Idris Elba shares coronavirus health update, explains how he and wife got tests when ‘not many people can

Written by on March 18, 2020

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Idris Elba is “feeling OK” after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Luther star shared a health update with fans Tuesday, one day after going public with his diagnosis. The 47-year-old actor admitted “it’s been a mad 24 hours.”  “Yesterday was good and bad, you know what I mean? It was bad because obviously I tested positive, but also good because I think it opened up a lot of conversation around it,” he said during a livestream on social media. “I think it made it a lot more real for some people, it definitely made it more real for me and my family.”  The Hobbs & Shaw star, who was inspired by Tom Hanks to come forward, stated he’s still “asymptomatic.”  “Right now though I am feeling OK. Woke up this morning, didn’t have any symptoms. My voice is a little bit tired, I just didn’t sleep that well,” he noted. “Still don’t have any symptoms, checking fever twice a day, and feel good, feel OK.”  Elba addressed critics over the fact his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, sat by him during Monday‘s announcement. “Just for clarification, Sabrina wanted to be by my side,” he explained. “I love her even more for it and I would do the same for her.”  Elba said that while he wanted to keep his wife “safe,” they “presumed that if I had it, there’s a likelihood she would have it too. So, we calculated that risk and decided to be together… I hope you guys can understand it.”  Elba noted that Sabrina’s feeling “good” and “finally managed” to get tested on Tuesday.  “We’re thankful for that,” he admitted.  A lot of people wrote in asking the actor how he and his wife were able to get tested so quickly while many in the U.S. cannot.  “I’m on location, about to start a film and the news breaks that this person who is also in the public eye had tested positive,” he said. “So, it was definitely something I had to do as I was about to start filming and was around a lot of people. Quite honestly, my job made me test immediately.”


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