It seems like every day there is an influx of new people who are suffering from coronavirus (COVID-19). Amid all of the bad news and high numbers of cases and deaths, it’s easy to get bogged down. But COVID-19 isn’t a death sentence. A lot of people with the virus have been able to fully recover. Here are some celebrities who battled the virus and came out on the other side.
Tom Hanks is America’s sweetheart. Unfortunately, he and his wife, Rita Wilson, contracted COVID-19 when they were down in Australia for a project. They announced their status via Instagram.
“Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us,” Hanks wrote. “We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx.”
A week later, Hanks updated fans that he and Wilson no longer had fevers but were still feeling the “blahs.” So, while they haven’t made a full recovery yet, they are definitely on the mend.
English actor Idris Elba also contracted the virus and told his fans via Twitter.
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he captioned a video. “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.”
His wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, later tested positive as well after caring for her husband instead of isolating herself from him. Now, the two are doing better but are unable to fly back home to London.
“We’ve passed the quarantine period, but we’re a little bit in limbo — we can’t get a flight back home,” he said in a video on Mar. 31. “So we just have to sit still for a little bit. Other than that, we’re OK and we’re so thankful that I think the worst of it is probably past.”
Like many people, Bravo’s Andy Cohen had begun working from home after the number of coronavirus cases skyrocketed in NYC, where he lives. But, he still tested positive for the virus.
“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he wrote on Instagram. “As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.”
Just days later, Cohen was feeling better and was back to hosting his SiriusXM radio show, Radio Andy, and Watch What Happens Live from home.
Singer Sara Bareilles didn’t tell her fans that she had the virus until she was completely recovered.
“Hey friends,” she said in a video uploaded to her Instagram stories. “Just wanted to check-in. I’m really quiet right now and will probably continue to be quiet. Just sort of taking all of this in and having a lot of feelings as I do.”
“I had it, just so you know,” she continued. “I’m fully recovered, just so you know.”