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George Stephanopoulos, the co-host of ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” let it be known on Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus.

“I feel fine… I actually feel great,” Stephanopoulos told colleagues Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan.

He said he didn’t have any symptoms of the disease and was tested after his wife, Ali Wentworth, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month — she is currently doing well.

“I’ve never had a fever, never had cough, never had shortness of breath, never had chills,” he said.

On April 1, Wentworth announced on Instagram that she had tested positive for the coronavirus, sharing a picture of her in bed.

“I have tested positive for the Corona Virus,” the caption read. “I’ve never been sicker. High fever. Horrific body aches. Heavy chest. I’m quarantined from my family. This is pure misery.”

The hashtag #stayhome was added to the post.

In noting that the disease “affected Ali and him in such different ways,” Stephanopoulos detailed when he believes he first contracted the coronavirus.

“There was one night, several weeks ago, where I went to bed early with some lower back pain,” he said. “I actually thought it was from a hard workout… it cleared up the next morning and several days after that, I had one day where I had a diminished sense of smell, but that’s really been it for my symptoms.”

In fact, Stephanopoulos said he expected the test to come back negative.

“I was taking the test fully expecting it was going to come back negative but, in fact, it did come back positive,” he said.

Stephanopoulos and Wentworth have two daughters together and ABC reported that he has been his wife’s caregiver in her battle against the virus — she self-isolated in a room in their New York home at the start of her symptoms in an effort to avoid spreading the virus.

ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton cited data from Iceland to say it showed 50% of people who are infected with COVID-19 show no symptoms.

“That is part of why it’s so difficult to contain this virus,” she said on the show. “We have to remember this virus is just about four months old so, literally, we’re learning things about the way it behaves and the way it transmits and causes disease every day.”

Other prominent media personalities who have contracted the Wuhan virus include CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Brooke Baldwin, and Fox News’ Jedediah Bila.

There were some interesting questions raised online in response to the story, here’s a small sampling of replies from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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