Idris Elba Tests Positive for Covid-19

By Ben Hamill - March 18 2020

Idris Elba Tests Positive for Covid-19

Fast & Furious star and British superstar hunk Idris Elba has just become the latest celebrity to test positive for the human Coronavirus. The star confirmed the diagnosis on Twitter on Monday, joining fellow entertainment industry stars Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, who were two of the first A-listers to have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Elba, 47, confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus that same morning, and said that despite his having no symptoms so far, he had entered into isolation the minute he found out about a possible exposure to someone already sick with the virus. He had apparently initially been tested for the virus on Friday past.

Don’t Freak Out Says Elba

He urged the Twitter community to not freak out and stay calm and indoors. Elba’s wife Sabrina is obviously in isolation together with the superstar, as she could be seen in the background of his video posted to the social media platform on Monday.

Elba also said that despite his feeling OK, he could not help but feel concerned about the fact that his having battled with asthma and various respiratory challenges all his life now placed him in a high-risk category. Even so, he told fans not to panic but instead, to adopt a proper hygiene routine, to regularly wash their hands, and to remain vigilant in in general.

He added that the best thing for humanity right now is transparency. Those who feel ill or feel like testing may be in order should do something about it, concluded the actor, supposedly referring to taking the necessary steps in order to be screened for the presence of the virus.

Asthma A Concern For The Actor

Elba seemed particularly concerned about his high-risk status and said that catching the virus was definitely therefore nowhere near being a part of his bucket list. But even despite the concurrent presence of asthma alongside the virus, Elba said he did not, at the time of his announcement, suffer from any breathing or other respiratory issues. He also said that no coughing had been present in his particular case.

Chances are very good that Elba and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, would have contracted the virus from the same person, or persons. Mere days before his having confirmed testing positive for the Coronavirus, Elba had posed for a photo alongside Trudeau, who also tested positive for Covid-19 a short time ago.

No Word On Identity Of Contact

But Elba had supposedly had his suspicions about who exactly he had been in contact with, and it seems as if this may in actual fact be a third party, other than the wife of Justin Trudeau. He however did not identify the individual in question, but merely explained that he had immediately got himself screened right after having discovered that he had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19. Whether or not he was in actual fact referring to Sophie Trudeau isn’t clear.

A popular musical instrument supply store in Santa Fe temporarily suspended all business activities shortly after Elba’s announcement. The actor had apparently shopped at the store last week, as well as having posed for photographs alongside some of the store’s employees So in order to be safe, they immediately shut down.


How did Idris Elba get Covid-19?

He may have caught the virus from Canadian Prime Minister’s wife, Sophie Trudeau who has also tested positive.

Why is Idris Elba worried about Covid-19?

The actor is asthmatic and has suffered from respiratory illness previously.

What is Idris Elba doing after his Covid-19 diagnosis?

The actor and his wife are both self-isolating and observing a quarantine period.

How did Idris Elba tell the world he had Covid-19?

He made the announcement on Twitter.

Which Hollywood stars have contracted the Coronavirus?

In addition to Idris Elba, Tom and Rita Hanks have also tested positive.

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