Duran Duran’s John Taylor among latest celebrities to go public with coronavirus diagnosis

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor tested positive for COVID-19 but says he has recovered.
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When screen icon Tom Hanks announced on March 11 that he and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, they were the first stars to share their diagnoses.

Since then, many celebrities have said that they too have contracted the respiratory illness, with varying symptoms.

Among the latest celebrities to go public with a diagnosis is Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, who said April 5 that he had tested positive nearly three weeks ago. He has since recovered.

Some entertainers, including musician Adam Schlesinger of the band Fountains of Wayne and playwright Terrence McNally, have died from complications related to the virus.


Here are the celebrities who are known to have been infected with the coronavirus.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson


On March 16, Hollywood power couple Hanks and Wilson, both 63, were reportedly no longer hospitalized in isolation after being diagnosed with the virus.

The pair were self-quarantining in Australia, where the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” actor was in pre-production on Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated Elvis Presley biopic, starring Austin Butler as the titular rocker and Hanks as his manager, Col. Tom Parker.


“Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball,” Hanks wrote on Instagram after his diagnosis, quoting one of his lines from 1992’s “A League of Their Own.”

On March 22, Hanks said that he and Wilson were starting to “feel better” and Wilson said she was brushing up on her rap skills.

Idris Elba


English star Elba tested positive for the virus March 16, according to a video he shared with millions of Twitter followers.

“This morning, I got some test results back for coronavirus, and it came back positive ... and it sucks,” Elba, 47, said in the clip before assuring everyone that he was “doing OK.”

“I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus,” he wrote on Twitter. “Stay home people and be pragmatic.”

In another video the next day, Elba dispelled the “weird myth” that black people were immune to the virus and urged everyone to take it seriously.

Olga Kurylenko

French Ukrainian actress and model Kurylenko, 40, announced March 15 on Instagram that she was “locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.”


Kurylenko, known for starring alongside Daniel Craig in the 2008 James Bond film, “Quantum of Solace,” also noted that she had “actually been ill for almost a week now” with symptoms including “fever and fatigue.”

She later said in a follow-up post that she hadn’t been hospitalized to make room for “patients that are struggling with life.”

“Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes,” she said. “I’m overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness.”

Kristofer Hivju

“Game of Thrones” alum Hivju also took to Instagram on March 16 to announce that he had been diagnosed and was “self-isolating at home for as long as it takes.”

The 41-year-old Norwegian actor, who played crass “GoT” fan favorite Tormund Giantsbane, clarified that he was “in good health” and that he had only “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,” he wrote. “Wash your hands, keep 1.5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading.”

Rachel Matthews

Rachel Matthews
A screenshot of Rachel Matthews’ Instagram story.
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American actress Matthews, who voiced Northuldra member Honeymaren in “Frozen 2,” said she was in quarantine after testing positive for the virus, according to her Instagram story.


“Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” the 26-year-old wrote March 16. “Let’s please be mindful of our decisions — now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another!!”

Matthews’ early symptoms included “sore throat, fatigue, headache,” as well as a “mild fever,” “shortness of breath” and a “deep, dry cough.” She updated followers later that same day that she was “feeling better.”

Charlotte Lawrence

American singer-songwriter Lawrence, 19, announced March 17 on Instagram that she too had been infected with the virus.

“I am going to be completely fine,” the “Sleep Talking” artist wrote. “But many who get it won’t be if too many people get sick too quickly. So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus.”

Lawrence, who was recently featured on Warner Bros.’ “Birds of Prey” soundtrack, echoed fellow patients’ requests to “stay inside. Please.”

“Think about your parents. Think about your grandparents,” she continued. “Think about someone else getting your loved ones sick because they don’t listen, because they thought they knew better. Because they were selfish.”

Daniel Dae Kim

On March 19, 51-year-old actor Kim posted a 10-minute video on Instagram detailing his “experience fighting the coronavirus.”

“Looks like I’ll be OK, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful,” the “Hawaii Five-0" star wrote in his caption.

Kim explained that before he tested positive, he was “in New York shooting a role on a TV series where, ironically, I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic.”

The actor was asymptomatic at first, but said that after he started showing symptoms he was able to get checked for the virus at a “drive-through testing facility that had just opened” in his home of Honolulu.

