The Rock is now urging his fans to wear a mask and be extremely cautious of who they are coming in contact with to avoid the spread of the virus.
Dwayne Johnson announced on social media Wednesday that him and his family had tested positive for COVID-19. In a nearly 12 minute video on Instagram, the 48-year-old former wrestler revealed that his wife Lauren Hashian and their two beautiful daughters Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, had all fallen ill after contracting the virus, while the couple was particularly feeling unwell, reports KOMO News. Thankfully, they are doing fairly better now, the actor told his fans. "I wanted to give you guys a little helpful update on things that have been going on on my end for the past two-and-a-half to three weeks now. So the update is this: my wife Lauren as well as my two baby girls and myself, we have all tested positive for COVID-19," said Johnson as the video began.
Sharing how difficult this period had been for his family, he continued, "I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well. And I've gone through some doozies in the past." He added that "Testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries, or being evicted, or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times." Providing the reason behind it being so different, the Jumanji actor said that "my No.1 priority is to always protect my family. And protect my children, my loved ones."
But the fact that his family was infected by the virus too left him overwhelmed. "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," he shared. The star said he and his family were exposed to the virus by family friends who he said are "devastated" about unwittingly spreading the contagious respiratory virus. He then went on to reveal that his family is doing much better now and thanked God for the same. "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," he added. Detailing their illness phase, Johnson said that his daughters "bounced back" fairly quickly but he and his wife Lauren "had a rough go at it."
"So for our babies, Jazzy and Tia, they had a little sore throat the first couple of days, but other than that, they bounced back and, and it's been life as normal, happy babies running around and playing," he continued, adding, "We are counting our blessings right now because we're well aware that it isn't always the case that you get on the other end of COVID-19 stronger and healthier. I have had some of my best friends have lost their parents, their loved ones, to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving, and it is insidious." The Baller star went on to urge his fans to be extremely cautious while interacting with others.
"If you guys are having family and friends over to your house, you know them, you trust them. They can be quarantining just like you guys. You still never know. You never know," he said, suggesting to have their visitors "tested the day before." He added, "Don't let your guard down, boosts your immunity with antioxidants, vitamins, things of that nature." Then he went on to emphasis the importance of wearing a mask. "The other thing is wear your mask, we have been in quarantine for months, we wear our masks every day. This baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea of wearing mask and make it a political agenda of a political agenda, politicizing. It has nothing to do in politics."
"Wear your mask. It is a fact, and it is the right thing to do. And it's the responsible thing to do," he said, revealing that people who have pre-existing conditions like his mother are protected when they use a mask. Addressing the group of people who refuse to wear masks, the Rock said that his mother Ata Johnson wears a mask despite having a critically diminished lung capacityfollowing her stage III lung cancer battle. "She has COPD too as well, that never goes away, but she wears a mask every day because it's the best thing for her health and her safety," he added.
"So wear your masks. I'm not a politician. I am a man though, who cares about my family deeply and will do everything I can to protect them. 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," urged Johnson. "Use me as your example. Remember these takeaways that I shared with you and stay healthy, my friends, and I'll see you down the road."
Watch the video here: