Celebrities Are Reaching out About Coronavirus and Helping Fans Stay Protected

No, people, this is not fake news! The coronavirus is real, and celebrities are joining all the healthcare professionals in getting the word out on how to stay safe and protected during possibly the craziest thing any of us have ever dealt with. So as millions of people around the world are staying home and self-quarantining, so are our favorite celebs in Hollywood.

Ellen Degeneres posing at an event in 2019. / Howie Mandel at the America’s Got Talent season 15 arrivals. / Bill Gates standing at a podium in 2018. / Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks at the Academy Awards in 2020.
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These A-Listers have been flocking to Instagram and Twitter to share their masked selfies, tips on staying sane at home, and even taking the opportunity to provide some comic relief to the mass anxiety that can be felt pretty much everywhere right about now. But don’t panic, my friends. This, too, shall pass. And why not pass your quarantine by checking out how these famous faces are passing theirs?

And to be honest, it’s kind of cool to know that even these major stars are stuck at home, too, just like us!

Courteney Cox’s TikTok Dance

Courteney Cox and her family have also chosen to self-quarantine. And she said that her boyfriend, Johnny McDaid, and her 15-year-old daughter, Coco, are socially distancing themselves from her just based on her TikToks. She’s been so bored at home that she attempted one of TikTok’s latest dance challenges. Cox was up for the “Why Is Everything Chrome?” challenge on Instagram.

Courteney Cox and her daughter dancing on tik tok.
Source: Instagram / CourteneyCox

Her former “Friends” costar Matthew Perry commented on her post, a little confused: “Hi honey, what the hell just happened?” Despite Perry’s confusion, other celebs also commented on her dance post, praising her dance skills. Allison Janney wrote: “You are everything,” and Reese Witherspoon (who also likes to post on the TikTok app) told Cox to: “Shake it!”

Gwyneth Paltrow Was in This Movie Already

Let it be known that Gwyneth Paltrow has a sense of humor. She joked about how she’s already done this since she was in the movie ‘Contagion.’ She covered her face with a mask during her flight to Paris. But, again, people should be aware that wearing a mask isn’t all that effective against protecting you from COVID-19.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Contagion, 2011.
Photo by Warner Bros / Kobal / Shutterstock

The 47-year-old Goop founder wrote in her post: “En route to Paris. Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda?” she also joked about her role in the 2011 film Contagion. “I’ve already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don’t shake hands. Wash hands frequently,” she ended her post with. What comes as no surprise is the fact that Contagion has seen a spike on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Told People to Stay at Home

Arnold Schwarzenegger told his fans on Twitter about how important it is for them to stay home and adopt the notion of social distancing. His tweet: “Stay at home as much as possible. Listen to the experts, ignore the morons (foreheads). We will get through this together.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger with his mini horse and donkey posing for the camera.
Source: Twitter / @Schwarzenegger

Schwarzenegger also shared on March 16 a video of him at home, feeding his miniature pony and donkey. “See, the important thing is that you stay home,” he said while feeding carrots to Lulu and Whiskey. Now, if you didn’t read that to yourself in his thick Austrian accent, then you’re missing the whole point. Read it again, and this time in the “I’ll be back” style. There ya go…

Taylor Swift Wants You to Cancel Your Plans

Taylor Swift has urged fans to make social sacrifices as the virus continues to spread among communities globally. She wrote a paragraph on her Instagram Story on March 16, telling fans that she loved them, but didn’t think they were taking the situation seriously. “I’m seeing lots of get-togethers and hangs and parties still happening.”

A screenshot of the message Taylor Swift posted in her story.
Source: Instagram / @taylorswift

“This is the time to cancel plans, actually truly isolate as much as you can, and don’t assume that because you don’t feel sick that you aren’t possibly passing something on to someone elderly or vulnerable to this. It’s a really scary time, but we need to make social sacrifices right now.”

Recommendations have been changing just about every day. So at this point, who knows how many people are allowed to be together now.

