Another Hollywood treasure has come down with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. Idris Elba. The prolific actor shared his diagnosis on Twitter, saying:
“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.”
He tweeted a video of himself sharing the news to his followers. He made a point to mention that he was not showing any symptoms and staying strong. People should be reminded that there are infected people who aren’t showing symptoms, which is why social distancing is so important right now. Elba went on to remind his followers “this is serious” and that now is the time we need transparency more than ever. He told his family and his colleagues the news and he is now in self-isolation.
You can watch the full video here:
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
Idris Elba has made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to his iconically unique voice and image. He has also lent his amazing voice to Walt Disney Studios. The actor played Chief Bogo in Zootopia, Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, and one of the two sea lions in Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory. He also made a name for himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe playing the gatekeeper Heimdall in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War.
Idris Elba is the second major Hollywood Actor to come out positive with COVID-19. The first was Tom Hanks when he announced that he and his wife Rita Wilson, were both infected while in Australia. Hanks and Wilson expressed that they were showing symptoms, unlike Elba. It is also likely that Elba’s wife, Sabrina, will also have the virus. But she is yet to be tested.
It breaks our heart to see another member of the Disney family affected by this new pandemic. We will continue to send prayers and positive thoughts for all who are affected by the coronavirus as we continue to update you on the latest Disney/Coronavirus news as it comes in.