Idris Elba reveals he and wife Sabrina have passed quarantine period
‘I thought I was going to see the worst of it but I came through’: Idris Elba reveals he and wife Sabrina have passed quarantine period after testing positive for coronavirus
- Idris tested positive for the coronavirus on March 16
- The actor, 47, revealed on Tuesday he has now passed the quarantine period
- He went into isolation with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre-Elba in New Mexico, where he had been shooting an upcoming Netflix film
- Sabrina revealed in an interview with Oprah she had tested positive, but said she had no regrets about remaining with her husband
- Idris appeared to confirm he had contracted the virus from Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Justin Trudeau Sophie, 44
- The two met shortly before they both tested positive for COVID-19 at an event in London on March 4
- Idris said the pair remain ‘in limbo’ as they can’t get a flight home to London
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Idris Elba has announced both he and his wife Sabrina, 30, have passed the two-week quarantine period after being tested positive for coronavirus.
The actor, 47, took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a health update where he told fans they were ‘doing ok’ and still asymptomatic.
Idris, who has been in quarantine in New Mexico after he discovered he had COVID-19 while shooting his new Netflix film, said they are ‘stuck in limbo’ because they can’t get a flight back to the U.K.
‘We’re doing ok’: Idris Elba has announced both he and wife Sabrina have passed the two-week quarantine period after being tested positive for coronavirus
Idris said: ‘What’s up people. I just wanted to send you a little update on how we’re doing. We’re both doing ok, still asymptomatic.
‘We’ve passed the quarantine period but we’re stuck in limbo. We can’t get a flight back home so we just have to sit still for a little bit, but other than that we’re ok and we’re so thankful that the worst of this has probably passed.’
Reflecting on being in self-isolation, the Luther star continued: ‘It’s weird because I never sit still, Sabrina never sits still either. I think she’s finding it harder, she’s getting cabin fever.
Also positive: Posting on Twitter on Thursday, the British actor said he and his wife Sabrina, who has also tested positive are ‘still feeling OK’
Interaction: Idris appeared to confirm he had contracted the virus from Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Justin Trudeau Sophie, 44, after the two met earlier this month
‘We’re both good, mentally just trying to stay optimistic. I hope you guys are too man. Keeping yourselves, you know, sane and not getting worried or too panicked.
‘Take it from me man, I thought I was going to see the worst of it as an asthmatic but thankfully I came through and you can too.’
Idris then went on to thank the NHS, as well as encouraging those who are struggling: ‘Big shout out to everyone who is helping other people, especially the doctors, nurses and health carers who are doing their thing. You lot are amazing and should be fully appreciated.
Feeling good: The actor, 47, took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to share a health update where he told fans they were ‘doing ok’ and still asymptomatic
Homesick: Idris, who has been in quarantine in New Mexico where he was shooting his new Netflix film, said they are ‘stuck in limbo’ because they can’t get a flight back to the U.K
‘To anyone who is going through hard times financially right now, this is going to be a tough time for everyone. Keep your head up.
‘Just a note to say listen I’m still here, I hope you’re good, We’re going to fight this thing.’
Idris closed off the video: ‘Thank you for everyone who has sent their love and thoughts, we really appreciate it. Alright, respect.’
Last Thursday, the star admitted the couple couldn’t wait to return home to London as they are quarantined near to where Idris was filming upcoming Netflix film The Harder They Fall in Sante Fe.
Update: It comes days after Idris tweeted doctors have told him that he and Sabrina will become immune to COVID:19 after they tested positive to having the virus
Sharing a selfie, Idris wrote: ‘Hoping everyone is coping with this [email protected]@!! Currently still quarantine.. Sab and I still feel ok so far with no changes. Dr told us that after quarantine we will be immune for a certain time since our antibodies fought this.’
‘At some point we’d like to go home to London. Bsafe.’
Idris also spent time replying to followers, telling one who asked if he had had any symptoms at all: ‘No not really… the day I got tested I had body aches and a headache.’
Idris appeared to confirm he had contracted the virus from Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Justin Trudeau Sophie, 44, after the two met shortly before they both tested positive for COVID-19.
Message: Idris confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus in a social media video posted on March 16, with his wife choosing to remain by his side
The actor revealed he was exposed to the deadly disease on 4 March, the same day he posed with Sophie at the We Day UK charity event, in Wembley.
Idris said: ‘It’s hard to say when I got the disease or when I contracted COVID-19, it’s hard to say when. I will say that I know I’ve been exposed to it from March 4.