“For all those out there — especially teenagers and millennials — who think this is not serious, please know that it is,” he said. “And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones.”

Kim said March 30 on social media that he was finally “virus-free,” though admitted he’d had “a bit of a setback” after his course of medication ended.

Mwana FA

The Tanzanian rapper posted a video March 19 on Instagram revealing that he had tested positive for the virus and said, in Swahili, that he was doing OK.

While in quarantine after his diagnosis, he urged everyone to be careful and take proper health precautions to avoid catching the illness.

Colton Underwood

“The Bachelor” star announced on social media March 20 that he “became symptomatic a few days ago, got my test results [for COVID-19] back today, and they are positive.”

“It’s been kicking my [butt], just to put it very bluntly,” the 28-year-old said in a brief video message. “The main thing is I can’t even walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath or go to the bathroom without having to sit down because I’m exhausted.”

In his new book, Colton Underwood — who was recently diagnosed with coronavirus — talks about being manipulated by producers on “The Bachelor.”

Outlining his symptoms in a follow-up post, Underwood said he had experienced “headache, body aches, night sweats, fever, shortness of breath and a cough,” as well as trouble “doing simple tasks like ... getting out of bed.

“The reason I’m sharing this is not to cause fear or panic but to hopefully encourage you guys to stay at home. Do your part. Take care of yourselves Take care of one another.”

Andy Cohen

“Watch What Happens Live” host Cohen, 51, said March 20 that “after a few days of self-quarantine, and not feeling great,” he had been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Ten days later he was recovering and announced he would start broadcasting his show from his apartment.

“As much as I felt like I could push through whatever I was feeling to do [‘Watch What Happens Live’] from home, we’re putting a pin in that for now so I can focus on getting better,” he wrote on Instagram on March 20. “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.”

Debi Mazar

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I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly.Seasonal I thought?but it felt unusual/different... Two weeks later,March 15th,I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?😬 I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16.He said NO,I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country&I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive.I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store,the pharmacy,hair salon,etc.I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies&bleach wipes,dry goods.extra food etc. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin’! A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits,which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17.First I was tested for the flu-which was negative.Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results,which would take 3-7 days(in S.Korea it takes two hours) is day 5 and I just found out.Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already.Its very “morphy”.One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I’m tough. I can breath,and I’m going to heal here,in my own home!My family is under quarantine for 14 days.They have no symptoms.I think we all had it possibly already?Who knows. Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones.Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome

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Mazar, 55, known for her roles in series including “Entourage” and “Younger,” said she started feeling ill on March 15, with intense body pains and a 102.4 degree fever.

The actress said she exhibited similar symptoms to what her husband and daughters had about a month ago. She asked a doctor friend if she could get tested on March 16, but the doctor said no because she did not meet the criteria, as Mazar had not traveled out of the country or had known contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway, gone to the theater, the grocery store, the pharmacy, hair salon, etc.” Mazar wrote on Instagram.

She later went to an urgent care clinic on March 17 to get tested and then was sent home to self-quarantine. On March 21, Mazar said she found out that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

“One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal,” Mazar wrote. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough.”

She said she and her family were under quarantine. Her family is not showing any symptoms, she added.

David Bryan

David Bryan, keyboardist and founding member of rock band Bon Jovi, said on March 21 that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day,” Bryan, 58, said on Instagram, urging people not to be afraid.

“Please help out each other,” Bryan wrote. “This will be over soon... with the help of every American!!”

Plácido Domingo

Opera singer Domingo announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 in a Facebook post on March 22.

“My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary,” wrote Domingo, 79, who said he’d experienced fever and cough symptoms. “Together we can fight the virus and stop the current worldwide crisis so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon. Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”

The tenor-turned-baritone — whose previously stellar career suffered after reports of sexual harassment arose last year — announced March 30 that he felt “fine” and was resting at home. That followed an earlier report that he had been hospitalized.

Aaron Tveit

Theater star Tveit, 36, announced March 23 on Instagram that he had tested positive for COVID-19, has “been in quarantine since Broadway shows shut down” and is “feeling much better.”

“I consider myself extremely lucky that my symptoms have been very mild — cold like with no fever — as so many are experiencing much more serious symptoms, because this is a very dangerous virus,” the “Wicked” and “Moulin Rouge!” actor wrote. “One thing I have been experiencing is the loss of taste and smell, which I think is a big sign for people who are otherwise [asymptomatic].”

