Celebs who have tested positive for coronavirus

While pandemic threats are nothing new in human history, the coronavirus pandemic that popped up globally in 2019 and 2020 caught plenty of folks by surprise. Items like toilet paper, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer flew off of grocery store shelves, as reported by NPR, as people rushed out to prepare for possible quarantine in their homes. And, of course, we all learned how to properly wash our hands, practice social distancing, and ensure that our hygiene habits protect vulnerable populations.

It didn't take long for the world to learn that even celebrities aren't immune to coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, as several high-profile actors, athletes, and politicians tested positive for the virus and have largely taken steps to protect others from receiving a similar diagnosis. To that end, here's a list of all of the famous people who have confirmed cases of coronavirus. We hope everyone makes a full and speedy recovery! 

NBA player Rudy Gobert hopes people take his coronavirus diagnosis seriously

On March 11, 2020, the NBA announced that it would suspend the remainder of its season, which naturally shocked fans. But the league had a good reason for doing so, as one of the players on the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus. The NBA clearly did not want to be responsible for any further spread of the disease!

The baller who tested positive turned out to be Rudy Gobert, who broke the news on his Instagram page. "The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered," he wrote in the caption. "At the time, I had no idea I was even infected."

Gobert went on to acknowledge how careless he was, and he encouraged people to learn from his mistake. "I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus," he added.

NBA player Donovan Mitchell reportedly contracted coronavirus from Rudy Gobert

Unfortunately, Rudy Gobert wasn't the only NBA player to come down with coronavirus, as Utah Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for the disease. And while he said he had to "cool off" after learning he had contracted the coronavirus from Gobert, Mitchell maintained a healthy perspective, as shared in an interview with Today, which took place via video chat. He noted he was "happy" that he and Gobert were the only two on their team to be diagnosed. "Neither him or I have children at home," he explained. "I know I have some teammates who have children, I have some staff who have children at home."

While Mitchell did have to enter isolation so as not to infect anyone else, he hasn't shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of this writing. Mitchell even said he'd be ready to lace up and play a game at any time — for real! "I'm fine," he continued in his Today interview. "Things are going well, just in isolation. ... No fever, no symptoms. Blessed to be able to be okay."

Miami mayor Francis Suarez is leading his government remotely because of his coronavirus diagnosis

When news broke that a member of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's staff tested positive for coronavirus in March of 2020, that caused concern for Miami mayor Francis Suarez, as he'd recently met with the Brazilian leader. "During the President's visit to Miami on Monday and Tuesday, I was in the same room as the President and the infected staff member," he revealed in a post on his Instagram page. Suarez added that, in an effort to be as cautious as possible, he was going to self-quarantine so as not to spread the virus to others.

Shortly thereafter, Suarez once again took to Instagram to announce that he'd tested positive for COVID-19. "After speaking with medical professionals, I will continued to follow Department of Health protocol and remain isolated while I lead our government remotely," he continued. He also said that the city of Miami would go on operating as normal, though some restrictions have been implemented, according to the Miami Herald.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were diagnosed with coronavirus in Australia

Just as COVID-19 is an issue in the United States, it's also been spreading throughout the land down under, according to the Australian government. That's where actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were when they started feeling ill, according to a post on his Instagram page. "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the [coronavirus], and were found to be positive," he wrote in the caption. After that, the couple went into isolation.

Interestingly enough, a post that Hanks made shortly thereafter sparked controversy, though not because of any coronavirus concerns. Hanks told his followers on Instagram to thank "the Helpers," in an apparent nod to the late Fred Rogers, accompanied by a snap of toast slathered in Vegemite — an Australian culinary staple. But Australians were flummoxed by the amount of the condiment he had spread on his toast, according to People magazine, and admonished him for his mistake. "Life is like a tube of Vegemite. Don't try it all at once," tweeted journalist Sally Sara. Fair enough!

Bond girl Olga Kurylenko stayed home after testing positive for coronavirus

While you might not think of James Bond or his many lady friends as especially susceptible to illness, one Bond Girl did test positive for coronavirus: Ukrainian-born actress Olga Kurylenko. "I've actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms," the Quantum of Solace star shared in a post on her Instagram page. "Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!"

