American actor Daniel Dae Kim introduced on Thursday that he has examined optimistic for COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus.
Kim — who is understood for his roles on Hawaii 5-0 and Misplaced — shared the information in a 10-minute video posted to his Instagram. He had been filming the sequence New Amsterdam in New York Metropolis for the previous a number of weeks earlier than the present halted manufacturing due to the specter of the virus. In a darkly ironic twist, he was taking part in a health care provider working to answer a flu pandemic.
Kim, 51, mentioned he started feeling in poor health whereas returning residence on a flight to Hawaii, and later started to expertise chest tightness, physique aches and a fever. He mentioned he self-isolated since returning, leaving solely to go to a drive-through coronavirus testing facility in Honolulu.
The actor defined that whereas he was identified with COVID-19 and has skilled signs, he has not wanted to go to the hospital and has began to really feel higher. His household has all examined unfavorable for the virus.
Within the video, Kim additionally spoke out in opposition to the xenophobia and anti-Asian racism that’s risen because the coronavirus disaster started.
“Please, please cease the bias and mindless violence in opposition to Asian folks,” he mentioned. “Randomly beating aged, typically homeless Asian People is cowardly, heartbreaking and it’s inexcusable.” Racist assaults in opposition to Asian folks have been reported in Los Angeles, New York and different cities world wide.
Kim, who was born in South Korea however raised within the U.S., additionally subtly addressed President Donald Trump‘s determination to consult with COVID-19 as “the Chinese language virus,” which many have decried as racist. A picture of the President’s ready remarks on Thursday present the phrase “corona” crossed out and changed with “Chinese language.”
“Sure, I’m Asian. And sure, I’ve coronavirus. However I didn’t get it from China, I obtained it in America. In New York Metropolis,” Kim mentioned within the Instagram video. “Regardless of what sure political leaders wish to name it, I don’t take into account the place the place it’s from as vital because the people who find themselves sick and dying.”
“If I did, I’d name this factor the ‘New York virus,’ however that might be foolish, proper?” he continued.
Stars together with Tom Hanks and Idris Elba have additionally introduced they contracted the virus. As of Thursday night ET, there are a minimum of 242,191 confirmed circumstances and a minimum of 9,843 deaths from the virus world wide, in keeping with a tracker from Johns Hopkins College.
“I’m grateful to be alive and wholesome,” Kim mentioned, thanking his mates, household and followers for his or her assist. “It offers me hope that by way of our collective efforts we are able to beat this factor and flatten the curve.”