Idris Elba has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The renowned actor took to social media to reveal his status and to urge his fans, and the world, not to 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,” he tweeted today (March 16). “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing.”
In the video message, Elba said he doesn’t have any symptoms, but self-isolated when he realized he had been near some who had been exposed. Last Friday that aforementioned person tested positive, and Elba got his results today (“It’s sucks, he said.”).
“This is serious,” he said in the 2-minute clip where he is accompanied by his wife, Sabrina Dhowre. “Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptons and that can easily spread it.”
Elba says he’s told all his family, friends and colleagues (and fans, obviously) and notes that transparency during times like these is important.
He added, “Look, we live in a divided world right now, we can all feel it, it’s been bullshit. But, now is the time for solidarity. Now is a 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…stay positive, don’t freak out.”
Bless up to Idris and Sabrina. Peep reactions to this news below. Maybe more people will take this seriously, now?
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Tom Hanks and Idris Elba got Coronavirus but Donald Trump and Boris Johnson still healthy pic.twitter.com/3VwktTUBAH— 🦅 (@s21lech) March 16, 2020
CORONAVIRUS really tryna take Idris Elba?! MY FAVORITE BRITISH BLACK KING?? MY FAVORITE BLACK MAN??! she has another thing coming in this mf try it sis .— denise!! stream good news. (@UGHSFENTY) March 16, 2020
3. Too soon.
Idris Elba when his test results came back positive for Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/NEjQ4TDJff— Paul ➐ (@NoGamePaul) March 16, 2020
4. Still, too soon.
When asked to describe his coronavirus symptoms, Idris Elba reportedly answered, “Better than Cats!”— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) March 16, 2020
Idris Elba is going to defeat the coronavirus and become a human vaccine where the only way you can get better is to kiss him.— Big Supernaturals (@UweBollocks) March 16, 2020
OUT OF ALL PEOPLE WHY IDRIS ELBA CORONAVIRUS WHEN I GET YOUR ASS https://t.co/cck5h4XrSE— ᵕ̈ (@thebeprint) March 16, 2020