Dwayne ’The Rock’ Johnson may be a 260-pound mass of muscle and strength, but the 6-foot-five action star says he’s no match for the coronavirus.
The 48-year-old says that he, his wife Lauren, and both of their daughters, 4-year-old Jasmine, and 2-year-old Tiana, tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time with “very close family friends.”
Johnson took to Instagram Wednesday with a “helpful update” for fans about what his family has had to endure for the last several weeks.
“I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me, too, personally as well,” the Jumanji star said. “And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past.”
Although the girls’ symptoms were limited to sore throats early on, Johnson says he and Lauren have had a “rough go.”
“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,” Johnson said, adding that the reason contracting the virus is so different for him “is because my No.1 priority is to always protect my family. And protect my children, my loved ones.”
“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. I have had some of my best friends have lost their parents, their loved ones, to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving, and it is insidious,” he said.
Johnson said their friends are “devastated” that they unknowingly spread the virus. He encourages everyone to get tested before spending time with people outside of your household.
“Get everybody tested before they come over,” Johnson advised. “Get everybody tested the day before.”
The actor also stressed the importance of wearing a mask in public, which is one of the simplest things we can all do to protect one another.
“It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, would take this idea of wearing masks and… make it part of a political agenda,” Johnson said. “It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact. It is the right thing to do, and it’s the responsible thing to do, not only for yourself and your family and your loved ones, but also for your fellow human beings.”
“Wear your mask,” he said. “I’m not a politician. I’m a man though who cares about my family deeply.”
Ultimately, Johnson summed up his whole message with one simple statement: “Control the controllables.”
“Don’t let your guard down, boost your immunity with antioxidants, vitamins, things of that nature,” he added.