Idris Elba Tests Positive for Coronavirus: “This Is Real”

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In the growing list of everyday people testing posting for Coronavirus COVID-19, there is also a growing list of celebrities who have the disease as well. Just this past weekend, beloved actor Tom Hanks and his wife revealed they had contracted the virus. Now, handsome actor Idris Elba has also tested positive for coronavirus, the actor revealed today on Twitter.

“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19,” he wrote. “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,” Elba, 47, added.

“I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who also tested positive,” he explained. “I found out last Friday that they were tested positive. I quarantined myself and got a test immediately and got the results back today.”

Elba continued: “Look, this is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who aren’t showing symptoms and that can easily spread it. OK. So, now is a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance.”

Elba went on to say that the couple, who tied the knot last April, has told their families and colleagues.

“Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill or you feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed — do something about it. It’s really important,” he said.

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Elba added: “Look we’ve lived in a divided world right now. We can all feel it. It’s been bulls–t, but now is the time for solidarity. Now is the time for thinking about each other. There are so many people whose lives have been affected, from those who have lost people they loved to people that don’t even have it and have lost their livelihoods. This is real.”

One thing that he did say that many people may lose sight of, but is also very important is, “Stay positive and don’t freak out,” he concluded.

If you remember, it was just 2019 when the actor got married again to