Prince Charles and Kathy Griffin among celebrities directly impacted by the coronavirus

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Prince Charles, Kathy Griffin, Joe Diffie and Floyd Cardoz are some of the recognizable names affected by the coronavirus. (Photo: Getty Images)

Since Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they tested positive for the virus that’s been declared a global pandemic, other celebrities have explained how they’re being affected by it, too.

Here’s the latest, which we’ll update regularly, with the most recent entries on top:

Andrew Jack

Status: Died from complications of COVID-19

Jack, a 76-year-old actor, who also made significant contributions to entertainment as a dialect coach for big-budget movies including Lord of the Rings, Avengers: Endgame and Sherlock Holmes, died March 31 at a hospital outside of London, his rep told TMZ. Jack was working up until a few weeks ago, when he was teaching dialect on the highly anticipated movie The Batman

Ray Benson

Status: Tested positive 

On his second attempt to get a test for the coronavirus, the Asleep at the Wheel frontman learned the coronavirus had been the source of his fatigue and headaches over the past 10 days. He noted that he ended up with the virus despite having been alone and taking other precautions, such as wearing a mask.

Nico Santos’s step-father, Sonny

Staus: Died of COVID-19

The actor, known for Crazy Rich Asians and Superstore, broke the devastating news March 29 that his “Tito Sonny,” who he described as a “kind, caring man,” had died from COVID-19. Santos said his mother was also struggling with the disease, but she had not required hospitalization. The most upsetting part of all of it, he said, is that his family had to stay apart during such a tragic time. 

Sincere Show

Status: Tested positive and hospitalized with COVID-19

Show, who appeared on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, shared March 28 that he’d sought medical treatment a week earlier. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the hospital. “I know this thing is affecting everybody differently. For me, I have pneumonia in both my lungs, makes it difficult for me to breathe,” Show shared. He added that he was feeling “a little better” since his hospitalization. 

Kalie Shorr

Status: Tested positive

In a post dated March 30, Shorr explained the miserable symptoms she had before being diagnosed with the coronavirus. She described the first few days with it as “absolutely miserable,” and she remarked that she caught it despite having stayed in quarantine, except for a few trips for groceries. By the time the “Fight Like a Girl” singer shared the news, she said she was feeling “significantly better.”

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Chris Cuomo

Status: Tested positive 

Cuomo, a CNN anchor and the younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, tested positive for the coronavirus, he shared March 31. He said he was quarantining himself in his basement away from his family. He planned to continue his show, Cuomo Prime Time, from there.

Adam Schlesinger

Status: Hospitalized with COVID-19

Although it’s been reported Schlesinger, a co-founder of Fountains of Wayne and composer of the music on the former show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is in a medically-induced coma, his lawyer, Jaime Herman, told Yahoo that that isn’t true. Herman said that Schlesinger is, however, very sick and in the hospital with COVID-19. “He’s on a ventilator and has been sedated to facilitate his recovery,” Herman said March 31. “He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic.”

Alan Merrill

Status: Died from the coronavirus

The singer, guitarist and songwriter died on March 29 in New York from COVID-19, his daughter announced on Facebook. Merrill, best known for writing the track “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was 69.

Maria Mercader

Status: Died from complications of the coronavirus

The veteran CBS News journalist died March 29 after testing positive for the coronavirus. She was 54. Mercader fought various health issues, including cancer, for more than 20 years. She had been on medical leave for an unrelated matter since February.

Joe Diffie

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

The death of country singer Joe Diffie was announced on Sunday, just two days after he revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie, known for country hits like “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” was 61.

John Prine

Status: Critical after “sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms”

The country folk singer-songwriter’s family announced Sunday that his “situation is critical” after being hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms on March 26. They added that the 73-year-old star had been intubated on Saturday night.

Till Lindemann

Status: Reportedly tested positive

The frontman of the band Rammstein is recovering after having been hospitalized in critical condition, German newspaper Bild reported on March 27. He reportedly had a high fever following a concert in Moscow earlier this month, so he was admitted to a Berlin hospital, where he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was also reportedly diagnosed with pneumonia, but according to Bild, his condition has since improved.

Mark Blum

Status: Died of complications from the coronavirus

Blum, a theater actor since the ‘70s also known for playing roles in movies and shows such as You, Desperately Seeking Susan and Shattered Glass, died at 69 from complications of the coronavirus, the Los Angeles Times reported March 26. According to the newspaper, Blum’s wife, actress Janet Zarish, said Blum had not been in contact with anyone with the virus, but he suffered from asthma.