Justin Bieber Send His Thoughts, Prayers, and Money

Good ol’ Biebs felt the need to help out in a way that he can. He donated to a Beijing charity, also sending his thoughts and prayers to those affected. But let’s be honest – it’s his donation that’s gonna help people out right about now. Bieber showed solidarity with his Chinese fans, donating 200,000 RMB ($29,000) to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation.

Justin Biebers message with a screenshot of the video he posted of a man playing his trumpet on the balcony while in self-quarantine.
Source: Instagram / @justinbieber

Bieber said in his Instagram caption that he’s been watching the news, and wanted to reach out. “What’s going on China? Justin Bieber here. Just wanted to say it’s a very scary time in your country right now, but my prayers and thoughts are with you all right now,” he said in the video. The charity’s official Weibo account posted Bieber’s donation, calling him “爱心人士,” which translates to “caring person.”

Gal Gadot Reaches Out

Gal Gadot’s very big and famous circle of friends said yes when Gadot pleaded with them to send a clip of them singing “Imagine” by John Lennon. Why? Because of the coronavirus, of course. The clips were then assembled into one three-minute video which Gal posted on Instagram with the caption: “We are in this together, we will get through it together. Let’s imagine together. Sing with us. All love to you, from me and my dear friends #WeAreOne.”

Sarah Silverman singing in Gal Gadot’s Instagram post with her message on the right and celebrities tagged in the post.
Source: Instagram / @gal_gadot

Gadot’s friends that appeared in the video include Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Will Ferrell, among others. You have to imagine that they couldn’t say no whenever Gadot reached out to them. What would their excuse be? That they’re “too busy”? I think we all know that there isn’t much to do while self-quarantining at home.

Kim Kardashian Travels “Prepared”

Kim Kardashian-West was actually one of the first celebs to be pictured wearing a mask when she shared her selfie on Instagram on February 2. Think about that – that was way before most of us even realized what the heck was even going on! The reality star also shared an Instagram story showing her safety precautions while on the plane.

Kim Kardashian with a mask on and a mask and Airborne pills on the tray.
Source: Instagram / @kimkardashian

She was wearing hygiene gloves with a travel pack and laid out her Vitamin C tablets on her stowaway table. Kardashian wrote: “I travel prepared now thanks to Ready Set Judy.” Clearly, it was an ad placement. But still. The travel pack was given to her by a friend and founder of the emergency-preparedness company Simon Huck.

But people are saying now that if you’re healthy, you shouldn’t be buying masks. Leave them for those who are sick!

Steve Harvey and Wife Marjorie Are Bedazzled

Steve Harvey and his wife Majorie like to stay safe, but they also like to do it with style. The two stylishly protected themselves from the virus by wearing bedazzled masks while sitting in their first-class seats. Majorie shared a photo of herself beside Steve on her Instagram, also “masking/twinning” in their pajamas and glittery masks.

Steve and Marjorie Harvey sitting in first class with bedazzled masks on, Steves with silver gems and Marjories with blue gems.
Source: Instagram / Marjorie Harvey

Despite the couple looking as prepared as can be, supermodel Naomi Campbell commented on the post, questioning where one other protective product was. She commented: “Wipes??” But Steve Harvey isn’t only jokes and bling; he’s taking it all very seriously. On February 7, his official Facebook page linked to an article on his website (Harvey’s Hundreds), which explained the virus and how you can protect yourself.

Ellen DeGeneres is Doing Puzzles

“The hardest part is turning each and every one of these pieces over,” Ellen said in a clip as she was starting a 4,000-piece puzzle project. “This is time-consuming. Nobody seems to want to help me. People just want to film me doing this.” Her wife, Portia de Rossi, offered her support by saying, “You’re doing a great job, though.”

Ellen Degeneres doing a puzzle on her dining room table.
Source: Instagram / @theellenshow

She called herself “Ellen ‘Do It’ DeGeneres” because she said she would do this puzzle, and if she says she’s going to do something, she does it. But three hours later, she changed her name. That’s when she called her activity “ridiculous,” and said, “I’m not going to do it, because I’m not stupid. Ellen ‘Not Stupid’ DeGeneres is what my name is.”

