Just days after news broke that Tom Hanks and his wife have caught Coronavirus, British actor Idris Elba took to social media with his wife Sabrina to announce they have also tested positive for COVID-19.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote on Twitter. “I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
This morning I 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. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Here is what he said in the video:
"Hey, what's up guys. So look, this morning I got some test results back for coronavirus, and it came back positive. Yeah, and it sucks. Listen, I'm doing okay. Sabrina hasn't been tested, and she's doing okay. I didn't have any symptoms. I got tested because I realised I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive. I found out last Friday that they were tested positive, I quarantined myself and got tested immediately, and got the results back today.
Look, this is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it, okay? So now’s a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance.
We've told our families. They're very supportive. We've told our colleagues. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you're feeling ill or you feel like you should be tested or you've been exposed, then do something about it, alright? It's really important.
Look, we live in a divided world right now. We can all feel it. But now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other. There’s so many people whose lives have been affected, from those who have lost people that they love to people who don’t even have it and have lost their livelihoods.
This is real, alright. I just wanted to share my news with you guys, and I will keep you updated with how I'm doing. But so far, we're feeling okay. Alright man. Stay positive. And don't freak out."