Last week, Idris Elba announced that he has been infected with the deadly coronavirus.
The actor made his announcement through a video on his Twitter page and he has been posting regular updates.
But in his most recent update, Idris said that the pandemic is the Earth's way of responding to being "damaged" by the human race.
Keep scrolling to find out more...
Let's start from the beginning.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettySo far, 15,303 people have died globally and a further 349,000 are currently infected... which has lead to many people asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 35,070 more confirmed cases across the country and 458 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic 2 weeks ago...
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
The virus is notoriously easy to catch...And it isn't making any exceptions. People of all races, ages, and social classes are reportedly being infected with the virus, and the rich and famous certainly aren't any exceptions.
Several celebrities have now been infected with the virus.
And, following on from Hanks' shock announcement, another famous face emerged...
via: GettyBritish actor and D.J. Idris Elba, announced that he was infected shortly after.
Last week, Idris took to Twitter to announce his diagnosis.
via: TwitterIn a video, where he was accompanied by his wife, Sabrina, Idris explained how he had actually experienced no symptoms. “I had no symptoms, but I got tested because I realized I was exposed to someone who had also tested positive."
And, sadly, his hunch was correct.
via: Twitter“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."
He took his diagnosis as an opportunity to remind his followers to be cautious...
via: Twitter"This is serious. Now's the time to really think about social distancing, washing your hands and, beyond that, there are people out there who aren't showing symptoms, and that can easily spread it."
And urged people to stick together.
via: Twitter"Look, we live in a divided world right now. We can all feel it, it's been bulls***. But now's the time for solidarity, and now's the time for thinking about each other."
And, most importantly, he doesn't want people to panic.
This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I fo… https://t.co/CpmfaebeyO— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba)1584382706.0
People were quick to send their love and well wishes to the actor...
@idriselba Sending you so much love, Idris.❤— Ellen DeGeneres (@Ellen DeGeneres)1584389926.0
And many praised him for raising awareness.
@idriselba Wishing you a speedy recovery, Idris. I'm glad you pointed out that even w/o any symptoms you tested p… https://t.co/xj0kpsRHMD— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1584384073.0
Idris has been keeping us updated day by day...
via: GettyBut it seems that the actor isn't as relaxed as he initially seemed.
He shared two videos updating fans...
via: Twitter"Yes, of course, I’m worried. I’m worried about having the virus."
But that's not all...
https://t.co/RQpmkcgtYU— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba)1584473422.0
"I’m really worried about whats going on in the world, if I’m honest, I’m worried about how we’re dealing with it."
https://t.co/3Y98aND7Dv— Idris Elba (@Idris Elba)1584472848.0
And in his most recent update...
via: Oprah WinfreyIdris appeared on a live stream with the one and only Oprah Winfrey.
Idris and his wife, who has recently tested positive for the virus, looked well...
via: Oprah WinfreyAnd the pair seemed to be in good spirits... which is a good sign!
Oprah asked the actor about his thoughts on the outbreak...
via: Oprah Winfrey"One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race," Idris explained.
Idris blamed the human race...
via: Oprah Winfrey"Our world has been taking a kicking. We have damaged our world and it's no surprise that our world is reacting to the human race," he then said.
Idris feels that we need to start thinking differently about our world...
via: Oprah WinfreyHe continued, "It is no surprise that a virus has been created that is going to slow us down, and ultimately make us think differently about our world and ourselves."
Oprah agreed with this...
via: Oprah WinfreySaying she believes the virus is "here to teach us, show us something about ourselves, as individuals and also as a world of people."