The novel coronavirus has infected more than 1.3 million people globally, many of whom are well-known celebrities. As the virus continues to impact daily life with infection rates rising, the pop culture icons who have tested positive highlight that the illness does not discriminate by age, ethnicity, or social standing.
The illness impacts everyone from blue-collar workers to front-line healthcare personnel, highlighted by the celebrities who have announced a positive COVID-19 test result. Among those who have tested positive are:
- Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson: These married actors confirmed having contracted the virus on March 11. Since that time, the couple has recovered, though continues to practice social distancing.
- Sophie Trudeau: The wife of the Canadian Prime Minister tested positive on March 13 and was given a clean bill of health on March 28. The family remains at their Rideau Cottage residence in Ottawa.
- Prince Charles: COVID-19 impacts royalty, too, illustrated by the Prince of Wales testing positive for the virus.
- Rudy Gobert: The NBA star tested positive on March 11, proving that fitness is no protection against the virus.
The list goes on to include many other famous individuals, including sports stars, actors, and politicians. Some of the celebrities impacted by COVID-19 are recovering, whereas others, such as television chef, Floyd Cardoz, have died.
The impact on celebrities reminds us that this virus transcends such distinctions as class, wealth and ethnicity. In a time of physical distancing and isolation, it showcases that humanity is a united front against the COVID-19 pandemic. By listening to health organizations, practicing proper hygiene, and observing distancing, humankind has the opportunity to flatten the curve and recover.