Coronavirus has well and truly arrived in Hollywood.
Just over a week on from Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's shock COVID-19 diagnosis, several other high-profile figures have also announced they've tested positive.
The latest star to join the growing list of infected celebrities is Younger's Debi Mazar, who explained on social media that she, her husband and two teenage daughters had first shown symptoms ("low-grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ears ringing and a dry cough") a month ago, but it had "cleared up quickly", so she'd assumed it was "seasonal" although it felt "unusual/different".
"Two weeks later, March 15th, I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 (39.1 degrees Celsius) fever. I figured maybe I got the flu or … Corona?" Mazar wrote.
"I had had cocktails the evening prior and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends."
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I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly.Seasonal I thought?but it felt unusual/different... Two weeks later,March 15th,I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona? I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16.He said NO,I didn't meet the criteria.I hadn't recently traveled out of the country&I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive.I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY'er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store,the pharmacy,hair salon,etc.I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies&bleach wipes,dry goods.extra food etc. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin'! A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits,which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17.First I was tested for the flu-which was negative.Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results,which would take 3-7 days(in S.Korea it takes two hours) Well..today is day 5 and I just found out.Im hoping I've been through the worst of it already.Its very "morphy".One day I feel crappy and the next I'm normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I'm tough. I can breath,and I'm going to heal here,in my own home!My family is under quarantine for 14 days.They have no symptoms.I think we all had it possibly already?Who knows. Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones.Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome
Deciding to play it safe, the actress contacted her friend, a doctor, to ask if she could get the COVID-19 test but was told no because she "didn't meet the criteria" as she "hadn't recently travelled out of the country" or met with "someone who had actually tested positive".
Eventually, she managed to get a test kit from a local health outlet and received the positive result five days later.
"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. I can breath, and I'm going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days."
Meanwhile, following the announcement that her husband Idris Elba had been infected, US actress and model Sabrina Dhowre revealed over the weekend that she also had the virus currently bringing the world to a standstill.
"I've been tested – actually, I found out this morning, Oprah, that I tested positive," Dhowre told Oprah Winfrey on Saturday as she sat alongside her husband for a video chat from their quarantine in New Mexico.
Dhowre, 31, insisted she was "not surprised" – and never questioned staying with the Luther star after his confirmed infection.
"I wanted to be with him. That's the instinct of a wife. You want to go and take care," she said.
Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, 51, also recently confirmed he'd been diagnosed with coronavirus.
"After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for coronavirus," he announced on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself looking sombre.
"As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we're putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better."
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After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we're putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.
He continued, "I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves."
Last week, Nine presenter Wilkins and singer-songwriter Thelma Plum became two of the first Aussie celebrities to test positive for coronavirus.
Wilkins revealed his infection after getting tested as a precaution following Wilson's diagnosis. The pair had briefly spent time together at her Sydney concert days earlier and again at the Nine studios when she came in for a Today Extra interview.
Meanwhile, Plum, 25, posted a picture of herself in hospital and let her followers know she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last Sunday.
"I am currently being managed by the Brisbane Metro North Public Health Unit and they're taking very good care of me," she wrote.
"At this time the Dr wants to keep me here until at least Friday, but the rules around being released are constantly changing."