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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.
Why are some COVID-19 cases asymptomatic? @DrJAshton weighs in on asymptomatic cases after @GStephanopoulos tells us he has tested positive for COVID-19 yet has no symptoms after his wife Ali Wentworth also tested positive. https://t.co/PLhEP1OIMr pic.twitter.com/DACO1U7fbw
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 13, 2020
“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:
Because his wife was positive.
— Celia Lauer (@CeliaLauer) April 13, 2020
This is how a lot of us feel, thinking I may have had it in January/February, when I wasnt feeling well. Ppl self medicated themselves and kept going to work not knowing possibly infecting others!
— Tai Lyte (@LadytTai) April 13, 2020
Isn’t this the case with ALL viral infections though? Not just a #COVID19 singularity
— Juliana Monty (@juliana_monty) April 13, 2020
And we STILL can’t get tested unless we’re half dead.
— SheDoesn’tDoFake (@seekupTx) April 13, 2020
Is saying it’s hard to detect and not as dangerous as proclaimed the same?
— Walker (@Walker01660523) April 13, 2020
@GStephanopoulos will you still be implying that Trump isn’t doing his job because there aren’t enough tests??? I mean, you didn’t even show symptoms but somehow got tested 🤔. Probably should have kept this one on the down low.
— Jennifer Ramirez (@texram08) April 13, 2020
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