Black entertainers with coronavirus: From Idris Elba to Kevin Durant, see the celebrities dealing with COVID-19

Idris Elba
Idris Elba

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is running through the black entertainment world, with the NBA getting hit the hardest. If the many cases of celebrities with the easily transmitted coronavirus proves anything, it’s that we’re all human.

Kevin Durant

Four players on the Brooklyn Nets basketball team were confirmed to have the coronavirus after test results came in on Tuesday, March 17. Among them was star Small Forward, Kevin Durant.

Durant told The Atlantic he felt fine, and advised others to take precautions to limit the spread of the virus, “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.”

Kevin Durant
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Idris Elba, Sabrina Dhowre

Idris Elba reviled he tested positive for the coronavirus on March 16. A few days later his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, confirmed she was positive as well.

Idris Alba with wife Sabrina Dhowre

Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert kicked off the pandemic from within the NBA. At the start of the month, the Jazz center mocked the infectious nature of the coronavirus during a press conference by intentionally touch all the microphones at the presser. The tested positive days later.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert

Donovan Mitchell

Rudy Gobert’s Utah Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell, also tested positive for coronavirus. Mitchell told Good Morning America he was feeling weel and was asymptomatic, “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.”

Donovan Mitchell
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Christian Wood

On March 14 Detroit Pistons’ Christian Wood became the 3rd NBA player with a confirmed case of CODIV-19, shortly after Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for the virus.

The Pistons played against the Jazz days before Wood’s diagnosis, where he was in close contact with Gobert.

Christian Wood
Christian Wood/ESPN

Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart, Point Guard for the Boston Celtics, added to the growing number of NBA player who are confirmed as having the coronavirus.

In a video posted to Twitter, Smart said he feels “fine” and urged others to take steps to keep themselves safe, “I’m OK, I feel fine. I don’t feel any of the symptoms,” Smart said in the video accompanying his tweet. “But I can’t stress enough practicing social distancing, and really keep yourself away from a large group of people — just really washing your hands and help protect yourself, and help protect others by protecting yourself.”

Marcus Smart
USA Today

TMZ asked St. Louis hip hip legend Nelly his thoughts on the Durant diagnosis and the spread of coronavirus. ”Our thoughts and our strengths are with [Kevin Durant], you know what I’m sayin’ and…speedy recovery. We’re all the same right now. Nobody’s bigger than the other right now. I think we all are one at the same time right now. It’s affecting the world, man, not just the music industry. And, anybody who feels like this is personal, basically got they head in the sand.”

Written by Tiffany Simmons and Tasha Jacobs

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