Celebs Who Contracted Coronavirus

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has the entire world fighting against a global pandemic, as of this writing in March 2020. While the virus has torn through Asia and Italy to devastating effect, America is now planning and bracing for the worst. States are declaring emergencies, professional sports have completely shut down, Coachella has been postponed, the phrase "social distancing" has officially entered the lexicon, and the act of washing your hands has never been more important.

With scientists predicting that the coronavirus pandemic could eventually infect up to 70% of the United States' population, the virus is not discriminating between the rich and the poor — or the famous. Since America's first recorded case in Snohomish County, Wash. on Jan. 19, 2020, the virus has spread to nearly every state, including NBA locker rooms and even Hollywood's A-List.

So, put on that mask and those gloves, and let's keep our distance from the following celebrities who have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Miami mayor Francis Suarez is keeping a video diary after his coronavirus diagnosis

Four days after attending an event in Florida with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his staff, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tested positive for the coronavirus, the Miami Herald reports. Suarez was in the same room as Bolsonaro's press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who tested positive upon his return to Brazil. After learning of Wajngarten's results, the 42-year-old mayor went into isolation immediately.

"Residents and employees, I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19," Suarez said in a video message posted to Twitter that day. "I feel completely healthy and strong. However, I am doing the responsible thing by working with the county's health department to take every precaution to ensure that not only my family is healthy, but everyone I have come into contact with is healthy, as well."

In another video message two days after his diagnosis, Suarez updated his constituents on his condition. "Last night, I was feeling a little bit of aches and pains. I took one 500 milligram Tylenol Extra Strength, been hydrating a lot," he said. "I didn't sleep as much as I would like. I usually get about six and a half hours of sleep on average. I got about five hours of sleep. I think that was a little bit of restlessness and stress from yesterday and being a little bit amped up with all the interviews that I had to do, and also a little bit of the effects." 

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were diagnosed with coronavirus while Down Under

While in Australia to film an Elvis biopic with director Baz Luhrmann, Tom Hanks revealed that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the coronavirus in a post on his verified Instagram account. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too," Hanks, a.k.a. the nicest guy in Hollywood, wrote in part. "To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive."

As they remained in isolation, the movie star tweeted a photo of himself and Wilson to update their fans and thank their caregivers: "Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. 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."

With son Chet Hanks announcing his famous parents are "not trippin'" over the diagnosis, Wilson is also staying positive during their isolation and even asked her Twitter followers to help her create a Spotify playlist called "Rita Wilson's Quaratunes." Some of the more apt song selections include Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself," the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," and The Beatles' "I'm So Tired."

Bond girl Olga Kurylenko revealed her diagnosis on Instagram

On March 15, 2020, former model and Bond girl Olga Kurylenko revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus. The Ukrainian born, who starred opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in Quantum of Solace, shared the news on her official Instagram account.

"Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I've actually been ill for almost a week now," she wrote (in both English and the Cyrillic alphabet), accompanied by a photo of a view outside through her window. "Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!"

According to the Daily Mail, Kurylenko discussed her daily regime while in quarantine with the Russian media. "To bring down the temperature, they said to take Paracetamol, which I do. That's all. Nothing more to do," she explained. "Of course, I still take vitamins for myself like that. And I eat garlic, just for the immune system. I drink water. Squeeze lemons in water. That's all."

Kurylenko had recently finished filming for The Bay of Silence with Succession's Brian Cox (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Daniel Goldman used his coronavirus diagnosis to target President Trump

Daniel Goldman, counsel to the House Intelligence Committee during President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings, tested positive for the coronavirus, Rep. Adam Schiff announced (via CNN). "The former staffer is feeling better and no current staff have reported any flu-like symptoms at this time," Schiff said.

In a multi-tweet thread, Goldman updated everyone on his situation ("it was just like the flu") and took a shot at Trump about the availability of tests. "My difficulty in getting a test despite the exact symptoms and a neg flu test underscores how shockingly unprepared this administration is to deal with this pandemic," he wrote. "In fact, I was told that NYC hospitals STILL would not test my wife — with similar symptoms — unless admitted."

"@realDonaldTrump can try to gaslight the American public by repeatedly saying that everyone who needs a test can get one, but that was not true one month ago (when it should have been the case) and it is not true today (when there is no excuse)," he continued. "Given his stated desire to 'keep numbers down' for his political benefit, it is impossible to reach any conclusion other than that the President is sacrificing the health of the American public for his own personal interests."

Idris Elba revealed his coronavirus diagnosis for 'transparency'

On March 16, 2020, Luther and Hobbs & Shaw actor Idris Elba announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus. "This morning I tested positive for Covid 19," he tweeted. "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."

In the accompanying video message, Elba explained that he self-quarantined and "tested immediately" after learning that the person he came into contact with tested positive three days prior. The Thor: Ragnorak actor then said he decided to share his diagnosis with the world because "transparency is probably the best thing for this right now." He added, "If you're feeling ill, or you feel like you should be tested, or if you've been exposed, then do something about it."

Elba ended his video by admitting that we "live in a divided world," but called for unity. "Now's the time for solidarity, now's the time for thinking about each other," he said. "Stay positive. Don't freak out."

Kristofer Hivju received his coronavirus diagnosis in Norway

On March 16, 2020, Kristofer Hivju, Game of Thrones' Tormund Giantsbane, revealed that he tested positive for the coronavirus. In an Instagram post on his official account, the fantasy series fan-favorite's message began, "Greetings from Norway!"

"Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus (sic)," Hivju continued, adding, "My (family) and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy!"

Hivju's diagnosis comes weeks after he officially joined the second season of The Witcher (via Variety).

Andrew Watt struggled to get a COVID-19 diagnosis

Andrew Watt, a music producer who has worked with such artists as Post Malone, Cardi B, and Ozzy Osbourne, announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus. In a series of posts from the editor of DJ Booth, Watt shared his account of the rapid progression of the infection that ultimately led the 29-year old to be placed on a breathing machine.

On the morning of March 6, 2020, Watt said he felt "like [he] was hit by a bus" and was bedridden "for days." However, a doctor informed him that there was "no way" he had the virus since he hadn't left the country and spends all his time at either the studio or his home. He revealed that he became "delusional" from a frequent dry cough and an emergency room visit where he was given a pneumonia diagnosis but refused a coronavirus test "because of federal regulations." A "private doctor" eventually tested him for COVID-19, and confirmed Watt's infection. Eleven days after his diagnosis, Watt said his fevers were "much, much better," but he still struggled to breathe.

He concluded by saying he would "get through this no matter what," and pleaded for others to be mindful of the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. "I can't stress this enough. This is not a joke. Stay inside, stay sanitized," he wrote. "Please stop everything and take care of yourselves and the people you love around you, until we are all through this."

Charlotte Lawrence's COVID-19 diagnosis comes with some practical advice

On Mar. 17, 2020, singer Charlotte Lawrence revealed that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. In a lengthy social media post, the "Joke's On You" singer also begged her fans to self-quarantine during the global pandemic.

"Hey guys. A couple days ago, my doctor informed me that I too have COVID-19. A lot of us will," Lawrence wrote on Instagram, adding, "I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won't be if too many people get sick too quickly." The 19-year-old musician went on to emphasize, "So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus. Stay inside. Please. Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside." 

Lawrence added, "Think about your parents. Think about your grandparents. I love so many people who might have a very rough time getting through this. Think about someone else getting your loved ones sick because they didn't listen, because they thought they knew better. Because they were selfish."

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was the first member of Congress to announce a COVID-19 diagnosis

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Florida, became the first sitting member of Congress to test positive for the novel coronavirus. "On Saturday evening, Congressman Diaz-Balart developed symptoms including a fever and headache. Just a short while ago, he was notified that he has tested positive for COVID-19," his office said in a press release on March 18, 2020 (via CNN).

In a statement posted the same day to Twitter, Diaz-Balart said that he is "feeling much better," but urged his constituents and the American public to take the threat seriously. "However, it's important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus," he wrote, adding, "We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times."

Diaz-Balart's colleague, Republican whip Steve Scalise, apparently took the advice to heart. "I have just been informed that my colleague, Mario Diaz-Balart, tested positive for COVID-19," he said in a statement (via Fox News). Since I had an extended meeting with him late last week, out of an abundance of caution, I have decided it would be best to self-quarantine based on the guidance of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress."