Tveit and several other Broadway performers recently participated remotely in Rosie O’Donnell’s live benefit show, which raised $500,000 for the the Actors Fund, according to the host’s social media.

“I want everyone to realize that this can affect anyone,” Tveit said. “Even if you aren’t feeling sick or showing drastic symptoms — please take heed, stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see everyone at the theater again soon.”

Greg Rikaart

Longtime “The Young and the Restless” cast member Rikaart announced March 23 on Instagram that he “just tested positive” for COVID-19 after having “a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing” and being “diagnosed with pneumonia.”

“I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life,” he wrote. “Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated.”

Last week, Rikaart documented his struggle to get tested, reporting that three doctor’s offices, including that of his primary caregiver, had “refused” to see him because he “didn’t meet the CDC threshold.”

“I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started,” he continued after announcing his COVID-19 diagnosis. “So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with [my family].”

Experts say California will likely continue to see a surge in new cases and deaths in the coming weeks but hope that social distancing makes a difference.

Natalie Horler

The lead singer of Cascada took to Instagram on March 23 to let her followers know she tested positive for the virus and would “not leave the house at all for the next 14 days and be in full blown quarantine.”

“I’m still getting used to the thought, but saying that- nothing much changes about my everyday life really,” the 38-year-old “Every Time We Touch” artist wrote. “My case will most likely be mild, so the most important thing is to protect everyone else who may be at risk.”

Slim Thug

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Just found out I got Corona virus

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In an Instagram video captioned “just found out I got [coronavirus],” rapper Slim Thug announced March 24 that he tested positive despite self-isolating and wearing a mask and gloves when going out for “simple stuff” like food.

“Y’all gotta take this stuff serious,” the 39-year-old said in the clip. “Sit at home, self-quarantine. Do not come outside for however long they saying. If you have symptoms, you need to go get checked out or whatever.”

The “Welcome 2 Houston” artist added that he previously “had a slight fever and a cough” but isn’t currently experiencing any problems.

“I feel better now,” he told his million-plus followers. “I have no fever … nothing like that, so I feel like I’m good. But y’all better take it serious. It’s real out here.”

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne revealed he tested positive for COVID-19.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

After announcing his diagnosis on March 24, singer-songwriter Browne told The Times he was feeling “OK” and lucky he “didn’t have to go to the hospital or use any supplies or medications that others really need.”

“I’m not bad at all,” he said. “My physical symptoms have mostly abated. In fact, there’s very little of it left.”

The “Running on Empty” hitmaker explained that he was able to get tested through his private physician and that Jackson passed the illness onto his eldest son, who has also been self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Laura Bell Bundy

The Broadway star, known for playing Amber Von Tussle in “Hairspray” and Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde,” said in a March 25 Instagram video that she tested positive for COVID-19 and is OK.

Bundy’s symptoms have included a headache, sore throat, tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.

“It’s very, very scary. Of course I’m scared,” the 38-year-old actress said, adding that her husband had also shown symptoms. “I highly encourage everybody to stay inside. My belief is that more people have this than they realize and could be carriers.”


Hip-hop artist Scarface, a founding member of the Geto Boys.
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Veteran rapper Scarface, best known for his role in the pioneering Southern hip-hop group Geto Boys, announced March 26 that he’d been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Speaking in a livestream with his bandmate Willie D, Scarface, 49, said he’d been sick for some time and had taken several tests before finally receiving a positive result from his doctors late Wednesday night.

“I been to the point where I just felt like I was gonna die, bro,” said the rapper, who added that he hadn’t traveled recently. “I threw up so much until it was just, like, hot sauce… I didn’t have no food in my stomach — it was just coming up like bile.”

Born Brad Jordan, Scarface helped make Houston an important hip-hop capital in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Geto Boys, whose hits include the anguished yet hard-hitting “My Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Bushwick Bill, another member of the group, died last year at age 52.

John Prine

A musical tribute to John Prine
John Prine performs live during a tribute to his musical contributions at the Troubadour on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in West Hollywood.
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Prine’s family announced March 29 on Twitter that the beloved singer-songwriter had been hospitalized and intubated after the sudden onset of COVID-19 symptoms.

