Retired pro basketball player and Georgetown University coach Patrick Ewing is the latest high-profile figure to announce a coronavirus diagnosis.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Ewing announced in a statement released by the university on Friday.
“Stay safe and take care”
Though he assured fans and well-wishers that he will “be fine and we will all get through this,” he stressed the importance of remaining vigilant in the fight against the pandemic.
“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing added. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”
His statement went on to express gratitude toward “the healthcare workers and everyone on the front lines” working to stop the spread of the highly contagious virus.
The statement included an update on Ewing’s condition, confirming he remained “isolated at a local hospital” and under the care of medical professionals.
“He is the only member of the Georgetown men’s basketball program to have tested positive for the virus,” the statement noted.
“She lost her sense of taste and smell”
Ewing joins a list of other celebrities who have contracted COVID-19, including actors Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson. The couple tested positive for the illness in March during a trip to Australia, making them among the first major stars to announce such a diagnosis.
“Rita went through a rougher time than I did,” Hanks said in a subsequent interview, describing his own symptoms as limited to fatigue and body aches.
“She had a much higher fever and she had some other symptoms,” he told National Defense Radio in April. “She lost her sense of taste and smell. She got absolutely no joy from food for a better part of three weeks.”
Hanks mentioned that his wife was given hydroxychloroquine, the same anti-malarial drug President Donald Trump would later confirm he had taken as a possible safeguard against contracting the virus.
Each celebrity coronavirus patient serves as further evidence that no one is safe from what Trump often calls “the invisible enemy.” Taking appropriate safety measures while attempting to get back to some sense of normalcy appears to be the only way to make it through this trying time for the country and the world.