Katy Perry Says “Keep Fighting”

Perry sent a video through Weibo to her Chinese fans, telling them to “keep fighting.” As we know, China got hit first and hit the worst. And there are a LOT of people in China, not to mention many of Katy Perry’s fans. She didn’t want them to feel like she wasn’t thinking about them.

A video of Katy Perry on Twitter sending a message to the people of China.
Source: Twitter / @DrTedros

Her words: “Keep fighting and stay healthy and positive.” She said in her video: “I just wanted to send a message to you to let you know that we are all with you during this time, and keep fighting, and stay healthy, and positive as best as you can. We’re thinking of you. We are sending our prayers. We’re gonna get through this,” Perry said.

Lady Gaga Misses Her Family

Lady Gaga has decided to self-quarantine as it’s the “kindest/healthiest thing we can do.” The superstar has a point! Gaga posted a photo hanging out with her dogs on Instagram on March 14, telling fans that she made the personal decision to follow the advice of health professionals. “So I talked to some doctors and scientists. It’s not the easiest for everyone right now, but the kindest/healthiest thing we can do is self-quarantine and not hang out with people over 65 and in large groups.”

A photograph of Lady Gaga with her dogs on the couch and her caption regarding Coronavirus.
Source: Instagram / @ladygaga

She said that she wished she could see her family, but “it’s much safer” for her to stay away from her loved ones. “My thought for the day is to accept there will be times we feel powerless and out of control. But we can fill that space with kindness and be a part of the solution to a world problem,” Gaga posted.

Donatella Versace Put Her Money Where Her Mouth Is

Donatella Versace showed her support as well for the victims of coronavirus. She made a statement announcing that her fashion house will donate ¥1 million RMB (which is about $143,500) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. As she stated, “My heart goes out to those affected by the coronavirus and their families.”

Donatella Versace at the Met Gala in 2018.
Photo by Richard Young / Shutterstock

She and her foundation are sending their love and support, and urge everyone to help by donating to groups on the ground that are helping those in need. At the end of the day, the real heroes in this crazy situation are the healthcare workers. The nurses and doctors who are risking their lives to help others. I don’t think the world can thank them enough.

Chris Martin, John Legend, and Others are Doing mini Concerts

John Legend has been showing his support by offering his own mini-concert on Instagram live. But he’s not the only one. Coldplay’s Chris Martin is doing the same thing. “If anyone feels like chatting and listening to some music, I’m going to do a livestream on the Coldplay Instagram in about 30 mins,” Martin tweeted before he went live with his show.

John Legend with Chrissy Teigen performing for Instagram.
Source: Instagram / @johnlegend

After seeing John Legend’s live stream, Martin made the decision to do a similar concert for fans. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has also been performing mini-concerts. His latest was dedicated to all the amazing health workers. You can also see Harry Styles perform songs from his new album “Fine Line” on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert.”

Brody Jenner and (Ex) Kaitlynn Carter Masking It

Similar to how “twinning” is something people do, now “masking” became a thing. Brody Jenner took a selfie wearing a face mask on what looks like an empty flight from Taiwan to Bali for his friend’s wedding. But as he was leaving Bali, he ran into his ex, Kaitlynn Carter, on the plane back to LA. Well, that was probably an awkward flight!

Kaitlynn Carter wearing a mask with ‘Death by Coronavirus or Brody’ in her Instagram story. / Brody Jenner with his heavy-duty dark blue mask on.
Source: Instagram, @kaitlynncarter / @brodyjenner

Carter also posted on her Instagram story a selfie, covering her nose and mouth with a disposable face mask. “Well, one of us is going to survive the coronavirus, and it’s probably not me in my flimsy mask,” she captioned her video with as she panned over to Jenner, who was sitting next to her.

OJ Simpson Is Bulk-Buying

“Coronavirus? Who’s afraid?” OJ Simpson posted a photo of himself stockpiling at Costco. The photo showed Simpson wearing a white mask with black sunglasses while he was pushing a cart of supplies. What was in his cart? Two 30-packs of toilet paper, bottled water, paper cups, and paper towels. Now, like masks, people seem to think that they need to stockpile on supplies.

