Despite their best efforts, some of the biggest celebs have contracted COVID-19 — including the very own president of the United States and his wife. See both Donald and Melania Trump’s statements.
From statewide shutdowns to wearing face masks, the coronavirus pandemic has affected each and every one us in 2020, including some of our favorite celebrities. After Tom Hanks, 64, and his wife Rita Wilson, 63, confirmed they had contracted COVID-19 in Australia, stars like Jim Parsons, 47, Giuliana Rancic, 46, Vivica A. Fox, 56, Robert Pattinson, 34, and more have also tested positive for the highly contagious virus in the months since. And now, just two days after the first presidential debate of 2020, Donald Trump’s senior adviser Hope Hicks has tested positive for the virus. List of the most recent stars that have had COVID-19 below.
Donald & Melania Trump
The very own president and First Lady of the United States, Donald Trump and Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1. Donald made the announcement himself on Twitter, writing, “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 also took to Twitter with her own announcement. “As too many Americans have done this year, @potus & I are quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19. We are feeling good & I have postponed all upcoming engagements. Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together.”
Donald revealed the diagnosis shortly after revealing that he and Melania would be going into quarantine, since his top aide Hope Hicks had tested for the coronavirus after they traveled to and from the first 2020 presidential debate together (which took place on Sept. 29). Donald and Melania’s positive COVID-19 tests happened less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Hope Hicks — who is a very close senior adviser to Donald Trump — tested positive for COVID-19, which Bloomberg News was the first to report “according to people familiar with the matter.” The senior adviser just traveled with Trump to and from his first presidential debate with Joe Biden, which took place on Sept. 29, via the Air Force One.
Hope reportedly “felt poorly” in Minnesota the day afterwards, where Trump was holding a rally, according to the report. On that day, she was seen walking to Trump’s Marine One helicopter with the president’s other advisers Jared Kushner, Stephen Miller, and Dan Scavino, according to ABC News. She was then “quarantined” on her “return flight” and received her positive test results for COVID-19 on Oct. 1, just two days after the presidential debate, Bloomberg News also reported.
Shortly after the report broke, Trump confirmed Hope’s diagnosis and revealed that both he and Melania Trump will be quarantining. “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!,” Trump tweeted on Oct. 1.
Jim revealed that both he and his husband, Todd Spiewak, 43, contracted COVID-19 earlier this year when he appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sept. 28. ″Todd and I both had it early on. It was, like, middle of March,″ he told Jimmy Fallon during the interview, which can be seen below. ″We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste.”
″It defied the descriptions for me,” he continued. “I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,″ he continued of his symptoms. ″And when you’re in quarantine and there’s really nothing to do but eat, oh my God, that was brutal.”
Jim went on to confirm that both he and Todd, who were married in 2017, luckily recovered from the virus and have been quarantining in their home together.
The longtime red carpet host, 46, was set to be a part of E!’s Live from the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards special on Sept. 20, but she revealed in a video message that she had contracted COVID-19. “Hey, everyone. As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately, this year is just so different,” Giuliana said in the video. “As part of E! and NBCUniversal’s very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I’m thankful.”
She continued: “As far as my health, I’m doing well. My husband Bill and our son [Duke] also did test positive, but we’re all doing well and taking care of each other so I’m going to get back to doing that. But I just want to say I’m wishing you all the best and please protect yourselves and protect those around you. Take good care and I’ll see you on the next red carpet.”
Vivica A. Fox
Vivica, 56, was also set to take part in E!’s Live from the Red Carpet: The 2020 Emmy Awards special, but she also tested positive for COVID-19. She released a statement that aired during the pre-show. Her statement read: “I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight! Unfortunately, I have tested positive for the coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home. During these precedented times, it’s more important than ever that we follow all safety and health rules and guidelines to protect ourselves and each other. I’m sending my very best to Nina and Brad, who I know will hold down the fort, and congratulations to all of tonight’s nominees!”
Neil Patrick Harris
However, the How I Met Your Mother star knew something was wrong when he “lost [his] sense of taste and smell,” so the family “holed up” afterwards. They’re now doing “great,” Neil confirmed.
