On Monday, Elba took to social media to make people aware of his diagnosis.
With his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, by his side, the 47-year-old actor said that he recently came into contact with someone who ended up testing positive. He wanted to be tested as a precautionary measure. "This morning, I got some test results back for coronavirus and it came back positive," he said. "Yeah, and it sucks."
He hasn't experienced any negative symptoms, though, and since the virus can lie dormant in this way, he made sure to note the importance of taking precaution. "There are people out there who aren't showing symptoms and that can easily spread it," he emphasized. "Now is a time to be really vigilant about washing your hands and keeping your distance."
Elba recently starred in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, playing the super-villain Brixton Lore.
It's a case similar to NBA All-Star Donovan Mitchell, who tested positive but hasn't experienced any symptoms either.
Mitchell joined Good Morning America to discuss how he's feeling. "I have no symptoms which is a unique – when people ask me I would say if you were to tell me I could play in a seven-game series tomorrow, I would be ready to lace up," he said.
A day before Elba announced his test results, it was revealed that Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge had been hospitalized with the virus, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He's receiving treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Grainge celebrated his 60th birthday in La Quinta, California, about two weeks ago, and the large event may be where he was originally exposed. Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as a number of other music industry figures, were also present. Their status is currently unknown.
Grainge was recently named Executive of the Decade by Billboard. His son, Elliot Grainge, is in the music industry and is most known as the founder of 10K Projects, Tekashi 6ix9ine and Trippie Redd's longtime label.
Sending well wishes to Elba, Mitchell and Grainge. 🙌