Rep. Ben McAdams also contracted coronavirus

Rep. Ben McAdams, a Democrat from Utah, became the second sitting Congressman to test positive for the coronavirus. "I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine," he said in a statement released on Twitter on March 18, 2020.

While in self-quarantine, McAdams was interviewed by NBC's Today where he described his symptoms like the "worst cold [he's] ever had," and stressed that fellow members of Congress he came into contact "probably should be quarantined." He added, ""What I've been told by the House physician is that anyone who had close contact with me from Friday onward should be concerned and should probably take precautions."

McAdams revealed that his symptoms manifested over the weekend with a 100-degree fever and cough, but by Monday night, he took a "turn for the worse." By Tuesday morning, he had a 103-degree fever and restricted lungs. That was enough for his doctor to test him for COVID-19. "I felt like I had a belt around my chest, and so I couldn't breathe deeply," he said.

Prince Albert II of Monaco is keeping it royal in quarantine

On March 19, 2020, the palace announced that Prince Albert II of Monaco, who's the second child of former Hollywood star-turned-princess Grace Kelly, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Thankfully, a palace spokesperson has since stated that there were "no concerns" for the 62-year-old's health, adding that he was now performing his royal duties while under quarantine is his apartment (via the New York Post). The statement continued, per CNN: "His Serene Highness urges the people of Monaco to respect the measures of confinement and to limit contact with others to a minimum. Only the strict observance of these confinement measures will make it possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus."

With his diagnosis, Prince Albert officially becomes the first head of state to test positive for COVID-19. According to CNN, there were only nine confirmed cases on the coronavirus in Monaco (population: 39,164) before the prince's diagnosis.

Daniel Dae Kim has a message for the youth about COVID-19

On March 19, 2020, Lost and Hawaii 5-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus in a video posted to Instagram. "My experience fighting the coronavirus," the 52-year old actor wrote in the caption. "Hi everyone- yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I'll be ok, but I wanted share [sic] my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy."

Kim went on to explain that after he started to show symptoms that he went to a "drive-through testing facility that had just opened" in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ironically, Kim said that before he tested positive he was in New York "playing a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic."

The Good Doctor actor included in his message a warning for a certain demographic that might not be taking the virus seriously. "For all those out there — especially teenagers and millennials — who think this is not serious, please know that it is," he said. "And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones."

Andy Cohen's positive coronavirus test results changed his show's plans

Andy Cohen, the host of Bravo's talk show Watch What Happens Live, announced in an Instagram post on March 20, 2020, that he has tested positive for coronavirus. 

"After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus," Cohen began in a message to his fans. "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." He continued, "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."

As he'd hinted in his message, just a few days before his diagnosis, Cohen spoke with Variety about plans to host his popular talk show from his New York City apartment amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Our show is arguably the most lo-tech show in late-night in its current form. So the idea of taking it down even further a few notches is just ironic and hilarious," he quipped. "I mean, we're the show that I still can't believe gets a live signal out of a very small clubhouse in Soho. So we will now be from my own clubhouse in the West Village." 

With those plans at least temporarily scrapped, we're glad to see Cohen is focusing on his health.

Bachelor alum Colton Underwood is 'exhausted' after his coronavirus diagnosis

Colton Underwood, who starred in Season 23 of The Bachelor in 2019, announced in an Instagram video that he has been diagnosed with coronavirus. "I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today," he captioned the clip on March 20, 2020. "For anyone out there that is hesitant to self-quarantine ... please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I'll keep you posted, Love y'all."

In his video, Underwood included a few words of encouragement and wisdom with his followers: "So, I guess the reason I'm sharing this is not to cause fear or panic, but to hopefully encourage you guys to stay home, do your part, take care of yourselves, take care of one another." 

The reality TV star also described how the virus could take a toll on people who aren't deemed at risk. "I'm 28, I consider myself pretty healthy, I work out regularly, I eat healthy, and I became symptomatic a few days ago," Underwood explained. However, despite his healthy lifestyle, he claimed he "[couldn't] even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath or going to the bathroom without having to sit down, because [he's] exhausted."

Bon Jovi's David Bryan reassured fans following his COVID-19 test results

David Bryan, who's the keyboardist and founding member of massively popular '80s band Bon Jovi, took to Instagram on March 21, 2020, to announce that he's tested positive for the coronavirus. "I just got my results back today ... I've been sick for a week and feeling better each day," he wrote in part to fans, adding, "Please don't be afraid!!! It's the flu, not the plague." 

"I've have been quarantined for a week and will for another week," Bryan continued. "And when I feel better I'll get tested again to make sure I'm free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon... with the help of every American!!"

In addition to his work with Bon Jovi, which was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, Bryan is a Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist for his work on the 2010 Broadway music, Memphis, and has released three solo albums, per his official website.

Debi Mazar tested positive for coronavirus at her local urgent care

On March 21, 2020, Younger and Entourage actress Debi Mazar confirmed that she's tested positive for the coronavirus on Instagram. "I AM OK!," she captioned a selfie in part, before revealing that her entire family had "an odd bug" in late February. However, on March 15, Mazar woke up with a sore throat, cough, severe body aches, and a 102.4-degree fever: "I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?"

Stating that she'd called a doctor friend to get tested for COVID-19, but was told that she didn't meet the criteria, Mazar added that she went to an urgent care and got swabbed two days later. "I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days (in S.Korea it takes two hours)," the actress wrote. "Well..today is day 5 and I just found out." She then described the virus as "morphy," and hoped that the worst was over. 

"One day I feel crappy and the next I'm normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I'm tough. I can breathe, and I'm going to heal here in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days," Mazar wrote. "They have no symptoms. I think we all had it possibly already? Who knows."

Rand Paul is the first U.S. senator to be diagnosed with COVID-19

Senator Rand Paul's official Twitter account announced on March 22, 2020, that the Kentucky Republican has been diagnosed with coronavirus. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine," Paul's spokesperson tweeted in part. "He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person."

Paul's diagnosis makes him the first sitting senator and third U.S. lawmaker overall to announce that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week, both Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and Rep. Ben McAdams revealed that they, too, had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Earlier that same month, Paul had voted against an $8.3 billion emergency response coronavirus bill after his proposed amendment to the bill was turned down, tweeting out on March 5: "Earlier today I said that while I support an all-hands-on-deck response to the coronavirus we should cut out waste and take money from less urgent spending like what we waste overseas to put into that response effort. We have to start setting our own priorities."

Idris Elba's wife, Sabrina Dhowre, figured her coronavirus infection was inevitable

During a live stream appearance on Oprah Winfrey's Apple TV+ series Oprah Talks, Idris Elba's wife, model Sabrina Dhowre, revealed that she didn't take measures to avoid contracting the coronavirus. "Actually, I found out this morning, Oprah, that I tested positive," she said (via Mirror). "I'm not surprised, as soon as I heard that Idris was potentially exposed."

She went on to explain her decision to not distance herself from Elba. "I was on my way anyway and I wanted to be with him, I think that's an instinct as a wife you just want to go and take care," she said. "We didn't change the way we interacted, I could have made a decision to put myself in a separate room or maybe stay away and I'm sure people are making those decisions, they're tough decisions to make." She added, "I made the decision to want to be with him and still touch him."

Elba added that since he tested positive, he was sure Dhowre would test positive after being exposed to him. "On the day of the exposure, we were together at home and had been together right until I had departed to fly so at any point then, and prior to us knowing, if I'd caught it, she'd certainly have caught it in that time period as well," he said.

Harvey Weinstein tested positive for COVID-19 at Rikers Island

Convicted rapist and former movie producer Harvey Weinstein tested the positive for the coronavirus according to New York's Niagara Gazette. The report claims the 68-year old already had COVID-19 when he entered Wende Correctional Facility last week after being transferred from Rikers Island. Weinstein is believed to be one of two inmates to have tested positive.

Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), could not give any details on the disgraced mogul's health, but added: "There is no better breeding ground for this virus than a closed environment such as a correctional facility."

Reuters reports that Weinstein's legal team wasn't notified of his diagnosis. "Given Mr. Weinstein's state of health, we are of course concerned, if this is the case, and we are vigilantly monitoring the situation," said Imran Ansari, a lawyer on the Weinstein defense team. The Oscar-winning producer is currently serving a 23-year sentence.

Placido Domingo urged his fans to be vigilant against coronavirus

On March 22, 2020, legendary Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus on his official Facebook page. "I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the Corona virus [sic]," he began. "My family and I are all in self-isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary."