A video of OJ Simpson walking through the supermarket doing some preparation shopping.
Source: Twitter / @TheRealOJ32

Here’s the thing – there’s no shortage of food! Not yet, at least. And everybody everywhere needs to calm down. If everyone goes out and bulk buys, then there really won’t be any food left for everyone else. It’s a mistake, albeit an understandable one. People are worried, and that makes sense. But we need to stop panicking.

Ryan Reynolds Cell Phone Company is Giving Away Freebies

Okay, first of all: did any of you know that Ryan Reynolds owns a cell phone company? I sure didn’t! But anyways, the stud actor purchased an ownership stake of Mint Mobile in 2019. And as his way of helping out during this time, he’s made it so that from March 15 to April 14, his company is providing free unlimited high-speed data to current and new customers.

Ryan Reynolds Instagram post offering free unlimited data for everyone with his phone plan.
Source: Twitter / @VancityReynolds

Mint Mobile’s statement: “These last few days have thrown the world into an unprecedented moment of uncertainty where reliable communication is of the utmost importance. As your communication provider, we feel it’s necessary to do something that could possibly help all of us navigate this tough time a little bit better.”

Miley Cyrus Has a Talk Show on Instagram Live

While musicians are holding mini-concerts, this pop star decided to do something else. Miley Cyrus started her own live talk show on Instagram called “Bright Minded: Live With Miley.” Her goal is to discuss wellness tips to stay positive, bringing “light to a dark time.” So far, she has had her therapist, Dr. Amen, and fellow singer and friend Demi Lovato on her show.

Miley Cyrus’s Instagram Live show.
Source: Instagram / @mileycyrus

Lovato and Cyrus discussed their struggles with body image and having grown up as Disney child stars. “I didn’t have anyone in Hollywood to look up to at the time who had a normal body,” Lovato told Cyrus. “I kind of made a vow to myself, when I get older I just want to represent what I didn’t have. I want to be that for someone, and I remembered I had a little sister, and I needed to be there for her first and foremost.”

Cyrus’ Instagram show airs at 1:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Naomi Campbell wore a full hazmat suit on a flight

Naomi Campbell, the famous supermodel, took some rather extreme measures to avoid contracting the virus. She hit the Los Angeles International Airport wearing a full-body white hazmat suit – you know, the kinds you see in the movies or in real life at the hospitals right now. In other words – not something you normally see supermodels wearing.

Naomi Campbell wearing a full hazmat suit at the airport.
Source: Instagram / @naomi

Campbell posted images of herself covered from head to toe on her Instagram account on March 10. And of course, she paired her suit with a blue face mask, some safety goggles, and purple gloves. Her caption: “Safety First NEXT LEVEL.” Campbell is known for taking her travel hygiene seriously ever since she uploaded a video of her disinfecting a plane seat (in first class, of course) to her YouTube channel in 2019.

Howie Mandel Doesn’t Wanna Go to the Mall Anymore

Comedian Howie Mandel has been known to be something of a germaphobe, so we can only imagine how difficult this period is for him. But he’s a comedian at heart, and so the “America’s Got Talent” judge can joke about it. He said in an Instagram video that he uploaded on March 10 that he didn’t feel comfortable going to movies or malls anymore.

Howie Mandel going to work in a gas mask and hazmat suit.
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On March 10, he was pictured wearing a hazmat suit with a gas mask and orange gloves on the way to the “America’s Got Talent” set in Pasadena, California. In another Instagram post, the comedian is pictured holding a roll of toilet paper and captioned it: “Stores out of water and masks. Just a helmet and toilet paper.”

Ariana Grande Reprimanded Young People

While the other celebs have been warning people, giving good tips, or just providing comic relief, Ariana Grande decided to condemn her fans on Twitter – but she directed it towards those who have joked about coronavirus, calling them “stupid and privileged.” The singer pleaded for people on March 16 to “not turn a blind eye” to the pandemic and to try and change their mentality.

