Andy Cohen, Daniel Dae Kim, Greta Thunberg among celebrities directly impacted by the coronavirus

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Since Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they tested positive for the virus that’s been declared a global pandemic, other celebrities have explained how they’re being affected by it, too.

Here’s the latest, which we’ll update regularly, with the most recent entries on top:

The singer, guitarist and songwriter died on March 29 in New York from COVID-19, his daughter announced on Facebook. Merrill, best known for writing the track “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was 69.

The veteran CBS News journalist died on March 29 after testing positive for the coronavirus. She was 54. Mercader fought various health issues for more than 20 years, including cancer. She had been on medical leave for an unrelated matter since February.

Nearly a week after revealing he tested positive for the coronavirus, the Spanish opera singer has been hospitalized in Acapulco, Mexico. A spokesperson for Domingo told CNN, “He is doing well and is responding to treatment.”

The death of country singer Joe Diffie was announced on Sunday, just two days after revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie, known for country hits like “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” was 61.

The country folk singer-songwriter’s family announced Sunday that his “situation is critical” after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms that Thursday, March 26. They added that the 73-year-old star had been intubated on Saturday night.


The frontman of the band Rammstein is recovering after having been hospitalized in critical condition, German newspaper Bild reported on March 27. He reportedly had a high fever following a concert in Moscow earlier this month, so he was admitted to a Berlin hospital, where he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was also reportedly diagnosed with pneumonia, but according to Bild, his condition has since improved.


Blum, a theater actor since the ‘70s also known for playing roles in movies and shows such as You, Desperately Seeking Susan and Shattered Glass, died at 69 from complications of the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported March 26. According to the newspaper, Blum’s wife, actress Janet Zarish, said Blum had not been in contact with anyone with the virus, but he suffered from asthma.


Griffin called out President Trump for boasting about how well the United States is doing on testing people for the coronavirus, saying that she had been unable to get one, despite having sought medical care. “I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms,” Griffin wrote March 25. “The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.” She told the Los Angeles Times that afternoon that doctors were able to diagnose an infection for which they prescribed medication. She was able to return home the same day. She still doesn’t know if the coronavirus is the underlying cause of her symptoms, but she’s quarantining herself just in case.

Laura Bell Bundy

Status: Tested positive

Bundy has been in quarantine since March 12, after she had a headache, a sore throat, a tightness in her chest and a shortness of breath. After calling her doctor, she obtained a test that came back positive, she said in a video dated March 25. “It’s very, very scary. Of course I’m scared,” Bundy said, adding that she actually felt OK. She said her husband was also sick but their 10-month-old son appeared to be just fine so far.

Floyd Cardoz

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

Cardoz, a New York restaurateur who won Top Chef Masters in 2011, died March 25 at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey, as a result of complications from the coronavirus, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group confirmed to People. He was 59. Cardoz’s team shared March 17 that he’d been admitted to the hospital, and the chef himself apologized the next day for having caused a panic. Upon his death, Bravo and Top Chef paid tribute to Cardoz on Instagram, calling him “an inspiration to chefs around the world.”

Prince Charles

Status: Tested positive

The heir to the British throne, 71, isolated himself at one of his homes in Scotland after testing positive for the coronavirus, his office said March 25. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” the official statement read. Charles is showing only mild symptoms and is in good health otherwise. Meanwhile, a royal source told CNN that Charles last saw his mother, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, the day before doctors said he would have become contagious.

Jackson Browne

Status: Tested positive


Browne took a test for the coronavirus after noticing he had a small cough and a temperature, and before it had even come back positive, he quarantined himself at home in Los Angeles. “It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not,” he told Rolling Stone March 24, after he said he’d been in isolation for 10 days. “I’m in the middle of trying to call everyone I know to discuss with them how they are feeling and whether or not they have symptoms. You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else.” The “Somebody's Baby” singer added, “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through. Our experiences will be helpful for others to know.”

Greta Thunberg

Status: Self-quarantine

The environmental activist suspected she had the coronavirus, so she stayed apart from her family. “The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside,” she shared March 24. “When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father — who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever.” Thunberg explained that she hadn’t taken a test, because those were being reserved for emergency cases, but she suspected she had it. “Now I’ve basically recovered, but — AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this!” She urged people to stay home and avoid spreading the virus.

Slim Thug

Status: Tested positive

The rapper said he’s overcoming the coronavirus. “Check this out. No games being played.The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive," Thug, whose real name is Stayve Thomas, revealed in a video posted March 24. “As careful as I been self-quarantined and staying home — I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on — my test came back positive.” He reassured fans that he was OK. “I feel good or whatever, I ain’t got no problems right now,” he said, explaining that he had a slight fever and a cough at one point. “I feel like I’m good, but y’all better take it serious,” he warned others.