He stated that his family is in good health, but he "experienced fever and cough symptoms" and decided to get tested. "I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!" he continued.

The 72-year old then added a bit of positivity, saying only together can we fight the virus so we can "return to our normal daily lives very soon." He wrapped up his messages by telling his followers to heed their "local government's guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community."

Broadway's Aaron Tveit warned of strange coronavirus symptoms

Broadway actor Aaron Tveit announced that he has been diagnosed with coronavirus in a lengthy Instagram post shared on March 23, 2020. "Hey everyone. I just wanted to update you all that I've found out that I've tested positive for Covid-19," the 36-year-old Moulin Rouge! The Musical! star wrote to his fans, captioning a sweet snapshot of his dog, Miles. "I've been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I'm feeling much better."

"I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild — cold-like with no fever — as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms because this is a very dangerous virus," he continued. However, Tveit went on to state that he's lost his sense of "taste and smell," and warned his followers that this could be "a big sign" for people who don't experience other COVID-19 symptoms.

Adding that even before his test results he had been taking this "situation extremely seriously," Tveit urged others to do the same: "I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone. And even if you aren't feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms — please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon."

Frozen 2's Rachel Matthews shared advice after testing positive for coronavirus

In a series of Instagram Stories shared on March 17, 2020, Frozen 2 starlet Rachel Matthews — who played Honeymaren in the Disney flick — announced that she tested positive for coronavirus (via Deadline). At the time, Matthews revealed that she'd been self-quarantined for a week and only got tested because she'd "been around a confirmed case." She also warned that tests are "INSANELY hard to come by."

"Unsure of what the next step is ... but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise," the 26-year-old actress wrote. "I'm feeling better, but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some. Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions." Matthews added, "There isn't much to do other than rest, drink lots of water, take vitamins. More than anything, it's a waiting game."

Noting that America is "very behind" with no centralized system in place, Matthews added, "BUT receiving a test that shows you're positive really doesn't change much. It's not like you receive a specific medication once positive so please, if you have symptoms at all but can't find a test please just treat yourself as if you are positive (you most likely are)." She continued, "Rest, drink lots of liquids and SELF QUARANTINE." On March 23, Matthews shared a cute snapshot of her pup, writing, "Thankful for this lil one (the only hand I will be holding for a while)."

Jackson Browne tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to New York

Singer-songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne revealed in a March 24, 2020 interview that he tested positive for the coronavirus. "As soon as I had a small cough and a temperature, I tested [for COVID-19]," he told Rolling Stone, adding, "My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don't require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that." The 71-year old is in self-quarantine at his Los Angeles, Calif. home, as of this writing.

Browne suspects he caught the virus at the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert a few weeks prior. He told the publication that he's "not really badly affected," and joked that it was due to his "strong immune system." He regrets agreeing to do the benefit concert but is now spending time at home listening to music, "watching some shows," and reading "a bunch of medical bulletins and stories in the New York Times."

He ended the interview on a note of solidarity. "It's important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we're going through. Our experiences will be helpful for others to know," he said, adding "I don't think my case is that important, but it might be helpful to know that some people don't get this really bad. The idea that we can contribute to the overall herd immunity. You get over this as quickly as you can and be available to help others."

Slim Thug followed the CDC guidelines and still tested positive for coronavirus

Rapper Slim Thug posted a video to Instagram on March 24, 2020, to announce that he tested positive for the coronavirus. "So check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus ... and it came back positive," the "Like a Boss" rapper said in the video. "As careful as I've been self-quarantined, staying at home, I might gotten something to eat or something, did some stuff like that, simple stuff, nothing crazy."

Slim Thug said he took every precaution according to the CDC guidelines yet still caught the virus. "Stayed in my truck, had mask, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive, so ya'll gotta take this stuff serious," he said. "Sit home, self-quarantine, do not come outside for however long they sayin'."

He added that although he feels fine now, he suffered symptoms and encouraged others to take the coronavirus seriously. "I'm good, I feel good. I don't got no problems right now," he said. "The other day I had a slight fever and a cough ... I feel better now, I have no fever, nothing like that, I feel like I am good, but ya'll better take it serious, it's real out here — coronavirus."

Prince Charles tested positive for coronavirus after 'displaying mild symptoms'

Prince Charles, the 71-year-old son of Queen Elizabeth II, has tested positive for coronavirus, but is in "good health" while self-isolating in Scotland, a spokesperson from Clarence House released in a statement on March 25, 2020 (via E! News). "The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus," the statement read. "He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."

The Prince of Wales' wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has since tested negative for COVID-19. The tests were administered by the NHS, the United Kingdom's publicly-funded healthcare system, as the royal couple "met the requirement for testing." However, the spokesperson is unsure who exposed the heir to the British throne to the virus. 

Less than a week after Charles announced his diagnosis, Camilla's ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles told The Telegraph that he also tested positive for COVID-19, which he believes he contracted at the Cheltenham Festival, where he was in close contact with Princess Anne, Zara Tindell, and other members of the royal family. As of this writing, the diagnoses have not been officially linked. 

Meanwhile, a statement from Buckingham Palace has revealed that Prince Charles last saw Queen Elizabeth II on March 12. While medical experts reportedly "estimate [the] earliest he could have been infectious was March 13," the palace's statement added that the queen is now "following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare," including a relocation from her Buckingham Palace home to Windsor Castle "as a sensible precaution" against the coronavirus.

Laura Bell Bundy thought she was 'delusional' for thinking she had coronavirus

Laura Bell Bundy, best known for her Broadway roles in Hairspray and Legally Blonde, announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram video on March 25, 2020. "Do not be alarmed, I am OK," she told fans in the clip. "I am taking everything in stride, I am taking all the nutritional supplements that have been recommended by my doctor, and I have been taking herbs for a while, as well."

Calling her COVID-19 symptoms "minor," Bundy stated that she had been self-quarantining since March 12. The Anger Management star went on to explain that it all started with "a normal headache," then a sore throat. However, things escalated a few days later with a "tightness in [her] chest and shortness of breath." While the symptoms disappeared over the following weekend — making Bundy feel "delusional" for thinking she had the virus — by the following Monday, March 23, the symptoms had "[reared] their ugly head again."

Bundy admitted that she was "scared" because her husband was also experiencing symptoms, before "highly [encouraging] everybody to stay inside." Of the importance of social distancing and self-quarantining, she continued, "My belief is that more people have this than they realize and could be carriers. I was tested, but many people can't get tested. My husband is not getting tested, so he's not going to be counted as someone who has this even though he does."

Scarface: 'I felt like I was going to die'

During a March 26, 2020 live stream with his Geto Boys bandmate Willie D, legendary rapper Scarface revealed that he tested positive for the coronavirus. He then went on to describe his situation that started with an itchy throat and escalated quickly to fever, vomiting, pneumonia in both of his lungs, kidney failure, and multiple stays in the hospital. "I been to the point where I just felt like I was going to die," he said.

"Don't play no games with it," he warned. "I haven't been nowhere. I've been in my house. I ain't been on no planes, I ain't been in no restaurants... People out there thinking that this s**t is a game? You don't want to play with this." He also pointed out that he has asthma, which probably have complicated his situation.

Luckily, his situation improved to the point where he could recover and quarantine at home. "I'm thinking I may be on the back end of it because I've probably had it for so long," he said. "It's been to a point where I would be laying down, bro, and I couldn't keep comfortable because it was like an elephant sitting on my chest, bro. I could not breathe. ... I couldn't sit up." He added, "I'm just glad to be alive man. I can't wait to go out and suck up some of this sunshine."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'Together we can beat this'

On March 27, 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed in a Twitter video that he tested positive for coronavirus. "Over the last 24 hours, I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he wrote in the caption. "I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this."

Although he described his symptoms as "mild," Johnson explained he took a test after experiencing a fever and a persistent cough. He is now in self-isolation and working from home. "And that's entirely the right thing to do," he said. "But be in no doubt that I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern technology, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus."

He then thanked the National Health Service, the publicly funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom, and British citizens who are doing their part to stop the spread of the virus. He also strongly encouraged everyone else to take the recommended prevention measures as well, adding, "So thank you to everybody who's doing what I'm doing, working from home to stop the spread of the virus from household to household. That's the way we're going to win."

Testament's Chuck Billy: 'I've never been sick that long'

Chuck Billy, the lead singer of the thrash metal band Testament, revealed to Rolling Stone that he tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from a five-week European tour in early March 2020. 