On March 30, his wife, Fiona, described his condition as stable but later clarified: “That is not the same as improving. There is no cure for Covid-19. He needs our prayers and love — as do the thousands of others who are critically ill.”

Prine, 73, was celebrated last year in an all-star salute before the Grammys. The Times’ Randy Lewis wrote of the event, “Prine’s skilled use of humor, inventive turns of phrase and unsentimental poignancy while examining the human condition have earned him praise over the years as a modern-day musical Mark Twain.”

Tom Rush

The 79-year-old folk and blues singer-songwriter announced March 28 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I have no idea where I picked it up but strongly suspect it was sometime on or after March 11th when I was on my way north from my string of shows in NC, GA and FL early in March,” Rush said on social media and in an email to fans.

He advised people who had been at those five shows to be “extra-vigilant” for symptoms of COVID-19, particularly if they had shaken hands or taken selfies with him in the lobby.

Chris Cuomo

The veteran broadcast journalist, 49, reported March 31 on Twitter that he has contracted the virus and had experienced “fever, chills and shortness of breath.”

“In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for [COVID-19],” he wrote. “I just hope that I didn’t give it to the kids and [wife] Cristina. That would make me feel worse than this illness!”

The “Cuomo Prime Time” host is quarantined in his basement and vowed to continue filming shows from there. According to CNN, Cuomo last worked in the office in New York on March 27. He recently interviewed his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, while anchoring from home on March 30.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

The Tony winner known for his performances in “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Ragtime” and other musicals revealed April 1 on Twitter that he “just got confirmation that I have indeed tested positive for the coronavirus.”

“I’ve been laying low for the last number of days because I could feel my body fighting something unusual,” the 62-year-old said in his video message. “The good news is, over the last few days, I’ve isolated myself and come to you from the bedroom right now.”

Mitchell also noted that his wife and son have been “100% asymptomatic” and thanked his family “for everything you’ve been doing for me.”

Ali Wentworth

The “Nightcap” mastermind took to Instagram on April 1 to announce she had tested positive for the virus and has “never been sicker.”

“I’m quarantined from my family,” wrote the 55-year-old actress, who is married to “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos. “This is pure misery.”

Wentworth later appeared on “GMA” to go into more detail about her experience, which has included a “high fever,” “horrific body aches” and a “heavy chest.”

“Achy joints is a big thing. It feels like a really, really horrible flu,” she told the morning show. “And you know, I’m still in it now, but I can tell you the things that help [are] Tylenol, chicken soup. I took some hot baths when I had chills and I have two dogs that sleep on my bed with me.”

Ray Benson

The Asleep at the Wheel frontman posted about his COVID-19 diagnosis April 1 on Facebook after being “bed ridden with headaches and extreme fatigue/dizziness” in recent weeks.

“I made an appointment with my Dr on Saturday March 21st to see what was up,” the 69-year-old country singer wrote. “Got tests for Flu, etc.. All came back negative. I then asked for a COVID 19 test. They said they didn’t have any! So I just went back home and hunkered down to see if it went away. Unfortunately, the same symptoms kept occurring/progressing.”

While Benson was eventually able to get tested, he encouraged his followers to “please use your voice to demand getting testing out to everyone NOW!”

“It took basically testing for everything else to acquire a COVID 19 test. Luckily I wasn’t around that many people within this time frame and was practicing the standard things like washing your hands/sanitizer, wearing a mask at Dr’s, keeping proper distance etc.” he continued. “Please follow the safety guidelines out there, if you think or subscribe to those folks who’s opinion is that this virus isn’t that big of a deal, please consider otherwise.”

YNW Melly

The team behind the “Mixed Personalities” artist’s Instagram account announced April 2 that YNW Melly had contracted the virus and plans to file a motion for restricted release from prison “in hopes of better care.”

According to Billboard, the 20-year-old rapper was charged with two counts of murder in the first degree in February and is now being held at a Broward County, Fla., jail while he awaits trial.

“He hopes for your support and to recover soon,” the Instagram update read. “Send positive energy to him please.”

Brooke Baldwin

The “CNN Newsroom” host went public with her diagnosis April 3 on Instagram and is looking forward “to being back on [TV] and seeing you real soon.”

“It came suddenly yesterday afternoon,” the 40-year-old journalist wrote, adding that she experienced chills, aches and a fever. “I’ve been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we’re being told to do. Still — it got me.”