Kathy Griffin

Status: Unclear

Griffin called out President Trump for boasting about how well the United States is doing on testing people for the coronavirus, saying that she had been unable to get one, despite having sought medical care. “I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms,” Griffin wrote March 25. “The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions.” She told the Los Angeles Times that afternoon that doctors were able to diagnose an infection for which they prescribed medication. She was able to return home the same day. She still doesn’t know if the coronavirus is the underlying cause of her symptoms, but she’s quarantining herself just in case.

Laura Bell Bundy

Status: Tested positive

Bundy has been in quarantine since March 12, after she had a headache, a sore throat, a tightness in her chest and a shortness of breath. After calling her doctor, she obtained a test that came back positive, she said in a video dated March 25. “It’s very, very scary. Of course I’m scared,” Bundy said, adding that she actually felt OK. She said her husband was also sick but their 10-month-old son appeared to be just fine so far.

Floyd Cardoz

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

Cardoz, a New York restaurateur who won Top Chef Masters in 2011, died March 25 at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey, as a result of complications from the coronavirus, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group confirmed to People. He was 59. Cardoz’s team shared March 17 that he’d been admitted to the hospital, and the chef himself apologized the next day for having caused a panic. Upon his death, Bravo and Top Chef paid tribute to Cardoz on Instagram, calling him “an inspiration to chefs around the world.”

Prince Charles

Status: Tested positive

The heir to the British throne, 71, isolated himself at one of his homes in Scotland after testing positive for the coronavirus, his office said March 25. “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks,” the official statement read. Charles is showing only mild symptoms and is in good health otherwise. Meanwhile, a royal source told CNN that Charles last saw his mother, 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, the day before doctors said he would have become contagious.

Jackson Browne

Status: Tested positive

Browne took a test for the coronavirus after noticing he had a small cough and a temperature, and before it had even come back positive, he quarantined himself at home in Los Angeles. “It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not,” he told Rolling Stone March 24, after he said he’d been in isolation for 10 days. “I’m in the middle of trying to call everyone I know to discuss with them how they are feeling and whether or not they have symptoms. You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else.” The “Somebody's Baby” singer added, “It’s important for us all to be pretty forthcoming about what we’re going through. Our experiences will be helpful for others to know.”

Greta Thunberg

Status: Self-quarantine

The environmental activist suspected she had the coronavirus, so she stayed apart from her family. “The last two weeks I’ve stayed inside,” she shared March 24. “When I returned from my trip around Central Europe I isolated myself (in a borrowed apartment away from my mother and sister) since the number of cases of COVID-19 (in Germany for instance) were similar to Italy in the beginning. Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms, exactly the same time as my father — who traveled with me from Brussels. I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed. My dad experienced the same symptoms, but much more intense and with a fever.” Thunberg explained that she hadn’t taken a test, because those were being reserved for emergency cases, but she suspected she had it. “Now I’ve basically recovered, but — AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE: I almost didn’t feel ill. My last cold was much worse than this!” She urged people to stay home and avoid spreading the virus.

Slim Thug

Status: Tested positive

The rapper said he’s overcoming the coronavirus. “Check this out. No games being played.The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive," Thug, whose real name is Stayve Thomas, revealed in a video posted March 24. “As careful as I been self-quarantined and staying home — I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on — my test came back positive.” He reassured fans that he was OK. “I feel good or whatever, I ain’t got no problems right now,” he said, explaining that he had a slight fever and a cough at one point. “I feel like I’m good, but y’all better take it serious,” he warned others.

Manu Dibango

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

Dibango’s team broke the awful news in a statement on Facebook: “It is with deep sadness that we announce you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove, who passed away on 24th of March 2020, at 86 years old, further to covid 19.” They had announced just six days earlier that the 86-year-old saxophone legend had been hospitalized for a reason “linked to Covid 19” but was “resting well and calmly recovering.” During his lifetime, the Grammy-nominated, Cameroonian musician played with the likes of Herbie Hancock. His 1972 song “Soul Makossa” was famously sampled by Michael Jackson in Jackson’s own hit song “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” Rihanna in “Don’t Stop the Music” and other artists in their own works. His team requested that fans send condolences to manu@manudibango.net.

