Tom Hanks & More Stars Spreading Hope After Coronavirus Diagnosis


A growing number of celebrities and athletes are facing COVID-19 with hope and candor. 

On Friday, Andy Cohen and Colton Underwoodshared news of their diagnoses. Days prior, Idris Elbaand Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju both confirmed they tested positive for coronavirus on March 16, urging their millions of followers to keep calm and carry on while abiding by health officials’ plan to prevent the spread of the pandemic. 

Last week, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were among the first celebrities to go public with their diagnosis. “Thanks to the Helpers,” the Oscar winner shared on Twitter, referencing a classic Mister Rogers quote, who he brought to life in the 2019 film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. “Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”

Meanwhile, Idris has advocated for more “solidarity” in an ever “divided” world. 

Find out every star currently recovering from coronavirus in our gallery below: 

Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen


Colton Underwood, The Bachelor


Daniel Dae Kim


Prince Albert of Monaco arrives with his fiancee, former South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock

AP Photo/Martin Meissner

Indira Varma, Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere

Andrew H. Walker/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Arielle Charnas

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors

Cynthia Rowley Fashion Show, New York Fashion Week 2019, Charlotte Lawrence

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows

Kevin Durant

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Rachel Matthews

Presley Ann/FilmMagic

Karl von Habsburg

People Picture/Jens Hartmann/Shutterstock

Andrew Watt

Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage

Sir Lucian Grainge

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic

Tom Hanks, 2019 Governors Awards

Rob Latour/Shutterstock

Rita Wilson, 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards, SAG Awards, Red Carpet Fashions

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Idris Elba, Emmy Awards, Pokemon

David Fisher/Rex Shutterstock via ZUMA Press

Kristofer Hivju

Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Acura

Olga Kurylenko

Pierre Suu/Getty Images

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Omar Rawlings/Getty Images

Donavan Mitchell

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Christian Wood

Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagicDavid Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Daniele Rugani

LightRocket via Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi

Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Matthew Broderick, Reverend Janet Broderick

Bobby Bank/Getty Images

On March 16, Blake Livelyand Ryan Reynolds pledged $1 million to food banks in the U.S. and Canada. See how more of your favorite stars are giving back in response to the global crisis here. 

(This story was originally published on Monday, March 16 at 6:40 p.m. PST)

For the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic and for tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit The Center for Disease Control and Prevention at

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