Idris Elba revealed on Twitter Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.
“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,” the actor captioned a video announcement. “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic.”
In the video, Elba, 47, explains he got tested after realizing he was exposed to someone who had also tested positive. He added that he self-quarantined after finding out about the other person’s results and “got a test immediately.”
It sucks,” he admitted. “Look, this is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who are not showing symptoms that could easily spread it. So now’s a real time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance.”
Elba said his wife Sabrina, who was in the video alongside him, had not yet been tested.
“She’s doing OK,” he added. “We’ve told our families, they’re very supportive. We’ve told our colleagues. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill or feel like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, do something about it. It’s really important.”
He continued, “We live in a divided world right now, we can all feel it. It’s been (expletive), but now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other. There’s so many people whose lives have been affected.”
Elba is not the first celebrity to test positive for the virus. Tom Hanks revealed last week he and wife Rita Wilson are also quarantined with the illness.