s a roundup of public figures who have announced that they have the virus.

The actor Idris Elba announced that he had the new coronavirus: “I’m doing OK.”
Credit…Joyce Kim for The New York Times

Idris Elba: The actor posted a video on social media on March 16 to announce that he had contracted the coronavirus. “Listen, I’m doing OK,” he said in the video, appearing with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, who later tested positive herself. “I didn’t have any symptoms,” he added.

Mr. Elba, who played Stringer Bell on “The Wire” and Heimdall in the “Avengers” and “Thor” movies, said he got tested because he had been exposed to someone who had tested positive. “So far, we’re doing OK,” said Mr. Elba, 47.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: The Academy Award-winning actor and his wife, Ms. Wilson, both 63, said in a statement on March 11 that they were in Australia and had the coronavirus. Mr. Hanks was set to film a movie there about the life of Elvis Presley.

“Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers, too,” Mr. Hanks said in the statement. “To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

On March 28, Mr. Hanks announced on Twitter that he and Ms. Wilson were home “and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing.”

Plácido Domingo: The opera star, 79, disclosed on Facebook that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, writing on March 22, “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive.” He wrote that he had decided to get tested because he had a fever and cough.

He said that he and his family were in good health and would be in self-isolation “for as long as it is deemed medically necessary.”

Debi Mazar: The television and film actress best known for her roles in “Entourage,” “Goodfellas” and “Younger” said on Instagram on March 21 that she had tested positive after she and her husband and two teenage daughters came down with an “odd-bug” about a month ago. Two weeks later, she said, she began having intense body aches and a high fever. After learning of her positive test, she said, she and her family put themselves in quarantine.

Rachel Matthews: The actress, who was the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II,” said on Instagram on March 16 that she had tested positive and had been in quarantine for the previous week. She said her symptoms began with a sore throat and fatigue on the first day to shortness of breath and loss of appetite afterward.

Kristofer Hivju: The “Games of Thrones” actor said in an Instagram post on March 16 that he had tested positive for the virus and that he, along with his family, was in isolation. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold,” said Mr. Hivju, 41. He urged people to take precautions and to distance themselves from others. “Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals,” he said.

Olga Kurylenko: The actress, perhaps best known for her role in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace” and the “Magic City” television series, said on Instagram on March 15 that she had tested positive. “Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” she wrote.

In a follow-up post, Ms. Kurylenko, 40, described how her fever had risen and said she was unsure how she might have contracted the virus. “It could be anywhere,” she said. “I could have touched a taxi handle and gotten it from there.”

Terrence McNally: The four-time Tony Award-winning playwright died on March 24 of complications of the coronavirus, a spokesman said. Mr. McNally, who was 81, won two of his Tonys for books for musicals — “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998) — and two for plays: “Love! Valor! Compassion!” (1995) and “Master Class” (1996).

Laura Bell Bundy: The stage actress best known for her run as the original Elle Woods in the musical adaptation of “Legally Blonde” announced on Instagram on March 25 that she had tested positive. Ms. Bundy told her followers that she was OK and that she had been following her doctor’s orders. She said she believed her symptoms were minor in part because she had been taking care of herself.

Daniel Dae Kim: The actor, best known for his roles on the television shows “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0,” said in an Instagram post on March 19 that he had tested positive.

Mr. Kim, 51, said that he was in New York shooting “New Amsterdam,” an NBC medical drama in which he plays a doctor during a pandemic, when the coronavirus outbreak halted the production. He returned home to Hawaii, where he said he was tested at a drive-through facility.

In the video, Mr. Kim said the “senseless violence and prejudice against Asian people” over the coronavirus should stop. “Yes, I’m Asian and yes I have coronavirus,” he said, “but I did not get it from China. I got it in America, in New York City.”

Andy Cohen: The creator of the “Real Housewives” reality show franchise and host of Bravo TV’s late night talk show “Watch What Happens Live” said in an Instagram post on March 20 that he had tested positive.