Manu Dibango

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

Dibango’s team broke the awful news in a statement on Facebook: “It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19.” They had announced just six days earlier that the 86-year-old saxophone legend had been hospitalized for a reason “linked to Covid 19” but was “resting well and calmly recovering.” During his lifetime, the Grammy-nominated, Cameroonian musician played with the likes of Herbie Hancock. His 1972 song “Soul Makossa” was famously sampled by Michael Jackson in Jackson’s own hit song “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” Rihanna in “Don’t Stop the Music” and other artists in their own works. His team requested that fans send condolences to manu@manudibango.net.

Terrence McNally

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

The Tony Award-winning playwright, whose shows included Ragtime, The Full Monty and many more, died March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., his spokesman Matt Polk told Deadline. In addition to his latest condition, the 81-year-old McNally was a lung cancer survivor who struggled with chronic pulmonary disease.

Aaron Tveit

Status: Tested positive

The star of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge and Catch Me If You Can said he’s “feeling much better” after having tested positive for COVID-19. “I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better,” he wrote March 23. “I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild — cold like with no fever — as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms, because this is a very dangerous virus.”

Tom Holland

Status: Self-quarantine

The Spider-Man star self-isolated after not feeling well, although he said he didn’t think the coronavirus was the culprit. He reported on March 21 that he was spending time hunkered down with a couple of friends doing puzzles. 

Sophia Myles’s father, Peter Myles

Status: Died of the coronavirus

Myles, an actress known for her work in Doctor Who and Tristan and Isolde, documented her father’s struggle with the coronavirus in a video diary since March 14. She shared a heartbreaking photo of him in his hospital bed and even took a CBS news crew with her to show people they should take the health threat seriously. She announced that he’d died on March 21.

Harvey Weinstein

Status: Tested positive

The disgraced movie mogul, who’s serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, tested positive on March 22, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Weinstein, who has a series of additional medical problems, has been in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., but was in two other prisons since his March 11 sentencing.

Meghan McCain

Status: Self-isolating due to pregnancy

The View panelist announced her pregnancy on March 22, several months after suffering a miscarriage. On the advice of her doctors, McCain will self-isolate at home and appear on The View via satellite. “I should be extra-vigilant about limiting the amount of people we come in contact with,” she told fans.

Plácido Domingo

Status: Tested positive

On March 22 the opera singer revealed that he tested positive after experiencing fever and a cough, but noted that he and his family, who are self-isolating, are currently “in good health.”

Nyle DiMarco

Status: Self-quarantine

Deaf model, actor and former Dancing with the Stars champion DiMarco told fans that, despite being “really sick” over the past few days, he declined to get tested due to the shortage of tests available. “The sick patients need it more than I do,” the “on the mend” star shared on March 21.

David Bryan

Status: Tested positive

On March 21, the Bon Jovi keyboard player shared his test results after feeling sick for a week. He urged fans to “help out each other,” but added, “it’s the flu, not the plague.” Bandmate Jon Bon Jovi offered his well wishes, and later joined Chicago fans in a self-isolated singalong to “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Debi Mazar

Status: Tested positive

On March 21, the Younger actress revealed her positive diagnosis after she and her family fell ill with fevers, headaches, sore throats, dry coughs and body pains. Mazar assumed it was a seasonal cold, “But it felt unusual [and] different,” she wrote on Instagram. After visiting a local clinic, Mazar was diagnosed with COVID-19. “I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days...” she wrote. “Well, today is day 5 and I just found out. I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already...one day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough.” Mazar said her family had shown no symptoms but were “under quarantine” for two weeks.

Ten days into the coronavirus, she said she was “doing OK.” She thanked people offering her words of encouragement, but said she found it “incredibly disgusting” that people from publications such as Page Six were calling to ask her how she was able to obtain a test.

Andy Cohen

Status: Tested positive

Cohen was planning to do his show, Watch What Happens Live, from his home. He scrapped those plans after “not feeling great” for a few days in self-quarantine, then discovering he was suffering from the coronavirus. The Bravo honcho returned to work on March 30 and shared with fans what it’s like to recover from COVID-19. “My symptoms were a fever, tightness in my chest, a cough,” Cohen explained on his Sirius XM show Andy Cohen Live, noting he was “very, very achy” in his body. “Make sure you have Tylenol and a pulse oximeter,” he shared.

