Salma Hayek, Nick Cannon and Jessica Simpson among celebrities directly impacted by the coronavirus
Raechal Shewfelt
May 19, 2021·119 min read
Salma Hayek, Nick Cannon and Jessica Simpson have all talked about their COVID-19 experiences. (Photo: Getty Images)
Since Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed in April 2020 that they tested positive for the virus that’s been declared a global pandemic, other celebrities have explained how they're being affected by it, too.
Here's the latest, which we’ll update regularly:
Salma Hayek
Status: Recovered from COVID-19
For much of the pandemic, the Frida star seriously struggled with the coronavirus, she revealed in the May 17 edition of Variety. "My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad," she explained. "I said, 'No, thank you. I'd rather die at home.'" Hayek spent weeks isolated in her bedroom at her London home, and at one point she was placed on oxygen. In fact, she continues to have lower energy levels than she did before she was sick.
Ted Nugent
Status: Recovering after testing positive for COVID-19
The rocker previously called the pandemic a "scam," but he revealed April 19 that he had tested positive for it. And the effects were awful. "I have had flu symptoms for the last 10 days and I just... I thought I was dying," Nugent said on Facebook. "Just a clusterf***." It was really bad: "I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days, but I did. I crawled."
Luke Bryan
Status: Recovered after testing positive for COVID-19
The country singer announced April 12 that he would not be part of that night's live edition of American Idol. (Paula Abdul, one of the show's original judges, stepped in to take his place alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.) "I'm doing well and look forward to being back at it soon," Bryan said at the time. He also dropped out of the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards, where he was scheduled to perform on April 18.
Jessica Simpson
Status: Recovered from COVID-19
On March 29, Simpson announced that she would release a new essay, Take the Lead, through Amazon one month later. She said it was about overcoming fear, which she had done in the past 12 months. “I started writing this essay on the same day I received a positive test result for COVID-19,” Simpson wrote. “I decided instead of being driven by fear, I would manifest a hopeful conversation with you.”
Sandra Lee
Status: Recovered from COVID-19
“Personally I had Covid! Now do not have Covid!” the celebrity chef revealed March 29. “I do have the antibodies. The night I realized I had it the inside of my body felt like a pinball machine had gone off, With the metal ball pinging-all over the place — such an odd feeling — from my lower stomach up right through my heart — and back again....over and over!” Lee described additional symptoms, including exhaustion and a massive headache. She’s also helped her aunt and uncle through their diagnoses; the latter of whom was hospitalized for a time, then suffered further complications. He’d been relocated to a rehab facility.
Lauren Alaina
Status: Recovered from COVID-19
On March 20, the singer had to cancel a concert in Lexington, Ky., after receiving a positive test. “I am resting up and trying to feel a bit better,” she wrote on social media. “Some people have it way worse than me — I just have a little bit of shortness of breath, a really bad headache, no taste or smell, pretty bad congestion and I feel pretty tired.”