Black people, you can officially stop thinking you can’t get coronavirus. Idris Elba has announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. The 47-year-old actor said he received his test results Monday morning.
Elba shared the news on social media alongside his wife Sabrina Dhowre, who has not been tested but was “doing OK.”
Elba Shares News On Twitter
“So far, we’re feeling OK. Stay positive and don’t freak out,” he said.
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 (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
Elba said he had been isolated since finding out last Friday that he had been exposed to someone who tested the positive. He encouraged people watching to practice social distancing and be diligent about hand washing, emphasizing the point that there are asymptomatic people are out there, like himself.
He added: “Look we live in a divided world right now…but now is a time for solidarity. Now is a time for thinking about each other. There are so many people whose lives have been affected.”
Ya’ll already know what Idris means to Black folk (especially women), so not surprisingly Twitter is in shambles. People are equal parts confused how he got it and Trump didn’t and also sharing that video of him coughing while eating wings on the Complex original series Hot Ones. The internet still has ZERO chill.
— March Sadness Pablo (@PabloEscobarner) March 16, 2020
Corona going to need to explain to me why we got a sick Idris Elba and a healthy president pic.twitter.com/xLzs7SXnMu
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) March 16, 2020
DAMNIT GOD I SAID DONALD TRUMP NOT IDRIS ELBA pic.twitter.com/PkuTMlHUIn
— T (@stupitalupita) March 16, 2020
FIRST TOM HANKS AND NOW IDRIS ELBA TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS, MS RONA COME OUT LET’S JUST FIGHT pic.twitter.com/PHNpleEjhF
— c (@chuuzus) March 16, 2020
Idris Elba when his test results came back positive for Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/NEjQ4TDJff
— Paul ➐ (@NoGamePaul) March 16, 2020
twitter rushing to find a cure to coronavirus after finding out idris elba just tested positive pic.twitter.com/LEDDjO1OmE
— ༄ (@holyfaulkner) March 16, 2020
not idris elba, coronavirus needs to back the f*ck up pic.twitter.com/m7c6hNTZgW
— ⚡️ (@thislilstangirl) March 16, 2020
Corona couldn’t get Trump but she got Idris Elba, I hate it here pic.twitter.com/EdKJcGRsbv
— Darihana Nova (@DarihanaNova) March 16, 2020
Elba is the latest high profile star to share news of his coronavirus diagnosis. He promised to keep fans updated on his condition. We are seriously praying he has a speedy recovery.