Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to test positive for the novel coronavirus sweeping the globe.
In a post on Twitter, Idris shared the new with his fans, along with a video that has him addressing the news.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
In the video, Idris directed the message straight to fans and those worried about the spread of the virus.
“Hey, what’s up guys? So look, this morning I got some test results back for Coronavirus and it came back positive,” Idris began his video message. “Yep. And it sucks. Listen, I’m doing OK. Sabrina hasn’t been tested and she’s doing okay. I didn’t have any symptoms. I got tested because I realized 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.”
He continued, “Look, this is serious, you know? 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. So now’s a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands, keeping your distance okay? We’ve told our families, they’re very supportive. We told our colleagues and you know, transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill, if you feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, go do something about it alright? It’s really important,” the 47-year-old star said. “Look, we live in a divided world right now, we can all feel it, it’s been bulls–t 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 lost people they love to people that don’t even have it and lost their livelihoods. This is real, alright? I just wanted to share my news with you guys and I will keep you updated as how I’m doing, so far we’re feeling OK,” he said.
Idris ended his video saying. “Alright, man. Stay positive and don’t freak out.”
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
Idris’ diagnosis comes a week after Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson shared with the world that they both tested positive for the virus while down in Australia.
“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia,” the Forrest Gump actor said on Instagram. “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”
The couple has been quarantined and are doing well. We’re wishing Idris a speedy recovery.