(TMU) — As CoViD-19 continues to spread across the globe, it has become clear that even the rich and famous aren’t free of getting infected.
On Monday, this was once again made clear when actor Idris Elba announced on Twitter that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was in self-isolation, joining Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and others who are self-quarantining.
The multitalented 47-year-old British actor and musician, known for his roles in Luther, The Wire, and the Avengers series, noted that while he doesn’t have any symptoms he already went into isolation due to his realistic grip on the need for abundant caution—not only for his own sake but for the community’s.
In post shared to Twitter, Elba wrote:
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Speaking to the camera while his wife Sabrina stood alongside him, he said:
“Hey what’s up guys, so look, this morning I got some test results back for coronavirus and it came back positive.
Yeah and it sucks. Listen, I’m doing okay. Sabrina hasn’t been tested and she’s doing okay.
I didn’t have any symptoms. I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive.
I found out last Friday they were tested positive, I quarantined myself and got tested immediately and got the results back today.”
Continuing, he stressed the need to approach the viral outbreak with discipline and conscientiousness:
“Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands … There are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it.
Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now.”
Elba also voiced his support for all of those suffering from the virus, which has infected over 180,000 people worldwide and claimed the lives of at least 7,081 people so far.
Extending his condolences to those who are grieving either due to the death of loved ones or economic misfortune, Elba added:
“We live in a divided world right now, we can all feel it …But now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other.”
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