Here’s what we know so far: The coronavirus does not discriminate based on status, wealth or economic status. Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to show us this fact after he announced on Twitter Monday that he had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

Idris shared that he was exposed to someone who had also tested positive, which prompted him to get tested. Though he does not have any symptoms so far, Elba and his wife (who also appears in the video) are in quarantine in his U.K. home to limit exposing others to the virus.

Following the announcement, fans and celebrities, including Sterling K. Brown and Halle Berry, showered Elba with support.

Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, along with NBA stars Rudy Gobert and Donavan Mitchell have also recently come forward stating they were diagnosed with COVID-19.

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