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Actor Daniel Dae Kim tests positive for coronavirus, calls out racism against Asians

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Daniel Dae Kim   | Photo Credit: Twitter/ Daniel Dae Kim

The Hollywood star is known for roles in TV shows like ‘Lost’, and took to social media to advise teens and millennials to take the pandemic seriously

South Korean-American actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim has become the latest Hollywood star to test positive for the coronavirus.

“My experience fighting the coronavirus: Hi everyone, yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy,” he posted on Instagram.

The actor, who is known for his roles in TV shows like Lost and Hawaii Five-0, took to Instagram to post a video message, advising everyone to take the pandemic seriously.

 

Daniel said, “For all those out there, especially teenagers and millennials who think this is not serious, please know that it is.”

He went on, adding, “If you treat this without care, you are potentially endangering the lives of millions of people, including your loved ones. So for the sake of everyone else, please follow the guidelines: social distancing, self-isolate, stop touching your face, and wash your hands.”

Daniel also apologised to the cast and crew members he had worked with recently, who he may have exposed to the virus and also expressed his gratitude to the healthcare workers helping patients. “I believe that healthcare for all is a right, not a privilege. Everyone who meets the qualifications to be tested should be, because the virus doesn’t care about race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, whether you’re rich or poor,” he added.

Finally, Daniel also addressed the racial discrimination and violence that Asian people have been facing since the outbreak of the coronavirus across the world, including a reference to USA President Donald Trump terming COVD-19 as the “Chinese virus”.

“Please, please stop the prejudice and senseless violence against Asian people. Beating elderly, even homeless Asian Americans is heartbreaking and inexcusable. I’m Asian, and yes I have coronavirus, but I did not get it from China. I got it in America, in New York City.”

“Despite what some political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick. If I had, I would call this thing the New York virus... but that would be silly. This name-calling gets us nowhere. What matters is how best we take care of ourselves and each other.,” he concluded.

Daniel Dae Kim was shooting on the NBC series New Amsterdam, when he was diagnosed. He joins other celebrities like Idris Elba and Game of Thrones actors Indira Varma and Kristofer Hivju who also announced that they were infected with COVD-19.

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