Kurylenko also said that she was "locked up at home" while sick, which prompted people to ask her why she had quarantined at home instead of at a hospital. The answer? "Because hospitals are full and they are only taking patients that are struggling with life, if I understand correctly," she explained in another Instagram post. She was also careful to assure her fans that she would call an ambulance if necessary. As to where Kurylenko contracted the illness, she's said it's "impossible to know."

When Idris Elba tested positive for coronavirus, he told people to "be pragmatic"

Beloved British actor Idris Elba broke the hearts of his many fans when he took to Twitter to share a fraught announcement on March 16, 2020: He'd 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 wrote in the caption. He encouraged people to "stay home" and "be pragmatic," noting that he'd keep his followers informed about his health.

Elba also shared a video in the tweet, in which he discussed the details of his diagnosis. He implored his followers to take the situation seriously, with his wife, Sabrina, by his side. "Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands," he said. Elba also implored his fans to forget their partisan differences and come together to take care of each other.

Kristofer Hivju said he only has mild coronavirus symptoms

When it comes to COVID-19, not even Westeros is safe from the virus. On March 16, 2020, Game of Thrones actor Kristofer Hivju, who played wildling Tormund Giantsbane, revealed on social media that he'd tested positive for coronavirus. "My [family] and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes," he explained in a post on his Instagram page. "We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold." Thank goodness!

Additionally, Hivju asked his followers to follow the protocol set forth by their country's center for disease control in order to protect vulnerable populations. "Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals," he added. He encouraged his fans to be mindful of one another, keep a healthy distance from people, and do what they can to stay in good health.

Hivju's wife, Gry Molvær Hivju, also appeared in the Instagram snap alongside her husband.

NBA star Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus

Players on the Utah Jazz aren't the only NBA stars who have tested positive for the coronavirus, as four members of the Brooklyn Nets have also been diagnosed with COVID-19. One of those players is former Warriors baller Kevin Durant, who broke the news to The Athletic on March 17, 2020. The news came on the heels of the NBA suspending the remainder of its 2020 season until further notice (via ESPN).

Fortunately Durant said that he hasn't experienced any symptoms at the time of this writing and that he is, in fact, feeling fine. "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine," he said. "We're going to get through this." That's all the more reason to keep calm, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your face.

The Athletic noted that only one of the four Nets players who tested positive is showing any symptoms.

Frozen II actress Rachel Matthews has been diagnosed with coronavirus

In March 2020, Frozen II actress Rachel Matthews, who voiced the character Honeymaren in the animated movie, revealed that she'd tested positive for coronavirus. "Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week," she shared in an Instagram story (via Page Six). She added that she will remain in quarantine until she's instructed to do otherwise, and will figure out her next steps when she has the facts she needs.

Matthews also had some commentary about America's response to the pandemic, and she explained why she was able to receive her diagnosis. "Our country is very behind, and we don't have much of a system in place," she continued. "I only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case and had been showing symptoms." 

Matthews promised to post additional information that her followers might find helpful, and she advised them to hydrate, rest, and stay home.

Something Navy's Arielle Charnas confirmed that she has coronavirus

When popular fashion influencer Arielle Charnas of Something Navy started feeling super ill, she took to social media to share her anxieties about it. "It's been 4 days since I started feeling incredibly sick," she wrote in a post on her Instagram page. She added, "I'm so happy my fever is gone but the body pain that I'm feeling today is unlike anything else." 

Shortly thereafter, Charnas revealed in another Instagram post that she had indeed been diagnosed with coronavirus, and she admonished the government to do something about the pandemic. "It is the responsibility of our government offices to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests," she noted in the post. "I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access."

Charnas also said that her husband had been feeling unwell, but noted that her children had not been showing any symptoms of coronavirus.

The wife of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for coronavirus

On March 13, 2020, CNN reported that Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had tested positive for COVID-19. This was after she'd been experiencing mild symptoms of the virus, though she wasn't feeling super sick.

Insofar as how her husband was faring, doctors determined that he didn't need a test as he wasn't down for the count. "The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms," his office said in a statement. "As a precautionary measure and following the advice of doctors, he will be in isolation for a planned period of 14 days."

To that end, doctors also said that anyone who'd been in close contact with Prime Minister Trudeau wasn't at risk of contracting coronavirus, as he hadn't developed any symptoms. That's good news for fellow politicians and others with whom he works on a regular basis.

