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.
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Travis Barker revealed his diagnosis via Instagram, on August 18, 2022, writing, “Covid sucks. I’d rather be playing drums.”
The positive test result comes two months after Barker was hospitalized for “life-threatening” pancreatitis.
Drake was forced to reschedule shows on his Young Money Reunion tour after testing positive, he told fans on August 1, 2022, via Instagram Stories.
“I am truly devastated to say that I tested positive for Covid, and the Young Money Reunion show scheduled for tonight is being rescheduled to the SOONEST date possible. I will keep the city posted, and share the new date whenever we have it locked. Until then, I hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and I love you all. I am so sorry for letting you down on our weekend together, and the moment I test negative, I will give you everything I got on stage (except the Covid),” Drake wrote.
Jimmy Kimmel tested positive for the virus for a second time, he revealed via Twitter on May 17, 2022.
“I’m such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN. I am feeling fine - the great John @Mulaney & Andy Samberg @TheLonelyIsland have graciously agreed to host @JimmyKimmelLive for me tomorrow,” he tweeted.
The late-night talk-show host had previously reported a positive diagnosis via Twitter on May 2, 2022, writing, “Our daughter brought us covid (even though we specifically asked her not to) All feeling fine, I am double vaxxed and boosted but the show must not go on. Apologies to @TomCruise & @iliza and thanks to Mike Birbiglia who'll be filling in for me starting tomorrow night.”
After months of expressing skepticism and disdain for the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and lockdowns, Eric Clapton has postponed tour dates after testing positive. A statement shared to Facebook on May 16, 2022, read:
“Eric Clapton is unfortunately suffering from Covid having tested positive shortly after the second concert at the Royal Albert Hall [in London]. He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume traveling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery… It is very frustrating that having avoided Covid throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place Eric should have succumbed to Covid at this point in time, but we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances."
In 2021, Clapton said the side effects of his second COVID-19 vaccine were “disastrous,” and that the safety of the vaccines had been overstated due to “propaganda." However, the vaccines have been rigorously tested and deemed safe and effective by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.