Celebrities who contracted COVId-19

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Nowadays a pandemic is going on, which has raised havoc around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people are affected and thousands have already succumbed to this illness. The virus has spread to all continents, except Antarctica.  Many people are tested positive with mild symptoms and are either on self-isolation or in quarantine by their governments.

The virus first emerged in China, Wuhan and after that China went into lockdown for almost 2 months, from January to February.  Before the ink on my page dries up, more and more countries will be joining lockdown including UK, USA, India, Peru, and France.

Celebrities and public figures, as part of the general community, cannot let themselves escape from the Coronavirus either. Tom Hanks, on his twitter and Instagram on March 12th, announced that he and his wife tested positive while they were In Australia for film production.  His fans, my family included, were getting concerned, but thank god the symptoms were mild and now they have recovered.

Idris Elba, a British actor, well-known for his role in a movie, “Mandela - a long walk to freedom” (2013), in which he played Nelson Mandela, contracted the virus and is now on self-isolation along with his wife in New Mexico. He luckily got very mild symptoms. A few days back, he has announced on twitter that they have done with the quarantine period and may at some point be going back to London. We wish the couple lots of health.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive and since then he has been in quarantine in his official residence. As he has contracted the virus, he was in good spirits and was controlling and running the government fairly well. But as of today, 7th of April 2020, 10 Downing Street released a press report that he has been taken to the hospital and is in the intensive care unit.  We are all praying for his speedy recovery and good health.

Prince Charles contracted the virus but his wife tested negative. He too went into self-isolation.  The good news is that he’s out of danger now and ended his self-isolation.

Some public figures went into self-isolation after getting to know that their latest contact was tested positive. The best example is none other than Germany Vice Chancellor Angle Markel!  She quickly started to quarantine herself, when her doctor tested positive for Coronavirus.  Fortunately, she didn’t get it.

The governor of New York Andrew Cameo’s brother tested positive according to NBC news. His brother Chris Cuomo, a CNN presenter, got the virus. We wish his symptoms will be mild and he will get through it.

A congressman tested positive in the USA, because of which his contacts went to self-isolation. Among them were President Trump’s daughters – Ivanka Trump. She too segregated herself. President Trump tested negative for the Coronavirus later. Mitt Romney, a fellow Republican, who was once a presidential candidate in the USA during the 2nd term of Obama’s presidential election, announced on his Twitter account that he has tested negative for the virus during his self-isolation period.

The bond girl Olga Kurylenko tested positive for the virus. She has played an intelligent agent opposite Daniel Craig in Quantum of solace (2007-2008). She is a Ukrainian-born French actress. She was sick for more than a week when she was tested positive. She has been advised on the Instagram account to take the illness seriously.

Most of the famous figures have mild symptoms, but according to actress Linda Lusardi on her Instagram account, she never felt that ill in her life. Later she and her husband were hospitalized and her condition got worse. The 61 years old actress was put on oxygen, and eventually, she got better. What a nightmare it was for the couple! But, as they say, all is well that ends well.  She is later discharged from the hospital.

Among others was the Prince Albert II Of Monaco; Michel Barnier, European chief negotiator for its future relationship with Britain; Mikel Arteta, head coach of Arsenal’s; Kristofer Hivju, Games of Thrones star; Andy Cohen, a talk show host; Fiona Phillips, ITV presenter; Mark Prendergast, a musician; and Donna Air, an English actress. They all got the COVId-19 one way or the other. Though their symptoms were mild the panic wasn’t. Mark Prendergast, the Irish musician told in an interview that I have never got such a dry cough in my entire life before! Donna Air, after testing positive, donated some tests to the NHS.

We wish all of them a speedy recovery. Some of them are already on the road to revival. Sadly, few were not that lucky, like African French musician Manu Dibango (RIP).

On April the 2nd Adam Schlesinger has died due to Corona Virus complication (RIP). He was the lead singer of Fountains of Wayne and writer of hits like "Stacy's Mom”. The twitter page was full of tributes by other celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel who wrote a condolence letter on his twitter account saying: “I am very sorry to hear the terrible news about Adam Schlesinger. I had the pleasure of working with Adam when he wrote the theme to Crank Yankers. He was a kind and super talented man who will be missed. Sending love to his family, friends, and fans.”

This is indeed very horrific and saddening. Nevertheless, he is not the first celebrity who died of Coronavirus complications. The list follows as Manu Dibango, best known for his 1972 B-side hit “Soul Makossa,” died on March 24 from complications of the coronavirus (RIP):

  • Mark Blum, best known for playing opposite Madonna in the iconic 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” passed away March 26. He was 69 (RIP).

  • Terrence McNally, a prolific playwright whose love of opera and compassion for human frailties wove their way into many of his works, died March 24 from complications of the coronavirus in Sarasota, Fla. He was 81 (RIP).

  • Floyd Cardoz, the man behind acclaimed NYC restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, died March 25. The Mumbai, India-born chef was 59 (RIP).

  • Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” died March 29. He was 61 (RIP).

  • Beloved Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died March 27, a week after contracting the coronavirus. He was 70 (RIP).

  • Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the Joan Jett banger “I Love Rock and Roll,” died March 29 at 69 (RIP).

  • Star Wars actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack has died due to complications from the coronavirus, his agent confirmed. He was 76 (RIP).

  • Wallace Roney, a trumpeter renowned for his interpretations of Miles Davis’ iconic jazz compositions, died at 59, his fiancée Dawn Felice Jones confirmed on April 1.

  • Adam Schlesinger, a member of Fountains of Wayne and songwriter, died Wednesday as a result of coronavirus complications. He was 52 (RIP).

  • Dan Rather (Journalist storyteller, and the lifelong reader) wrote on his twitter account a condolence message for the passing of Ellis Marsalis. His music that makes America sing has lost part of its harmony (RIP). Prayers and condolences to the friends and family of Ellis Marsalis.

It is tragic and heartbreaking to lose anyone to the Coronavirus at any age. It becomes more painful when someone younger dies, or a person loved by all. This pandemic has taken lives from all walks of life. After China, Italy and Iran were the worst hit. We cannot bring back who are taken away from us, but can save others just by doing and following a simple order “stay at home”.  I hope when you will be reading this everyone in your family and friends’ circle must be in good health and spirits. Keep smiling and pray for those who are infected, mourn the losses of lives, try to be kind to yourselves and others. We can get through this as we have gotten through before.

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