“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,” Mr. Cohen wrote.

Colton Underwood: The leading man on Season 23 of the ABC reality show “The Bachelor” and former NFL football player said in an Instagram post on March 20 that he had tested positive.

“I’m 28, I consider myself pretty healthy, I work out regularly, I eat healthy and I became symptomatic a few days ago,” Mr. Underwood said.

He said he could not walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath and that he was exhausted. “The reason I am sharing this is not to cause fear or panic,” he said, “but to hopefully encourage you guys to stay at home.”

Harvey Weinstein: The disgraced film producer who was convicted in February of rape and other sex crimes has contracted the coronavirus in prison, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weinstein was being held in isolation at the Wende Correction Facility, east of Buffalo, according to the two people, who spoke anonymously to discuss a private medical matter. Mr. Weinstein is one of two inmates at the facility, and within New York State’s prison system, who had tested positive for the virus as of March 22.

Jackson Browne: The singer-songwriter tested positive for coronavirus, he told Rolling Stone magazine.

Mr. Browne, 71, said he got tested after experiencing mild symptoms including a small cough and a temperature.

“It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through,” Mr. Browne said on Tuesday.

Slim Thug: The Houston rapper said on Instagram that he tested had positive for the coronavirus despite his best efforts to protect himself. Since the outbreak, he had been self-isolating and wearing a mask and gloves when outdoors. His symptoms included a fever and a cough.

Slim Thug warned his followers to stay home if they could and to take the virus seriously.

Manu Dibango: The internationally renowned saxophonist from Cameroon, whose 1972 single “Soul Makossa” appeared on the Western pop charts, died on March 24. A message on his Facebook page said the cause was Covid-19.

Nashom Wooden: An omnipresent fixture of New York’s gay bar and club scene, Mr. Wooden died at 50 after a short illness that he had suspected but had not confirmed was Covid-19. Over the years, Mr. Wooden performed as Mona Foot, appeared with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert DeNiro in the 1999 movie “Flawless” and co-wrote and performed a song that became a Top 10 hit all around Europe.

Mark Blum: The actor known for playing errant husbands and cocky bullies in 1980s hits like “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee” died on March 25. Lee Wilkof, a close family friend and actor, said the cause of death for Mr. Blum, who had asthma, was complications of the coronavirus. Mr. Blum was a fixture on the New York stage, won an Obie award and starred in numerous Broadway plays, including “Lost in Yonkers,” “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man” and “Twelve Angry Men.”

Brad “Scarface” Jordan: The rapper from Houston revealed he had the coronavirus on March 26. Mr. Jordan, one of the members of the hip-hop group Geto Boys, described his symptoms during a live stream to fellow bandmate Willie D. “I’ve been to the point where I just felt like I was going to die,” Mr. Jordan said, coughing frequently. He said his symptoms had begun with an itchy throat, and eventually included vomiting and difficulty breathing. “It was like an elephant sitting on my chest,” he said.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, right, of Chelsea F.C., said he had recovered but was still isolating himself from others.
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Kevin Durant: On March 17, the Brooklyn Nets announced that four of their players had tested positive for the coronavirus, but did not name them. Mr. Durant, one of the biggest stars in the N.B.A., told The Athletic that he was one. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” he said.

Callum Hudson-Odoi: The Chelsea Football Club player, who tested positive, said on Instagram that he had recovered but was still following health guidelines including isolating himself from others. Days later, Mr. Hudson-Odoi, 19, shared several videos of himself cycling indoors with the caption, “Stay home, but find a way to work.”

Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell: The Utah Jazz stars became the first N.B.A. players to test positive for the virus, helping push the league to freeze its season. Mr. Gobert, 27, apologized for making light of the health crisis before his diagnosis — he pointedly touched the microphones and recording devices in front of him on his way out of a March 9 news conference. “I was careless and make no excuses,” he said on Instagram.