"I had an achy body, headaches, coughing, tight chest, I lost my sense of smell and taste — the whole thing," Billy said. Explaining that the band felt fine during the tour — and even canceled two stops (including one in Italy) as COVID-19 began to spread across the world — he noted that the musicians' health took a turn when the group returned to America. "By the time we got home, within a 24-hour window amongst a group text we have going with everybody, people were just not feeling well," he continued. "We were like, 'Let's watch it and lock yourself in, and see how it goes.' And as time went, we just all started feeling the same."

As for the test? Billy said it was "painful" and "not fun." And while he's still monitoring his bandmates' health, Billy revealed that he's nearly recovered: "I'm doing pretty good, actually. I'm not all the way better, but I'm definitely feeling more like myself. I've never been sick that long. I've been sick before, but not that long like that."

Rep. Joe Cunningham lost his sense of taste and smell prior to his coronavirus diagnosis

Rep. Joe Cunningham, a freshman Democrat from South Carolina, revealed that he tested positive for the coronavirus in a Twitter statement released on March 27, 2020. As of this writing, the 37-year-old is now the third member of the House of Representatives and the fourth member of Congress to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

"On March 19th, 2020, I entered self-quarantine after I received word from the Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress that I had been in contact with a member of Congress who had since tested positive for COVID-19," Cunningham's statement read. "While I otherwise feel fine, since March 17th I have been unable to smell or taste, which I learned this week is a potential symptom of COVID-19." He added, "I have been in contact with my doctor since I entered self-quarantine. Yesterday, my doctor instructed me to get tested for COVID-19 and following a virtual consultation on MUSC.care, I went to my local testing clinic. Today, I learned that I tested positive."

Although he revealed that his "symptoms have begun to improve," Cunningham said he will remain in self-quarantine and work from home until "it is safe to leave." He continued, "I am grateful that my family remains in good health and urge South Carolinians to follow the guidance and recommendations from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public health threat."

Rep. Mike Kelly tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing 'mild flu-like symptoms'

On March 27, 2020, Rep. Mike Kelly, a Republican from Pennsylvania, announced that he was diagnosed with the coronavirus in a press release on his official government page. The 71-year-old politician was the fourth member of the House of Representatives and the fifth member of Congress to test positive.

"When I started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms earlier this week, I consulted my primary care physician. My doctor ordered a test for COVID-19, which I obtained at the drive-through testing site at Butler Memorial Hospital. My test came back positive this afternoon," Kelly wrote. "Thank you to my doctor Bill DiCuccio and the staff at Butler Memorial for their excellent care. My symptoms remain mild, and I will serve the 16th district from home until I fully recover. Additionally, my staff is tele-working and still available to constituents who need assistance."

At the time of this writing, Kelly is in self-quarantine at his home in Butler, Penn.

James Dolan was the first professional sports owner to test positive for coronavirus

New York Knicks owner James Dolan tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced in an official statement via Twitter on March 28, 2020. "The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus," the official New York Knicks Public Relations account tweeted. "He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations." 

64-year-old Dolan, who also owns the NHL's New York Rangers, was the first professional sports owner to contract COVID-19. Earlier that day, the Dolan Family Foundation donated $1 million to Madison Square Garden's event staff who were unable to work due to the pandemic (via the Bleacher Report). "I knew they'd do the right thing and they did," Union President James Claffey told the New York Post. "It's a very generous offer. It wasn't negotiated. They just gave it, here's what they wanted to do for our stage crews and other entertainment workers. We didn't request it. And they're taking care equally well of the other unions."

A COVID-19 diagnosis won't stop Chris Cuomo from working at home

On March 31, 2020, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo revealed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a message posted to Twitter. The Cuomo Prime Time host revealed that he was "quarantined" in his basement and would continue to host his nightly show remotely from his home.

"In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for coronavirus," Cuomo wrote. "I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fevers, chills, and shortness of breath." He added, "I just hope I didn't give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!"

However, the veteran journalist unfortunately appears to have infected his family. On April 15, Cuomo announced on his show that his wife, Cristina, tested positive for coronavirus. "Cristina now has COVID ... and it just breaks my heart," he said. "It is the one thing I was hoping wouldn't happen and now it has." Two days later, Cuomo finally emerged from his self-quarantine, but unfortunately, Cristina took to Instagram on April 22 to announce that their 14-year-old son, Mario, had tested positive. "After 10 days of ups and downs, feeling good one-day and terrible the next, I am now working toward getting my son, Mario, through the virus," she wrote. "My heart hurts more than my head over his infection."

Ali Wentworth: 'This is pure misery'

On April 1, 2020, Office Space and Jerry Maguire actress Ali Wentworth revealed that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a photo posted to Instagram, the 55-year old actress is seen in lying in her bed with glasses of fluids resting on her bedside table.

"I have tested positive for the Corona Virus," she wrote in the caption. "I've never been sicker. High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest. I'm quarantined from my family. This is pure misery. #stayhome"

The day before, Wentworth's husband, Good Morning America news anchor George Stephanopoulos said he would be working from for the foreseeable future in self-quarantine after Wentworth came down with symptoms. "Ali has developed some symptoms so she's upstairs resting right now," he told his GMA co-hosts (via USA Today). "While she's recovering as she goes through this, I'm going to be broadcasting from home and we'll be working as long as we can."

Sara Bareilles has 'fully recovered' after contracting coronavirus

In an Instagram Story posted on April 2, 2020, "Love Song" singer and Grammy winner Sara Bareilles revealed that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "I had it, just so you know," she said in the video (via People), adding, "I'm fully recovered."

Earlier in the clip, which featured Bareilles taking a social distancing walk, the singer-songwriter began with, "Hey friends, 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." Bareilles later added, "I am just thinking about all of the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love and just being really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around. Lots of love, you guys. Take care of yourselves."

In late March, Bareilles' Waitress castmate, Gavin Creel, announced during a live iteration of The Rosie O'Donnell Show that he was "pretty sure" he had contracted coronavirus after performing in the show's London production, noting that "a bunch of the cast has fallen sick."

Country singer Ray Benson: 'This s**t is serious!'

Ray Benson, frontman for the country swing band Asleep at the Wheel, took to his Facebook page on March 31, 2020, to announce that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

"Been feeling tired for about 10 days!" Benson wrote. "Hoping for the best don't have the usual symptoms but feel tired headache no fever no cough!! I'll be ok sure do miss playin music and seein everyone! Stay well this s**t [is] serious!!" The musician went on to explain that the first time he attempted to get tested 10 days prior, there were no tests available, so he had to go back. Benson then urged his fans to make sure they stay vigilant in their fight against the novel coronavirus, since he took what he thought were the appropriate precautions, but became infected anyway. 

"I have been alone for the most part and wore mask washed hands used hand sanitizer still got it!" Benson continued, before adding, "Do not listen to right-wing BS!"

Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey called coronavirus 'a brutal sickness'

During an appearance on Broadway.com's Live at Five show on April 2, 2020, Tony Award-winning actor John Benjamin Hickey revealed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Explaining to host Paul Wontorek that he started "feeling funny" the day after Broadway suspended all of its productions on March 12, Hickey said that he went to the doctor and got tested, and spent the next two weeks feeling "really brutally sick" following his diagnosis. Thankfully, he went on to let viewers know he's since recovered. "I clearly came through it and am two-and-a-half weeks now symptom-free and feel great," The Inheritance star said. Hickey then reflected on the seriousness of COVID-19, and considered himself "profoundly lucky" after "everything we're hearing and understanding now."

"I never felt like I needed to be at an emergency room or at a hospital. I had a doctor monitoring me the whole time," Hickey continued. "... I came out okay and feel like myself again." He added, "But it's, as we all know [and] very well understand, it is a brutal sickness. So, very happy to be here with you."

Rapper YNW Melly tested positive for COVID-19 while in jail

Florida rapper YNW Melly has tested positive for the novel coronavirus while in custody, his official Twitter account announced on April 2, 2020. "Melly has tested positive for COVID-19 while awaiting his trial in Broward County Jail," the tweet read. "He'll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly."

According to Page Six, YNW Melly (real name Jamell Demons) is currently awaiting trial for his alleged involvement in the October 2018 shooting deaths of rappers YNW Juvy (real name Christopher Thomas Jr.) and YNW Sakchaser (real name Anthony Williams). He has also since been connected to the shooting of sheriff's deputy Garry Chambliss in 2017. Two months following his February 2019 arrest, YNW Melly's team said that the rapper, who's facing the death penalty for these charges, planned to release a mixtape from behind bars. "I'm not gon' be there physically but I'm gon' be there officially," Melly said in a recorded social media message (via Page Six). "I need everybody to come show a n***a some love, man! Thank y'all to all my fans and supporters! I love y'all!"