Colton Underwood

Status: Tested positive

The Bachelor alum began having symptoms in late March and, sure enough, a test confirmed that he had the coronavirus. He hunkered down at girlfriend Cassie Randolph’s family home to recuperate. “It’s been kicking my a**, just to put it very bluntly,” he said in a video post to social media. “The main thing is I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath or go to the bathroom without having to sit down because I’m exhausted.”

In an update three days later, Underwood said that for the first time, he was feeling improvement. He had spoken to the local health department and had moved to a floor of the home by himself. “Im hopeful that I’ve turned the corner and will be back to 100% soon,” he wrote.

Daniel Dae Kim

Status: Tested positive

Kim, who’s starred in Lost and Hawaii Five-0, said he tested positive after experiencing scratchiness in his throat, body aches and fever. He learned of his diagnosis when he took a drive-thru test. After care from his doctor, he said, he’s feeling better each day. In a video about testing positive for the coronavirus, Kim urged everyone to take the threat of illness seriously and to end prejudice in their treatment of Asians during the pandemic. “Please, please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people,” Kim said. “Randomly beating elderly, sometimes homeless Asian Americans is cowardly, heartbreaking and it’s inexcusable. Yes, I’m Asian, and yes, I have coronavirus, but I did not get it from China. I got it in America. In New York City, and despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick and dying.”

Kim revealed on March 29 he’s “considered virus free” and that his required period of self-isolation ended.

Prince Albert II 

Status: Tested positive

The palace of Monaco said on March 19 that Prince Albert II, the 62-year-old son of late actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was being treated by doctors at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, but he continued to work out of his private apartment at the palace.

Indira Varma

Status: Sick

The Game of Thrones alum said that she’s sick: “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice," presumably referring to the coronavirus. Varma lamented that COVID-19 had caused theaters, including one where she had been working, to go dark.

Drake

Status: Self-quarantine

Following NBA star Kevin Durant’s announcement that he has the coronavirus, Drake is hunkering down in his hometown of Toronto, according to Page Six. The two had been photographed hanging out together March 10 in Los Angeles. As TMZ reported exactly one week later, Drake has since posted on social media about having settled in at home for a while.

Charlotte Lawrence

Status: Tested positive

The “Joke’s on You” singer told people about her condition as part of a plea for people to stay inside their homes and stem the spread of the coronavirus. “I am going to be completely fine,” Lawrence said. “But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly. So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to fight this virus.”

Savannah Guthrie

Status: Self-quarantine

After the Today host experienced a sore throat and a runny nose, she made the decision to stay home, and she even broadcast NBC’s popular morning show from there on March 18. Guthrie said she was following the advice of the doctors at the network, as well as her bosses. However, she assured viewers that she felt “good” and was acting “in an abundance of caution.”

Sarah Hyland

Staus: Self-quarantine

If you want to find the Modern Family actress during the epidemic, then look for her at home. As she said on the March 18 episode of the Brad Behavior podcast, she’s only leaving for doctor’s appointments, when she wears a mask and gloves. “I am obviously immunocompromised with my transplant history and am on immunosuppressants, so everything in this house is sanitized,” she said, per People. Hyland noted that the virus is “really dangerous” for immunocompromised people like herself.

Diplo

Status: Self-quarantine

The musician, whose real name is Thomas Pentz, said he was staying away from his two young sons — although he missed them terribly — because he had been in contact with hundreds of people in recent days. “I’m staying away from the house until I am cleared of the virus,” Diplo said.

Andrew Watt

Status: Tested positive

On March 17, Watt explained to fans that he’d woken up 11 days earlier feeling like he’d been “hit by a bus,” and that he couldn’t move out of bed for days. He said a doctor who came to his house told him he couldn’t have the coronavirus because he had tested positive for the flu. However, a second doctor who came to his home administered a test and confirmed that he did, in fact, have COVID-19. While Watt said his own condition was improving, he urged others to take the threat seriously. “This is not a joke,” he said. “Stay safe, stay sanitized.”

Arielle Charnas

Status: Tested positive

The influencer reported March 17 that she had been very ill for several days, but she said she planned to continue focusing her social media channels on the things that made her happy. “Each day the symptoms evolve into something else and while I can’t imagine how I’d ever catch coronavirus (from what I know I haven’t been in contact with anyone who has it) I’m dealing with the weirdest virus I’ve ever had since mono,” Charnas said.

Rachel Matthews

Status: Tested positive

“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” Matthews, who provided the voice of Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed March 16 on InstagramStories. She said she was feeling better but would remain in quarantine until she was told to do otherwise. Matthews also shared her symptoms, which she said she hoped some found helpful.

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