Terrence McNally

Status: Died of complications from COVID-19

The Tony Award-winning playwright, whose shows included Ragtime, The Full Monty and many more, died March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., his spokesman Matt Polk told Deadline. In addition to his latest condition, the 81-year-old McNally was a lung cancer survivor who struggled with chronic pulmonary disease.

Aaron Tveit

Status: Tested positive

The star of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge and Catch Me If You Can said he’s “feeling much better” after having tested positive for COVID-19. “I’ve been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down on Thursday, March 12th, and I’m feeling much better,” he wrote March 23. “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.”

Tom Holland

Status: Self-quarantine

The Spider-Man star self-isolated after not feeling well, although he said he didn’t think the coronavirus was the culprit. He reported on March 21 that he was spending time hunkered down with a couple of friends doing puzzles. 

Sophia Myles’s father, Peter Myles

Status: Died of the coronavirus

Myles, an actress known for her work in Doctor Who and Tristan and Isolde, documented her father’s struggle with the coronavirus in a video diary since March 14. She shared a heartbreaking photo of him in his hospital bed and even took a CBS news crew with her to show people they should take the health threat seriously. She announced that he’d died on March 21.

Harvey Weinstein

Status: Tested positive

The disgraced movie mogul, who’s serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, tested positive on March 22, according to Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. Weinstein, who has a series of additional medical problems, has been in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, N.Y., but was in two other prisons since his March 11 sentencing.

Meghan McCain

Status: Self-isolating due to pregnancy

The View panelist announced her pregnancy on March 22, several months after suffering a miscarriage. On the advice of her doctors, McCain will self-isolate at home and appear on The View via satellite. “I should be extra-vigilant about limiting the amount of people we come in contact with,” she told fans.

Plácido Domingo

Status: Hospitalized with COVID-19

On March 22 the opera singer revealed that he tested positive after experiencing fever and a cough, but noted that he and his family, who were self-isolating, were “in good health.” A week later, however, the Spanish opera singer was hospitalized in Acapulco, Mexico. A spokesperson for Domingo told CNN, “He is doing well and is responding to treatment.”

Nyle DiMarco

Status: Self-quarantine

Deaf model, actor and former Dancing with the Stars champion DiMarco told fans that, despite being “really sick” over the past few days, he declined to get tested due to the shortage of tests available. “The sick patients need it more than I do,” the “on the mend” star shared on March 21.

David Bryan

Status: Tested positive

On March 21, the Bon Jovi keyboard player shared his test results after feeling sick for a week. He urged fans to “help out each other,” but added, “it’s the flu, not the plague.” Bandmate Jon Bon Jovi offered his well wishes, and later joined Chicago fans in a self-isolated singalong to “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Debi Mazar

Status: Tested positive

On March 21, the Younger actress revealed her positive diagnosis after she and her family fell ill with fevers, headaches, sore throats, dry coughs and body pains. Mazar assumed it was a seasonal cold, “But it felt unusual [and] different,” she wrote on Instagram. After visiting a local clinic, Mazar was diagnosed with COVID-19. “I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days...” she wrote. “Well, today is day 5 and I just found out. I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already...one day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough.” Mazar said her family had shown no symptoms but were “under quarantine” for two weeks.

Ten days into the coronavirus, she said she was “doing OK.” She thanked people offering her words of encouragement, but said she found it “incredibly disgusting” that people from publications such as Page Six were calling to ask her how she was able to obtain a test.

After 14 days, Mazar said she was “almost symptom-free.”

Andy Cohen

Status: Tested positive

Cohen was planning to do his show, Watch What Happens Live, from his home. He scrapped those plans after “not feeling great” for a few days in self-quarantine, then discovering he was suffering from the coronavirus. The Bravo honcho returned to work on March 30 and shared with fans what it’s like to recover from COVID-19. “My symptoms were a fever, tightness in my chest, a cough,” Cohen explained on his Sirius XM show Andy Cohen Live, noting he was “very, very achy” in his body. “Make sure you have Tylenol and a pulse oximeter,” he shared.

Colton Underwood

Status: Tested positive

The Bachelor alum began having symptoms in late March and, sure enough, a test confirmed that he had the coronavirus. He hunkered down at girlfriend Cassie Randolph’s family home to recuperate. “It’s been kicking my a**, just to put it very bluntly,” he said in a video post to social media. “The 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.”