CNN's Brooke Baldwin did 'all the things we're being told to do' ahead of her coronavirus diagnosis

CNN anchor and Newsroom host Brooke Baldwin announced in an Instagram post on April 3, 2020, that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The news comes just days after fellow CNN host, Chris Cuomo, announced his own COVID-19 diagnosis. 

"I am OKAY. It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon," Baldwin wrote. "Chills, aches, fever." The 40-year-old TV journalist explained that she had been "social distancing" and "doing ALL the things we're being told to do," but she still contracted the virus. "I'm healthy," she continued. "No underlining conditions... Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones. I look forward to being back on television real soon." Baldwin went on to thank all the doctors and nurses on the frontline of this global pandemic, "who are doing the real work right now."

Three days before announcing her diagnosis, Baldwin got choked up several times while interviewing a woman who was unable to say goodbye to her mother, who passed from COVID-19 complications, in person. "I do not have all of the words in the world to say. I'm sorry, just that I'm sorry for the loss of your mother," Baldwin said (via HuffPost). "I know my own mother is watching but forgive me, but I feel for you."

Pink and her son tested positive for COVID-19

On April 4, 2020, multi-platinum recording artist Pink revealed that she and her son tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a lengthy Instagram post.

"Two weeks ago my three-year-old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive," she wrote, accompanying a sweet photo of herself and Jameson. "My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative."

She then blasted the government for failing to make testing "widely accessible" and free "to protect our children, our families, our friends, and our communities." The "Just Like a Pill" singer then pledged $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia to honor her mother who worked there for almost 20 years. She then pledged another $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. "THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes!" she wrote.

Christopher Cross: 'This is possibly the worst illness I've ever had'

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The five-time Grammy winner who rose to fame with the hits "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" and "Sailing," shared the news with fans in a lengthy Facebook post on April 3, 2020.

"I'm sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus," he wrote. "I'm not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in the hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I've ever had."

He went on to warn people who "think it is a 'hoax' or part of some conspiracy," to understand that COVID-19 "is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world." Cross then pleaded with his fans to "PLEASE make every attempt to stall the spread of this virus" by following the CDC guidelines and "the SCIENCE." He ended his post with a message of positivity and unity in the face of the crisis. "Last but never least: wherever you are in the world, let's all be kind to one another," he wrote. "Only if we work together can we defeat COVID-19."

Marianne Faithfull was hospitalized for coronavirus

Legendary singer Marianne Faithfull was hospitalized in London after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. Faithfull's manager issued a statement, which read, in part (per Variety), "She is stable and responding to treatment, we all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery."

Faithfull's friend, Penny Arcade, told Rolling Stone that the "As Tears Go By" singer was in self-quarantine when she had cold-like symptoms. She then tested positive for COVID-19 after checking herself into the hospital where she developed pneumonia. According to the publication, Mick Jagger's former flame battled breast cancer in 2016 and hepatitis C for decades.

Arcade also shared an update on Facebook about Faithfull's status. "She has withstood and survived so much in her life — including being Marianne Faithfull, that to be taken down by a virus would be such a tragedy," she wrote. "I spoke to her last week and she was hiding out from the virus but she has caregivers and someone brought in to her."

Duran Duran's John Taylor called the coronavirus a 'turbo-charged flu'

On April 5, 2020, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor revealed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

Sharing the news with fans on the legendary new wave band's official Facebook page, Taylor wrote, "DEAR FRIENDS OF MINE after giving some thought to this, I have decided to share with you that I tested positive with the Corona Virus almost three weeks ago." The musician added, "Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59-year old — I like to think I am — or was blessed with getting only a mild case of COVID-19 — but after a week or so of what I would describe as a 'Turbo-charged Flu,' I came out of it feeling okay." He continued, "Although I must admit I didn't mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover."

Taylor explained that he decided to publicly open up about his coronavirus diagnosis "in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified." Noting that his "heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain" during this time, Taylor continued, "But I want to let you know that it isn't always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing."

RHONJ's Jennifer Aydin: 'There were a few rough days'

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jennifer Aydin revealed that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus in an Instagram video posted on April 8, 2020.

"I've been sick for the past 10 days and Monday is when my test came back positive," Aydin wrote in the caption. "But today is the first day that I'm finally starting to feel better." The reality TV starlet went on to explain that, while she's been feeling fatigued, she didn't have any breathing issues, and noted that her worst symptoms were "sweating and chills." She added, "I'm taking my vitamins and drinking hot liquids. We'll all get through this."

In the video itself, Aydin claimed that her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Bill Aydin, was initially hesitant to bring home a COVID-19 test for her, because she "didn't have the normal symptoms like a fever or heavy cough." While she stated that she's thankfully starting to feel better now, Aydin revealed that she had experienced "a few rough days," which included severe headaches, "extreme night sweats," and the loss of her sense of smell and taste.

Rep. Neal Dunn 'expects a full recovery soon'

Rep. Neal Dunn, a Republican from Florida, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office confirmed on April 9, 2020. In a statement to Tallahassee's ABC 27, representatives for Dunn said he began to have symptoms three days prior and went to the emergency room.

"After meeting CDC criteria, he was tested for COVID-19 and has received notice that the results came back positive. Congressman Dunn is feeling great and currently quarantining himself at home per CDC guidelines and working on Phase IV of the Administration's response to this pandemic," the statement continued. "He expects a full recovery soon. He reminds everyone that it is important for us all to stay home unless they are an 'essential employee' or need essential items from stores or pharmacies."

The statement concludes with Dunn's belief "that we must continue to do what we can to target vulnerable places and populations to slow the spread of this disease." The statement added: "He is keenly interested in new and faster testing to help everyone understand their risks. While America continues to suffer from some sad areas of 'hot spots,' our current actions are mitigating the worst of this disease and America will rebound in the near future."

According to Politico, Dunn resides in Panama City, "where 14 positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported" at the time of publishing. Overall in his home state, 16,000 people have contracted COVID-19, which a resulting 354 deaths.

Jedediah Bila: 'This is a crazy time in the world'

Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Jedediah Bila announced that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The 41-year old shared the news in an Instagram post on April 9, 2020. "I know I've been a little MIA. I'm actually at home recovering from COVID-19, she wrote. "I'm very much on the mend, so please don't worry."

She stated that her husband was also at home "recovering" from the virus. "This is a crazy time in the world, full of so much anxiety and fear. I've learned so much this past week and done so much thinking," she continued. "Know that I'm sending love, peace, and good energy from my family to yours. I'll be sharing more in coming weeks. Thank you for your messages. I love and miss you all."

Bila, who served as a co-host on The View for two years before her departure in 2017, becomes the first Fox News personality to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

Babyface's entirely family was infected with COVID-19

Legendary songwriter and producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds celebrated his 62nd birthday on April 10, 2020 — the same day he announced that he and his family had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The musician shared the news with his fans in a Twitter statement. 

"I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday. I tested positive for the Covid19 virus, as did my family," Babyface wrote. "It's an incredibly scary thing to go through my friends. I'm happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health." 

An eleven-time Grammy winner, Babyface has written or produced dozens of R&B chart-toppers over the course of his career for such iconic artists like Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, TLC, Madonna, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Toni Braxton, and Mary J. Blige. He is also a major influence on the musical stars of today. "If you're ever feeling yourself as a songwriter take a look at BabyFace's catalog, and it will quickly remind you that you ain't s**t!" Bruno Mars wrote on Instagram that same day. "Happy Birthday to one of the greatest! I call him The Teacher."

Sturgill Simpson fought to get tested for coronavirus

Singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson announced that he tested positive for coronavirus after nearly a month of not exhibiting symptoms. In a lengthy, since-deleted Instagram post dated April 11, 2020 (via USA Today), the "Remember to Breathe" singer stated that three days after playing Charleston, S.C. on his A Good Look'n Tour in mid-March, he found himself in a Nashville emergency room with "chest pains, fever, and pre-stroke blood pressure levels."

