Actor Dwayne Johnson revealed that he and his family tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
In an Instagram video, ‘The Rock’, 48, revealed that he, his wife Lauren Hashian, 35, and their two young daughters have been ill with the coronavirus for the past three weeks.
He said experiencing the virus was “one of the most challenging and difficult things” that the family of four has ever had to endure. But thankfully they are all on the mend. “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.”
Johnson reported that despite all of his rough life experiences, none of them compared to contracting the virus with his young family. “I’ve gotten knocked around and gotten my ass kicked in the past, but 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.”
The former pro wrestler stated that he wished he was the only one who tested positive, because “My number one priority is to always protect my family.”
The Titan Games producer said that despite taking rigorous precautions, he and his family contracted the virus from family friends.
Daughters Jasmine, 4, and Tiana, 2, recovered quickly after coughing for a few days, but Johnson and his wife had “a rough going.” He added that they “got through it as a family,” and came through stronger and healthier.
The experience taught him to practice “greater discipline” with social distancing and he encouraged others to boost their immunity to the virus with antioxidants and vitamins.
He pleaded with his 196 million followers to “Wear your mask. It is a fact, and it is the right thing to do. And it’s the responsible thing to do, not only for yourself, but for your family, loved ones, but also for your fellow human beings.”
The Jumanji star was “baffled” that the practice has been politicized. “I’m not a politician,” he stated. “I am a man, though, who cares deeply about my family and will do anything I can to protect them.”