Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram to announce that he, his wife and his two youngest daughters tested positive for COVID-19 on September 2. Johnson shared an 11-minute clip on Instagram detailing his experience with coronavirus and how he caught it.
“I wanted to give you guys a little helpful update on some of the things that have been going on on my end for the past two and a half to three weeks now,” he said. “So the update is this – my wife Lauren as well as my two baby girls and myself, we have all tested positive for COVID-19.”
Johnson and family positive for COVID-19
Johnson said that they caught the virus from “very close family friends,” who were “devastated” for “picking it up” and spreading the virus. The former wrestler added that this period has been “one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family.”
Although the actor is not prone to nasty injuries affecting him, he found this virus so tough to endure because it affected his whole family. “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,” he said. “My number one priority is to always protect my family. And protect my children, my loved ones.”
Luckily, Johnson and family have successfully recovered and are now healthy. Johnson wanted to use his platform to share his experience with COVID-19. He told his 197.6 million followers on Instagram that his youngest daughters, Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, showed mild symptoms of the virus. “They had a little sore throat the first couple of days, but other than that, they bounced back and it’s been life as normal, happy babies running around and playing … For Lauren and I it was a bit different … but again, we got through it.” Johnson said.
Johnson urged his followers to get tested for COVID-19 and to wear masks whenever they are out in public.
“It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing a mask and make it part of a political agenda … It has nothing to do with politics,” Johnson said.
“Wear your mask. It is a fact and it is the right thing to do, and it’s the responsible thing to do,” the 48-year-old actor continued.
“I’m not a politician. I am a man though, who cares about my family deeply and will do everything I can to protect them. But I’m also a man who cares about all of you guys. I don’t care what political party you’re affiliated with. I don’t care what part of the world you’re from. I don’t care what your skin color is, what your job is, what your bank account says. I don’t care. I do care about all of you. And I do not want you or your entire family to get COVID-19.”
Celebrating recovery from COVID-19
Dwayne Johnson and his family are now out of the woods and recovered from COVID-19 – and they are taking the opportunity to celebrate their clean bill of health.
Johnson’s wife Lauren Hashian celebrated her 36th birthday on September 9, and Johnson posted a pic of the two, masked and healthy, on Instagram.
“We are no longer contagious,” said Johnson. “Thank God, we are healthy.”
Johnson recently announced that his upcoming Netflix film “Red Notice” would resume shooting in a “quarantine bubble” in mid-September. Although Johnson just recovered from COVID-19, it seems production is still on track, as co-star Gal Gadot posted on September 9 a photo of her getting a COVID-19 test before returning to the set.
Johnson is also slated to begin production on DC’s “Black Adam,” which has been slightly delayed due to the pandemic. Producer Hiram Garcia confirmed that shooting will resume as soon as possible. “We’re planning to pick back up with ‘Black Adam’ some time first quarter next year and hoping to lock that all down soon,” he said.
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