Taking to his Twitter page to share a video, the Hobbs & Shaw star, who had his wife Sabrina Dhowre by his side, revealed he came into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus on Friday, adding that he had to take the test a result.
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Elba, 47, however, assured his followers he is OK but in isolation. He also entreated them to take the prescribed basic preventive measures to protect themselves as well as prevent the virus from spreading.
“Look, this is serious. Now is the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands,” he said.
“We’ve told our families. They are very supportive. We’ve told our colleagues. Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now”, he added.
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. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
In the wake of the announcement, fans and celebrities alike showed love and support, urging him to stay strong.
Take a look at some of the messages below:
Thank you, @IdrisElba, for using your platform to educate and inform. No symptoms, but positive. This is so important for us all to understand. You are a teacher in this moment for many who will only listen to someone like you. Blessings, brother. Stay strong and light-filled. https://t.co/biTi8C3x6W
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 16, 2020
Ugh. Stay safe and strong, we’re with you!! ♥️
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) March 16, 2020
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 16, 2020
Take care of yourself, bruh. Thanks for sharing. ✊🏿🕉
— Sterling K Brown (@SterlingKBrown) March 16, 2020
Holy fuck. Sendin u love brother ❤️❤️ https://t.co/qlwKJOgvHQ
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) March 16, 2020
OH NO! Get well soon! https://t.co/KbGBv7AuOe
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) March 16, 2020
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 16, 2020