The Rock reveals family's battle with Covid-19

Dwayne Johnson and his wife, singer Lauren Hashian, in December last year.
Dwayne Johnson and his wife, singer Lauren Hashian, in December last year. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his family tested positive for coronavirus but have made a full recovery, the professional wrestler turned Hollywood A-lister said on Wednesday.

Johnson, the world's highest-paid actor, urged his 196 million Instagram followers to wear masks and avoid "politicising" the pandemic after revealing that he, his wife and two young daughters had caught Covid-19 from close family friends.

"This has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family," said Johnson. "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."

The 48-year-old Jumanji actor's young children Jasmine and Tiana Gia, who are four and two years old respectively, had few symptoms, but Johnson said he and his wife Lauren Hashian, 35, "had a rough go".

The coronavirus pandemic has brought Hollywood to a virtual standstill, with movie productions only recently restarting in Los Angeles under strict conditions and with skeleton crews.

After initially being praised for its response to the disease, California has suffered more cases than any state in the United States - more than 700,000 - and was hit with a record number of deaths last month.

Other stars, such as Tom Hanks, Antonio Banderas and Idris Elba, have tested positive for the illness but recovered fully.

"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," said Johnson.

He added: "It baffles me that some people out there - including some politicians - will take this idea of wearing masks and make it part of a political agenda, politicising it.

"It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact. And it is the right thing to do."


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2020, with the headline The Rock reveals family's battle with Covid-19. Subscribe