Daniel Dae Kim had a lot to say when he was diagnosed with coronavirus

Actor Daniel Dae Kim was filming on location in New York City when news of the coronavirus began to spread, subsequently shutting down many sets, including his. Ironically, he was playing a doctor responding to a flu outbreak in New Amsterdam, which he mentioned in a lengthy video on his Instagram page. 

Feeling healthy and well, Kim decided to head home to Hawaii where he lives to be with his family, but before his flight landed he started feeling slightly ill. Upon landing, he immediately went to his home and self-isolated and, at the recommendation of his doctor, got tested for the novel coronavirus. Unfortunately, the test came back positive. Thankfully, though, with rest and proper treatment, Kim revealed he's feeling much better.

While Kim had a lot to say in his recording, he had an especially important request in addition to observing proper hygiene. "Please stop the prejudiced and senseless violence against Asian people," he begged. "Randomly beating elderly, sometimes homeless Asian-Americans is cowardly, heartbreaking, and it's inexcusable."

When Charlotte Lawrence tested positive for coronavirus, she asked her followers to think of their parents

It's not just adults and older people who are testing positive for COVID-19. In fact, rising pop star Charlotte Lawrence revealed in a post on her Instagram page on March 18, 2020 that she'd recently received a coronavirus diagnosis. And while she shared that she's eventually going to be fine, she also said that COVID-19 is going to impact more and more people.

Lawrence didn't ask for thoughts or prayers from her followers, or even well-wishes. Rather, she had some advice for anyone taking the time to read her post. "Think about your parents. Think about your grandparents," she wrote in the caption. "I love so many people who might have a very tough time getting through this."

Despite the enormity of everything, Lawrence remains optimistic that if everyone practices the CDC's guidelines for prevention, we can come out on the other side of this pandemic. "We have the power to slow this down," she added.

NBA player Christian Wood was diagnosed with coronavirus

The Detroit Pistons became the third team in the NBA to have players come down with coronavirus, in addition to the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets, in mid-March 2020. Specifically, power forward Christian Wood tested positive for COVID-19, after playing games against the Utah Jazz a week prior, a writer and analyst for The Athletic revealed in a tweet. "A preliminary positive result came back on March 14," the Pistons said in a statement. "The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount."

Fortunately, Wood received care from the NBA's medical staff and is reportedly feeling fine. The player also self-isolated, and took to Instagram to spread an uplifting message in light of the diagnosis going public. "The darkest Nights produce the brightest Stars," he wrote in the caption.

Andy Cohen put his show on hold after receiving a coronavirus diagnosis

On March 12, 2020, Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen revealed that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, future episodes of the show would be shot from a new location: his home. "Our show is arguably the most lo-tech show in late night in its current form," he shared with Variety. "So the idea of taking it down even further a few notches is just ironic and hilarious."

However, any plans to do that were later put on hold when Cohen discovered he himself tested positive for COVID-19. "As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do [Watch What Happens Live] from home, we're putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better," he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. Cohen also thanked all of the healthcare workers who are working on the front lines of the pandemic, and urged people to stay home as much as possible.

Debi Mazar and her family are quarantined because of coronavirus

Back in February of 2020, actress Debi Mazar said she and her entire family, which includes herself, her husband, and their two teenage daughters, came down with an illness that had them down for the count. But it was two weeks after that when Mazar really got concerned. She woke up with a fever and body aches, in addition to other symptoms. "I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the COVID-19 test on [March 16]," she shared in post on her Instagram page. "He said no, I didn't meet the criteria."

That didn't quite sit well with Mazar so when a friend told her she could be tested at a local urgent care facility, she jumped on the chance. Sure enough, she tested positive for coronavirus. "I'm hoping I've been through the worst of it already," she continued. "Today my lungs are heavy, but I'm tough." Mazar added that she's in self-quarantine as is her family, though they are not showing any symptoms.

NBA player Marcus Smart self-quarantined after testing positive for coronavirus

Even though the NBA suspended its 2020 season in order to stop the spread of coronavirus, athletes from multiple teams were found to be infected with the disease. That includes Boston Celtics shooting guard and point guard Marcus Smart, who shared the news of his diagnosis in a tweet. "I just found out that I tested positive for the coronavirus," he said in the accompanying video. "I'm okay, I feel fine, I don't feel any of the symptoms."

While Smart isn't struggling with labored breathing, a fever, or a cough, he's still taking his situation very seriously and remaining in quarantine. "I can't stress enough practicing social distancing, and really, you know keeping yourself away from a large group of people." That's because you can spread coronavirus when you're asymptomatic and don't know you have the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Smart also implored everyone to wash their hands and cited the need to "get more testing ASAP."

Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints has coronavirus without "any of the respiratory symptoms"

NFL coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints became infected with COVID-19, according to a post he made on social media. "I'm feeling better and fortunate to not have any of the respiratory symptoms," he wrote in a tweet. This was after he self-quarantined at home and got tested, on the heels of feeling fatigued and unwell.

Payton also warned people that social distancing isn't enough in and of itself to stop the virus from spreading, either. "It's shutting down here for a week to two weeks," he explained in an interview with ESPN. "If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it."

New Orleans is a region that's been particularly susceptible to coronavirus because of the Mardi Gras season. "This is an area that doctors are concerned about," he added.

Rand Paul didn't have any symptoms when he was diagnosed with coronavirus

While the U.S. Congress has been working on a relief package to help Americans struggling financially due to the novel coronavirus, some of its members have even tested positive for the disease. That includes Senate Republication Rand Paul of Kentucky, who broke the news via social media on March 22, 2020.

"He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," his staff wrote in a tweet from his official Twitter account. "He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events."

While Paul is observing all of the protocols recommended to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the senator will be back to work as soon as he is able, per his Twitter feed. "He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time," his staff penned in another tweet. Paul's staff had already been working remotely for a week and a half so as to keep them safe from contracting the coronavirus.

Colton Underwood is recovering from coronavirus in California

While COVID-19 tends to be more dangerous for vulnerable populations like the elderly or individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to the World Health Organization, young and otherwise healthy people can still contract coronavirus.

That was the case for former Bachelor star Colton Underwood, who took to Instagram with some pretty candid details about his coronavirus diagnosis. "It's been kicking my a**, just to put it very bluntly," he revealed in the accompanying video. "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." Underwood said he doesn't want to cause anyone to panic, but instead wants people to stay home. 

Underwood further revealed that he began social distancing prior to receiving his diagnosis. He is is hunkered down with girlfriend Cassie Randolph and her family in Huntington Beach, California, so as he said, they're all in it together.

Bon Jovi's David Bryan was sick for a week before getting his coronavirus results

Given that large gatherings of people were deemed verboten in March of 2020, many musicians and bands had to cancel tours in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. To that end, many artists took to social media to perform in an effort to fill the void, such as Miley Cyrus, Sheryl Crow, and Bruce Springsteen, according to Billboard.

Unfortunately those measures weren't enough to protect all musicians from COVID-19. That includes Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan, who broke the news of his diagnosis on his Instagram page. "I've been sick for a week and feeling better each day," he said in the caption. He urged his fans not to be afraid and assured them that he's been in quarantine and would be taking all the proper precautions before he returns to public life. "When I feel better I'll get tested again to make sure I'm free of this nasty virus," he continued.

Opera Star Placido Domingo announced he has coronavirus

Just as concerts were cancelled in March of 2020, so too were opera and symphony performances, according to Opera Wire. Yet and still, opera legend Placido Domingo couldn't escape COVID-19. He and his family self-quarantined after the star tested positive for it late in the month. "Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms," he wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "Therefore [I decided] to get tested and the result came back positive."

Despite his diagnosis, Domingo erred on the side of optimism, advising his followers to wash their hands and practice social distancing. He also told people to stay home if they are able to beat back the spread of coronavirus. "Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon," he added.

Prince Charles is in good health, but was diagnosed with coronavirus

Not even royalty can give you immunity to COVID-19, as Prince Charles tested positive for the virus, according to a statement from Clarence House (via BBC). Fortunately, the Prince of Wales is only showing mild symptoms, and wife Camilla tested negative for coronavirus. "In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland," the statement read. This was after receiving the diagnosis from the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they were tested the previous day.

As to how Prince Charles was exposed to COVID-19? "It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks," the statement continued, noting that the royal "remains in good health."