‘That’s when the person that came up positive, that was the time I got in contact with that person.
‘So essentially, I could have been positive from March 4, but it’s hard to say when I contracted someone with corona, you can contract it at anytime but my known exposure was March 4.’
Idris then addressed backlash as to why he was tested for COVID-19 after he had ‘no symptoms’ and ‘felt ok’.
‘I am on location about to start filming. The news breaks that this person, who is also in the public eye, has tested positive.’
Idris previously explained he was on location and about to start filming when he got tested: ‘It was definitely something I had to do as I was about to start filming and be around a lot of people,’ he said.
Updates: Idris has been reassuring fans in regular updates that he has been feeling well
‘My job made me test immediately, I had to test anyway, as it meant I was putting a lot of people at risk if I had been exposed. We were lucky to get a test very quickly because of the shortages of the test.
Following Idris’ diagnosis, it was revealed Idris’ wife Sabrina Dhowre-Elba had also tested positive after choosing to remain with her husband in self isolation when he was diagnosed.
Defending their decision to isolate together following The Wire star’s diagnosis, she told Oprah Winfrey ‘I wanted to be with him’ and claimed she felt ‘the instinct of a wife’ to take care of him.
WHAT IT MEANS TO GO INTO SELF-ISOLATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, people who have been exposed to the virus or to sick patients have been asked to go into self-isolation.
But what exactly does that mean?
A former chief medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains to DailyMail.com what self-isolation is and what you should be doing while cooped up at home.
IS SELF-ISOLATION THE SAME AS BEING IN QUARANTINE?
In a word: no. Those who undergo self-isolation do so voluntarily and have to make arrangements themselves while they’re at home.
While quarantines are typically voluntary, sometimes they can be mandatory, such as the federal quarantine for US citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
People under quarantine are not sick, but they are are separated fro the general public to see if they become sick.
Both self-isolation and quarantine differ from isolation, which separates those who are sick from the general public until they are cured or treated.
WHO NEEDS TO SELF-ISOLATE?
‘People who should go into self-isolation are not sick but they’ve had a credible exposure,’ said Dr Robert Amler, former chief medical officer for the CDC and dean of New York Medical College.
‘There’s reason to believe they may have been exposed. And we wait for the incubation period, in this case about 14 days, to see if they become sick.’
This includes a few groups of people such as anyone awaiting CDC test results or anyone who has been in contact with someone waiting for test results.
Anyone who has traveled to a foreign country where the outbreak is rampant such as China, Japan, South Korea, Italy and Iran.
WHAT DO I DO IN SELF-ISOLATION?
People under self-isolation are expected to stay home and not go to work or school, or take their children to school.
Dr Amler says that people should try to do as much of their normal activities as they can – such as working from home or doing school work – without physically contacting anyone else.
‘That means staying in your room, trying to have your own bathroom facility if possible, and not sharing plates or utensils with other household members,’ he said.
However, being in self-isolation doesn’t mean that you can’t have contact with the outside world.
‘You can use your TV, your stereo, your phone, FaceTime, go on social media,’ Dr Amler said.
‘Just anything that does not allow you to get [possibly infected] droplets everywhere else.’
CAN I GO OUTSIDE TO GET FOOD, TOILETRIES OR OTHER SUPPLIES?
People under self-isolation are not allowed to leave the premises under any circumstances.
One option is to have family or friends drop off supplies you need. Alternatively, you can use grocers or online retailers to deliver packages.
Dr Amler offers two suggestions, either wear a mask when the person drops off items or wait until they leave before retrieving them.
He says the latter is more ideal because ‘because the person delivering items not enter the air space.’
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY GARBAGE?
Dr Amler says that most people don’t produce huge amounts of garbage by themselves so, if you can wait to take it out, that’s the best option.
‘If there’s no harm in keeping it, that’s the most protective way,’ he said. ‘That way nothing going out your room.’
If that’s not possible, Dr Amler recommends depositing outside of your doorstep until the 14-day isolation period is up.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL UNWELL WHILE IN SELF-ISOLATION?
The most important thing is to not visit a doctor’s office, a hospital or any other healthcare setting, otherwise you risk infecting others.
Stay home and immediately call your healthcare provider and ask them for advice on what you should do.
‘Alert the authorities so you can be transferred to a hospital to be monitored, and undergo testing,’ Dr Amler said.
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