Baldwin also included a brief tribute to “Lean on Me” singer-songwriter Bill Withers, who died on March 30 in Los Angeles from heart complications.

“I am listening to Bill Withers on repeat,” she said. “I knew him, adored him and will miss him.”

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles
A screenshot of Sara Bareilles’ Instagram story.
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The “Love Song” hitmaker casually mentioned in an April 2 Instagram story that she “had a VERY MILD case of” COVID-19 but is now “totally fine and fully recovered.”

“Thank you all for the concern,” the 40-year-old artist wrote with a video of herself busting a move in self-quarantine. “Couple of rough days but I promise I’m fine. Please enjoy how good my dancing has gotten with all this practice time.”

Nancy Silverton

Nancy Silverton
Mozzaplex chef Nancy Silverton has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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The famed Mozzaplex chef has also contracted the virus, according to an April 3 entry on partner Michael Krikorian’s personal website.

After learning that they had been in contact with someone who had the virus, both Silverton and Krikorian got tested and hers came back positive, he wrote. The pair are now quarantined at their home in Los Angeles.

“That’s hard to write, What i love to write is Nancy has has no symptoms,” Krikorian said. "[We] have got hooked to two shows. ‘The Restaurant’ and, of all things ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’ ‘I’m one of the lucky ones so far,’ Nancy said.”

Christopher Cross

On April 3, Grammy winner Cross called the virus “possibly the worst illness” he’s ever had in a Facebook post.

“I’m not in the habit of discussing medical issues on social media, but I do so in hope this will help other people to understand how serious and how contagious this illness is,” the 68-year-old “Sailing” artist wrote, including a link to the CDC’s website.

“For those of you who still do not believe the COVID-19 virus is real, or think it is a ‘hoax’ or part of some conspiracy, my advice to you is to understand right now that this is a deadly illness spreading like wildfire throughout the world.”


On April 3, pop star Pink, 40, revealed on Instagram that she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Two weeks ago,” wrote the singer born Alecia Moore, “my three-year old son, Jameson, and I are were showing symptoms of COVID-19. Fortunately, our primary care physician had access to tests and I tested positive. My family was already sheltering at home and we continued to do so for the last two weeks following the instruction of our doctor. Just a few days ago we were re-tested and are now thankfully negative.”

She went on to say that “it is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible. This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities.”

She added that she is donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia and an additional $500,000 to the city of Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Marianne Faithfull

Faithfull, the raspy-voiced singer and rock ‘n’ roll muse, has been hospitalized in London, where she is being treated for COVID-19.

Rolling Stone reported that Faithfull’s manager, François Ravard, issued a statement April 4 saying that the 73-year-old singer, songwriter, actor and author was “stable and responding to treatment.”

Faithfull’s longtime friend, the New York-based performance artist Penny Arcade, posted on her Facebook page April 4 that the singer had been hospitalized since March 31.

“Please pray for her!” Arcade wrote. “She has withstood and survived so much in her life — including being Marianne Faithfull, that to be taken down by a virus would be such a tragedy…” According to Arcade, Faithfull’s ex-husband, John Dunbar, said the singer “can barely speak” and cannot have visitors.

In a second Facebook post Saturday afternoon, Arcade gave an update: “Since I posted earlier I got to speak to Marianne’s assistant the wonderful Alex...He said Marianne has been in hospital for 6 days with pneumonia ... then in the hospital they tested her for Covid 19 and found it ... She is not on a ventilator.”

John Taylor

Taylor, bassist for English new wave band Duran Duran, revealed April 5 on Facebook that, after coming down with a “mild” case of COVID-19, he has made a full recovery.

“After a week or so of what I would describe as a ‘Turbo-charged Flu’, I came out of it feeling okay — although I must admit I didn’t mind the quarantine as it gave me the chance to really recover,” wrote the musician, describing himself as “a particularly robust 59 year old.”

“I am speaking out in answer to the enormous amount of fear being generated by the pandemic, some of it entirely justified, and my heart goes out to everyone who has had to deal with real loss and pain. But I want to let you know that it isn’t always a killer, and we can and will beat this thing.”

Advice from an ER doctor: “If you can’t think clearly and can’t breathe and speak normally … that’s a reason to come in.”

Times staff writers Wendy Lee, Sonaiya Kelley and Stacy Perman contributed to this report.

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