Simpson explained that a "highly condescending" doctor refused to give him a test, so he went back home. "Almost one month later on April 6th my wife and I were both tested after finally finding a free drive-thru testing facility outside a National Guard depot in Alabama," he continued. "Yesterday on Friday April 10th, after almost one month without any symptoms, I received a call from the Nashville CDC stating that my test resulted in a positive detection for Covid-19."

Adding that the CDC nurse told him the novel coronavirus "reacts differently in a case by case basis" and that "the only thing anybody knows is that we don't really know much yet," Simpson then expressed his frustration with knowing he was contagious for weeks without being able to get tested. "But hey," he concluded, "at least our Government appointed task force headed by a man who does not believe in science is against mass testing and we now have a second task force in the works to 'open America back up for business!'"

George Stephanopoulos has experienced no COVID-19 symptoms

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. With the news coming nearly two weeks after his wife, author and actress Ali Wentworth, announced her own COVID-19 diagnosis, the 59-year-old veteran journalist disclosed his health update on Good Morning America on April 13, 2020.

Luckily, Stephanopoulos appears to only be an asymptomatic carrier. "I've never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath," Stephanopoulos said. "I'm feeling great." He also revealed that Wentworth was thankfully "doing much, much better."

The longtime political commentator had been self-isolating since his wife's diagnosis, and it appears his instinct was right. "We are basically acting to the outside world as if we have it," Stephanopoulos said the previous week (via the New York Daily News). "We are staying inside the house. I am the only one who goes in and out. Somebody does have to take care of her. That's me. But so far I feel fine and I am not showing any symptoms."

DeRay Mckesson: 'Quarantine has now turned into isolation'

Baltimore and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson announced in a Twitter thread on April 16, 2020, "I just tested positive for COVID-19." He continued, "I lost my sense of taste about a week ago — a mild symptom, the doctor said. Quarantine has now turned into isolation. Luckily, taste is beginning to come back. The doc expects me to recover fully, told me to call if I have any chest pains."

He also shed light on the racial disparity of COVID-19 deaths. "Black people are disproportionately victims of COVID-19," he wrote in a following tweet, adding, "Racism pushes black people to the margins of society & there is less of every resource at the margins. This is by design. We did not do this to ourselves. But it can [be] undone in this lifetime. Healthcare is a right!"

And while the world is looking for a vaccine for the virus, Mckesson, like the rest of us, is looking for a vaccine for the shelter-in-place boredom. "Also, I don't think I can take anymore naps. I'm a little tired of watching TV," he concluded. "I've loved FT'ing with my niece & nephew, sister, & friends. I'm obsessed with the HouseParty app and overwhelmed by the IG Live craze. If you have any suggestions on how to remain sane, let me know."

Kalie Shorr: 'The first few days were absolutely miserable'

Country music singer Kalie Shorr took to Twitter on March 30, 2020, to announce that she'd tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19," the 25-year-old "Lullaby" singer tweeted at the time. "I'm feeling significantly better, but it's proof how dangerous and contagious this is. It's endlessly frustrating to see people not taking this seriously." In a separate tweet, Shorr described what she went through during the early stages of the virus. "The first few days were absolutely miserable. I've never felt like that before," she explained. "My entire body was in pain, and my fever was like riding a wave. I completely lost my sense of taste and smell."

Shorr — who told People that she went public with her diagnosis because, "I thought it was easier for me to tell my entire extended family by posting it" — later took part in Variety's series of essays called "Corona Chronicles." In addition to keeping friends, family, and fans updated while suffering from COVID-19, Shorr found the time to bring some levity to her situation a couple weeks after her initial announcement, tweeting out on April 16: "Just saw myself on a list of 'celebrities who have cut or dyed their own hair in quarantine' which is a nice way of saying 'd-listers who are having mild to moderate mental breakdowns.'"

CNN host Richard Quest is powering through after contracting coronavirus

CNN International's Quest Means Business host Richard Quest took to Twitter on April 20, 2020, to reveal that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "I have caught coronavirus. I am blessed in that I have few symptoms — just a cough," the economics reporter wrote. "I am saving my prayers and thoughts for those less fortunate. Stay in. And protect lives."

Quest also addressed his diagnosis on the air, stating that he would continue broadcasting from his home unless "it all gets too much" (via the New York Post). "I just have a nasty cough, which, thankfully tonight because of our excellent technical staff, there won't be too much spluttering away," he continued. "Nope, I don't have any of the awful breathlessness or the fatigue or anything else — [or] night sweats, for example, that some of my colleagues have suffered."

Quest becomes the third CNN personality to test positive for COVID-19 after Chris Cuomo and Brooke Baldwin shared their own diagnoses. "I'm not a fool nor am I a hero," Quest continued on the air. "But at the moment, I feel fine, I feel good, but there are important things that you and I need to talk about every night."

COVID-19 made ESPN's Todd McShay miss his big day

On the day of the 2020 NFL Draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay announced that he wouldn't be part of the network's coverage due to testing positive for the novel coronavirus. The 14-year ESPN veteran shared the news on Twitter on April 23, 2020.

"For now, I just want to say I miss you all — my teammates at ESPN who have been incredibly supportive, my friends in the league, and the fans who have made the Draft what it is today," McShay wrote in a text-post. "I also want to assure you I'll be back, thanks to the tireless work of healthcare workers and first responders. You are truly our nation's heroes. In the meantime, I'll be watching and I hope you will be too. I also hope [Trey] Wingo and crew will help me out and do their part to keep [Mel] Kiper in line!"

Seth Markman, ESPN's vice president of production, said in a statement that the network's "top priority is the health and safety" of their employees. "While Todd won't appear on our NFL Draft telecasts this weekend, we will be thinking of him throughout the event and doing our very best to make him proud," he continued. "Todd is a widely respected member of the ESPN family, and he has our continued well wishes and unwavering support."

Madonna tested positive for antibodies

In another installment of her "Quarantine Diary" series of Instagram videos, pop icon Madonna revealed a lot more than just a newfound love of bread-making. "I took a test the other day, and I found out that I have the [coronavirus] antibodies," she said. If this comes as a surprise, it should. The "Papa Don't Preach" singer has never claimed to have been infected with COVID-19. However, according to the CDC, "antibodies are proteins that help fight off infection," and a positive test result indicates "that likely resulted from an infection with SARS-CoV-2, or possibly a related coronavirus."

The Queen of Pop followed up that revelation with a comment that might have her announcing a positive COVID-19 test in the future. "Tomorrow, I'm just going to go for a long drive in a car and I'm gonna roll down the window, and I'm going to go breathe in the COVID-19 air," she said, adding "I hope the sun is shining."

Madge might want to familiarize herself with the CDC's recommended guidelines before that long drive. "It's unclear if those antibodies can provide protection (immunity) against getting infected again," the public health agency states. "This means that we do not know at this time if antibodies make you immune to the virus."

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin is stepping down to self-isolate

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced during a videoconference with President Vladimir Putin on Russian state television that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus (via The Guardian). The 54-year old, "who was tasked by Vladimir Putin with leading the response to the country's coronavirus outbreak," stated he would step down from his duties to go into self-isolation.

"I have just found out that the tests I gave for coronavirus have come back positive," Mishustin told Putin during the call. "Accordingly, I will go into self-isolation, fulfilling my doctors' orders. This is necessary to do in order to protect my colleagues."

"Dear Mikhail Vladimirovich, what is happening to you right now can happen to anyone, I've always said so. You are someone very active, I want to thank you for the work that has been done until now," Putin replied. "When you get to the hospital, I'll be waiting for your call." At the time of this writing, Russia has over 130,000 reported cases of COVID-19 (via CNN).

DJ Jazzy Jeff: 'I have never been that sick'

DJ Jazzy Jeff, who famously won the first-ever hip-hop Grammy alongside Will Smith's The Fresh Prince back in 1989, spoke to CNN about his struggles with the novel coronavirus. During the interview, which aired on May 3, 2020, the legendary rapper-DJ (real name Jeff Townes) revealed that he began to feel ill after returning home to Delaware following an early March gig in Ketchum, ID. However, he was unable to get tested for COVID-19.

"I've had the flu before, and I've had pneumonia before. As sick as I was, I have never been that sick," Townes, who self-quarantined at home with his wife, Lynette, and her mom, said. "So, there was no doubt in my mind that I had Covid." In addition to losing his sense of taste and smell, the 55-year-old added, "I started hallucinating. I would go to sleep and could swear that I slept for 12 hours and I would wake up and I had been asleep for six minutes ... That was probably the toughest four days I've ever had. I can honestly say I had one or two times that my brain started going down a really dark path."

