More than 549,600 people around the world have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday morning, with the highest number of cases in the U.S. (reporting just under 86,000 cases as of Friday), followed by China, Italy, Spain, Germany, Iran, France, and Switzerland, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
As the number of cases rises and cities, schools, and businesses close, many are feeling the widespread effects of the global outbreak creep closer to home. For some, perhaps the reality of it set in two weeks ago, when actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, announced their COVID-19 tests were positive, followed by similar statements from many other prominent figures, Prince Charles, Senator Rand Paul, and Boston Celtic Marcus Smart among them.
Here is a running list of well-known people who have contracted the coronavirus, and a glimpse into how they are doing.
Boris Johnson, British prime minister
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, tested positive for COVID-19 after showing mild symptoms of the virus, he announced on Friday. Johnson is self-isolating in his home but will continue to lead the British government’s response to the pandemic.
Prince Charles, first in line for the British throne, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his Clarence House office announced Wednesday.
The 71 year old is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland and is showing mild symptoms of the virus, Clarence House said. His wife, Camilla, tested negative for the virus.
Lawrence Bacow, president of Harvard University
Lawrence Bacow, 68, announced Tuesday that he and his wife, Adele, had tested positive for COVID-19.
“We began working from home and completely limiting our contact with others on March 14 in keeping with recommendations to adopt social distancing measures,” Bacow said. “In line with standard protocols, the Department of Public Health will be in touch with anyone with whom we have had close contact over the past fourteen days.”
Daniel Dae Kim, actor
The 51-year-old actor spoke about his condition on Instagram and said that he will be OK.
John Bessler, husband of Senator Amy Klobuchar
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Monday that her husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Senator Rand Paul
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 57, said Sunday he tested positive for COVID-19.
Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2020
Paul, a doctor, said he has not had symptoms. He said he was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person. Two House members, Reps. Mario Diaz Balart of Florida of Ben McAdams of Utah, have also tested positive for the virus.
Celtics guard Marcus Smart, 26, announced March 19 that he tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m OK,” Smart said in a video posted to his Twitter account. “I feel fine. I don’t feel any of the symptoms. But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing, really keeping yourself away from a large group of people, and just really washing your hands, and help protect yourself, and help protect others by protecting yourself.”
I was tested 5 days ago and the results came back tonight, which were positive. Ive been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness. COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP pic.twitter.com/xkijb9wlKV— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) March 19, 2020
The Celtics said Smart will continue to be isolated while being monitored by team medical staff.
“We will beat this together by being apart for just a little while!” Smart tweeted Friday after phoning-in on “Cuomo Prime Time” on CNN.
Terrence McNally, playwright
Terrence McNally died of complications of the coronavirus March 24 in a Sarasota, Fla., hospital at 81. McNally also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and had overcome lung cancer, a spokesman said.
The Tony award winner wrote 36 plays and 10 books for musicals like “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993) and “Ragtime” (1998).
Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, 31, announced Wednesday he tested positive for coronavirus. He is among four Nets players who tested positive, according to the NBA.
The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant told The Athletic he was one of them: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”
Colton Underwood, 28, from the reality TV series “The Bachelor” announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, despite social distancing for a week.
“It’s been kicking my (expletive),” Underwood said on Twitter. “I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath.”
Underwood said his symptoms were headaches, body aches, night sweats, fever, shortness of breath, and a cough.
Actress Debi Mazar, 55, tweeted Saturday she tested positive for COVID-19.
Known for her roles in “Goodfellas,” “Entourage,” and “Younger,” Mazar said she had a low grade fever, headaches, a sore throat, body aches, ringing ears, and a dry cough. She said her husband and two teen daughters caught “an odd bug” about a month ago.
Bravo television host and producer Andy Cohen, 51, announced he tested positive for the virus on Instagram Friday.
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After a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great, I have tested positive for Coronavirus. As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better. I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves.
“I want to thank all the medical professionals who are working tirelessly for all of us, and urge everybody to stay home and take care of themselves,” Cohen said. Cohen hosts the show “Watch What Happens Live." Prior to testing positive, Cohen told Variety he had planned to film the late-night talk show out of his apartment in New York.
“As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do #WWHL from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better,” Cohen wrote.
Musician David Bryan, 58, announced Saturday he also tested positive for COVID-19.
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I just got my results back today and tested positive for corona virus. I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day. Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague. I’ve have been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon... with the help of every American !!😎💪❤️
“I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day,” he wrote. “Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague.”
He said he had been quarantined for a week, and will for another week. “And when I feel better, I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus,” Bryan said. Bryan is best known as the keyboard player for the rock band Bon Jovi, with which he has also co-written songs and performed backing vocals.
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton told ESPN Friday he tested positive for coronavirus, making him the first NFL coach, front office executive, or player to have been diagnosed with the novel illness.
Payton told ESPN he publicized his case because he wants the public to heed warnings relating to social distancing and attempting to limit the spread of the virus.
“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton said. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it.”
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, 42, tested positive for coronavirus last week, four days after attending a local event with a Brazilian government official who later tested positive for the virus, according to the Miami Herald.
The mayor has since posted frequent updates to his Twitter account. On Saturday, day 9, Suarez said he felt 100 percent healthy.
