Idris Elba & ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Have Coronavirus and Twitter Is Losing It

Actors Idris Elba and Kristofer Hivju both announce their coronavirus infections on the same day. Some fans were sympathetic, some were crazy. They follow other infected celebrities such as Tom Hanks and NBA all-star Rudy Gobert.

  • British actor Idris Elba announced today that he’s infected with the coronavirus.
  • Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju also made his infection public.
  • Twitter users responded with panic, calm, and comedy.

Another day, another celebrity infection. This time, the coronavirus double-dipped. British star Idris Elba announced today that he’s infected with the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju, of Game of Thrones-fame, also announced he’s infected. Both actors gave calming messages to their fans, but Twitter, as usual, lost its mind.

Idris Elba and Kristofer Hivju Show Mild to No Symptoms

Norweigan actor Kristofer Hivju tests positive for COVID-19. | Source: Instagram

Kristofer Hivju posted on his diagnosis on Instagram today, claiming he only has “mild symptoms of a cold.” Idris Elba, meanwhile, says he “didn’t have any symptoms” at all. He got tested because he was exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Elba was apparently at an event with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The two even took photos together:

Idris Elba likely got coronavirus from Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. | Source: Instagram

Both of the infected men are self-quarantining and urged the general public to follow precautions. Elba told people to “stay positive and don’t freak out.” Twitter did not listen.

Twitter Is Going Bananas Over New Coronavirus Infections

Naturally, people on social media had kneejerk reactions to the news. Perhaps the most disturbing were the multitudes of Twitter-users who posted a clip of Elba coughing after eating spicy chicken wings.

Come on, NoGamePaul. You can be a good sport even if you have no game. | Source: Twitter

Some people panicked.

Shockingly, Pornhub Aria is not the voice of reason. | Source: Twitter

Luckily, some people were calm.

At least someone has their wits about them. | Source: Twitter

Some people were funny.

Nothing was worse than Cats. | Source: Twitter
We can’t be great at everything. Even Idris. | Source: Twitter

Most celebrities showed Idris Elba their support.

80s movie star John Cusack send his support. | Source: Twitter
Ellen sends her love. | Source: Twitter

Hivju fans showed up as well.

Hearts go out to the wildling leader. | Source: Twitter
People loved Hivju’s character on Game of Thrones. | Source: Twitter

If this pandemic hadn’t hit home yet for some, it surely has by now. People need to follow the CDC guidelines and take this outbreak seriously. And if you’re going to freak out, please, try not to do it on Twitter.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:40 PM

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