From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been clear that no one is too rich, famous, or healthy to be at risk of contracting COVID-19. Tom Hanks got infected in March, NBA player Kevin Durant got it in April, and CNN journalist Chris Cuomo was still suffering from the virus months after his spring diagnosis. Now, a world-class athlete and Hollywood’s highest-paid actor is one of the 6 million Americans who have tested positive. Turns out, even The Rock can be pinned by coronavirus.
The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, posted a lengthy video on Instagram on Sept. 2, sharing that he and his entire family contracted COVID-19. Johnson said their battle against the novel coronavirus is one of the “most challenging and difficult things” they have “ever had to endure as a family.”
“I wish it was only me who tested positive, but it wasn’t, it was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut,” Johnson said. “But I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good. We’re on the other end of it, we’re on the other side. We’re no longer contagious, and we are—thank God—we are healthy.”
Despite quarantining, wearing masks when out in public, and living a healthy lifestyle, Johnson said the family got COVID-19 from close family friends who had also been sticking to strict safety practices.
“These are people who we love and trust, and these are people who we still love and trust,” Johnson said. “They are devastated, by the way, that they are the ones who picked it up. They have no idea where they picked it up.”
While Johnson described his and his wife’s experience with the virus as a “rough go,” he said he was thankful that his two daughters only experienced mild symptoms.
While researchers don’t yet know the full extent of how COVID-19 affects children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that kids usually have less severe reactions to the virus and recover quickly (though it also has triggered diabetes in some infected children).
Johnson used the opportunity to share his major takeaways from the illness with his 196 million followers: Ask your friends to get tested before they come over to your house, stay committed to your health and boosting your immune system, and wear a mask.
“The other thing is wear your mask, we have been in quarantine for months, we wear our masks every day,” Johnson said. “This baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing a mask and make it a political agenda. It has nothing to do in politics.”
Overwhelming evidence shows that wearing a mask in combination with other preventative measures helps slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Johnson acknowledged that many people feel apprehensive about wearing masks, including those with underlying health conditions. He shared that his mother has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Some have used COPD as an excuse not to wear a mask. Johnson said his mother wears one, though.
“I am a man … who cares about my family deeply and will do everything I can to protect them,” Johnson said. “But I’m also a man who cares about all of you guys. I don’t care what political party you’re affiliated with. I don’t care what part of the world you’re from. I don’t care what your skin color is, what your job is, what your bank account says. I don’t care. I do care about all of them. And I do not want you or your entire family to get COVID-19.”