Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed on social media that his entire family has tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Rock addressed the situation in a video posted to his official social media accounts.
The good news, however, is that his family has made a full recovery.
In the video, The Rock commented on the challenge that his family faced after their diagnoses, while also discussing how the virus has become politicized in today’s divisive climate.
“This has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family,” Johnson said. “I wish it was only me who tested positive. But it wasn’t — it was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut.
“We are counting our blessings right now because we’re well aware that it isn’t always the case that you get on the other end of COVID-19 stronger and healthier. It baffles me that some people out there — including some politicians — will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda, politicizing it. It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact. And it is the right thing to do.”
The Rock announced on Instagram that he, his wife and two of their daughters tested positive for COVID-19.
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The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 5.72 million confirmed cases and 177,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.