Jillian Michaels revealed she contracted COVID-19 from a “very close friend” after letting her “guard down” during an interview on Fox Business, which aired on Sept. 8. “If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym. And I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago,” the fitness expert admitted on television.
While she got “on the other side” of the virus “pretty quick,” The Biggest Loser host admitted that a public gym is “probably a place where you will get [the coronavirus].” She added, “I would love to tell you that’s not the case, but the reality is I literally get my guard down for an hour with one of my best friends who does my hair and makeup and got it. It’s just that simple.” Jillian clarified that her friend “had no idea” she had the virus, and even the workout guru herself was unaware she was carrying the virus for six days.
Tiffany Haddish revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus earlier in the pandemic. The comedian made the big reveal during an interview with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, which she uploaded to her YouTube page on Aug. 31. “I was working on a movie and someone in the movie contracted coronavirus. I was not in direct contact with them, but they sent all of us home, we stopped the movie. They suggested I go get tested. I got tested, got the results back two days later, they said I didn’t have the coronavirus. Get the tests the second time. I’m not feeling any symptoms or anything, and it comes back like two days later, and they said I did have the coronavirus,” Tiffany revealed.
Tiffany went into self-isolation afterwards. Eventually, another test came back negative, but revealed that the actress had “antibodies.” So, Tiffany got tested 12 times after that — her most recent results revealed that she did not have any antibodies! The Girl’s Trip actress joked, “So I think I’m superhuman.”
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 48, took to his Instagram account on Sept. 2 to reveal that he, his wife Lauren, 35, and two daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Simone, 2, all tested positive for COVID-19. In a video he shared with his followers, which you can see below, he explained that they caught the virus from “very close family friends” who they “love and trust” but after quarantining, they are no longer contagious and are “on the other end of it” and doing “good.”
“Stay disciplined. Boost your immune system. Commit to wellness. Wear your mask. Protect your family,” Dwayne captioned his video. “Be strict about having people over your house or gatherings. Stay positive. And care for your fellow human beings. Stay healthy, my friends. DJ,” he signed off, adding a black heart emoji.
Robert Pattinson, 34, has contracted COVID-19, according to Vanity Fair. His diagnosis has caused production on The Batman to be halted in London, England only days after they resumed filming. “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused,” Warner Bros. said in a September 3 statement, not naming Rob. HollywoodLife has reached out to his rep for comment.
“I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,” Antonio Banderas, 60, tweeted on Monday (Aug. 10) in Spanish. “I would like to add that I feel relatively good,” he added, per Variety, “just a little more tired than usual, and am confident that I will recover as soon as possible following medical instructions that I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious period that I am suffering, and that is affecting so many people around the planet.”
“I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years,” added Antonio, “to which I arrive full of enthusiasm. A big hug to everyone.”
Alyssa Milano, 47, has opened up about her experience battling COVID-19 after discovering she’s tested positive for the antibodies. “This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick…Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom,” the Charmed alum explained. “At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative…After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19,” she said in her lengthy Instagram post, shared on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
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This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)❤️
Actor Bryan Cranston, 63, revealed in an Instagram post that he had caught COVID-19, but that his symptoms were mild. “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it. I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant.” he wrote. Brian shared an accompanying video where he donated plasma so the antibodies could be retrieved to help those suffering with more serious cases of virus.
I tested positive for COVID-19, so I’ve kind of really been at home self-quarantining for the past week and a half,” Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Sheree Whitfield, 50, told her fans via Instagram on July 14. She went on to reveal that the illness is “no joke,” but also admitted that she’s feeling a lot better. She concluded, “Thank you guys and take care and be safe”.
Kanye West, 43, revealed that he had coronavirus back in February during an interview with Forbes that was published on July 8. Of his symptoms, he said, “Chills, shaking in bed, taking hot showers, looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it.” He also added, “Someone told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was, ‘Drake can’t be sicker than me!’” Of note, Drake, 33, confirmed he tested negative for the virus in May.
In this time of uncertainty, consult the Center For Disease Control for information about COVID-19, what measures you can take to prevent the spread of coronavirus, what to do if you demonstrate symptoms, and how to not get swept in the hysteria during this time.