In a post on Instagram, Mr. Mitchell, 23, said he hoped that everyone would “realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well-being of those around them.”

Sean Payton: The New Orleans Saints coach told ESPN that he tested positive on March 19. Mr. Payton said he did not experience fever as a symptom.

“If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it,” Mr. Payton, 56, told ESPN. “Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us.”

Jason Collins: The retired NBA star said on Twitter on March 24 that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he believed he contracted it while on a trip to New York City in early March. His symptoms began with a headache and later included a fever and a cough. “Please stay safe and continue to social distance,” Mr. Collins told his followers.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Trudeau has shown no symptoms and has not been tested.
Credit…Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Boris Johnson: The prime minister of Britain announced on March 27 that he had developed mild symptoms of a temperature and a persistent cough, and that on the advice of his chief medical officer, he took a test for the virus. It showed he had contracted it.

“I am working from home, I’m self isolating, and that’s entirely the right thing to do,” he said in a video on Twitter. “But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight against the coronavirus.”

He urged people to stay home, and added his thanks to Britain’s police, social care workers, teachers and National Health Service staff, saying, “it was very moving last night to join in that national clap for the N.H.S.”

Prince Charles: The heir to the British throne has tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the royal family said on Wednesday.

Charles, 71, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, had been having mild symptoms but has “otherwise remained in good health” and is working from home, according to a statement released by Clarence House, the prince’s official residence.

“The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested but does not have the virus,” the statement said, referring to Prince Charles’s wife, Camilla. They are self-isolating at their home in Scotland.

Rand Paul: Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, became the first senator and the third member of Congress to test positive.

Mr. Paul “is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events,” his office said on Twitter on Sunday, adding that he has since self-quarantined.

His Washington office began operating remotely 10 days ago, the statement said, and “hence virtually no staff has had contact” with him. The statement did not say how long Mr. Paul had been in quarantine.

John Bessler: The University of Baltimore law professor and husband of Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, tested positive for the coronavirus, she said on Monday.

Mr. Bessler “has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator,” Ms. Klobuchar wrote on Medium. “He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.” She added that he was “cut off from all visitors” but that she and their daughter were in communication with him.

Ms. Klobuchar said that, since she had been traveling and away from Mr. Bessler for the past two weeks, “I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test.”

Gregory M. Aymond: Archbishop Aymond of New Orleans, 70, said in a statement that he tested positive after having some mild symptoms, including a fever. He has self-quarantined.

“I will use this quiet time for additional prayer and sacrifice for all those seriously affected by the virus,” he said. He also plans to “be present through Facebook and the archdiocesan website with reflection on this crisis and God’s healing power.”

Francis Suarez: On March 13, the mayor of Miami confirmed that he had tested positive. Mr. Suarez said he felt healthy and would remain in isolation while he governed the city remotely. In disclosing the diagnosis, Mr. Suarez became one of the first U.S. elected officials to announce he had the coronavirus.

In his video updates, Mr. Suarez, 42, described symptoms including congestion, aches and cold sweats. He said he self-quarantined after coming in close contact with a top adviser to President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil who later said he had the coronavirus.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau: The wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada tested positive for the virus. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement on March 12. Mr. Trudeau, who has shown no symptoms and has not been tested, said that the family would be in isolation and that he would work from his home in Ottawa for 14 days.

Prince Albert II of Monaco: The prince tested positive for Covid-19 and was being closely monitored by physicians and specialists, according a statement from his office on March 19. Prince Albert, 62, appeared to be the first head of state to announce that he had contracted the virus. The prince’s health “poses no concern,” his office said.

Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Ben McAdams: On March 19, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican of Florida, and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah, became the first members of Congress to learn they had been infected with the coronavirus. Both lawmakers fell ill after voting on the House floor on March 13. In separate statements, Mr. Diaz-Balart said that he was feeling much better, and Mr. McAdams said he would continue to work from home.

Soon after, Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican, and Representative Drew Ferguson, his top deputy, said they would self-quarantine.

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