If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that nobody is safe from COVID-19. By now, almost everyone knows someone who has contracted the coronavirus. And even if you don’t know anyone, some of your favorite celebrities have fought this virus.
Here’s the good news, though: many of your favorite celebrities not only fought COVID-19, but they won that fight. And here are some of the biggest names who have recovered from the coronavirus.
Strength doesn’t come from avoiding adversity but overcoming it. And Dwayne Johnson is the perfect example of strength after his bout with COVID-19.
Johnson and his entire family contracted the virus back in August from some family friends. They ended up isolating themselves for about three weeks before making a full recovery, but it was a difficult time for all of them.
Via Instagram, the star said, “We’re no longer contagious, and we are — thank God — we are healthy.” Before they were better, though, he mentioned his daughters struggling with a sore throat before they successfully “bounced back.”
Pink’s music is iconic, but she mostly lives a quiet life these her three-year-old son Jameson. Unfortunately, both of them contracted the coronavirus back in March, and she announced that they had recovered via Instagram on April 3.
“This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor,” she wrote.
She didn’t really get into details of symptoms, but mentioned that her son struggled with fevers that reached as high as 103 degrees. And her son struggled with the virus for about three weeks, though Pink herself made a quicker recovery.
Antonio Banderas suffered a heart attack two years ago. So, he was understandably worried when he contracted coronavirus in August. Fortunately, he seems to have had a pretty mild experience with the virus.
His main symptom was simple that he felt very tired. After three weeks of confinement, he tweeted on August 25 that he was “cured” of the virus. Additionally, he expressed sympathies for those “who weren’t as fortunate” and “those who suffered more” than he did.
Neil Patrick Harris
How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris contracted the coronavirus in March. Not only that, but his husband and children tested positive as well!
In an interview with Today, he revealed what the symptoms were like. “I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it,” Harris said. “And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up.”
Harris didn’t describe how long recovery took, but clarified that he and his family are now “feeling good.” And after his experience, he urged everyone to be careful: “We want to make sure everyone’s doing their best to slow this down every way possible, for sure.”
Kanye West has always been a trendsetter. Unfortunately, that extends to COVID-19 as well. He caught the virus back in February, earlier than most of his famous peers.
In July, Kanye talked to Forbes about his bizarre plan to run for president. During the interview, he described symptoms such as uncontrollable chills and shaking. He mentioned some very normal reactions (including taking many hot showers and looking up videos about what he should do) before returning to his wild self.
When describing the virus to Forbes, he summed up his thoughts: “I remember someone had told me Drake had the coronavirus and my response was Drake can’t be sicker than me!” He didn’t describe how long it took to recover, but did offer conspiracy theories about tracking devices hidden inside an eventual COVID vaccine.
Mel Gibson contracted COVID-19 back in April. He spent a week in a Los Angeles hospital after testing positive, but afterward made a full recovery.
Gibson has not publicly discussed the experience, including his specific symptoms or how he got the virus in the first place. But his representative told People, “[Gibson] 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.”
Stephen Amell is basically the foundation of the CW’s extended Arrow universe. But he contracted coronavirus in October, proving that not even heroes are immune to this virus.
On the Inside of You podcast, he discussed the grim irony of getting the virus despite his many precautions. He said that he “actively, actively, actively tried to avoid contracting this virus” and often struggled with a “sense of anxiety and panic” about infecting the cast and crew of his upcoming Starz drama Heels.
Amell dealt with loss of appetite, weight loss, fluctuating temperatures, dizziness, and even a plugged ear. But after a few weeks, he recovered and returned to filming.
The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons and his husband both contracted the coronavirus back in March. They experienced some of the common symptoms, including loss of taste and smell. But Parsons told Jimmy Fallon that the experience was much worse than he was prepared for.
“I didn’t realize how completely taste and smell could be gone,” he said. “And when you’re in quarantine, and there is really nothing to do but eat. Oh my God, that was brutal.”
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston contracted the coronavirus back in early July. But he confirmed his recovery via Instagram on July 30.
He described having only “mild symptoms,” but did not detail what they were. He did note that he ended up testing positive after taking many precautions. “I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus.”
Fortunately, he did not need to start a Southwestern drug empire to finance his medical bills.
On TV, Tony Shalhoub became famous for playing the compulsive detective Monk. In May, he reprised this famous character for the Peacock At Home Variety Show before describing that he and his wife (Brooke Adams) had tested positive for the virus.
He did not detail the exact symptoms, but said that both of them had “a pretty rough few weeks” before they recovered. However, he expressed sympathy for others because “we realize that so many other people have and had it a lot worse.”