The Thor star took to Twitter on 16th March and shared the news that he and his wife Sabrina Dhowre were showing symptoms and were self-isolating.
Elba captioned the video as follows:
“This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
Thankfully, the actor recently recovered from the virus, but he now believes the pandemic we are currently living through should be remembered annually once we have overcome it.
“You know, everyone’s sort of feeling the way we have been feeling, but it has definitely been sort of just a complete upheaval,” the Luther star told The Associated Press last week.
But Idris feels that there are life lessons to be learned, and the pandemic serves as a reminder that “the world doesn’t tick on your time.”
“I think that the world should take a week of quarantine every year just to remember this time. Remember each other. I really do,” he said.
Idris and Sabrina, 30, are recovering in New Mexico, where the actor was filming when he became sick, and has now asked world leaders to act to ensure countries don’t face food shortages following the coronavirus crisis.
Along with wife Sabrina Dhowre he has been appointed as UN Goodwill Ambassadors and on Monday (20 April) helped launch a $40 million (£32.2 million) fund to support rural farmers during the pandemic.
It is about food,” Elba told BBC News. “It is about the basic necessity for human beings, and that will run out if the farmers can’t farm.”
He continued: “What we’ve learnt from Covid is that no man is an island.
“We’re all part of this world, so if we can help each other [with] forward-thinking – that’s going to save a lot of lives and some livelihoods.”