Idris Elba slams theory celebs are cashing in on coronavirus

Brenda Watkins
March 26, 2020

"That's absolute bulls--", Elba said during the video.

The 47-year-old actor was one of the first celebrities to test positive for the COVID-19 outbreak.

In Cardi B's recent Instagram Live, she said celebrities who say they've tested positive for the novel coronavirus without symptoms sound like they are in a "Flat Tummy Tea commercial", which is a detox tea that influencers are paid to promote on social media.

"I'm starting to feel like y'all n###as is paying n###as to say that they got it".

Despite a major shortage of coronavirus test kits throughout the globe, Elba was able to receive a test after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Trudeau, who later tested positive for the virus. "I don't feel like I'm privileged because I got a test because I actually contracted it", he explained.

The Hobbs & Shaw actor went live on Instagram Tuesday with his wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba - who has also tested positive for COVID-19 - to debunk rumors, calling it "such stupidness". It's no benefit to me and Sabrina saying that we got it and we ain't got it.

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Finally, there are four commercial labs and 15 hospital labs operating across the state, which average about 1,500 tests per day. Pritzker's "stay at home" order, which was announced on Friday, remains in place throughout IL until April 7.

Elba said: "One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race. I don't understand the logic of that". According to experts, people over 60 and those who are immunocompromised continue to be the most at risk.

He went on, "People want to spread that like it's news".

Elba and his wife tested positive for the virus earlier this month and have been in quarantine since.

Sabrina had not contracted the virus originally, but refused to not stay with her husband during his quarantine - effectively catching it too. "How am I supposed to know I got it because sometimes I be like, 'If y'all have a cough, you have it, '" she said.

While speaking with Oprah for an episode of "Oprah Talks: COVID-19" on Apple TV, he also warned of the dangers of spreading misinformation. "But It is worrisome that we're both sitting here, two people and everyone that we know that we've been in contact with, all asymptomatic", she added. Like: 'Hey, hey, hey - you are kicking me and what you're doing is not good, so we will get rid of you.

She said celebrities without symptoms who say they have tested positive for coronavirus are causing "confusion" for the public, many of whom do not have the luxury to retreat to a large house to isolate.

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