If you were concerned as to whether or not Queen Elizabeth II has fallen ill, the word from Buckingham Palace is that she's "in good health." The last time she'd seen her son before his diagnosis was on March 12, 2020, nearly two weeks prior to Prince Charles' diagnosis.

Jackson Browne tested positive for coronavirus after flying to New York

When singer-songwriter Jackson Browne started to feel ill in March of 2020, he didn't waste time — he got himself tested for COVID-19 immediately and learned that he did indeed have the virus. "I'm presuming I got this flying back and forth to New York to do [the] Love Rocks show at the Beacon," he explained in an interview with Rolling Stone. "And now it turns out that several people who were at that show have tested positive."

While Browne's symptoms were mild, he still followed the recommended protocol and quarantined himself in his Los Angeles residence right away. Additionally, in retrospect, Brown said he would have gone about things differently. "Now, I wish I hadn't gone to New York and done this benefit," he continued.

Browne also stressed the importance of taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously, especially to young people, who can spread the virus without showing any symptoms.

Former NBA star Jason Collins received a coronavirus diagnosis

On March 4, 2020, when retired NBA star Jason Collins arrived in New York for an event with the Brooklyn Nets, he was feeling fine. But a week later, Collins says he developed a horrible headache, and things only went downhill from there. "A few days later I had a fever and then the cough," he shared in an interview with TMZ. "On Saturday I went to the ER and got tested and spoke with some docs about the tightness in my chest." The verdict? COVID-19.

After having his lung scan turn up clear, Collins was able to leave the hospital and return home to rest — but he said he'd go back if things didn't improve. Collins also took a moment to thank healthcare workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. "Please let's try to flatten the curve & not overwhelm our health care system," he shared.

Rapper Slim Thug was diagnosed with coronavirus despite being as safe as possible

You don't have to take a cross-country flight or have an extensive social calendar to wind up with a coronavirus diagnosis. That certainly was the case for rapper Slim Thug, who did everything he could to avoid COVID-19 to no avail. "As careful as I've been self-quarantining, staying home ... stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive," he said in a video on his Instagram page. "So y'all gotta take this stuff seriously." He said that perhaps he was exposed when he went out to get something to eat, which is a possibility.

On a positive note, Slim Thug said that his health has improved, though it was never severely compromised by the virus to begin with. "I'm good, I feel good, I don't got no problems right now," he continued. "The other day I had a slight fever and a cough, [but] I feel better now."

Even though Broadway shut down on March 12, Aaron Tveit still tested positive for coronavirus

On March 12, 2020, in an unprecedented move, all of Broadway in New York City shut down in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, according to the New York Post. But that wasn't enough to safeguard Broadway actor Aaron Tveit from contracting the virus, which he revealed in a post on his Instagram page. "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," he wrote in the caption.

While Tveit hasn't been nearly as sick as other folks with COVID-19, he did experience a possible indicator that he had coronavirus. "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," he continued.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for coronavirus

Even those in the highest levels of government aren't impervious to COVID-19, as Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, revealed in a tweet that he tested positive for the virus himself. However, Johnson doesn't seem to be too stressed out about his diagnosis, instead confident that both he and his country will be okay. "Be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all of my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus," he shared in the accompanying video.

Additionally, Johnson had kind words for the people on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in England. "I want to thank everybody who's working to keep our country going through this epidemic," he continued. "We will get through it."

Johnson also stressed the importance of adhering to protective measures, like staying at home, in order to protect healthcare workers. 

Actress and singer Laura Bell Bundy was diagnosed with coronavirus

On March 26, 2020, Broadway actress and singer Laura Bell Bundy revealed that she'd been diagnosed with coronavirus after being tested by her doctor. "I am taking everything in stride," she affirmed in a post on her Instagram page. "I am taking all of the nutritional supplements that have been recommended by my doctor." Bundy added that she's also taking herbs as another line of defense against COVID-19, showing she's doing everything that she can to stay healthy. She revealed that she's also been self-quarantining since March 12.

Fortunately, Bundy said that her symptoms have been mild, which she credits to her excellent self-care regimen. But she also emphasized how important it is to take the situation very seriously. "I highly encourage everybody to stay inside," she continued. "My belief is that more people have this than they realize, and could be carriers."

While Bundy was able to get tested, her husband won't be, even though he's showing symptoms.