Ariana Grandes post with the caption ‘please.’
Source: Twitter / @ArianaGrande

“I keep hearing from a surprising amount of people statements like ‘this isn’t a big deal/we’ll be fine… we still have to go about our lives.’ And it’s blowing my mind,” she tweeted. Grande said that it’s “incredibly dangerous and selfish” to take the situation so lightly. Grande wrote in a thread of tweets to support the bill H.R. 6201 (the coronavirus response act).

Josh Gad is Reading Bedtime Stories

On Friday, “Frozen” star Josh Gad started a live stream, telling his fans that he was going to start reading one kid’s book per night. “Since we’re all stuck at home right now, I figured we would have a little fun together,” Gad said. “I decided I’m going to read to you and your children, or just you, depending on what you prefer. I’m not going to pass judgment right now.”

Josh Gad is reading a bedtime story with a baseball hat on that says ‘Samantha?’
Source: Twitter / JoshGad

In Josh’s eyes, he’s providing at least 10 minutes of daycare to people and their families every night, while all are going through this “unprecedented global event.” He has read books like “Olivia Goes to Venice,” “The Day the Crayons Quit,” “The Giving Tree,” and “If I Ran the Circus.” What a cute idea!

Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner Partnered Up

Amy Adams joined Instagram recently to help children affected by all the school closures. She and actress Jennifer Garner launched @savewithstories, which is their initiative to help raise money for kids at home who need food, books, and other things that perhaps their parents aren’t able to provide. In return for donations, the two ladies will be reading stories.

Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner talking about how they will read children's books.
Source: Instagram / @jennifer.garner

They’re reading the stories on Instagram and Facebook to “provide a little fun, a little education, and a little distraction” for both kids and adults. Because hey, the kids aren’t the only ones who need some caring for! The first story Adams read was “The Dinosaur Princess,” which was written by her daughter and illustrated by her husband. Jennifer Garner read “The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Miranda, the Broadway star, released a never-before-heard tune from the musical “Hamilton” as Broadway shut down. The composer, lyricist, and playwright created and starred in “Hamilton” as the main character when it first started on Broadway in 2015. Shortly after Broadway shows were canceled on March 12, Miranda shared a song he wrote for his Tony-winning musical.

Lin-Manuel Miranda showing off his children’s artwork during the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Source: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

“Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app,” he wrote on Twitter. “But I can send you music no one’s heard. Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend.” It’s nice to see different celebs are finding their own personal ways to reach out and give a little something to those at home. This one from Miranda is more for the musical lovers, though.

Scott Disick is Selling Shirts

Scott Disick, who is known for showing up on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians,’ also shared his own in support of the coronavirus outbreak. He posted a photo of himself washing his hands as he was wearing a hoody with the caption: “You can thank the LORD & @talentless later, and for the love of god just WASH YOUR HANDS!”

T-shirts that say ‘Please Wash Your Hands’ across the back.
Source: Tasteless

Scott Disick has a clothing brand called Talentless, and he recently launched T-shirts and sweatshirts with the phrase “Please wash your hands.” He’s been selling them for $49 and $129, respectively. I don’t know. A shirt that says, please wash your hands for 50 bucks? I’ll let you guys decide if it’s worth the price! I can imagine you know what my opinion is…

Mark Ronson Washes his Hands to This Song

If we’re going to be washing our hands a lot more than usual, and for a lot longer than usual, then we can at least make it fun to do, right? That’s what Mark Ronson has been doing. He’s been washing his hands for seven minutes, singing the song “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder. “I didn’t know they meant the ‘other’ birthday song… smh.”

A tweet that reads, “Been washing my hands for seven minutes singing ‘happy birthday’ by Stevie wonder two times. I didn’t know they meant the ‘other’ birthday son…smh.
Source: Twitter / @MarkRonson

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been telling people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds each time, which takes about as long as singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. But for Mark Ronson, he thought they meant Stevie Wonder’s song. So he’s been washing his hands for a lot more than 20 seconds. Hey, good hygiene!

