It may seem hard to fathom now, but in the early stages of the outbreak, for many the coronavirus pandemic only got real when one of Hollywood’s most popular actors tested positive for the illness. Yes, it turned out that even the rich and famous weren’t immune from the outbreak that has impacted the entire world in the space of a few short months. And several other celebrities have since contracted the virus, too.
The coronavirus outbreak originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. By the following spring the following year the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) had officially recognized it as a global pandemic. As of late March 2020 approximately 180,000 people had been infected with the virus across no fewer than 160 different countries.