Global Figures Fight Covid-19

Article by Lindiwe Karosa

Since the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a global pandemic, the world has been overcome by a sense of fear and panic. Public figures affected by Covid-19 have used their influence to educate and encourage the globe by sharing their journeys. Take a look at some prominent figures who have tested positive.

Money Heist’s Itziar Ituño who plays Inspector Raquel Murillo has recently tested positive for Covid-19. She shared the news with her fans on Instagram and urged fans to not take the virus lightly.

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Aupa danoi!! Ofiziala da, bariku arratsaldetik sintomekaz nabil (sukarra ta eztul lehorra) eta gaur iritsi jaku azterneta epidemiologikoaren konfirmaziñoa. Koronabirusa da. Nire kasuan arina da ta ondo nago baina oso oso kutsakorra eta super arriskutsua ahulago dagoen jendearentzako. Hau ez da tontakeria, izan konsziente, ez hartu arinkeriaz, hildakoak dauz eta bizi asko jokoan eta ondiño ez dakigu noraiño helduko dan kontua, beraz, arduratsuak izateko txertoa ipinteko garaia da danon hobebeharrez. Elkartasun garaia da! Etxean geratzekoa eta babestu besteak! Orain 15 egun berrogeialdi eta aurrerago ikusiko da✊❤.Zaindu zaitezte!!😙😙😙😙/ Hola a tod@s!! Ez oficial, desde el viernes por la tarde tengo los síntomas (fiebre y tos seca) y hoy nos ha llegado la confirmación del test epidemiológico. És coronavirus. Mi caso es leve y estoy bien pero es muy muy contagioso y superpeligroso para la gente que está más debil. Ésto no es tontería, ser conscientes, no lo tomeis a la ligera, hay muertos, muchas vidas en juego y aún no sabemos hasta donde va a llegar ésto por lo que ha llegado la hora de ponerse la vacuna de la responsabilidad por el bien común. Es tiempo de solidad y generosidad! De quedarse en casa y proteger a los demás. Ahora me tocan 15 dias en cuarentena y después ya se verá✊❤! Cuidaros mucho😙😙😙😙/ Olá galera! Ez oficial, desde sexta-feira à tarde tenho sintomas (febre e tosse seca) e hoje recebemos confirmação do teste epidemiológico. É um coronavírus. Meu caso é leve e estou bem, mas é muito muito contagioso e super perigoso para pessoas que são mais fracas. Isso não é bobagem, esteja ciente, não leve a sério, há mortos, muitas vidas em jogo e ainda não sabemos até que ponto isso vai dar, então chegou a hora de ser vacinado pela responsabilidade pelo bem comum . É um tempo de solidão e generosidade! Ficar em casa e proteger os outros. Agora tenho 15 dias em quarentena e depois será visto✊❤! Cuide-se😙😙😙😙 #etxeangeratu #yomequedoencasa #quedatencasa

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The star stated that her symptoms were mild and that she’s fine but also that this might not be the case for others. She joins many other public figures who have come out with their Covid-19 statuses to create awareness and share their journeys against the pandemic.

Here’s a collection of other famous people who’ve contracted Covid-19:

Arts

British actor Idris Elba revealed to the world that he and his wife, Sabrina Dhowre tested positive for the virus. They have since quarantined together for the recommenced 14 days and still not shown any symptoms of the virus. Idris is optimistic that the worst is over and that he and his wife are fine.

Filmmaker and actor, Tom Hanks and his songstress wife Rita Wilson have also quarantined for 14 days after discovering that they had contracted Covid-19. The couple shared that they feel better after this window period and urged others to stay at home.

Sports

Many athletes from abroad have tested positive for Covid-19. This list of names includes Juventus soccer player Paulo Dybala and his teammates Blaise Matuidi & Daniele Rugani. Dybala went to Instagram to update his fans on health and captioned his picture “we are good”.

In South Africa, retired swimmer Cameron van der Burgh was the first athlete to test positive for the virus and was subsequently joined by SA golfer, Victor Lange. Van der Burgh shared his experience with Covid-19 on a Twitter thread while Victor Lange’s self-quarantine nears its end.

Politics

General Secretary of SAFTU Zwelinzima Vavi has been fighting Covid-19 after he insisted on being tested because of ongoing symptoms. He has since been discharged from hospital after being admitted for what he described as a heavy chest and lungs.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital with what has been described as “persistent symptoms” after contracting the virus. Yesterday, he was subsequently moved into Intensive Care as a precaution to ensure that he was close to a ventilator.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s chief of staff, Abba Kyari has also tested positive for Coronavirus. Reuters Africa reported that Kyari had travelled to Germany in March with a delegation of other Nigerian officials. The chief of staff has since been in quarantine, while it is unclear if the president has been tested at this point. Governor Bala Mohammed (also from Nigeria) has also contracted the virus.

The common call by these public figures has been that the world should abide by guidelines and recommendations given by WHO. They have asked people to stay at home in the name of saving lives and to wash their hands. Their encounters with the virus prove that Covid-19 could be contracted by people from all walks of life and people should heed the calls that their governments and WHO have made.

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