Diplo Wants You to Wash Your Hands

Famous music producer Diplo has been staying active on social media, providing his own personal commentary on the coronavirus panic. On March 9, the DJ and songwriter shared a link to a live set of his to help all those who are in self-isolation. He wrote on Twitter: “Here is a mix to listen to if you’re trapped in a self-imposed corona quarantine.”

Diplos Instagram post with his twitter message, which reads, “Wash your hands before you text me.”
Source: Instagram / @Diplo

The 43-year-old DJ also joked around a bit (because we all need to remind ourselves that comedy still exists in the world at the moment) that people should wash their hands before they message him. On March 5, he shared a screenshot of a tweet from the day before, which read: “wash your hands before you text me.”

Bill Gates Warned Us

Billionaire Bill Gates suggested that the coronavirus could become a pandemic, and so as one of the richest men on earth, he decided to help out. How? By donating $100 million to help contain the outbreak. On February 15, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS) in Seattle, Gates said the virus has the potential to cause more than 10 million deaths.

Bill Gates post with two women and himself, one of them wearing a mask.
Source: Instagram / @thisisbillgates

“This is a huge challenge, we’ve always known the potential for a naturally caused, or intentionally caused pandemic is one of the few things that could disrupt health systems and economies and cause more than 10 million excess deaths,” Gates said. His funding will help strengthen detection, isolation, and treatment efforts. It will also protect at-risk populations, develop vaccines, treatments, and diagnostics. Yay Bill!

Singer Lizzo Led Fans in Meditation

After a show was canceled, singer Lizzo decided to reach out to her fans by providing a session of meditation on Instagram. She put a 30-minute meditation on her Instagram where fans can listen to her speak and play the flute – all in the name of promoting healing. “It’s a scary time for a lot of people,” she said.

Lizzo playing the flute with a variety of crystals on the table in front of her.
Source: Instagram / @lizzobeeating

“Even I was experiencing some fear, and more so than fear, I was experiencing helplessness, which is a feeling that we can often feel a lot on this planet and a lot lately.” And she added, “I still feel the same way,” telling her fans she’s been wanting to help children and others who need help right now. And this is her way.

Justin Timberlake Donated Money

Memphis, Tennessee native Justin Timberlake reminded his followers on Twitter to stay healthy and “stay calm.” And he stressed the importance of making sure everyone is eating. The pop star also revealed that he is donating to Mid-South Food Bank in his hometown of Memphis to help assemble and deliver non-perishable food.

Justin Timberlake’s tweet about helping out.
Source: Twitter / @jtimberlake

“Every. little. thing. helps,” Timberlake posted. His post read: “This is a crazy time, but remember we’re all in this together. Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need.” And Justin is right, folks. Not only do people need to eat, but those local markets and mom and pop shops are the businesses getting hit the worst. Walmart is going to be fine. Your local butcher might not.

Lauren Conrad Built a Fort

Celebrities might be going a bit crazy having to suddenly stay home for weeks on end. But these celebrity children seem to have it better than anyone else. Take Lauren Conrad’s family “fort,” for example. This setup is probably a heck of a lot nicer than most family living rooms right about now. I can tell you that mine is covered with toys, socks, and underwear (all thrown by a tiny toddler).

Lauren Conrad’s family fort made out of white and cream color pillows and sheets.
Source: Instagram / @laurenconrad

As per Lauren Conrad’s post on Instagram: “Self-isolation with tiny people is no joke. Only a few days in, and we are quickly running out of activities. Today we challenged some friends to a fort building contest.” And you know what – these online challenges are a pretty clever way of staying busy and sane!

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Tom Hanks and his wife contracted the coronavirus, but they made sure to update all their fans by saying, “No fever but the blahs.” They spent five days in a hospital and are now resting in a rented home in Australia. The two movie stars aren’t letting this virus dampen their spirit. One week after he and Rita tested positive for the coronavirus, Tom shared a humorous update from his home isolation.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks taking a selfie from quarantine.
Source: Twitter / @tomhanks

“Good News: One week after testing positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs. Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.” He made sure to add how we are all in this together, and to: “Flatten the curve.”

