It’s official: America’s dad became the first celebrity to receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. Tom Hanks posted on Instagram that he and his wife Rita Wilson, who were in Australia while he filmed a movie, both were among the first celebrities to test positive. By late November 2020, as America's infection numbers rose to heights not seen since the beginning of the pandemic, several politicians reported testing positive for coronavirus. Among them: Rick Scott, Chuck Grassley, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump. Other members of President Trump's family with COVID-19 include first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, and Donald Trump Jr.
These are not the only famous people to have been touched by COVID-19, however. Since February 2020, more than 100 famous people - not to mention more than 20 million other people in America - have revealed their diagnoses and updated the public on their health. The first recorded case of the virus in humans was in Wuhan, China, in November or December 2019.
Don’t panic. Wash your hands, put on your mask, avoid large public gatherings, and check back to see if any of your favorite celebrities have landed on the list.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina took to Twitter on August 2, 2021, to reveal that he had tested positive for COVID-19. He also lauded the vaccine, saying he would be in a much worse state if he hadn't been vaccinated.
"I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated. I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning. I feel like I have a sinus infection and at present time I have mild symptoms. I will be quarantining for 10 days. I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now. My symptoms would be far worse," he tweeted.Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician serving as a Republican, and also the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, a seat he has held since 2003. Since 2019, he has been the Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. A native of Central, South Carolina, Graham received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981. Most of his active duty within his span of military service happened from 1982 to 1988 when he served with the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the United States Air Force, as a defense attorney and then with the Air Force's chief prosecutor in Europe based in West Germany. Later his entire service... more
- Birthplace: Central, South Carolina, United States of America
- Age: 66
Trading Spaces star Genevieve Gorder took to social media on July 30, 2021, to reveal that despite receiving the Pfizer vaccine, she still tested positive for COVID-19:
"COVID day 5. As a kid with asthma, an adult with autoimmune, COVID was not something I took lightly. In fact, we were more careful than anyone I knew. But here I am after being double vacc’d in March (Pfizer). And guys, Delta is a b****! I can’t begin to imagine what this would feel like unvaccinated and for that I’m grateful. To all of you who are not vaccinating... please, I’m begging you to go get vaccinated today, this would be unbearable without it. Mask up everyone. See you in a few weeks."
She's continued posting about her condition ever since, while also urging fans to get vaccinated. "Nights are bad, lotta upper respiratory coughin'... I’m constantly running at a 99.5-100 fever. I have not had a lot of energy, but I know I’m going to be okay," she said.
However, she also realized that had she not been vaccinated, things could have been a lot worse, adding, "I would be on that hospital table. I would be the one on a ventilator. I would be the one you are praying about.”Genevieve Gorder (born July 26, 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American television host and interior designer. She is currently the host of Stay Here on Netflix. Previously, she hosted Genevieve's Renovation, "White House Christmas" and Dear Genevieve on the HGTV cable channel. A judge on HGTV's Design Star and she currently resides in Manhattan with her daughter Bebelle.... more
- Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
- Age: 47
- Photo: Tinseltown / Shutterstock
Salma Hayek opened up to Variety in May 2021 about her battle with COVID-19, which she had previously kept secret.
The actress said she tested positive early on in the pandemic, and at one point, she was put on oxygen. She had to stay on oxygen, isolated in her home, for about seven weeks. "My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad. I said, 'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home,'" she said.
She has since recovered and returned to work on filming House of Gucci. However, she did say that she still has not regained the energy that she used to have.Salma Hayek Pinault (, Spanish: [ˈsalma ˈxaʝek]; born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jiménez; September 2, 1966) is a Mexican and American film actress and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley) for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991, Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Wild Wild West, and Dogma (both 1999). Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida, as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, for which she was nominated for Best Actress for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, and... more
- Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
- Age: 54
- Photo: Jesse Grant / Getty Images
Bill Maher had to cancel the Friday, May 14, 2021, episode of Real Time with Bill Maher because he tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.
The Real Time Twitter account posted, "Bill tested positive during weekly staff PCR testing for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and as a result is asymptomatic and feels fine. Real Time production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines. No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time. The show will be rescheduled at a later date."
Maher also tweeted about the diagnosis, posting, "Thanks to all wishing me get well - hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it! Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode. Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point."William Maher (; born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, political commentator, and television host. He is known for the HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher (2003–present) and the similar late-night show called Politically Incorrect (1993–2002), originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC. Maher is known for his sarcastic attitude, political satire and sociopolitical commentary. He targets many topics including religion, political correctness and the mass media.Maher supports the legalization of cannabis, serving on the advisory board of NORML. His critical views of religion were the basis for the 2008 documentary film Religulous. He is a supporter of animal rights,... more
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
- Age: 65