It’s day 9, and I can finally say I feel 100% healthy. However, I understand my experience is not like that of others who've been infected. Thanks to our Commissioners, City Manager @Artnoriega5, and @CityofMiamiFire for playing a key role in fighting this virus. #InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/k6LIKjs7rL— Mayor Francis Suarez (@FrancisSuarez) March 21, 2020
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
On Wednesday, March 11, Hanks and Wilson, 63, announced they tested positive for coronavirus, reporting body aches and on-and-off chills from Australia.
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Hello folks. @ritawilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball. Hanx
Five days later, the pair was released from the hospital, and Hanks reported “no fever, but the blahs," and said folding laundry and doing dishes led to a nap on the couch.
The couple had been discharged from the Gold Coast University to self-isolate in a rented house. Hanks reminded followers Sunday that sheltering in place works, and that he and Wilson are feeling better.
English actor Idris Elba, 47, announced last Tuesday he also tested positive for the virus.
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. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
The actor, known for his roles in “Luther” and “The Wire,” posted a video on Twitter Tuesday: “I feel OK,” he said. “I have no symptoms so far, but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic.”
Elba continued to keep followers informed with live videos.
French-Ukranian actress Olga Kurylenko, 40, announced she was diagnosed with the coronavirus last Sunday. She posted a Q&A on Instagram, describing why she wasn’t in a hospital and how she might have contracted the virus.
“Hospitals are full and they are only taking patients that are struggling with life, if I understand correctly. I was told that if I get worse to call an ambulance,” Kurylenko said. “It could be anywhere. I could have touched a taxi handle and gotten it from there. It’s on surfaces!”
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Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes, I’m overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness. I wanted to take this opportunity to answer the most common questions that I’ve been asked regarding Coronavirus. Why I’m not in hospital? Because hospitals are full and they are only taking patients that are struggling with life, if I understand correctly. I was told that if I get worse to call an ambulance. Where I got tested? In the hospital when an ambulance took me there after I called because my fever was over 39. How did I get tested? They took a swab from my throat. Where did I get coronavirus? Impossible to know. It could be anywhere. I could have touched a taxi handle and gotten it from there. It’s on surfaces! For a week my temperature was stable 38. Sometimes up to 38.5. Today it’s come down 🙏 Спасибо всем за поддержку и за тёплые слова!!! Вот ответы на некоторые из ваших вопросов: Почему я не в больнице? Потому, что больницы переполнены и забирают только людей которые борются с жизнью. Мне сказали что если станет хуже звонит опять в скорую. Где мне сделали тест? В больнице куда меня привезла скорая с температурой выше 39. Как сделали тест? Берут мазок в горле. Где я заразилась коронавирусом? Невозможно знать, так как это может быть где угодно! Он на поверхностях. Я могла открыть дверь такси и поймать его с дверной ручки. Неделю моя температура была 38-38,5. Сегодня она уменьшилась 🙏 #Coronavirus #коронавирусp #StaySafe
Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, 41, known for his role at Tormund Giantsbane on “Game of Thrones," announced he and his family tested positive for coronavirus in an Instagram post. He said they are in good health, and self-isolating at home for “as long as it takes.”
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Greetings from Norway! Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health - I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country's Center for Disease Control's website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. @grymolvaerhivju #fightcorona #solidarity #takecare #folkehelseinstituttet Thanks to @panoramaagency
Hivju encourages the public to be “extremely careful," and that together “we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals.”
Known as the voice of Honeymaren in “Frozen II,” actress Rachel Matthews, 26, also announced Tuesday that she tested positive for coronavirus.
“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week,” Matthews wrote on her Instagram story.
She logged a timeline of her symptoms, noting that the virus does not take the same course with everyone.
One week into the illness, she reported she was feeling more like herself but remained short of breath and fatigued.
Matthews said the test was “insanely hard to come by" and continued that “our country is very behind and we don’t have much of a system in place.” She recommended rest, lots of liquids, and self-quarantine, but noted that people who are high-risk should take different precautions.
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
Sophie Trudeau, 44, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus March 12, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office.
“She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions, and her symptoms remain mild,” the statement said.
Trudeau is undergoing 14 days of isolation under the guidance of doctors.
Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert, 27, was the first NBA player to contract the coronavirus. Days before his diagnosis, he joked with members of the media during a press conference by making sure he touched all the microphones and recording devices on the table before he left. He apologized after testing positive:
Gobert said he is under great care and will fully recover. He later pledged $500,000 for coronavirus relief efforts.
Donovan Mitchell, 23, was the only other Utah Jazz player that tested positive for the coronavirus following Gobert’s diagnosis.
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Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test. We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them. I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️🕷
He encouraged social distancing on Twitter, reminding the public to “help keep others safe.”
Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood became the third NBA player to Test positive for the coronavirus. He remains in isolation and under the care of team medical staff, the NBA reported.
Mark Blum, actor
Actor Mark Blum died due to complications of the coronavirus at age 69, the Screen Actors Guild announced in a statement Thursday, March 26. Blum was known for his roles in “Crocodile Dundee” and “Desperately Seeking Susan."
Globe correspondent Caroline Enos contributed to this report.