While ordinary people continue to contract the Covid-19 Coronavirus, so do some of your favourite A-list celebrities, each with their own individual experience.
By Emma Sacco
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 10 of VARSITY News.
Covid-19 has affected millions of people worldwide, with some experiencing the coronavirus as a mild flu and others having intensely painful and long-lasting symptoms. Among these millions of people are some of our favourite celebrities, each with a different story to tell.
Famous celebrity couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson both reported experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 in March while shooting Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis Presley biopic in Australia. While they both had the coronavirus, Hanks described how different their symptoms were, with Wilson experiencing intense nausea, a high fever and a loss in taste and smell. While Hank also had a fever, he stated that it wasn’t nearly as high as Wilson’s, and that his main symptom was that of “crippling body aches”.
The couple quarantined together and after two weeks began feeling better. After experiencing Covid-19 up-close, Hanks has urged his fans to wash their hands, wear a mask and socially distance in order to stop the spread of the virus.
Another A-list celebrity who contracted the virus is famous singer-songwriter Pink. Pink reported on April 3 that her and her 3-year-old son had both been diagnosed with Covid-19. After her recovery Pink appeared on the Ellen Show to share her experience of having the coronavirus.
Pink stated that she was “really, really sick”, but that what was most frightening was the intense symptoms that her son displayed while ill with Covid. She described how her son suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting and an extremely high temperature. In a Mother’s Day article Pink reported that caring for her son while he was sick with the Coronavirus was “the most physically and emotionally challenging experience [I] have gone through as a mother”.
Pink has since then announced that she will be donating $1 million to two Covid-19 emergency relief funds in America. She continues to raise awareness about the virus, telling her fans that “no one is safe from this”.
Many other celebrities have contracted the virus since March, some of them including Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju, famous actor Idris Elba, well-known singer Charlotte Lawrence and The Bachelor star Colton Underwood.