Since his recovery, the "Parents Just Don't Understand" hitmaker has encouraged fans to practice social distancing and to stay home. After putting on a quarantine concert with longtime pal Smith in April, Townes announced that his May 9, 2020, DJ Block Party via Instagram Live would benefit No Kid Hungry.

VP press secretary Katie Miller has tested positive for coronavirus

Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Politico reported on May 8, 2020. "Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes," Miller, whose husband is senior Trump advisor Stephen Miller, tweeted. "I'm doing well and look forward to getting back to work for the American people."

"She's a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time," President Donald Trump said on the matter while meeting with congressional Republicans, per Politico. "And then all of the sudden today she tested positive. She hasn't come into contact with me. She's spent some time with the vice president."

According to People, Miller became the second White House staff member to test positive during the first week of May behind Trump's personal valet. Her diagnosis came a little more than a week after Pence visited the Mayo Clinic and refused to wear a mask. As of May 9, 2020, 11 Secret Service employees and Ivanka Trump's personal assistant have been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well.

UFC's Ronaldo Souza has to miss a fight following his COVID-19 diagnosis

Mixed martial artists and UFC Light Heavyweight, Ronaldo Souza, tested positive for the coronavirus, ESPN announced on May 8, 2020. The 40-year-old had been scheduled to fight Uriah Hall at UFC 249 the following day, but the match was subsequently canceled. After the news broke, Hall tweeted out to Souza, "Brother I know it sucks I'm sorry you have to go through this I am beyond devastated for the missed opportunity." He added, "I wish you nothing but recovery for you and your family."

In a statement released to the media outlet, the fight's promotion explained, "UFC's medical team examined Souza and his two cornermen and found them to be currently asymptomatic, or not exhibiting the common symptoms of COVID-19. As per UFC's health and safety protocols, all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off-premises, where UFC's medical team will monitor their conditions remotely and will provide assistance with any necessary treatment."

Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White stated that after "[administering] 1,200 tests this week, on 300 people," the other 23 fighters scheduled for the event all tested negative. White added, "It's not unexpected one person would test positive. The system works. And what's good about this is now we know Jacare tested positive, he's doing what he needs to do, and we're in a position to help him if he needs it."

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov has contracted coronavirus

On May 12, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin's longtime spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, revealed to the Russian News Agency, Tass, that he had tested positive and was hospitalized for the novel coronavirus. "Yes, I have fallen ill," Peskov confirmed. "I am receiving treatment." 

In an Instagram post shared that same day, the 52-year-old's wife, Olympic ice dancer Tatyana Navka, announced that she had also contracted COVID-19 (as loosely translated by NPR). According to the Associated Press, Navka also discussed the matter with reporters, saying that both had entered the hospital so they wouldn't spread the virus to their family members. "He brought it [the virus] from work," she explained, before noting that Peskov's condition was "satisfactory." 

For his part, Peskov also told Tass that the last time he had seen Putin was "over a month [ago]." However, the Associated Press reports that Kremlin pool reporters have since taken to social media to claim that Peskov was last seen with the Russian leader at a meeting on April 30. According to Reuters, Peskov is now the fourth high-ranking Kremlin official to test positive for coronavirus, behind Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, Culture Minister Olga Lyubimova, and Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev.

Today's Dylan Dreyer found out she was not 'invincible' to COVID-19

On May 13, 2020, Today meteorologist Dylan Dreyer revealed that she tested positive for coronavirus antibodies following her husband's own COVID-19 diagnosis back in March (via Today). Dreyer told her morning show viewers that she got a nasal swab test to see if she had been infected, as well, but the test determined she was negative for coronavirus but positive for antibodies.

Dreyer then asked Dr. Kavita Patel if she was "invincible" to the coronavirus after the positive antibody test. "Unfortunately, as much as it would be comforting to believe that that antibody-positive test means you're invincible, the truth is that we don't know," Patel answered. She warned Dreyer to continue social distancing, wearing a mask in public, and hand-washing until the COVID-19 threat is over.

Meanwhile, Dreyer's husband, Brian Fichera, previously detailed his "debilitating" and "diabolical" coronavirus symptoms in an April 15 Instagram post. "It's the Freddy Krueger of viruses," he wrote in part, "because it knows where you are weakest and knows your deepest fears and it attacks accordingly."

Washington Redskins legend Dexter Manley was hospitalized with the coronavirus

Dexter Manley, the legendary Washington Redskins defensive end who was an integral part of the organization's first two Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1980s, has been hospitalized due to complications stemming from the coronavirus, his daughter told The Washington Post on May 16, 2020. 

"I just think he is scared," Dalis Manley said of her 61-year-old father, who was once dubbed "The Secretary of Defense." She went on to explain that Manley had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 2 after two weeks of running a high fever and eventually having difficulty speaking and keeping his balance due to shortness of breath. He later developed a bad cough and was rushed to the hospital, where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. 

Manley regularly wore masks in public amid the pandemic. However, he told Dalis that he believes he contracted coronavirus while visiting a convenience store without a mask on. Meanwhile, Manley's son, Dexter Manley II, said, "He hasn't gotten worse, but they're worried about his breathing. He hasn't been stopped yet, so I don't think [the coronavirus] will do it now." Manley is reportedly "stable and resting comfortably" as of this writing,

During his nine seasons with the Washington Redskins, Manley recorded 91 sacks, making him the franchise's all-time leader in sacks

Patrick Ewing: 'This virus is serious'

New York Knicks legend and Georgetown University men's basketball coach, Patrick Ewing, announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a Twitter statement posted on May 22, 2020. 

"I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19," the 57-year-old NBA Hall of Fame center wrote. "This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones." Ewing added, "I want to thank the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines. I'll be fine and we will all get through this." 

According to the university, Ewing was isolated and under care at a local hospital (via CNN). Having coached at Georgetown since 2017, Ewing previously helped win an NCAA championship for the school as a player back in 1984. Director Spike Lee, a lifelong New York Knicks fan, asked his fans to send positive vibes to his friend. "My Brother Patrick Ewing Announced Yesterday That He Has Tested Positive For The Coronavirus," Lee tweeted out. "Let's All Send 'Number 33, From Georgetown, Patrick Ewing' Our Prayers And Blessings For A Healthy Recovery."

Neera Tanden was 'super careful' ahead of her coronavirus diagnosis

Neera Tanden, President and CEO of the liberal think tank, Center for American Progress, took to Twitter on May 23, 2020, to announce that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "I've been sick for a week, and really, really fatigued, with muscle pain," she wrote in part. "So far, thankfully, no fever and my oxygen levels are fine. But I was super careful, wore masks, carried hand sanitizer. Haven't really socialized with friends."

Known for her "aggressive" style in the political sphere, Tanden is a CNN and MSNBC contributor who previously served as a top aide on Hillary Clinton's first presidential campaign and has since become an outspoken critic of both Bernie Sanders and the Trump administration. In a follow-up tweet, Tanden claimed that her COVID-19 diagnosis came after following CDC guidelines. "I only went out for necessities and wore masks," she wrote. "And did nature walks. This is obviously a very transmissible virus. People need to take a lot of care and the idea we can just reopen is very scary."

Amid Tanden's well-wishers following her health update was Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, who tweeted, "Awful news. Hope you have a speedy recovery."

Aaron Ramsdale: 'It's definitely a shock'

Aaron Ramsdale, an English professional footballer who serves as a goalkeeper for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth and the England U21s, told The Sun that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "It's definitely a shock — I've not been in contact with anybody and I've now got it," the 22-year-old athlete said on May 25, 2020. "I'm showing no symptoms so the fact that a healthy young person could potentially have it is definitely scary and worrying."

Ramsdale, who's been in self-quarantine with his girlfriend since his diagnosis, revealed that he may have contracted COVID-19 while grocery shopping. "It's one of those things that has unfortunately happened and happened to me," he continued. "When you know you haven't had it, and you've just been following the rules and only gone to the shop, that was obviously scary at first." Ramsdale added, "Now I'm in the realization that I've got it. There are other people who have had it and other people will get it so there's obviously nothing to be ashamed of."

According to the Mirror, Ramsdale becomes the second Premier League player to test positive for the coronavirus behind Watford's Adrian Mariappa.

