“Hawaii Five-O” and “Lost:” star Daniel Dae Kim says he’s been diagnosed with coronavirus, which he believes he contracted while in New York City filming the television series “New Amsterdam.” He was set to play a trauma surgeon and be introduced in an episode that had the characters on the medical drama dealing with a flu pandemic.
In a 10-minute video posted to his Instagram page, the 52-year-old star said he developed a scratchy throat while flying back to Hawaii to be with his family after filming on the series was halted due to the pandemic.
Once back in Hawaii, Kim says he self-quarantined and began showing other symptoms, like chest tightness, body aches and a fever. He did a drive-thru testing in Honolulu while self-isolating from his family. He received the positive diagnosis three days later.
He said since arriving back in Hawaii, he only left his house to go to the testing center. He was never hospitalized and treated his symptoms with medicine, rest and liquids, he said.
“Today, even though I’m not 100%, I’m pretty close,” he said. Kim says while his case was not “a matter of life and death,” he urged others to practice self-distancing and follow other guidelines.
He praised medical workers, grocery store employees and others whose jobs have put them at risk for contracting the virus, and apologized to those who came in contact with during his own incubation period.
He also called for an end to xenophobic behavior that the pandemic has caused, calling such actions “cowardly” and “inexcusable.”
He also added, “I’m grateful to be alive and healthy. It gives me hope that through our collective efforts we can beat this thing and flatten the curve.” Kim said he would provide updates “as necessary.”
In addition to Kim, other celebrities to come forward about testing positive for coronavirus include Idris Elba, NBA star Kevin Durant, “Game of Thrones” stars Indira Varma and Kristofer Hivju, “Quantum of Solace” actress Olga Kurylenko, and Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson.