With over 31 million COVID-19 cases all over the U.S., it’s not surprising how some prominent figures are coming out to shed light on their experiences in battling the deadly virus and eventually overcoming it.
Here’s what some of them have to say:
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Considered as one of America’s most enduring A-list couples, Tom and Rita were two of the first celebrities who came out to tell the world they had COVID-19. While in Australia in March 2020, the couple shared how they first felt flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and eventually testing positive from the virus on Instagram. The couple immediately isolated themselves to prevent infecting anyone else with Tom telling fans how they are taking the illness one day at a time and the importance of heeding health experts’ advice on social distancing and how wearing face masks is ‘the proper public behavior.’
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
“I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we’ve ever had to endure as a family”. This was how Hollywood strongman Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson described his and his family’s ordeal with the coronavirus. The actor, his wife Lauren, and two daughters contracted COVID-19 back in September. After recovering from the illness, Johnson soon turned into a face mask advocate telling his fans how “it is the right thing to do”.
Alyssa Milano’s Instagram post on how COVID-19 affected her enlightened more people about the lesser-known effects of the coronavirus such as alopecia or hair loss. In her post, Milano showed her followers a significant amount of shed hair after brushing which she claimed was caused by the virus. #WearADamnMask she ends and tags her post. In later interviews, the actress and political activist also said how the pandemic “has shattered her illusion of safety” and how her experiences of exhaustion, brain fog, headaches, and fear added to her anxiety disorder.