Y’all, the rumors aren’t true: Black people do get the novel coronavirus that’s affecting thousands of people worldwide.
COVID-19, which has symptoms of high fever, headache and extreme body aches, is also sadly making its way through Hollywood, with many celebrities coming forward to reveal they’ve been diagnosed.
In the celebrity sphere, the virus initially affected members of the NBA; but the world seemed to stand still when British actor Idris Elba announced Monday that he, too, had COVID-19.
Since then, more NBA players have been diagnosed, including Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant. Below are those who have received this diagnosis thus far.
Idris Elba announced Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19. What prompted the British actor to get tested was that he came into contact with a known person carrying the virus. The actor noted that he was asymptomatic and that his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, had also been tested and was doing okay. He has yet to share the result of her test.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 13: Idris Elba arrives at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Kevin Durant, along with three other Brooklyn Nets players, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The identities of the other Nets players who have tested positive have not been released. Reportedly three of the players including Durant remain asymptomatic. All four players are currently in quarantine.
Los Angeles Lakers
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that two players tested positive for COVID-19. "We learned today that two Lakers players have tested positive. Both players are currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team's physician," the Lakers said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to announce that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He was seen touching microphones and other equipment when downplaying the seriousness of the virus. By March 15, however, Gobert said, "I wish I would have taken this thing more seriously and I hope everyone else will do so because we can do it together."
During a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 9, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell was later diagnosed. Although he was initially mad at his teammate, he's come to see the bigger picture. "I'm asymptomatic," Mitchell said on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I don't have any symptoms. I could walk down the street [and] if it wasn't public knowledge that I was sick, you wouldn't know it. I think that's the scariest part about this virus. You may seem fine, be fine. And you never know who you may be talking to, who they're going home to."
Donovan Mitchell during a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 9, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
Boston Celtics player Marcus Smart announced that he had been diagnosed with the virus. On Twitter Thursday, he said in a video, "I'm okay. I feel fine. I don't feel any of the symptoms." He added that he hopes people will practice social distancing.
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MARCH 08: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter of the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at TD Garden on March 08, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
DETROIT, MI - MARCH 7: Christian Wood #35 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the game against the Utah Jazz on March 7, 2020 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dhowre tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after her husband, actor Idris Elba, confirmed he'd contracted the virus.
Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images
Rapper Slim Thug said that despite staying at home, he still contracted COVID-19. In an Instagram post on Tuesday
, he revealed: "As careful as I’ve been self-quarantining, staying home, I might have went and got something to eat or something, simple stuff like that, nothing crazy. Stayed in my truck, had masks, gloves, everything on and my test came back positive."
AUSTIN, TEXAS - JULY 18: Slim Thug attends the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy's 25th Anniversary Gala at ACL Live on July 18, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** Slim Thug
The Houston rapper recently described
his battle with the virus during an interview with fellow Geto Boys member Willie D.
Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images
Brian Stokes Mitchell
The Broadway star confirmed via Twitter
that he'd tested positive for COVID-19 but told fans that, recently, "every day that has passed has been better than the previous."
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 04: Brian Stokes Mitchell attend the 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala at The Ziegfeld Ballroom on November 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
Ellis Marsalis, Jr.
Sadly, the New Orleans jazz legend passed away
at 85 due to complications from the coronavirus.
attends the Jazz at Lincoln Center 2017 Gala "Ella at 100: Forever the First Lady of Song" on April 26, 2017 in New York City.
BeBe Winans revealed in April that he likely contracted COVID-19 while traveling from New York to Detroit for a funeral. He also revealed that both his brother, who was hospitalized, and mother, Delores Winans, were also infected by the virus.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 17: Bebe Winans attends the 28th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards at Millennium Biltmore Hotel on June 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff revealed he had been diagnosed with pneumonia back in March, most likely linked to COVID-19.
GULF SHORES, AL - MAY 18: DJ Jazzy Jeff performs during the Hangout Music Festival Kick-Off concert on May 18, 2017 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)
Babyface revealed in early April
that he and his family had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and they were recovering. It was the reason why his Instagram Live battle against Teddy Riley was postponed to Black Twitter's dismay.
Deray Mckesson revealed in April that he had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms, such as loss of taste. "The doc expects me to recover fully, told me to call if I have any chest pains,” he wrote on Twitter.
Fred The Godson
It was revealed in late April that the Bronx-born rapper had died after contracting COVID-19. He was only 35.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Recording artist Fred the Godson backstage at S.O.B.'s on February 25, 2020, in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Gospel artist Troy Sneed died in a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital in late April from COVID-19 complications, his publicist confirmed. He was only 52. Sneed was best known for his work with the Georgia Mass Choir, earning a Grammy Award nod for Youth for Christ’s 1999 album, Higher, and working on The Preacher Wife's sound track.
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 29: Recording aritst Troy Sneed performs onstage at 2017 Praise in The Park at Lakewood Amphitheater on July 29, 2017, in Atlanta. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
The NFL star revealed on May 14 that he had been diagnosed back in April with the virus. “I wouldn’t say that I thought I was going to die or anything like that, but it did cross my mind a little bit,” he told the Washington Post.
LOS ANGELES - JULY 10: Von Miller attends the 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
In May, Patrick Ewing was hospitalized for the novel coronavirus. His son, Patrick Ewing, Jr., later revealed that his father was out of the hospital and recovering.
BOSTON - APRIL 11: Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Patrick Ewing looks on in the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on April 11, 2016, in Boston. (Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)