Stuck in Australia

It just so happens that these two aren’t even in their own home! Which must really suck. So why are they in Australia? Hanks is set to shoot Baz Luhrmann’s new and still untitled Elvis Presley biopic, which is in pre-production. Hanks was on the Gold Coast in Australia, filming for the movie when he and Rita fell ill.

Tom Hanks post on twitter about how they are in Australia with a photograph of a hazardous material bag.
Source: Twitter / @tomhanks

Hanks’ first post read: “Hello, folks. Rita Wilson and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

Next: some other stars who have spoken out about contracting the coronavirus…

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews is an American actress who voiced the Honeymaren character in Disney’s ‘Frozen 2.’ She revealed that she’s been quarantined at home for a week after finding being tested positive with the coronavirus. The 26-year-old was tested for Covid-19 after being in contact with someone who also had the virus.

The story updates about Covid-19.
Source: Instagram / @rachellynnmatthews

“Our country is very behind, and we don’t have much of a system in place,” she posted on Instagram. She described her week-long symptoms, including fatigue, headache, sore throat, dry cough, pain in her lungs, shortness of breath, and a lack of appetite. “There isn’t much to do other than rest, drink lots of water, take vitamins. More than anything, it’s a waiting game.” I guess she’s right about that…

Kevin Durant and Other Basketball Players

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant also tested positive for the coronavirus, as of March 17th. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant posted. “We’re going to get through this.” The Nets said earlier that four of its players were isolated and under the care of team physicians after testing positive for coronavirus.

Kevin Durant at a Nike promotional event shooting a basketball.
Source: Shutterstock

There are now seven NBA players with COVID-19. Rudy Gobert was the first to announce it, followed by Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell and Detroit Pistons’s Christian Wood. Because of this, the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season. The league is hoping to resume operations in mid-to-late June of 2020. While many sports fans would love to watch sports while home in quarantine, sadly, that’s not possible.

Idris Elba

On March 16, British actor Idris Elba posted a two-minute Twitter video with his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba, telling his followers that he had tested positive for Covid-19. “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.”

Idris Elba and his wife in a video on his Instagram page.
Source: Instagram / @idriselba

Elba, age 47, explained that he got tested even though he didn’t have any symptoms. But he took the test because he had dinner with someone who had the virus. It goes to show that you might be feeling fine, but the symptoms can show up as later as two weeks after contracting the virus.

Kristofer Hivju

Actor Kristofer Hivju, or Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones, told his fans that he was isolating himself at home in Norway after testing positive for the virus. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for Covid-19, coronavirus. 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.”

Kristofer Hivju and Gry Molvaer Hivju in an Instagram post he shared.
Source: Instagram / @khivju

He posted a photo of himself with his wife, Gry Molvaer Hivju. He also told his fans that there are people at higher risk for which can be a devastating diagnosis. So he urges everyone to be extremely careful: Wash your hands, keep 1.5 meters distance from others, and go into quarantine. We need to do everything we can to stop the virus from spreading.

Sophie Trudeau

The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that she tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12. She’s feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions, and her symptoms have been mild,” the statement read. They also noted that the Prime Minister himself is in “good health with no symptoms.”

Sophie and Justin Trudeau in 2019.
Photo by Canadian Press / Shutterstock

Sophie Trudeau later reached out to people, thanking them for their support, saying, “Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of the virus, I will be back on my feet soon. Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.” Canada has closed their border recently to include only Canadian citizens that are allowed to enter the country.

Olga Kurylenko

The former Bond girl has announced that she’s been diagnosed with coronavirus. Kurylenko, who starred as Camille Montes in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” shared the news on her Instagram account. Olga was born in Ukraine and rose from being a model to being on TV and in movies, including “Magic City” and “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.”

Olga Kurylenko and her coronavirus message on Instagram.
Source: Instagram / @olgakurylenkoofficial

She wrote online that she’s “Locked up at home… I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself, and do take this seriously!”

Along with her words is a photo of her window. So we didn’t get to see her quarantine style. But at least we can see what kind of bricks her home has…