Despite their best efforts, some of the biggest celebs – like Tiffany Haddish, Kanye West, Tom Hanks, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and more – have contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus.
From statewide shutdowns to wearing face masks, the Coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every one us in 2020 — including some of our favorite celebrities. After Tom Hanks, 64, and his wife Rita Wilson, 63, confirmed they had contracted COVID-19 in Australia, A-Listers like Robert Pattinson, 34, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 48 and Kanye West, 43, have also tested positive for the highly contagious virus. Many of our favorite stars took to Instagram to share their diagnosis, as well as their varying symptoms. See a list of the most recent stars that have had COVID-19 below, and for a full list of celebs, see the attached gallery.
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka, along with their young twins Gideon and Harper (who were nine years old at the time), contracted the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic. Neil revealed the news months later during a Sept. 2020 episode of the Today show, explaining, “It happened very early [in the pandemic], like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it.”
However, the How I Met Your Mother star knew something was wrong when he “lost [his] sense of taste and smell,” so the family “holed up” afterwards. They’re now doing “great,” Neil confirmed.
Jillian Michaels revealed she contracted COVID-19 from a “very close friend” after letting her “guard down” during an interview on Fox Business, which aired on Sept. 8. “If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym. And I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago,” the fitness expert admitted on television.
While she got “on the other side” of the virus “pretty quick,” The Biggest Loser host admitted that a public gym is “probably a place where you will get [the coronavirus].” She added, “I would love to tell you that’s not the case, but the reality is I literally get my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it. It’s just that simple.” Jillian clarified that her friend “had no idea” she had the virus, and even the workout guru herself was unaware she was carrying the virus for six days.
Tiffany Haddish revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the pandemic. The comedian made the big reveal during an interview with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, which she uploaded to her YouTube page on Aug. 31. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus. I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later, they said I didn’t have the coronavirus. Get the tests the second time. I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” Tiffany revealed.
Tiffany went into self-isolation afterwards. Eventually, another test came back negative, but revealed that the actress had “antibodies.” So, Tiffany got tested 12 times after that — her most recent results revealed that she did not have any antibodies! The Girl’s Trip actress joked, “So I think I’m superhuman.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 48, took to his Instagram account on Sept. 2 to reveal that he, his wife Lauren, 35, and two daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Simone, 2, all tested positive for COVID-19. In a video he shared with his followers, which you can see below, he explained that they caught the virus from “very close family friends” who they “love and trust” but after quarantining, they are no longer contagious and are “on the other end of it” and doing “good.”
“Stay disciplined. Boost your immune system. Commit to wellness. Wear your mask. Protect your family,” Dwayne captioned his video. “Be strict about having people over your house or gatherings. Stay positive. And care for your fellow human beings. Stay healthy, my friends. DJ,” he signed off, adding a black heart emoji.
Robert Pattinson, 34, has contracted COVID-19, according to Vanity Fair. His diagnosis has caused production on The Batman to be halted in London, England only days after they resumed filming. “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” Warner Bros. said in a September 3 statement, not naming Rob. HollywoodLife has reached out to his rep for comment.
“I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,” Antonio Banderas, 60, tweeted on Monday (Aug. 10) in Spanish. “I would like to add that I feel relatively good,” he added, per Variety, “just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet.”
“I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years,” added Antonio, “to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone.”
Alyssa Milano, 47, has opened up about her experience battling COVID-19 after discovering she’s tested positive for the antibodies. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick…Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom,” the Charmed alum explained. “At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative…After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19,” she said in her lengthy Instagram post, shared on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
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This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)?
Actor Bryan Cranston, 63, revealed in an Instagram post that he had caught COVID-19, but that his symptoms were mild. “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant.” he wrote. Brian shared an accompanying video where he donated plasma so the antibodies could be retrieved to help those suffering with more serious cases of virus.
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Hi. About now you’re probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you’re tired of this!! Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience. I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail – but ONLY if we follow the rules together. Be well – Stay well. BC
I tested positive for COVID-19, so I’ve kind of really been at home self-quarantining for the past week and a half,” Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Sheree Whitfield, 50, told her fans via Instagram on July 14. She went on to reveal that the illness is “no joke,” but also admitted that she’s feeling a lot better. She concluded, “Thank you guys and take care and be safe”.
Kanye West, 43, revealed that he had coronavirus back in February during an interview with Forbes that was published on July 8. Of his symptoms, he said, “Chills, shaking in bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it.” He also added, “Someone told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, ‘Drake can’t be sicker than me!'” Of note, Drake, 33, confirmed he tested negative for the virus in May.
In this time of uncertainty, consult the Center For Disease Control for information about COVID-19, what measures you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus, what to do if you demonstrate symptoms, and how to not get swept in the hysteria during this time.