03 September 2020 08:44
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced on Wednesday that he and his family all tested positive for COVID-19. The actor, former professional wrestler and Miami football player made the announcement on Instagram while urging caution amid the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson, 48, said that his wife Lauren and both of their young daughters all tested positive. 'Challenging and difficult' "My wife Lauren as well as my two baby girls and myself — we have all tested positive for COVID-19, Johnson said. "I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family.
And for me personally too as well, and I've gone through some doozies in the past. "Testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries or being evicted or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times." Johnson said that his family is no longer contagious and that everyone is healthy after battling the illness. He said that his daughters experienced minor symptoms but that he and Lauren "had a rough go." Dwayne Johnson said he, his two young daughters and his wife all caught COVID-19. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) More Johnson urges 'aggressive' preventative measures Johnson said that his family caught coronavirus after an interaction with "very close family friends" and urged the public to be disciplined in applying safety measures to avoid catching the virus, including limiting social interactions. "You still never know," Johnson said.
"So take an aggressive measure. Have them tested. Get everybody tested before they come over. Have them tested the day before. If they test positive, stay away." He also urged people to focus on general health to boost their immune systems and wear a mask. "It has nothing to do with politics," Johnson said. "Wear your mask. As of Thursday, the United States claimed 6.1 million of the world's 25.9 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 185,000 of the world's 861,000 deaths attributed to the virus. More from Yahoo Sports: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has revealed he, his wife and his two young daughters tested positive for Covid-19. The Hollywood star said Jasmine, four, and two-year-old Tiana experienced "a little sore throat" but no other symptoms, however he and wife Lauren Hashian had a "rough go". Despite being "very disciplined" and being in lockdown since March, Johnson said he ended up catching the "relentless and unforgiving" virus from "very close family friends". Johnson, 48, announced the news in an Instagram video, confirming he has recovered from the illness while urging fans to take the threat seriously. He said: "I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family. "And for me personally too, as well. And I've gone through some doozies in the past. I've got knocked about and got my ass kicked a little bit in the past with some challenges. "But testing positive for Covid-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries, or being evicted, or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times." The Fast & Furious star added: "But I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good. We are on the other end of it, we are on the other side. We are no longer contagious and we are, thank God, we are healthy." Johnson advised fans to live a healthy lifestyle in order to maximise the body's defences against illness and urged people to wear a mask. He said: "It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda." Johnson added: "It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact and it is the right thing to do and it is the responsible thing to do." He is not the only celebrity to publicly announce a coronavirus diagnosis. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were among the first to do so, while others including Idris Elba, Bryan Cranston and Antonio Banderas have also fought the virus.