Andrea Bocelli said contracting coronavirus was 'like living a nightmare'

Legendary opera tenor Andrea Bocelli announced that he and his family had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a video posted to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, on May 26, 2020. "My whole family was contaminated," the 61-year-old said in the English translation shared by USA Today. "We all had a fever — though thankfully not high ones — with sneezing and coughing." Bocelli added, "I had to cancel many concerts ... It was like living a nightmare because I felt like I was no longer in control of things. I was hoping to wake up at any moment."

Bocelli also made a statement on his official Facebook page. "The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected — albeit mildly — me and certain members of my family," he wrote in part. "Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn't want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family's privacy."

Explaining that the Bocelli family had thankfully fully recovered "by the end of March," he has since donated blood in hopes it would "help find a cure" for COVID-19. "A modest — but fundamental — gesture," Bocelli noted, "through which I am playing my small part."

Actor Naveed Raza contracted COVID-19 while on set

Bollywood star Naveed Raza revealed that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to Images, Raza, and several other cast members tested positive after doing promotion for the film Mera Dil Mera Dushman on Good Morning Pakistan. "There must have been a carrier on set," he said.

In an interview with the publication, Raza described his symptoms that started with "a lot of dehydration, body cramps" and a headache on the first day. "The second day, weakness and fever added to these," he explained. "I didn't feel throat ache or flu though other people have and these are also common symptoms. The third day again, I contracted fever, headache, weakness, and body cramps but I got tested and thankfully, am not showing as many."

His experience with COVID-19 has led him to advocate for more testing and safety protocols before movies resume filming. "Even if you follow complete SOPs, it will be difficult to save yourself if an infected person is on set," he said. "Please forward this to one another, understand, and notice these before starting work. That is the only way to help and take care of one another."

Tony Shalhoub had 'a pretty rough few weeks'

While appearing on the Peacock web series The At-Home Variety Show on May 11, 2020, actor Tony Shalhoub reprised his Emmy-winning role of Adrian Monk to imagine how the germ-obsessive Monk character would be dealing with COVID-19. However, at the end of the episode, Shalhoub addressed viewers as himself to reveal that he and his wife, Brooke Adams, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in April.

"I hope you are all being careful and following the protocol. We really are all Monk now," Shalhoub said. "Last month, my wife Brooke and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse."

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star then referenced the nightly ritual in some cities across the globe where people clap and cheer in solidarity with healthcare workers and professionals. "Must be 7:00 — time to go out and show our appreciation to all our heroes: the health care workers, the first responders," he said while walking to his balcony. "Let's go. Stay safe and stay sane."

Sen. Tim Kaine has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies

Former Vice Presidential candidate and Democratic Senator Tim Kaine announced that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in May 2020. "While those antibodies could make us less likely to be re-infected or infect others," the 62-year-old said in a statement on May 28 (via CNN), "there is still too much uncertainty over what protection antibodies may actually provide."

Kaine explained that he first had coronavirus symptoms in March, after which his wife "experienced a short bout of fever and chills, followed by congestion and eventually a cough." He stated that a lack of COVID-19 testing kits prevented them from being officially tested, but they were already "working remotely and isolated from others" at their home in Richmond, Va. However, since having coronavirus antibodies doesn't necessarily mean you can't catch the virus again, the Kaines will continue to take precautions. "So we will keep following CDC guidelines — hand-washing, mask-wearing, social distancing," the politician continued. "We encourage others to do so as well. It shows those around you that you care about them."

Pennsylvania House Rep. Andrew Lewis' hidden diagnosis caused backlash

Republican Representative Andrew Lewis, a member of the Pennsylvania House, announced in an official statement that he had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. "On Monday, May 18, I was tested for COVID-19 and on Wednesday, May 20, I was notified that my test came back positive," he wrote. "I immediately began self-isolation protocol and contacted the House of Representatives, and our caucus Human Resources department. My last day in the Capitol was Thursday, May 14."

Lewis released this statement nearly two weeks after his diagnosis, explaining, "Out of respect for my family, and those who I may have exposed, I chose to keep my positive case private. Now that I have fully recovered ... I feel now is the appropriate time to share this information with the public and my constituents."

However, the decision to keep this private did not sit well with his colleagues across the aisle, per The New York Times, one of whom called for House Speaker Mike Turzai to resign. "Republican leaders knew for a week that at least one of their Members had tested positive, and they quarantined a few of their own Members as a result, but failed to notify any of us exposed to them!" Democratic Representative Brian K. Sims tweeted. In a profanity-laced video posted to his official Facebook page, Sims went further. "How dare you put our lives at risk," he said, noting that he had recently donated a kidney. "How dare you put our families at risk?"

Sen. Bob Casey is donating plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies

Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania announced that he tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in an official statement on May 29, 2020. "On Wednesday afternoon, I received the results of a COVID-19 ELISA IgG Antibody Test, which were positive," he wrote. "This positive test means that I likely had COVID-19 at some point over the last several months and have since developed an antibody response to the virus."

Casey explained that he'd "experienced a low-grade fever and some mild flu-like symptoms" in the early spring. However, since he was able to isolate at home alone, he didn't seek medical attention, because his "symptoms were relatively mild and manageable." The politician then consulted with the Capitol's Attending Physician and received an antibody test that "revealed substantial levels of COVID-19 antibody" in his blood.

"In an effort to help others fighting this virus, I will be making my first donation today in Taylor, Pennsylvania," Casey wrote. "I encourage others who have recovered from COVID-19 to consult with their own physician to see if they may also be eligible to donate. I will continue to follow the guidance of public health experts by wearing a mask in public and observing social distancing practices, and I hope that others will do the same to help slow the spread of this virus."

Hope Hicks quarantined on Air Force One

On October 1, 2020, news broke that one of Donald Trump's top aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. According to Bloomberg, Hicks was aboard Air Force One with the Trump family as they traveled from the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election to a rally in Minnesota. Hicks reportedly fell ill while in Minnesota and quarantined in the plane during the flight back to Washington, D.C.

Later that night, Trump called into Hannity where he the two discussed the breaking news. "I just heard about this. She tested positive," Trump said (via CNN Business). "She wears masks a lot. But she tested positive." While on the call, Trump seemingly suggested how he though Hicks may have contracted the virus. "You know Hope very well, she is fantastic, and she has done a great job," he said, adding, "But it is very, very hard when you are with people from the military, or from law enforcement, and they come over to you and they want to hug you and kiss you because we really have done a good job for them. You get close, and things happen."

Trump later tweeted his support for Hicks, writing, "Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID 19. Terrible! The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"

Donald Trump and Melania Trump are experiencing 'mild symptoms'

Three hours after tweeting well-wishes to aide Hope Hicks, President Trump returned to the platform for his own announcement in the wee hours of Oct. 2, 2020: "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!". Melania Trump also confirmed the diagnosis, saying she is experiencing "mild symptoms" at the time of this writing. "Thank you for the love you are sending our way. I have mild symptoms but overall feeling good. I am looking forward to a speedy recovery," she tweeted.

Speaking with the press later that day, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said that the couple "remain in good spirits" and that Trump remains "very energetic" (via People). "We talked a number of times this morning. I got the five or six things that he had tasked me to do like I do every single morning. He is certainly wanting to make sure we stay engaged," Meadows continued. He added that doctors are monitoring Trump's health and will continue to provide updates.

While it's unclear at this point how the Trumps contracted COVID-19, NBC News Chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson reported that the Trump family ignored the mask mandate at the first presidential debate in Cleveland three days before their positive test. Jackson observed a doctor approaching the Trump family guests to offer them masks, but "someone shook their head and no one she reminded to put on a mask ended up putting one on."

Sen. Mike Lee thought he had allergies

On October 2, 2020, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced on his official Twitter account that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Lee claimed the day before he was "experiencing symptoms consistent with longtime allergies," but took a COVID-19 test "out of an abundance of caution" after seeking medical advice."

"Unlike the test I took just a few days ago while visiting the White House, yesterday's test came back positive. On advice of the Senate attending physician, I will remain isolated for the next 10 days," his statement continued. "I have spoken with Leader McConnell and Chairman Graham and assured them I will be back to work in time to join my Judiciary Committee colleagues in advancing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the committee and then to the full Senate."

Three days before his COVID-19 diagnosis, Lee met with SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett. "I was remarkably impressed by Judge Barrett. My meeting with her was fantastic. She is a judge, a legal scholar, a lawyer, and a jurist with outstanding credentials. We had a great conversation and I am very much looking forward to speaking with her more during her confirmation hearing," he said after their meeting where both Lee and Barrett did not wear masks.