By Tara Rippin • 03 September 2020 • 14:28
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has opened up about the real ‘kick in the gut’ after entire family tested positive for Covid-19.
THE star, his wife and three children are now recovering together from the “challenging” and “relentless” and “unforgiving virus” having been diagnosed almost three weeks ago.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, the actor urged “all of you around the world” to “stay disciplined, boost your immune system, commit to wellness and wear your mask.”
He added that it’s important to “protect your family, be strict about having people over your house or gatherings, stay positive and care for your fellow human beings.”
The Rock – renowned for his tough-guy roles – revealed the experience has been “one of the most challenging things” he and his family have had to endure.
“I’ve gone through some doozies in the past – I’ve gotten knocked about and gotten my ass kicked with some challenges,” he said. “But testing positive for Covid-19 is a lot different than recovering from nasty injuries, or being evicted or, even, being broke – which I’ve been more than a few times.”
The fact that it was not just him who tested positive, but his whole family was a “real kick in the gut,” he added.
Thankfully, The Rock and his family are doing well, are no longer contagious, and are “on the other end of it.”
“We are counting our blessings right now, because we are well aware that it isn’t always the case that you get on the other end of Covid-19. Some of my best friends have lost their parents, their loved ones, to this virus that is so incredibly relentless and unforgiving and it is insidious.”
It is believed Johnson and his family contracted the killer bug from “very close family friends,” who he said are “devastated.”
And he warned others to “get everyone tested before they come over,” adding that he is implementing new rules in his own household to protect his family.
“I am not a politician, I am a man who cares about my family deeply and will do everything I can to protect them, but I am also a man who cares about all of you guys,” said Johnson, while offering to do a Q&A in the future to talk more about his personal experience with coronavirus.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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