Daniel Dae Kim, 51 anni, of Lost and Hawaii Five-O fame, is the latest Hollywood star to be diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus.
The actor shared the news in a video on social media, noting that it “looks like I’ll be OK.”
He also detailed his journey with the coronavirus disease in an effort to help others during this pandemic and called for prejudice against Asians over the virus to end.
“Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus,” Mr. Kim said Thursday from his Hawaii home, where he has been since Sunday.
He said for the “last several weeks” he had been in New York City, shooting the TV show New Amsterdam, “where ironically I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic.” When the coronavirus outbreak led to productions being shuttered, including that 1, he flew home to Hawaii to be with his family.
Mr. Kim was “asymptomatic” at that time, but as the flight was close to landing, he said he noticed “some scratchiness in my throat,” which he said was “unlike how I usually get sick.” When he landed, he called his doctor, who told him to monitor his symptoms, so he self-quarantined in a separate part of the home and rested.
Later that night, he felt “tightness in his chest,” had “body aches” and developed a fever.
So, at his doctor’s advice, the next day he went through a drive-thru testing facility in Honolulu. He was told it would be 3 days for the results and he returned home. He never went to a hospital.
Mr. Kim started on a medication from his doctor and drank lots of liquids in addition to the bedrest. As a result, he started feeling a little better the next day and each day after that. After getting his diagnosis Wednesday, he is “not 100%” but “close.”
It was not a matter of life and death for him and he is smiling and upbeat right now, for several days he was in bed very sick.
So, for people out there not taking it seriously — “especially teenagers and millennials please know that it is,” he said. “And if you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones, so for the sake of everyone else, please follow the guidelines.”
“Yes, I am Asian and yes, I have coronavirus. But I did not get it from China, I got it in New York City,” he said.
Have a healthy day.
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