It appears the novel coronavirus doesn’t care about how much money you have, how famous you are, how much pull you have in the boardrooms of Hollywood, or what kind of an influencer you might be. Nor does it discriminate on the basis of physical fitness and hardiness, because one of the healthiest, most powerful men in the world, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 and has been struggling with the virus for the past few weeks. He apparently got it from family friends who had no idea they were infected.

In a powerful and indeed edifying Instagram post, Johnson revealed he and his family had recently been battling mightily with the malevolent condition.

“The update is this: My wife, Lauren, as well as my two baby girls and myself, we have all tested positive for COVID-19,” he said. The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star continued, “This is one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family.” 

However, in typical The Rock fashion, he doesn’t stop there. What follows in the post is a virtual clinic in good sense, positivity, gratitude, and moral strength. For instance, if you’ve noticed yourself becoming a little lax on the coronavirus protocols of social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask, just consider how nasty and debilitating The Rock claims the disease can be. 

“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. And the reason I feel like this is different is because my number one priority is always to protect my 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.”

Back in the early nineties “Dewey,” as Dwayne was known, played football at the University of Miami. After a series of injuries sidelined the defensive lineman for good, Dewey took on “The Rock” handle as well as the persona, and he became a global superstar in the world of WWE. Due to his outrageous yet agreeable personality, Johnson made his way to the top of the heap in the famed land of motion pictures. And that same drive and determination which made him a global brand, also helped the health enthusiast to defeat the menace of COVID-19.

“I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good. We are on the other end of it; we are on the other side; we are no longer contagious, and we are—thank God—healthy. And we’ve gotten through COVID-19 stronger and healthier,” the super star shared.

Consider this, according to Forbes magazine, Johnson has nabbed the title of the world’s highest-paid actor for the second year in a row. That is to say, between June 2019 and June 2020, Johnson racked up $87.5 million, making $23.5 million alone from his starring role in the upcoming Netflix film Red Notice. On top of it, he’s seriously thinking about running for President of the United States. Still, he had the fear of God put in him when it comes to COVID. 

After all of this storm and stress, The Rock has a few simple recommendations in regards to fighting the disease. First, he says to have family and friends get tested the day before they come over to your house or apartment. If they test positive, they are politely uninvited; if they test negative, you’re good to go. The Baywatch star also implores you to boost your immune system: Eat your vegetables, take immune-building supplements, and stay hydrated. And lastly, The Rock recommends wearing a mask, particularly indoors, in close quarters. 

It should also be noted that Robert Pattinson has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus and, consequently, filming on The Batman has been suspended. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Pictures said the production is now “isolating in accordance with established protocols.” Wishing Pattinson a quick and full recovery.

 

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