In an update three days later, Underwood said that for the first time, he was feeling improvement. He had spoken to the local health department and had moved to a floor of the home by himself. “Im hopeful that I’ve turned the corner and will be back to 100% soon,” he wrote.

Daniel Dae Kim

Status: Tested positive

Kim, who’s starred in Lost and Hawaii Five-0, said he tested positive after experiencing scratchiness in his throat, body aches and fever. He learned of his diagnosis when he took a drive-thru test. After care from his doctor, he said, he’s feeling better each day. In a video about testing positive for the coronavirus, Kim urged everyone to take the threat of illness seriously and to end prejudice in their treatment of Asians during the pandemic. “Please, please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people,” Kim said. “Randomly beating elderly, sometimes homeless Asian Americans is cowardly, heartbreaking and it’s inexcusable. Yes, I’m Asian, and yes, I have coronavirus, but I did not get it from China. I got it in America. In New York City, and despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick and dying.”

Kim revealed on March 29 he’s “considered virus free” and that his required period of self-isolation ended.

Prince Albert II 

Status: Tested positive

The palace of Monaco said on March 19 that Prince Albert II, the 62-year-old son of late actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III, had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was being treated by doctors at Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco, but he continued to work out of his private apartment at the palace.

Indira Varma

Status: Sick

The Game of Thrones alum said that she’s sick: “I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice," presumably referring to the coronavirus. Varma lamented that COVID-19 had caused theaters, including one where she had been working, to go dark.

Drake

Status: Self-quarantine

Following NBA star Kevin Durant’s announcement that he has the coronavirus, Drake is hunkering down in his hometown of Toronto, according to Page Six. The two had been photographed hanging out together March 10 in Los Angeles. As TMZ reported exactly one week later, Drake has since posted on social media about having settled in at home for a while.

Charlotte Lawrence

Status: Tested positive

The “Joke’s on You” singer told people about her condition as part of a plea for people to stay inside their homes and stem the spread of the coronavirus. “I am going to be completely fine,” Lawrence said. “But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly. So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to fight this virus.”

Savannah Guthrie

Status: Self-quarantine

After the Today host experienced a sore throat and a runny nose, she made the decision to stay home, and she even broadcast NBC’s popular morning show from there on March 18. Guthrie said she was following the advice of the doctors at the network, as well as her bosses. However, she assured viewers that she felt “good” and was acting “in an abundance of caution.”

Sarah Hyland

Staus: Self-quarantine

If you want to find the Modern Family actress during the epidemic, then look for her at home. As she said on the March 18 episode of the Brad Behavior podcast, she’s only leaving for doctor’s appointments, when she wears a mask and gloves. “I am obviously immunocompromised with my transplant history and am on immunosuppressants, so everything in this house is sanitized,” she said, per People. Hyland noted that the virus is “really dangerous” for immunocompromised people like herself.

Diplo

Status: Self-quarantine

The musician, whose real name is Thomas Pentz, said he was staying away from his two young sons — although he missed them terribly — because he had been in contact with hundreds of people in recent days. “I’m staying away from the house until I am cleared of the virus,” Diplo said.

Andrew Watt

Status: Tested positive

On March 17, Watt explained to fans that he’d woken up 11 days earlier feeling like he’d been “hit by a bus,” and that he couldn’t move out of bed for days. He said a doctor who came to his house told him he couldn’t have the coronavirus because he had tested positive for the flu. However, a second doctor who came to his home administered a test and confirmed that he did, in fact, have COVID-19. While Watt said his own condition was improving, he urged others to take the threat seriously. “This is not a joke,” he said. “Stay safe, stay sanitized.”

Arielle Charnas

Status: Tested positive

The influencer reported March 17 that she had been very ill for several days, but she said she planned to continue focusing her social media channels on the things that made her happy. “Each day the symptoms evolve into something else and while I can’t imagine how I’d ever catch coronavirus (from what I know I haven’t been in contact with anyone who has it) I’m dealing with the weirdest virus I’ve ever had since mono,” Charnas said.

Rachel Matthews

Status: Tested positive

“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” Matthews, who provided the voice of Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed March 16 on InstagramStories. She said she was feeling better but would remain in quarantine until she was told to do otherwise. Matthews also shared her symptoms, which she said she hoped some found helpful.

