Through a video on Instagram posted Wednesday, September 2 (Thursday, September 3, Manila Time), Hollywood actor and retired professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced that he, his wife Lauren, and his two daughters Tiana and Jasmine have all been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, otherwise known as COVID-19.
“[T]his has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family and for me, personally, too, as well,” Johnson told his followers. “I’ve gone through some doozies in the past. I’ve got knocked about and got my kicked my ass a little bit in the past, with some challenges in the past but testing positive for COVID-19 is much different overcoming nasty injuries or being evicted or even being broke, which I have been more than a few times.”
Johnson described how he and his family’s COVID-19 diagnosis is a much different problem he has faced because of his number one life priority, which is to protect his 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,” he said.
However, the former WWE Champion informed his viewers that he and his whole family have been recovering for the past weeks.
“But, I am happy to tell you guys that we, as a family, are good. We are on the other end of it, we’re on the other side, we are no longer contagious, and we are, thank God, we are healthy and we got through COVID-19 stronger and healthier,” Johnson revealed.
Now that they are recovering, Johnson said he and his family are counting their blessings, as he reflected that not all people who were diagnosed with the disease were cured of it.
“I have some of my best friends lost their parents, their loved ones to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving and it is insidious,” he said. “We are counting our blessings and we are good.”
Johnson also shared a few takeaways he has realized while diagnosed with COVID-19 that he says can be of help to everyone get through the disease “healthy and strong.”
At first, he revealed that he and his family contracted the disease from close family friends.
“These are people who we love and trust. These are still people who we love and trust and they are devastated that they were the ones who picked it up, they had no idea where they picked it up, they’re devastated that it led to them infecting our family,” he explained.
“Luckily, we were able to control it, mitigate it, and it didn’t spread out of control,” he went on. “They, like us, have been incredibly disciplined. You guys know me. I’m a really nice guy, I work hard, I like to have a good time, but I am also incredibly disciplined [...] when it comes to health, when it comes to best practices, when it comes to safety measures for our family [...] and people who I care about.”
Johnson said he and his family have all been on lockdown since March, being in quarantine and isolating themselves as what people should do.
“Like a lot of you guys out there, having your friends over, having your family members over, your loved ones. Of course, you want that because you want that connection and you want to be with the people who you love, who you care about, who you want to have a good time with,” he said.
That is the reason why his first takeaway from his diagnosis is having more discipline when it comes to having people over in his house.
“I was disciplined, strict, and stringent before, but now this household, there’s gonna be new rules that I’m implementing,” Johnson said. “I pass this on to you, guys. If you guys are having family over at your house, you know them, you trust them, they’ve been quarantining just like you, guys. You still never know,”
“Have them tested, get everybody tested before they go. Have them tested the day before, and if they test positive, you stay away. If you don’t, then you come over,” he added.
Another takeaway Johnson had is the further commitment to health and wellness.
“Through this process, I have an opportunity to speak to great doctors, my own doctor, the world’s top epidemiologist, and this is something that they have said and shared,” he explained. “One of the things that we can all do is do everything we can to boost our immune system: antioxidants, taking our vitamins, staying hydrated.”
“Goes back to philosophy I have with my own two hands: ‘We can control the controllable.’” he added. “My two-hand philosophy. So the takeaway is to be disciplined when it comes to people coming over to your house, get them tested, you never know, be extra cautious, don’t let your guard down, boost your immunity with antioxidants, things of that nature.”
The actor, then, asked his followers to give themselves better chances at boosting their immunity so they can avoid or win their battle with COVID-19. He also asked them to continue wearing a mask if they are to go outside.
“We have been in quarantine for months, we wear our masks every day,” he said. “It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take the idea of wearing a mask as part of a political agenda, politicizing it. It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact.”
He began to conclude his video by saying how he cares about every human being in the world, not keeping in mind their political party, skin color, race, and other social factors.
“I do care about all of you and I do not want you or your entire family to get COVID-19,” he said.
The Jumanji star is one of several Hollywood actors who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were the first celebrities to share their diagnosis, followed by the likes of Idris Elba, Daniel Dae Kim, Heidi Klum, and Anna Camp.