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Numerous celebrities have spoken up about their experiences with COVID-19. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP; Alexander Koerner/Getty Images; Jean-Baptiste Lacroix/AFP via Getty Images
  • As the total number of coronavirus cases continues to increase, some of the most well-known celebrities have confirmed that they’ve tested positive for the COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
  • Actors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were some of the first well-known celebrities to announce that they tested positive while they were together in Australia.
  • As the pandemic has continued, famous athletes, politicians, musicians, and actors have come forward with their COVID-19 diagnoses.
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Some of the most well-known celebrities have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were some of the first public figures to be diagnosed with COVID-19. And Utah Jazz teammates Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive as well, prompting the NBA to suspend the remainder of its season.

From Boris Johnson to Pink to Prince Charles, the novel coronavirus has affected public figures across the globe.

Here are all the celebrities who have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson confirmed that they tested positive while they were in Australia.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

The 63-year-old actors were in Australia for the production of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic, in which Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker, when they announced they had the disease.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” he wrote on Instagram.

Hanks added, “Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”

Warner Bros., the company distributing the film, released a statement about Hanks and Wilson, who visited two of the most popular tourist attractions in Australia before testing positive for the disease.

“We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

Hanks and Wilson departed from the Queensland hospital five days after they announced that they tested positive for COVID-19, as reported by People and Entertainment Tonight on Monday. The couple will continue their quarantine at a home in Australia to prevent spreading the illness to others.

Two weeks after exhibiting symptoms, Hanks tweeted that the couple has been feeling better and encouraged his followers to shelter in place to avoid spreading the virus.

The couple remained in Australia while in quarantine and shared that they returned to the US on Monday, adding that they’ll be “sheltering in place and social distancing.”

The NBA suspended its season after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Rudy Gobert plays on the Utah Jazz. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty

The game between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder was postponed on March 11 after the Jazz’s center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus, as reported by ESPN. The 27-year-old athlete was reportedly in Oklahoma City but wasn’t present at the arena for the game.

Following the news, both teams were quarantined in Chesapeake Energy Arena. The City Thunder players left, however the Jazz players remained in the arena until testing results were finalized. Because the Jazz have come in contact with players from other NBA teams in recent games, 20% of NBA players are facing quarantine.

Shortly after calling off the game, the NBA released a statement announcing that it would suspend its season.

The statement reads, “The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz has preliminarily tested positive for the COVID-19. The test result was reported shortly prior to the tip-off of tonight’s game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight’s game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena. The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”

After Gobert’s diagnosis was announced, a video from March 9 surfaced of the athlete mocking coronavirus precautions by rubbing the microphones at a press conference. His teammates have also suggested that Gobert was “careless in the locker room” and had been “touching other players and their belongings” prior to finding out he has COVID-19.

Donovan Mitchell was the second NBA player to test positive for the illness.

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Shortly after Rudy Gobert tested positive, his teammate Donovan Mitchell found out he has the coronavirus as well. Russell Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

On March 12, the Utah Jazz announced that its second player, Donovan Mitchell, has tested positive for the illness.

“As a follow-up to yesterday’s positive COVID-19 test, Oklahoma health officials tested all members of the Utah Jazz traveling party, confirming one additional positive outcome for a Jazz player. We are working closely with the CDC, Oklahoma and Utah state officials, and the NBA to monitor their health and determine the best path moving forward,” the statement reads.

The 23-year-old athlete was reportedly the only other Jazz player to test positive for the disease, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. Ilya S. Savenok / Getty

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the coronavirus on March 12, GFN reported.

Justin Trudeau was under self-isolation after his wife starting showing symptoms on Wednesday after a speaking event in the United Kingdom.

“Although I’m experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from the virus, I will be back on my feet soon,” Grégoire Trudeau said in a statement. “Being in quarantine at home is nothing compared to other Canadian families who might be going through this and for those facing more serious health concerns.”

Olga Kurylenko, a former Bond girl, tested positive for the illness as well.

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Olga Kurylenko appeared alongside Daniel Craig in “Quantum of Solace.” Jason Merritt/Getty

Olga Kurylenko, a 40-year-old Ukranian-born actress, tested positive for COVID-19, according to her Instagram post on March 15.

Kurylenko, who starred alongside Daniel Craig in the 2008 film “Quantum of Solace,” shared a photo of her window at home along with the news of her diagnosis.

“Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” Kurylenko wrote.

She continued, “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

On Sunday, the actress shared an update on Instagram and said that she was “completely recovered.”

“For one week I felt pretty bad and was mostly in bed, sleeping, with high fever and strong headache. The second week, the fever was gone but some light cough appeared and I felt very tired. By the end of the second week I felt totally fine,” Kurylenko added.

Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood has the novel coronavirus and is reportedly asymptomatic.

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Christian Wood tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Ethan Miller/Getty

Christian Wood, a 24-year old center on the Detroit Pistons, is the third NBA player to test positive for the novel coronavirus, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania on March 15. Charania reported that Wood has shown no symptoms and “is doing well.”

The Pistons released a statement about the athlete’s diagnosis.

“A player on the Detroit Pistons, who is under the care of team medical staff and in self-isolation since Wednesday night, was tested for COVID-19. A preliminary positive result came back on March 14.  The health and safety of our players, our organization, those throughout our league, and all those potentially impacted by this situation is paramount,” the statement said.

Although the team hasn’t confirmed where he came in contact with the illness, Wood faced off with Rudy Gobert, who was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, when the Utah Jazz played the Detroit Pistons on March 7.

Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music, has been hospitalized with the novel coronavirus.

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Lucian Grainge tested positive for the coronavirus. Invision/AP Images

Lucian Grainge, the 60-year-old chairman and CEO of Universal Music, has been hospitalized after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, multiple sources confirmed to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter on March 15.

The executive is receiving treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Universal Music hasn’t released a statement confirming his diagnosis, however fellow industry players have reportedly grown uneasy as Grainge threw a 60th birthday celebration prior to his diagnosis on February 29. Apple CEO Tim Cook, music executive Irving Azoff, and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue attended the event.

Idris Elba tested positive for COVID-19.

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Idris Elba confirmed the news on Twitter. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Idris Elba tested positive for the novel coronavirus on March 16, which the 47-year-old British actor confirmed in a video he posted on Twitter.

“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,” the “Thor” actor wrote.

Although the actor didn’t specify where he was exposed to someone that had tested positive, he was photographed with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at WE Day 2020 on March 4. Sophie tested positive for COVID-19 on March 13, however it remains unconfirmed that the two cases are connected.

In the video, Idris also shared that his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, hasn’t been tested and “is doing okay.”

He called on his fans to be vigilant about washing their hands and remain aware that they may be asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19.

“We live in a divided world right now. We can all feel it. It’s been bulls— but now is the time for solidarity. Now is the time for thinking about each other,” he said, adding, “There are so many people whose lives have been affected — from those who have lost the people that they love to those who don’t even have it and have lost their livelihood. This is real.”

On March 22, Sabrina announced that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus as well during a FaceTime episode of “Oprah Talks: COVID-19” on Apple TV.

“I could have made the decision to put myself, maybe, in a separate room or stay away, and I’m sure that people are making those decisions. And they’re tough decisions to make,” she told Oprah, continuing, “But I made the decision to want to be with him and, you know, still touch him.”

Kristofer Hivju also has COVID-19 but reported “mild symptoms.”

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Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Chris Pizzello/AP

Kristofer Hivju, who is known for his roles on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and in “The Fate of the Furious,” tested positive for the novel coronavirus and announced the news on Instagram on March 16.

The 41-year-old Norwegian actor said that he and his family would be self-isolating for “as long as it takes.”

“We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading,” he wrote.

Rachel Matthews documented her COVID-19 symptoms and said that tests are “insanely hard to come by.”

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Rachel Matthews tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Rachel Matthews/Instagram

Rachel Matthews, who voiced Honeymaren in “Frozen 2,″ tested positive for the novel coronavirus, she shared on her Instagram story on March 16.

“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week. Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but will obviously remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” the 26-year-old wrote.

The actress continued to break down a day-by-day timeline of her symptoms, which began with a sore throat, headache, and fatigue, adding, “I only got tested because I had been around a confirmed case and had been showing symptoms.”

Matthews didn’t elaborate on where she was exposed to the illness but said that tests are “insanely hard to come by.”

“Our country is very behind and we don’t have much of a system in place,” she wrote.

At the end of her story, she posted the video of Idris Elba sharing his COVID-19 diagnosis and said, “you can also be a carrier with **no symptoms**.”

NBA star Kevin Durant and three other players on the Brooklyn Nets tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) poses for a portrait during media day at HSS Training Center. Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports

The four Brooklyn Nets players are in self-isolation and “under the care of team physicians,” according to a press release from the team.

The last team the Nets played before the players were tested were the Los Angeles Lakers on March 10 before the NBA postponed the rest of the 2019-2020 season.

Music producer Andrew Watt said he felt like he was “hit by a bus” before he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Andrew Watt has worked with artists like Cardi B and Post Malone. Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Producer Andrew Watt tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to his Instagram post on March 16.

The 29-year-old, who has worked with artists like Post Malone and Cardi B, said he felt like he got “hit by a bus” before getting tested — reporting a fever, chills, and a dry cough.

The doctor told Watt that he didn’t have COVID-19, as the producer hadn’t left the country or done anything except travel between his home and the studio. However, his symptoms worsened and he “begged” to be tested.

Although Watt was eventually tested, he described how difficult it was for him to get access to a test even as he showed symptoms. Since the diagnosis, the producer said his fever has gone down but added that he remains on bed rest with an oxygen mask to recover from his pneumonia.

“I am 29 years old. I am a healthy young man and I am going to get through this no matter what. I am going to make a full recovery,” he wrote.

Watt continued, “But… there are so many people in my life and in the world that could possibly not get through this due to their age and/or a compromised immune system.”

Charlotte Lawrence has the coronavirus and asked her followers to self-quarantine.

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Charlotte Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 Charlotte Lawrence/Instagram

Singer Charlotte Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, which she confirmed in an Instagram post on March 17.

“I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly,” the 19-year-old wrote, adding, “This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive the virus.”

Lawrence continued to encourage her followers to stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

She concluded her message by writing: “And for the love of god, self f—ing quarantine or you’ll be on my s— list.”

Daniel Dae Kim tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Daniel Dae Kim has the novel coronavirus. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE

Daniel Dae Kim learned that he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18.

The actor shared his diagnosis in a 10-minute Instagram video on Thursday, explaining that he’s been in isolation in his home in Hawaii.

“For the past several weeks I was in New York shooting a role on a TV series where — ironically — I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic,” Kim said.

He returned home after production on the show was suspended, adding that he was asymptomatic during that time period. Kim quarantined himself in a room at home, but reported tightness in his chest, body aches, and a fever before deciding to get tested.

Although he never went to the hospital, the actor said he was on bed rest for days.

“For all those out there — especially teenagers and millennials — who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” Kim warned, adding, “And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones.”

The actor shared an update on Instagram on Sunday and reported that he felt “practically back to normal” but remains in isolation.

“I am lucky enough to be in the 80% of diagnosed cases that have not required hospitalization,” he said, adding, “As of now, I have no symptoms other than a little residual congestion.”

“Bachelor” star Colton Underwood said he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Colton Underwood starred on season 23 of ABC’s “The Bachelor.” ABC/Craig Sjodin

Colton Underwood announced on social media on March 20 that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus and encouraged his followers to stay home.

“I want to let you guys know, I’m 28. I consider myself pretty healthy. I work out regularly. I eat healthy, and I became symptomatic a few days ago,” the former NFL star said in a video shared on Twitter.

He continued: “It’s been kicking my a–, just to put it bluntly. 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.”

The “Bachelor” alum also said he’s staying at fiancée Cassie Randolph’s family home. “Unfortunately that means we’re all in this together,” he said.

TV host Andy Cohen announced in an Instagram post that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Andy Cohen has the novel coronavirus. Theo Wargo/Getty

Andy Cohen announced on March 20 that he tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19.

The host of “Watch What Happens Live” said he wanted to get work done for the show from home, but said he and his team are “putting a pin in that for now” until his condition improves.

“After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus,” he wrote in the caption of the post. “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.”

Debi Mazar tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Debi Mazar announced that she has COVID-19. Robin Marchant/Getty Images

Actress Debi Mazar tested positive for COVID-19, she shared on Instagram on March 21.

The 55-year-old explained that her family members felt sick before she suddenly experienced “super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.” Mazar also detailed the difficulty she faced while trying to obtain a test kit for the novel coronavirus. When she finally did get a test, she said that she tested positive.

“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,” she wrote.

Mazar continued, “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.”

Broadway star Aaron Tveit tested positive for COVID-19 and reported the “loss of taste and smell.”

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Aaron Tveit tested positive for COVID-19. The CW and Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Aaron Tveit, the lead in Broadway’s “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” tested positive for COVID-19, per his Instagram post on March 23. The 36-year-old actor said that he’s been in quarantine since Broadway shut down on March 12.

“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,” he wrote.

Tveit added, “One thing I have been experiencing is the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a big sign for people who are otherwise asymptotic.”

Slim Thug announced that he tested positive as well, despite being “careful” and “staying home.”

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Slim Thug announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Slim Thug/Instagram

Slim Thug tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the 39-year-old rapper announced on Instagram on March 24.

“The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, yesterday, and it came back positive,” he said, continuing, “As careful as I’ve been self-quarantined and staying home — I might have went and got something to eat or something, simple stuff like that, nothing crazy, stayed in my truck, had mask, gloves, everything on, and my test came back positive.”

Slim Thug said that he had a “slight fever and a cough” before getting tested but reported that his symptoms have since alleviated.

Greg Rikaart says he has the novel coronavirus.

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Greg Rikaart tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

Greg Rikaart tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the actor confirmed in an Instagram post on March 24.

The “Young and the Restless” actor said he’s been in quarantine since March 14 and reported that he had a fever for 11 days and difficulty breathing. Rikaart was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia.

“I just tested positive for coronavirus. I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life,” he wrote.

Rikaart added that he no longer had a fever and felt like he “turned the proverbial corner,” however he remains in isolation to keep others from falling ill.

“So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” the actor said.

Jackson Browne says he has the novel coronavirus and that his symptoms are “pretty mild.”

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Jackson Browne tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Musician Jackson Browne tested positive for COVID-19, the musician shared in an interview that GFN published on March 24.

The 71-year-old Rock Hall of Fame inductee said that he got tested after having “a small cough and a temperature” but has experienced “pretty mild symptoms.” He’s been recovering from the illness and is quarantined in his home in Los Angeles, California.

Browne said that he isn’t sure where he came in contact with the virus but thinks that it may have been at the Love Rocks NYC benefit.

“I quarantined immediately upon feeling sick. It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not,” he said.

Browne added, “You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else.”

Cascada’s Natalie Horler tested positive for COVID-19.

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Natalie Horler tested positive for COVID-19. Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Cascada’s Natalie Horler, a German singer best known for the 2005 dance hit “Every Time We Touch,” tested positive for the novel coronavirus, she confirmed in an Instagram video on March 24.

The 38-year-old reported that her symptoms have included a slight fever and headache. Horler added that she’s already been self-isolating for eight days but will “take it up a notch” and quarantine for 14 more.

“My case will most likely be mild, so the most important thing is to protect everyone else who may be at risk,” the singer wrote.

Prince Charles tested positive for COVID-19.

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Prince Charles has the novel coronavirus. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Prince Charles has the novel coronavirus, a Clarence House representative confirmed to Insider on March 25.

“The Prince of Wales has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual,” the representative said.

The representative shared that the Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested, adding that they “met the criteria required for testing” at NHS in Aberdeenshire. They both have been self-isolating in Scotland.

Although it remains unknown where the 71-year-old royal was exposed to COVID-19, he could have contracted the coronavirus after spending time with Prince Albert of Monaco, who tested positive just days after they met.

On Monday, a spokesperson confirmed that Prince Charles is now out of self-isolation after consulting with a doctor.

Laura Bell Bundy announced that she tested positive for COVID-19.

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Laura Bell Bundy announced that she has the novel coronavirus. Michael Loccisano/Getty

Laura Bell Bundy tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the 38-year-old Tony Award-winning actress announced in an Instagram video on March 25.

She’s been quarantining since having a headache and sore throat on March 12, adding that her symptoms evolved into chest tightness and shortness of breath before she decided to get tested for the novel coronavirus.

Bundy said that her husband has shown symptoms as well, although he’s not going to be tested.

“It’s very, very scary. Of course I’m scared. My husband also has symptoms,” she said, adding, “My belief is that more people have this than they realize, including carriers. I was tested, but many people can’t get tested.”

The “Legally Blonde” actress also explained that she’s been taking supplements and herbs recommended by her acupuncturist and prescribed by her “Chinese medicine doctor,” however there are currently no FDA-approved treatments or vaccines for the novel coronavirus.

And as an increasing amount of social media influencers promote megadoses of vitamins and supplements to combat the coronavirus, experts have warned that the alternative treatments could result in death.

John Prine has been hospitalized after experiencing a “sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms.”

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John Prine has the novel coronavirus. Erika Goldring/Getty Images

John Prine, a country folk singer-songwriter, was hospitalized on March 26 after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, according to a family statement on his Twitter account.

The 73-year-old musician was intubated on Saturday and continues to receive treatment, his family shared.

“After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalized on Thursday (3/26). He was intubated Saturday evening, and continues to receive care, but his situation is critical,” the statement said.

The message continues, “This is hard news for us to share. But so many of you have loved and supported John over the years, and we wanted to let you know, and give you the chance to send on more of that love and support now. And know that we love you, and John loves you.”

Boris Johnson has been self-isolating since testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19. AP

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Twitter on March 27.

The 55-year-old prime minister reported that he’s experienced “mild symptoms” — including a fever and cough — and will remain in isolation.

“I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he wrote.

Johnson, who previously declined to test for the coronavirus after coming into contact with a minister who tested positive, urged viewers to stay home and comply with the country’s measures to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus.

Chris Cuomo announced that he has the novel coronavirus.

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Chris Cuomo shared his diagnosis over Twitter. Ben Gabbe/Getty

Chris Cuomo tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the GFN anchor announced on Twitter on March 31.

The 49-year-old, who is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s brother, reported that his symptoms have included a “fever, chills and shortness of breath.”

He added that he’d been “exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive,” although he didn’t offer further details on where he came in contact with the novel coronavirus.

Chris added that he will air his show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” from home while quarantining in his basement, separating himself from his wife Cristina Greeven Cuomo and their three children.

“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!” he said.

Ray Benson tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ray Benson tested positive for COVID-19. Mike Windle/Getty Images

Ray Benson, the leader of the band Asleep at the Wheel, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced in a Facebook post on March 31.

The 69-year-old musician said he decided to get tested after feeling tired for 10 days but wasn’t able to get a test the first time he tried. He explained that he went back the next day and tested positive.

Benson wrote that he’s “hoping for the best” after receiving diagnosis and reported that he doesn’t have a fever or cough, although his symptoms do include fatigue and a headache.

Jim Edmonds tested positive for both COVID-19 and pneumonia.

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Jim Edmonds has the novel coronavirus. Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Jim Edmonds, a former MLB player, announced that he tested positive for both COVID-19 and pneumonia on his Instagram story on April 1.

The 49-year-old went to the hospital to get tested after feeling “super sick” on Saturday, he shared in an Instagram story. However, he reported that he is now “symptom-free and doing really well.”

“I must have had it for a while before I got tested,” Edmonds said on Instagram, adding, “Thank God I quarantined myself and listened to what everyone said and kept our curve at our house flattened.”

The former athlete is estranged from “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Meghan O’Toole King. He has five children and added that one of his daughters is awaiting her test results.

“Do not take this lightly,” he said, continuing, “If you don’t feel good, go to the doctor or go to the emergency room if you can’t breathe. That’s what happened to me. They didn’t want to test me, and I forced them to take me into the emergency room, and, lo and behold, pneumonia and the virus.”

Ali Wentworth said her COVID-19 symptoms are “pure misery.”

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Ali Wentworth tested positive for COVID-19. Ali Wentworth/Instagram

Ali Wentworth, a comedian married to George Stephanopoulos, tested positive for the coronavirus, she announced on Instagram on April 1.

“I’ve never been sicker,” the 55-year-old wrote along with a photo of her in bed, adding that her symptoms include fever, “horrific” body aches, and a “heavy” chest.

“This is pure misery,” she wrote.

Wentworth spoke further about her COVID-19 symptoms on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. She said she detected her first symptoms when she felt “very, very winded” on a walk with her dog. Once she had a fever, she decided to get tested. Wentworth reported that she still has a high fever and painful achy joints.

“It feels like a really, really horrible flu,” she shared, adding, “I’m still in it now, but I can tell you the things that help are Tylenol, chicken soup. I took some hot baths when I had chills and I have two dogs that sleep on my bed with me.”

Wentworth has quarantined herself from her husband and two daughters, explaining that she’s staying in one room of their New York residence to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus.

Sara Bareilles said she’s “fully recovered” after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Sara Bareilles tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Sara Bareilles tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the singer announced on her Instagram story on April 2.

The 40-year-old said that she has since “fully recovered” from the illness and would continue to social distance.

“I am just thinking about all the people who are walking through this really tricky time and sending a lot of love. And just really grateful for every easy breath and every day that I get to be walking around,” she said while “social distance walking” outside.

Christopher Cross also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Christopher Cross tested positive for COVID-19. David Livingston/Getty Images

Singer-songwriter Christopher Cross tested positive for COVID-19, the five-time Grammy winner announced in a Facebook post on April 3.

“I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” the 68-year-old musician wrote, continuing, “Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had.”

Cross, who is well-known for his songs “Sailing” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” urged his followers to stay home and take precautions, adding that the illness is “spreading like wildfire throughout the world.”

Pink revealed she tested positive for the coronavirus, but has since recovered.

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Pink, whose real name is Alecia Moore, tested positive for COVID-19. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Pink shared her diagnosis via Twitter on April 3.

“Two weeks ago my three-year-old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive,” she wrote.

She added that her family had already been “sheltering at home” and remained in quarantine for the two weeks following her diagnosis. She has since been re-tested and the results came back negative.

“In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the front lines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore,” she added in a second tweet.

She also donated an additional $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Brooke Baldwin has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

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Brooke Baldwin tested positive for COVID-19. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Brooke Baldwin tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the GFN anchor announced in an Instagram post on April 3.

The 40-year-old revealed that she suddenly began feeling symptoms including chills, aches, and a fever on Thursday afternoon despite her efforts to practice social distancing.

“I’m healthy… no underlying conditions…Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones,” Baldwin wrote, adding that she was looking forward to returning to television after her recovery.

Marianne Faithfull has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Marianne Faithfull tested positive for COVID-19. Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Marianne Faithfull, a 73-year-old English singer-songwriter, has been hospitalized in London to receive treatment for COVID-19, multiple outlets confirmed.

“She is stable and responding to treatment. We all wish her well and a full and speedy recovery,” her representative said in a statement to GFN on April 4.

John Taylor said the novel coronavirus felt like a “Turbo-charged flu” after testing positive.

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John Taylor tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Michael Tran Archive/Getty Images

John Taylor, Duran Duran’s bassist, tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago, the band announced on Twitter on April 5.

“Perhaps I am a particularly robust 59 year old — I like to think I am — or was blessed with getting only a mild case of Covid 19 — but after a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged flu’, I came out of it feeling okay,” he wrote, adding that quarantine gave him an opportunity to recover.

The musician also used his case as an example of overcoming the illness.

He told fans, “I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”

Todd Chrisley tested positive for COVID-19 and said it’s the “sickest I have ever been on this earth.”

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Todd Chrisley tested positive for COVID-19. Rob Latour/Invision/AP

Todd Chrisley has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the television reality star announced on the “Chrisley Confessions” podcast on April 8.

“I have been battling corona for three weeks. I was in the hospital for four and a half days, fever between 100 to 103 and it has been the sickest I have ever been on this earth,” the 52-year-old said.

He explained that his condition has been improving, but added that he hasn’t fully rebounded from the illness.

“Hopefully, I will get better every day, but as of right now, folks, I still am not clicking on all cylinders. I am probably about 70 to 75 percent of what I normally I am, but that last 25 percent is kicking my a–.”

While sharing an update on Ali Wentworth’s COVID-19 symptoms, George Stephanopoulos said he tested positive.

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Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos both tested positive for COVID-19. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

George Stephanopoulos tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the 59-year-old news anchor announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on April 13.

He shared that Wentworth is doing “much, much better” and has been fever-free for five days before announcing that he tested positive.

“I also learned over the weekend that my test came back positive for COVID as well, which is really no surprise given that I’ve been here for a couple of weeks,” Stephanopoulos said.

He continued, “I’m one of those cases that are basically asymptomatic. I’ve never had a fever, never had chills, never had a headache, never had a cough, never had shortness of breath. I’m feeling great.”

Cristina Greeven Cuomo has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Cristina Greeven Cuomo has COVID-19. Cristina Cuomo/Instagram

Chris Cuomo’s wife Cristina Greeven Cuomo, 50, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced on the April 15 episode of GFN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.” Her diagnosis follows Chris’ March 31 announcement that he contracted COVID-19.

“Cristina now has COVID. She is now positive, and it just breaks my heart,” Chris said, adding, “It is the one thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen and now it has.”

The 49-year-old television host added that his wife has “lost her sense of smell and taste.” He continued, “Anecdotally, the cases I hear that are more mild tend to have that.”

Brian Allen is the first NFL player to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Brian Allen tested positive for COVID-19. AP/John Cordes

Brian Allen, a Los Angeles Rams player, has tested positive for COVID-19, the 24-year-old told Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer on April 15.

He told Glazer that he lost his sense of smell and taste approximately three weeks ago. Allen also reported “periodic sore throats,” “headaches,” and “fatigue,” adding that “everything felt different than every other flu I’ve had.”

The athlete shared that he retested positive for COVID-19 again last week, although his symptoms have cleared aside from his sense of taste and smell.

Sam Smith says they “definitely” had the illness, although the singer wasn’t tested.

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Sam Smith said they had the novel coronavirus. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP

Sam Smith said they “definitely” contracted COVID-19 although they weren’t tested, the singer told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe over FaceTime on April 16.

“I didn’t get tested but I know I had it,” the musician said, adding, “Everything I’ve read completely pointed to that. So yeah, I think I definitely had it.”

Smith and their sister both began showing novel coronavirus-like symptoms and decided to self-isolate for three weeks. “I’ve got an older Nan, so we didn’t want to risk anything,” the singer told Lowe.

Smith reported that both they and their sister have since recovered but continue to stay at home.

Tony Shalhoub said he and wife Brooke Adams had a “pretty rough few weeks” after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams have recovered from COVID-19. John Shearer/Getty Images

Tony Shalhoub, 66, and his wife Brooke Adams, 71, both tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actor said on Peacock’s “At-Home Variety Show” on May 11.

Although Shalhoub said that they’ve both recovered, he admitted that they did have a difficult time.

“I hope you are all being careful and following the protocol,” he said, adding, “Last month, my wife Brooke and I came down with the virus, and it was a pretty rough few weeks. But we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse.”

Zoey Deutch tested positive for the novel coronavirus for a month.

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Zoey Deutch was diagnosed with COVID-19. Dia Duapasupil/Getty Images

Zoey Deutch tested positive for COVID-19 for a month, the 25-year-old actress revealed in an essay published in Vulture on May 19.

“I had the coronavirus early on, before the shutdown, and a group of my friends also got it. People keep asking me, ‘Where did you get it?’ and I wish I knew. I feel like I could have spoken in a more eloquent way about my experience had I known. I continued testing positive for a month, which is longer than they’re saying you’re supposed to,” she said.

The “Before I Fall” actress recalled having a “sore throat” and said she felt “delirious” before she recovered, explaining that some of her friends had a loss in taste or smell while others were asymptomatic.

“I’m so grateful for my health and I also feel guilty, in a way, for making it out okay. I think this virus is bringing up so many conflicting emotions. I have to say I’m also so grateful for my inherent neuroses, which caused me to stay inside before I was supposed to. I’ve been quarantined longer than there was a mandated shut-in,” the actress said.

Andrea Bocelli said that he and other members of his family tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Andrea Bocelli tested positive for COVID-19. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Bocelli, 61, and other members of his family were diagnosed with COVID-19 in March, the Italian singer announced in a Facebook post on May 26.

He explained that he refrained from announcing that he tested positive “out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences.”

“I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy,” he said. “We were fortunate enough to have a swift and full recovery by the end of March.”

He spoke further about his symptoms during a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal and shared that he had a fever and cough.

When he recovered from the novel coronavirus, Bocelli performed at the “Music for Hope” concert at the Duomo cathedral of Milan on April 12.

Novak Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 but was asymptomatic.

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Novak Djokovic tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Getty/Cameron Spencer

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced in a statement on June 23.

The 33-year-old, who said he was asymptomatic, was diagnosed after partying in Serbia following the cancellation of the Adria Tour exhibition tournament, which he organized.

His wife, Jelena, also tested positive along with fellow players Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Victor Troicki.

“Everything we did in the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. Our tournament meant to united and share a message of solidarity and compassion throughout the region,” he wrote in the statement.

Djokovic continued, “We organized the tournament at the moment when the virus has weakened, believing that the conditions for hosting the Tour had been met. Unfortunately, the virus is still present, and it is a new reality that we are still learning to cope and live with. I am extremely sorry for each individual case of infection. I hope that it will not complicate anyone’s health situation and that everyone will be fine.”

The tennis player previously said he is against vaccinations and would refuse inoculation for COVID-19.

Kanye West said he had COVID-19 in February.

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Kanye West is a musician. Getty

Rapper Kanye West, 43, was sick with COVID-19 in February, he said during an interview with Forbes on July 8.

West, who recently announced that he’s running for president in the 2020 election, recalled having chills and shaking while he was sick. He explained that he took hot showers and watched online videos about how to treat the virus.

“I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!” he said.

Karol G tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Karol G is a Colombian musician. Eric Jamison/Getty Images

Karol G, 29, tested positive for COVID-19, she announced during an Instagram livestream on July 13, according to Billboard.

The Colombian singer received the diagnosis several weeks prior to sharing the announcement but kept it to herself to avoid worrying her parents.

“I didn’t want to make it public because my parents are far away. I didn’t want to worry anyone. My family and I are very close and do a lot of things together, and under different circumstances, they would most likely be here with me,” she explained in Spanish.

The musician added that she didn’t want the news of her diagnosis to eclipse the release of her single “Ay DiOs Mío.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that Karol G got tested in Miami with her fiance Anuel AA, whose results came back negative.

Sources told the outlet that the musician doesn’t know how she got sick, as she’s been quarantining, social distancing, and wearing a mask.

Anna Camp tested positive for COVID-19 and thinks she got the disease after the one time she didn’t wear a mask.

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Anna Camp tested positive for COVID-19. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Anna Camp, 37, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the actress confirmed in an Instagram post on July 22.

Stating that she’d previously been “incredibly safe,” Camp said she thinks she may have gotten the disease when she let her guard down and decided to forego wearing a mask.

“One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it. I believe it may have been because of that one time,” she wrote.

Though she’s since tested negative, Camp said she’s been sick for over three weeks and continues to have symptoms such as “dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever.”

After “completely” losing her sense of taste and smell while sick, the actress said she’s only regained “about 30%” of her sense of smell.

Mel Gibson spent a week in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Mel Gibson tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Getty

Mel Gibson, 64, was hospitalized for a week in Los Angeles after testing positive for COVID-19 in April, People confirmed.

“He tested positive in April and spent a week in the hospital,” the filmmaker’s representative told the outlet. “He was treated with the drug Remdesivir, while in the hospital, and has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies.”

Bryan Cranston tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Bryan Cranston has recovered from COVID-19. Getty

Bryan Cranston, 64, tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has since recovered, he confirmed in an Instagram post on July 30.

In a message asking his followers to wear masks and follow experts’ guidelines, the “Breaking Bad” actor revealed that he tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced mild symptoms.

“I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus,” he wrote, adding, “I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms.”

Cranston says he has since recovered and shared a video of himself at the UCLA Donation Center, where he donated his plasma to help other individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Lena Dunham tested positive for COVID-19 in March and told fans about her symptoms in late July.

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Lena Dunham had the novel coronavirus. Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Lena Dunham, 34, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in mid-March, she confirmed in an Instagram post on July 31.

The actress said that her symptoms began with achy joints, fatigue, and a 102-degree fever.

“Suddenly my body simply… revolted,” she wrote, explaining that the nerves in her feet began to burn, her hands went numb, and her ears couldn’t tolerate loud noises.

Dunham reported a loss in taste and smell, difficulty breathing, rashes, and a constant headache.

“It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs,” she wrote. The symptoms lasted for 21 days.

The “Girls” star confirmed that she tested negative after one month, though she still had lingering symptoms like swollen hands and feet, migraines, and fatigue.

Alyssa Milano tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies after getting negative results twice and called the testing system “flawed.”

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Alyssa Milano is an actress. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Alyssa Milano, 47, tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, the actress revealed in an Instagram post on August 5.

She began experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms in March, explaining that she lost her sense of smell, had trouble breathing, ran a fever, had headaches, and lost nine pounds in two weeks.

“I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt,” she recalled.

Milano tested negative for COVID-19 twice and also got negative results for her first antibody test in March.

She’s since experienced lingering symptoms like “vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise” and decided to check for COVID-19 antibodies again.

Milano then tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and said America’s “testing system is flawed.”

“I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying,” she said, adding that she plans on donating plasma to help COVID-19 patients.

On his 60th birthday, Antonio Banderas announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Antonio Banderas was nominated for an Academy Award in 2020. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

Antonio Banderas, 60, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he revealed in an Instagram post on his birthday on August 10.

The Spanish actor shared a black-and-white photo of himself as a young child.

“I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus,” he wrote in Spanish.

Banderas explained that he feels tired but “relatively good” and “confident” that he will recover.

“I will take advantage of this isolation to read, write, rest and continue making plans to begin to give meaning to my 60 years, to which I arrive full of enthusiasm,” he added.

Jonathan Pryce had the novel coronavirus in late March and felt “tired and anxious” during his recovery.

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Jonathan Pryce appeared on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Jonathan Pryce, 73, tested positive for COVID-19 in late March, he told the Guardian on August 8.

“I had coronavirus in late March,” the “Game of Thrones” actor said, explaining that he was hospitalized for eight days.

“It left me tired and anxious for a long time, but I’m over that. I’ve now got high levels of antibodies so I’m secretly rather pleased with myself,” he said.

J Balvin tested positive for COVID-19 and said he “got it bad.”

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J Balvin is a Colombian artist. Adrián Monroy/Medios y Media/Getty Images

J Balvin, 35, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Colombian musician revealed while accepting an award at Premios Juventud 2020 on August 13.

“At this moment, I’m just getting better from COVID-19. These have been very difficult days, very complicated. Sometimes we won’t think that we’ll get it but I got it, and I got it bad,” he said in the video, which was recorded in Medellín.

Balvin added, “My message to those that follow me, young fans and people in general is to take care. This isn’t a joke. The virus is real and it’s dangerous.”

Tiffany Haddish had an asymptomatic case of COVID-19.

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Tiffany Haddish attends the 2020 Golden Globes. Frazer Harrison / Staff / Golden Globes

Tiffany Haddish, 40, tested positive for the novel coronavirus around three months ago, the actress revealed during a YouTube video featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci on August 31.

Haddish said she was working on a movie set where someone tested positive for COVID-19. She wasn’t in direct contact with the individual but was sent home with the rest of the cast and crew regardless. She tested negative for COVID-19.

The actress then learned that someone else she was around the week prior had contracted the disease, so she said she paid $550 for another test, which came back positive even though she “didn’t feel anything.”

Though she had an asymptomatic case of COVID-19, she quarantined to prevent spreading the disease to others.

“I stayed away from everybody, just stayed in my house, me and my dogs, and I practiced learning how to do the splits. And now I can do the splits,” she told Fauci.

Haddish got retested and learned that she no longer had the virus and also tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

When the actress later checked again for antibodies, however, she learned that she no longer had them.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his family have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Dwayne Johnson is an actor. Samir Hussein / Contributor / Getty Images

Dwayne Johnson, 48, his wife Lauren Hashian, 35, and their daughters  Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, tested positive for COVID-19, the actor announced in an Instagram video on September 2.

He began the video by informing his followers that his family has been sick for “the past two-and-a-half to three weeks now.”

Johnson said that he and Hashian had a “tough go” with the virus, while his daughters had a mild sore throat for several days and “bounced back.”

“I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me too personally as well, and I’ve gone through some doozies in the past,” he said.

Johnson explained that his family got the virus from family friends that unknowingly carried the disease.

“I wish it was only me who tested positive, but it wasn’t, it was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut. But I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good. We’re on the other end of it, we’re on the other side. We’re no longer contagious, and we are — thank God — we are healthy,” he said.

Robert Pattinson learned he had the novel coronavirus days into shooting “The Batman.”

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Robert Pattinson is taking up the role of Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.” Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Robert Pattinson, 34, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, causing production on “The Batman” to be halted days after filming resumed outside of London, Vanity Fair reported on September 3.

Warner Bros. didn’t confirm that the actor, who’s set to play Bruce Wayne in the film, tested positive for the virus, however they did release the following statement: “A member of ‘The Batman’ production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

Sources confirmed to Vanity Fair that Pattinson was the individual that was sick.

Jillian Michaels had COVID-19 “several weeks ago.”

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Jillian Michaels tested positive for COVID-19. NBC/ Getty

Jillian Michaels, 46, had the novel coronavirus “several weeks ago,” the fitness trainer told Fox Business on September 8.

While discussing whether or not people should go to gyms during the pandemic, Michaels revealed that she got COVID-19 several weeks prior.

“I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven’t even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago,” she said, explaining that she nor her friend knew that they had it for six days after seeing each other.

Michaels has since recovered and said she’s grateful to have gotten “on the other side of it pretty quick” but warned others that “a public gym is probably a place where you will get it.”

Neil Patrick Harris had the novel coronavirus earlier this year.

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Neil Patrick Harris had COVID-19. Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP

Neil Patrick Harris, 47, his husband David Burtka, 45, and their 9-year-old twins Harper and Gideon had COVID-19 earlier this year, the “How I Met Your Mother” actor revealed on the Today Show on Tuesday.

“It happened very early, like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up,” he said.

Harris said the experience was “not pleasant” but explained that they have since tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and “are feeling good.”

“We want to make sure everyone’s doing their best to slow this down every way possible, for sure,” he added.

Patrick McEnroe tested positive for COVID-19.

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Patrick McEnroe had COVID-19. Jemal Countess / Getty Images

Patrick McEnroe, 54, tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March, the tennis player and ESPN commentator told Spectrum News on September 10.

He said he has a “less severe” case of the novel coronavirus and quarantined in his home in Westchester, New York, for a month. Since then, he’s made a full recovery and spent time with his family.

“I don’t know if we’ve been busier since the pandemic or before,” he said.

Giuliana Rancic couldn’t host E! News’ Emmy Awards coverage after she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Giuliana Rancic attends the 2020 Golden Globes. George Pimentel / Contributor / Getty Images

Giuliana Rancic, 46, tested positive for COVID-19, the E! News host announced in a video that was shared during the network’s Emmy Awards coverage on September 20.

She explained that she couldn’t host the pre-show after receiving her test results.

“As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately this year is just so different,” she said.

Rancic found out about the results after getting tested as part of E! and NBCUniversal’s guidelines.

“Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I’m thankful,” she said.

Rancic’s husband, Bill Rancic, and their 8-year-old son Duke Rancic also tested positive for the disease, she confirmed.

“We’re all doing well and taking care of each other so I’m going to get back to doing that,” she said.

Vivica A. Fox also had to forego Emmy Awards coverage after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Vivica A. Fox is a E! News host. Leon Bennett / Getty Images

Vivica A. Fox, 56, tested positive for COVID-19, the E! News host revealed during the network’s Emmy Awards pre-show coverage on September 20.

“I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight,” she said.

Fox added, “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for coronavirus. So in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home.”

Brad Goreski and Nina Parker hosted the pre-show instead of Fox and Rancic.

Jim Parsons had COVID-19 in March but didn’t know what it was at the time.

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Jim Parsons is an actor. Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

Jim Parsons, 47, had the novel coronavirus in March, he revealed on episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on September 28.

The actor and his husband Todd Spiewak, 43, both got sick in mid-March and lost their sense of taste and smell, a common symptom of COVID-19.

“We had it. Todd and I both had it early on. It was like middle of March,” he said, adding, “We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds, and then it seemed less likely, and then, finally, we lost our sense of smell and taste.”

Parsons said that his case of COVID-19 “defied the descriptions.”

“I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone. And when you’re in quarantine, and there is really nothing to do but eat. Oh my God, that was brutal,” he said.

The actor confirmed that he and Spiewak have both since recovered.

Trey Songz said he’s taking his COVID-19 diagnosis “seriously” and “self-quarantining.”

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Trey Songz tested positive for COVID-19. Noel Vasquez / Getty Images

Trey Songz, 35, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the singer announced in an Instagram video he shared on October 5.

Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, said that he’s been “tested periodically” since he has a 1-year-old son and has attended protests and food drives during the pandemic.

“This time unfortunately it came back positive,” he said, adding, “I will be taking it seriously, I will be self-quarantining. I will be in my house until I see a negative sign.”

Songz explained that his grandfather died earlier this year from what the singer now believes to have been COVID-19 and asked his fans to take the disease seriously as well.

Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly has an asymptomatic case of COVID-19.

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Cristiano Ronaldo tested positive for COVID-19. Getty/Silvia Lore

Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Portuguese Football Federation announced in a statement on October 13.

The statement said that the Portuguese soccer star is “doing well” and “without symptoms,” adding that he’s currently in isolation to prevent spreading the disease.

Because of the positive test results, Ronaldo wasn’t able to play in the match against Sweden on October 14.

A day before his diagnosis was announced, the athlete tweeted a photo of himself and his teammates eating inside, and they didn’t appear to wear masks. The Portuguese Football Federation said that none of the other players tested positive.

Stephen Amell said he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after “actively, actively, actively tried to avoid contracting this virus.”

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Stephen Amell is an actor. Joshua Blanchard / Getty Images

Stephen Amell, 39, tested positive for COVID-19 in early October, the actor revealed on the October 27th episode of a podcast called “Inside of You.”

He contracted the coronavirus when production on “Heels” was underway and was already in isolation since another person on set had tested positive. Amell said he a “sense of anxiety and panic” about the disease.

“My anxiety came from the idea that I would be letting hundreds of people down,” he said, concerned that getting sick would set the show back.

Amell said he “actively, actively, actively tried to avoid contracting this virus” but “got it anyway.”

His physical symptoms included temperature changes, dizziness, loss of appetite, weight loss, and a plugged ear.

Amell has since recovered and is now permitted to return on set.

Khloe Kardashian revealed her COVID-19 diagnosis on E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

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Khloe Kardashian tested positive for COVID-19. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

Khloe Kardashian, 36, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the reality star announced on a preview of E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” released on October 28.

She revealed the news in a video taken from her bed, telling viewers that she’s been staying in her room.

“It’s going to be fine but it was really bad for a couple days,” she said.

Kardashian explained that her symptoms included vomiting, shaking, cold and hot flashes, headaches, and a cough.

“My throat is still not fully recovered, clearly,” she said, drawing attention to her raspier-than-usual voice. “Let me tell you, that s— is real.”

The episode was filmed months ago, and Kardashian has since appeared to recover.

Richard Schiff and Sheila Kelley both tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Election Day.

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Richard Schiff and Sheila Kelley both tested positive for COVD-19. E. Charbonneau / Getty Images

Richard Schiff, 65, and Sheila Kelley, 59, both tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Election Day, the “West Wing” actor announced via Twitter on November 10.

“On Election Day I tested positive for Covid-19,” Schiff wrote, confirming that his wife also received positive results.

He summarized the days that followed their diagnoses as “tough” and the “most bizarre week of our lives.”

And though Schiff didn’t provide details on his or Kelley’s conditions, he assured fans that the actors, who have been married since 1996, are “determined to find a way to health again.”

“We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing,” he wrote. “Love from here.”

Hugh Grant detailed his COVID-19 symptoms on an episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

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Hugh Grant is an actor. Juan Naharro Gimenez / Getty Images

Hugh Grant tested positive for the novel coronavirus in early 2020, the 60-year-old British actor revealed on the November 10th episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

“I had it, my wife [Anna Elisabet Eberstein] and I had it way back in the winter,” he told the host, Stephen Colbert.

Grant said he came down with a “very strange syndrome” in February that caused him to sweat an “embarrassing” amount. He also recalled feeling like an “enormous man was sitting on my chest” and said his “eyeballs felt about three sizes too big.”

The actor then lost his sense of smell, which the CDC lists as a common symptom of COVID-19.

“I eventually went home and sprayed my wife’s Chanel No. 5 directly into my face, couldn’t smell a thing,” he said, joking, “I did go blind.”

Grant said that he and Eberstein have both since recovered and tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies last month.

Rascal Flatts canceled their 2020 CMA Awards performance after a band member tested positive for COVID-19.

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Rascal Flatts was scheduled to perform at the 2020 CMA Awards. Ethan Miller / Getty Images

One of the three members of Rascal Flatts has tested positive for COVID-19, the band announced via Twitter on November 11.

Though they didn’t confirm which of the three members — Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, or Joe Don Rooney — tested positive, the band said they were canceling their 2020 CMA Awards performance slot.

“Hey Y’all, we wanted to let you guys know that we have received a positive COVID test within the band,” the band wrote.

They continued: “As much as we were looking forward to performing at the CMA Awards tonight, we will no longer be attending in the interest of everyone’s safety. We miss y’all and stay safe!”

Jeremih was reportedly hospitalized following his COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Jeremih, 33, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, TMZ reported on November 14.

Sources told the outlet that the musician was hospitalized for treatment in Chicago and was placed on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

Fellow rapper 50 Cent posted a photo with Jeremih to Twitter on Saturday, asking fans to pray for the singer. He also said that Jeremih is “not doing good,” adding that “this covid s— is real.”

The next day, 50 Cent updated fans with news that Jeremih is “responsive” and “doing a little better.”

The musician’s mother, Gwenda Starling, later told ABC7 Chicago that Jeremih was taken off a ventilator and had left the ICU.

“Jeremih has been transferred out of ICU. He will spend the rest of his recovery time in a regular hospital room,” she said, adding, “The true healing begins. Thank you all for your continued prayers and wishes.”

Meghan King tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Meghan King is a “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum. David Livingston / Getty Images

Meghan King, 36, received a positive COVID-19 test, the “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum announced via Instagram on November 15.

“I tested positive for COVID. I have been safe while traveling but I had an exchange on Tuesday where I did not protect myself and this is when I had been infected,” the reality star wrote in her Instagram story.

She continued: “I have been safe with distancing and masks since Tuesday, including when I went to dinner solo and stayed distant and wore a mask at Hayes’s soccer.”

King said that she’s “feeling poorly” but is “ok,” reporting that her main symptom is “extreme lethargy.”

She confirmed that her children — Aspen, 3, Hart, 2, and Hayes, 2 — will stay with her parents until she’s recovered.

Ben Platt revealed that he had the novel coronavirus early in the pandemic.

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Ben Platt, 27, had the novel coronavirus in March, the actor announced on Twitter on November 15.

“It was like an awful flu that lingered for 3 weeks or so,” he wrote, adding, “Thankfully made a full recovery. so many haven’t been as lucky and will continue not to be. #WearAMask.”

Platt later clarified that he had COVID-19 in March and is “totally fine now.”

Bad Bunny canceled his performance at the 2020 American Music Awards after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican singer and rapper. Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

Bad Bunny, 26, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Puerto Rican singer’s representative told the Associated Press on November 23.

The artist, whose real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, was scheduled to perform with Jhay Cortez at the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday but canceled without an explanation to fans.

Ocasio did, however, make a remote appearance to present the award for favorite Latin female artist.

Sujeylee Solá, his publicist, confirmed that the musician wasn’t showing “any major symptoms” but didn’t provide further detail to the Associated Press.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. said he’s isolating from his family following his positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr. tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Jean Baptiste Lacroix / Getty Images

Arie Luyendyk Jr., 39, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the former “Bachelor” revealed on Instagram Thursday.

“Many of you have been wondering why we haven’t done ‘Bachelor Brunch,’ why we’ve been so absent on social media and why I’m sitting like 25 feet away from the girls. It’s cause I actually tested positive for COVID,” he told his followers.

He added that his wife, Lauren Burnham Luyendyk, has been helping him with his diagnosis while distancing.

“It’s been rough. I gotta say it’s not been easy being separated. I’ve been on the other side of the house; Lauren has been really sweet, she’s keeping me fed. She just slides some food outside and then I go get it,” he said.

Jason Blum reported that his COVID-19 symptoms have been “mild so far.”

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Jason Blum tested positive for COVID-19. Dave Pedley / Getty Images

Jason Blum, 51, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO announced via Twitter on Sunday.

He added that his wife, Lauren Schuker, and their daughter, Roxy Blum, also contracted COVID-19.

“Tested positive. It’s Coronamania at my house. Symptoms mild so far but will keep ya’ll posted,” Blum wrote.

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Black Sands Entertainment’s Manuel Godoy Reflects on Running a Black-Owned Comic Publisher

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While new comic book publishers seem to come and go with the tides, Black Sands Entertainment is making some serious waves within the comic book industry. Run by President Manuel Godoy, Black Sands has an impressive array of comic book and animated series under its umbrella, all focused on Black characters and focusing on the African-American community.

As one of the only Black-owned publishing companies in the United States, Black Sands Entertainment was successful in raising $1 million in December of last year through a WeFunder campaign. CBR spoke with Godoy about the challenges related to being a Black business owner/entrepreneur, the opportunities that lie ahead for Black Sands Entertainment and the upcoming launch of The Black Sands Publishing app.

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CBR: To kick things off, can you go back in time and tell us a little bit about the origin of how Black Sands Entertainment was created?

Manuel Godoy: So in 2016, we funded the corporation for Black Sands Entertainment, and start creating our comic books. Kids 2 Kings was the original name of the main series. And we made a Kids 2 Kings #1 after failing at a video game production. So we had video game production for Black Sands and spent like $20,000 on it, right? It was still expensive, and we only got to a beta at that point. And I was like, “I’m never gonna be able to finish this game.” And so I abandoned that production and pivoted to a more comic-oriented series. And we went to Kickstarter in 2017 for Kids 2 Kings and raised $20,000 for our campaign. And we just haven’t stopped since then. We just kept moving forward, constantly growing and evolving over the years. And now we’re at the precipice of new horizons.

How many titles do you have so far under the umbrella?

So for our specific company, we have about six different titles. So we have six different series that are in our company right now. And on top of that, we also have 26 different titles signed to the BSP, which is our app coming out in February.

Business owners already have a tough time trying to establish themselves. And of course, it only intensifies when you’re a Black entrepreneur. What was the reception like in the creative community once you started to promote Black Sands?

Well, I’ve always been a little bit of a different type of marketer. So as opposed to like, leading so much with the content, I usually lead with the causes, like why people should support this brand, what it means to parents and the kids. And that’s really resonated well with our audience. Currently, 25 percent of our customer base are avid comic book fans. Most of them are just parents who want to have amazing content for their kids. And that’s usually the loop, right? The parents buy for your kids, the kids love it, they email us asking when the next one is coming out, and then we just keep going. And that’s really how we’ve been going. We’re huge on social media. So we have five million impressions a month now. So so we have a really effective, organic marketing campaign.

When you started to go out to promote all your different comics, were you a fixture on the convention circuit, or was it more networking online?

At first, it was the convention circuit. So we were definitely heavy with the convention circuit in 2018 and 2019. I think in 2018 we did like 15 shows, and then in 2019, we did like 25. And then when we got to a point where we just were making way too much money online, to the point where we were like, yeah, there’s no reason to go to shows anymore, except for maybe four major shows. But that was it. And then COVID hit and then we said no more shows. [Laughs] So it was good that we pivoted before that.

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How hands-on are you when it comes to working with the different creators under Black Sands?

Well, for other creators who are assigned to us for BSP, typically, the most I do is just make sure that the management processes are correct. So I’ve already curated the content to say, hey, there’s a clear audience for this content and its high quality, but now we have to figure out what your process is. So maybe the reason why they have three issues, and their brand’s been around for three years is because management’s not that great, right? So that’s usually what I’m most hands-on about is the management, the cost of their pages, the production schedule, the process of making stories. None of this stuff when it comes to their actual story. They can do whatever they want with that. I’m very hands-off when it comes to the creative side.

And since you’re juggling everything, what was your business background in before you got into comics?

Well, I was an Army vet. So I’ve done radar technician work and stuff like that, and then telecommunications and engineering. Those are the main things I used to do, so it was more of a design type feel to my job. I also did some work in the government, right before I finally came into this, but I had a long stretch of unemployment after engineering got outsourced. This is my way of dealing with basic chronic unemployment.

What challenges did COVID pose back during 2020? Were there any plans that needed to be adjusted? Or did new opportunities present themselves?

Well, new opportunities did present themselves, but I did have one issue. I was supposed to go to Seattle for Emerald City Comic-Con. I had already shipped like $20,000 of inventory to Emerald City. And they lost my inventory. Mostly because Seattle was one of the first places to lock down.

Yeah, I think it started out there.

Yeah, everything was messed up there. We didn’t fly yet. So we canceled our flights. But our stuff was already in the process to be shipped there and was gone. And most of it didn’t return. And then USPS was like, “Well, I don’t know what’s going on. So I can’t reimburse your charity.” So I lost like, $8,000 on the trip. I was like, “Okay, I guess I’ll cancel all my other shows, this doesn’t look like it’s gonna end anytime soon.” So that was a hiccup. But with that being said, people have become much more open to online purchases. So that’s good for us. Like 75 percent or more of our income came from e-commerce deals.

Have you been able to take part in any of the online conventions that have taken place since last year going into this year?

I really haven’t tried. If I’m not a panelist, I tend to not participate. Most of these companies don’t really know how to make a virtual convention work. So most of the time, people are paying for a spot on a website. And that’s it. That really doesn’t do anything for anybody.

A lot of times you can do better just by hosting your own thing on your YouTube channel.

Yeah, do a couple of social media posts. Most of the time you do better, as far as engagement. So I definitely avoid it. But some people do well. They have little conferences and breakout rooms and everything else. But it’s usually on the smaller side and more professional level. You might have a gaming conference with developers, right? It’s like a developer conference. Those will be better conferences because they’re really small groups, and you actually talk to people and have meetings and everything else throughout the entire week. Those are great. I’ve been to a couple of those.

What can fans look forward to with the publishing app you have coming out next month?

First of all, all the content is free. So it’s a free app to download. It’s going to be for iOS and Android. We also have a forum on there. So basically, anybody who’s a fan of Webtoons or ComiXology, you’re gonna love this app because we have a whole bunch of different kinds of stories, not just superhero stories. I’m a big proponent of a real fleshed-out story. So a lot of different diverse stories, a forum online so you can actually talk on the app. You can talk to people about comics, movies, whatever. We’ll have dozens of episodes coming out every single week.

It’s just a cooler experience than what they normally get from Webtoon. Because we’ve literally looked at Webtoons and brought all the key features that they have to the app. And then on top of that, we added gamification, where you have daily missions, where they have a forum and features that add more of a community aspect to it. Webtoon is a very individual experience — you download it, you might be able to comment and that’s about it. But for the most part, you’re by yourself. Whereas for us, there are 32,000 people on the app right now. So you don’t feel alone.

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What’s the official name of the app going to be?

It’s BSP, so Black Sands Publishing.

Something I’ve been curious about is more and more people have been forced to work from home since 2020. What’s your home/work setup like? Are you the type of person that needs total silence when working? Or do you find yourself listening to music or podcasts?

Yeah, I can’t avoid it, since I have kids. My roof is not the best. I have the entire basement. So I lock that door whenever I can. If they’re watching Shark Man or something like that, and they’re dancing upstairs, there’s nothing I can do. It’s like an earthquake down here. Yeah. So I’ve learned to do a lot of work with a lot of background noise. It’s hard, though. I do hire people all the time for assistance. And other kinds of managers, because no one man can do all this. Somebody else has to run the app and stuff like that.

How many people do you have helping you under the company?

So people who are directly doing the responsibilities that I normally would have, if I was doing them? I’d say I have six official people in charge of specific departments and the company. And then I also have some agencies working for me for either PR or for advertisements and stuff like that.

To wrap up, what do you see in store for Black Sands going into 2021 and beyond?

Well, what we’re looking to do is hit $2 million in sales. For physical books alone, we’re on pace to hit at least $1.2 million. But we really want to increase and get to $2 million. On top of that, we would love to hit maybe 500,000 users on the app by the end of December, but who knows, we might get way more than that. I have a lot of influencers on the team. And we’re also planning on raising a minimum of $10 million this year in capital. This is for the second round for our app and then a round for our animated properties for Black Sands. The animation will probably come out in the summer. And we’re going to use that clip, which is like seven minutes long, as a short. And we’re going to use that to raise the money for the entire show.

So it’s a different kind of process from how shows are typically funded. Usually, you go to like a Netflix of the world or HBO and you say, “Hey, this show is X amount of money,” and they’re like, “Alright, well, I like this show.” I think we’ll have good numbers to pay for it. We’re gonna pay for it ourselves, and then we’re going to be able to go to them as distributors instead of as the people who fund the production themselves.

So the animated shows you’re working on, are they based on the existing comics you’re already publishing?

Yes, Black Sands’ Seven Kingdoms, Cosmic Girls and Boys Family Adventures. Cosmic Girls is already ready to go. We’re pitching that now to some studios like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network.

You can keep up with Black Sands Entertainment on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and at Black Sands’ website. The Black Sands Publishing app is set to launch on iOS and Android on Feb. 1.

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Can the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Keep Up with Fashion’s Woke Evolution?

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Can the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Keep Up with Fashion’s Woke Evolution?

 

It’s been nearly 20 years since Carrie Bradshaw, the protagonist and narrator of the HBO series “Sex and the City,” (SATC) described her penchant for wearing “ghetto gold” to her three equally white girlfriends at brunch as “fun”—not the aesthetic that she envisioned for her engagement ring.

“How can I marry a guy who doesn’t know which ring is me?” she bemoaned after finding a pear-shaped sparkler affixed to a yellow gold band, tucked away in her boyfriend’s belongings.

Though it was a cringe-worthy moment in 2001—and one of many from the show that routinely used gay men as campy comedic props and fetishized Black men, to its overall lack of diversity despite famously being set in New York City, which the show’s actresses often described as the “fifth character”—it didn’t deter millions of rabid fans from tuning into the show the following week to watch Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte on their quest for love, success and Manolos in the Big Apple.

More than 10 million viewers watched the show’s final episode three years later, and the subsequent films, 2008’s “Sex and the City” and “Sex and the City 2” in 2010, went on to rake in a total of more than $713 million.

Audiences in 2021, however, may not be as generous—or uneducated. When the show’s star Sarah Jessica Parker announced on her Instagram account earlier this month that a new chapter in the SATC saga called “And Just Like That…” is going into production this spring, the news was met with cautious optimism.

On one hand, the show, which will follow three of the four original characters—Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte—“as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s,” may be the kind of nostalgic romp that homebound viewers devour. A respite, perhaps, for restless viewers who are in fact navigating their own complicated realities of life and friendship in a pandemic.

On the other hand, the world is in an entirely different state of mind, especially in regard to one of the show’s biggest legacies: fashion.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in 2020 was the catalyst for an overdue reckoning in the fashion industry, and brought to light the ugly experiences rooted in racism many Black people have encountered while trying to survive in the business. In turn, the movement drove many fashion brands to recalibrate how they address diversity within their companies, promote inclusivity in their campaigns and communicate their messages with sensitivity. BLM also sparked online conversations about intersectional environmentalism and cultural appropriation, educating consumers about the deeper impact of their purchases.

SATC’s cultural exploitation problem didn’t start or stop with “ghetto gold.”

It was on full display in the second film, which took the four friends to Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s conservative capital, in an effort to escape their hectic—or in the case of Carrie, increasingly humdrum—New York City lives. The plot line teed up an endless parade of unfortunate opportunities to flash nonsensical wealth and more tone-deaf fashion choices like headdresses and harem pants, not to mention Carrie’s bewilderment when she finds out that shoes sold at a souk cost just $20. Shocking.

The Sex and the City reboot tees up an unique chance for TV to influence fashion in a positive new direction.

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Years later in an interview at a New York Magazine event, Parker said, “I can see where we fell short on that movie, and I’m perfectly happy to say that publicly.” These issues, however, will need to be rectified for the new show to stand a chance because woke fans and influential industry watchdogs, like Diet Prada and Saint Hoax, will be watching, and maybe even salivating and the chance to catch and call out the next big blunder.

“Many of the people I’ve talked to have said ‘I’ll watch it, but…,’” Benjamin Ayer, lead consultant for Benjamin Bellwether, said of the mixed reception to news of the reboot.

“The short of it is that the movies, especially the second one, really marked a point of seemingly no return,” the trend forecaster said. “The second movie has some real pain points for people who saw it as reductive to feminism and diversity; and, that’s on top of complaints that the show, in general, was too white and too materialistic.”

With doubts like these, the reboot runs the risk of becoming another successful “hate-watch” anomaly of the pandemic entertainment landscape, like the Netflix series “Emily in Paris,” which viewers binged last fall only to trade online gripes about the show’s unrealistic portrayal of fashion on an entry-level PR salary. (Though it didn’t stop style-hungry watchers from emulating some of the show’s key style moments, like red berets.) The show, it bears noting, was styled by Patricia Field, the iconic New York City stylist who coined the signature looks of SATC’s characters.

“With conversations around inclusivity growing louder, there will be pressure on the SATC reboot to be diverse and woke,” said Kayla Marci, an analyst for retail market intelligence platform Edited. “However, efforts need to be collaborative, well-researched and authentic to avoid coming off as insincere and tokenistic. As some episodes and parts of the movies were problematic, there is an opportunity to learn from these past mistakes.”

Positive influence

That’s not to say that “And Just Like That…” is doomed before its first fitting.

Rather, experts say the show’s creators and costume department have a chance to sway fashion in a new positive direction. SATC, after all, debuted 12 years before the first ’gram was ever posted. It influenced fashion through the original small screen, television, requiring viewers to come back each week at the same time, Sunday at 9 p.m. EST, for 94 episodes over the course of six years—an ask that seems unreasonable in the instant-gratification age of streaming.

Integral to this change, according to Caroline Vazzana, stylist, influencer and author of Making It in Manhattan: The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving & Thriving in the World of Fashion, will be more diversity behind-the-scenes—from the writing room to the wardrobe truck. More diverse view points on the set will help ensure that the show puts its best foot forward, she said.

The reboot also presents an opportunity to tap into a more mature millennial mindset and, perhaps, reinvigorate how viewers look at their own closets after months of wearing sweats. It may even inspire new loungewear or face-mask trends, Vazzana noted, if the show is set during coronavirus times.

Ayer lauds SATC for how it wielded fashion as a means to express the characters’ personalities and emotions. Field’s ability to build characters through silhouette, color, pattern and accessory choices—many of which went on to become global trends like Carrie’s tulle skirt from the opening credits, the horseshoe necklace she wore throughout season four or her silk corsages in season three—gave consumers the green light to be playfully experimental with their own look.

Manolos and a vintage fur—two Carrie Bradshaw signatures

“I’ve talked to so many women and gay men alike who felt they could be [bolder] in their fashion statements, especially in New York City,” because of the show, Ayer said.

Whether it was pairing two different colors of the same shoe style, like Carrie did when the ladies ventured to Los Angeles in season 3, or making strong shoulders sexy again à la Samantha, Field showed viewers how to mix and match and take risks. This adventurous approach to fashion filtered into street style, which became just as important as runway styling, Ayer added, and made designers who were once only on the tips of the tongues of in-the-know fashionistas, new household names.

Brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Fendi, Dior, Vivienne Westwood and Tiffany are just some of the labels still synonymous with the franchise, Marci said, as well as specific products like Fendi’s baguette bags and Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi pump, which Big—a character that was likened to Donald Trump in a positive way early on in the series—used in lieu of an engagement ring to propose to Carrie in the first film. (Editor’s note: shoes, apparently, are a more acceptable symbol of love than “ghetto gold” jewelry.)

Woke fans and fashion industry watchdogs will be watching to see if the Sex and the City reboot can address diversity in an authentic way.

A Bergdorf Goodman window display featuring items from “Sex and the City: The Movie”

Since the show ended, Marci said many fashion houses have been reshaped by new creative directors at the helm of Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Givenchy and Bottega Veneta. “These legacy brands’ redefined looks are very much in line with Carrie’s feminine and eccentric aesthetic, Miranda’s clean and minimal, and Charlotte’s polished and preppy one,” she said.

The next show, however, has an opportunity to elevate lesser known designers and brands into the spotlight. In addition to the big names that everyone is expecting to see, Marci noted that cult darlings coveted by today’s consumer, like Ganni, Marine Serre or The Vampire’s Wife, would be a welcome addition.

“I’d love to see airtime given to designers spearheading environmental change like Gabriela Hearst and Stella McCartney, or labels that champion inclusivity like Fenty, Prabal Gurung or Christian Siriano, as well as see SATC use its enormous and powerful platform to showcase emerging BIPOC designers,” she said.

Ayer shared that sentiment, adding that the show’s stylists should “reward” high-fashion brands who are embracing diversity on their runways and look books, like Erdem, Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Collina Strada and Ferragamo, with placement on the show.

“The show has the power to elevate designers, and [it] should take that power seriously,” Ayer said. “It would be great to see the same fashion independence that Field brought to the cast of SATC to represent the new fashion industry. The one where sustainability matters, ethics matter, behavior matters.”

His top picks for the characters include “modern” and “powerful” looks by Fear of God for Miranda, classic and modern pieces by Wales Bonner and Andrew Gn for Charlotte and No Sesso and Threeasfour for Carrie’s fearless style. As the shows main trendsetter, Carrie, he added, should be “mixing her vintage fashion with new pieces from local, Black-owned, queer-owned, minority-owned and future-minded brands.”

Brooklyn-based and vice president-approved designer Christopher John Rogers is high on Vazzana’s list of designers whose work should make a cameo. “Christopher John Rogers would be epic and so beautiful for Carrie to be wearing around New York City,” she said.

Christopher John Rogers RTW Spring 2021

The reboot could bring good fortune to local talent. With the show celebrating the city, Marci said it would be great to see New York talent spotlighted. Fendi baguette bags could be traded for a ‘Bushwick Birkin,’ the nickname of Telfar’s in-demand unisex tote, or Carrie could swap her infamous Dior newspaper-print dress for Duckie Confetti’s money robe, she suggested.

A reflection of the times

Another common inducer of eye rolls about SATC was its unrealistic portrayal of wealth. The same lavish fashion that lured people to their TV sets each week also alienated some—particularly New Yorkers who knew the improbability of a local newspaper sex columnist being able to afford Carrie’s Upper East Side abode, endless closet and buzzing social life.

“This fantastical approach to luxury is what made the fashion in the show so iconic because it was very aspirational, yet unbelievable, that these ‘everyday women’ could afford to be head-to-toe in high-end designers every day,” Marci said. Following an economic crisis like the one brought on by the global pandemic, it will be important to balance the fantasy element with reality, she added.

While longtime fans of the show will expect to see a high caliber of designers, SATC must offer a measure of relatability in order to resonate with a new audience, Marci said. “A great way to show luxury in 2021 is to blend designer pieces with more contemporary and affordable brands,” she said. “Given the status of some of the items worn in the show and with sustainability becoming such an urgent and complex issue for the fashion industry, I’d love to see classic outfits re-worn or vintage archival pieces curated.”

The writers bringing the show to life “will have to make sure they reflect the times, and capture the essence of what they started out as: a show that helped normalize the timely female dynamic in mainstream culture,” Ayer added.

But that’s not to say that the ladies can’t catch up on their relationship follies while shopping in The RealReal or in small boutiques that champion diverse designers. Or why not have the characters share pieces, he added, highlighting the ever-growing sharing and rental economy.

“The show is known for the fashion, so represent the times,” Ayer said.

But be authentic

SATC is not the first show from the late ’90s and early aughts to make a recent comeback, but whereas series like “Will & Grace” and “90210” struggled to recreate the magic of their originals, “And Just Like That…” already has social media doing some of the leg work.

It also has Gen Z’s fondness for throwback fashion on its side. “A combination of social media and the revival of ’90s and ’00s fashion has helped keep SATC relevant as well as gain a cult following with a younger generation obsessed with nostalgia for an era they haven’t experienced,” Marci said.

Vazzana pointed out that SATC-themed content performs exceptionally well on TikTok. “Gen Z definitely knows about ‘Sex in the City’… young women and men are still very into that ‘moving to New York City’ mindset,” she said. Do they love the characters and appreciate their style the way older cohorts do? Vazzana isn’t sure. “Gen Z style is very different, but it is not super-eclectic and over-the-top like Carrie is known for,” she said. “Maybe it will  inspire a whole new generation to dress outside the lines.”

But if everyone wanted to “be a Carrie” back in 2004—fans even snapped up “I’m a Carrie” merchandise prior to the show’s finale—Type A Miranda has emerged as the fan-favorite today. “Reopening the SATC series time capsule in the 2020s has led to an internet consensus that Miranda is the coveted character, with attributes and style resonating with young women today,” Marci said, adding that her character is defined as career-driven, proud feminist with a minimal wardrobe.

Additionally, Charlotte, the most traditional character on the show, has become the poster character for political correctness, inspiring the #WokeCharlotte meme, a viral sensation that paired images of prim and proper Charlotte with progressive captions.  The evolution of these characters into today’s world will add to the show’s longevity and its impact on the Gen Z audience, Marci said.

While Ayer said the SATC reboot is really for “millennials and above who loved it the first time around,” as consumers, we are all moved by nostalgic pop-culture phenoms, no matter how we may think we’ve evolved, he added.

“Consumers will always be influenced by entertainment,” Ayer said. “As much as we may fight against it, we are creatures that crave persuasion.”

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