Influencer Rachel Matthews has tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Instagram)

Destin Daniel Cretton

Status: Tested negative

The director of the upcoming live-action adaptation of Marvel’s Shang-Chi has a newborn baby boy, and he was thinking of him when he went into self-quarantine on March 12. Marvel and Disney subsequently shut down production on the movie entirely. On March 16, Cretton said he’d taken a test for the coronavirus after learning that he had been in “close proximity with some people who had potentially been exposed,” but he’d tested negative. “But I will continue to be even more careful in the days ahead. Because if you believe in good science, and I do, we still have a mountain to climb together,” Cretton said.

David Higgs

Status: Tested positive

The L.A.-based photographer said doctors gave him the test after they found he didn’t have the flu. “I don’t know where I got it. I don’t know how I got it,” Higgs told his followers on March 15. “If you are feeling sick, straight away just quarantine yourself.”

Kris Jenner

Status: Tested negative

Jenner took a test for the coronavirus after she attended a birthday party for Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge, who’s since been hospitalized with the illness. “Kris wasn’t sick and didn’t have any symptoms, but since she was in contact with someone who tested positive, she took the test,” a source told ET. “Jenner luckily tested negative for coronavirus.”

Kristofer Hivju

Status: Tested positive

The Norway production of Netflix's The Witcher shut down following the news that one of its stars was infected. Hivju, best known as Game of Thrones fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane, said he and his family were “self-isolating at home for as long as it takes.” He described his symptoms as “mild,” like a cold.

Craig Melvin

Status: Acting “out of an abundance of caution”

Just like Al Roker, the Today host skipped the March 16 show after an unidentified colleague was said to have the virus. Melvin assured fans that he was “feeling great.”

Al Roker

Status: Self-quarantine

After a staffer at Today tested positive for the virus, the longtime host sat out the show March 16 “out of an abundance of caution,” Savannah Guthrie told viewers.

Roker posted an update March 16 telling fans he was self-isolating for 15 days.

Seth Doane

Status: Tested positive

The CBS News foreign correspondent’s March 16 report on CBS This Morning was an update on his own health: Doane had tested positive for COVID-19, which he’d taken after noticing he had “a little bit of a cough.” He said that, so far, he’d had colds that felt worse. He said the psychological part had been the worst of it so far. He remained in lockdown at his residence in Rome, staying isolated even from his husband.

“This is not what I want to be discussing on TV. This is not what I want to be known for,” Doane told viewers. “I am trying to be public and open because I think it is vital that we stop the spread of this thing.”

Idris Elba

Status: Tested positive

When the Luther star revealed March 16 that he tested positive, he said that he’d not experienced any symptoms. “No panic,” he advised. On March 21, it was revealed that his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, had also tested positive.

Heidi Klum

Status: Self-quarantine, tested negative

The America’s Got Talent star said she and her husband, musician Tom Kaulitz, were both feeling ill and are staying away from others, including each other, while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 tests they had “finally” been able to secure in a post dated March 15. Kaulitz has since tested negative.

Klum revealed March 24, as she marked her 14th day at home, that she also had tested negative.

Olga Kurylenko

Status: Tested positive

The “Bond girl” in 2008’s Quantum of Solace urged others to take the threat of the illness seriously, as she said March 15 that she had tested positive.

Matthew Broderick’s sister, Janet Broderick

Status: Tested positive

While the Election star was healthy, his sister, the rector of an Episcopal church in Beverly Hills, Calif., was diagnosed with the virus. However, the actor told Deadline on March 14 that Janet’s condition had improved.

“My entire family is grateful for the concern about, and the well wishes for, my sister Janet,” he said. “I’m happy to say she is feeling much better and is on the road to a full recovery. We are all very appreciative for the wonderful care she received from the amazing doctors and nurses at Cedars Sinai.”

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

Status: Tested positive

The beloved actor and his actress wife announced March 12 that they had tested positive for the virus following an outbreak on the Australian set of director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic. At the time, Hanks said they were staying in isolation. People reported on March 16 that the two had left a Queensland hospital but continued staying separated from others at a rented home nearby.

A little over weeks after his diagnosis, Hanks confirmed he and his wife returned home to Los Angeles. He vowed to follow social distancing rules including shelter in place. “Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us,” he wrote on social media. “Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes.”

Baz Luhrmann

Status: Self-quarantine

The director and his family, including a wife and two teenage children, have stayed at a home in Australia rented by the studio behind the film he was working on when one of his lead actors, Tom Hanks, fell ill.

This story was originally published on March 16, 2020 at 5:04 p.m. ET.

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