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When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s wife and two baby girls were struck by COVID-19, the actor shared a deeply personal, heartfelt message on Instagram.
“My wife Lauren, as well as my two baby girls and myself – we have all tested positive for COVID-19,” the actor said in the video. “I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things that we have ever had to endure as a family and for me personally. … And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past.”
Thankfully, Johnson’s wife and two children are now on the mend, but he’s now warning others that this virus is a formidable illness.
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“Testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries or being evictred or even being broke,” Johnson said. “The reason I feel this is different is because my No. 1 priority is always to protect my family. So this has been a real kick in the gut.”
Johnson married singer Lauren Hashian last year. The couple share two young daughters, Jasmine and Tiana, according to The Hill.
“I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good,” Johnson said in the video. “We are no longer contagious. And thank God–we are healthy.”
According to the Instagram post, Johnson added that they contracted the virus from “very close family friends.”
“If you guys are having family and friends over to your house, you know them, you trust them, they’ve been quarantining just like you guys, you still never know. You never know,” Johnson said.
Johnson shared that he and his wife and he had a very “rough go” of the virus, although his daughters only had sore throats and no other symptoms. He emphasized how important it was to cherish and protect your family and be grateful for what you have.
“Believe me, I am counting my blessings, because like all of us, we all have been hit by this thing, whether it is people we know, family we know, loved ones we know, friends we know,” Johnson said. “So 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 stronger and healthier,” he said.
He underscored that people should definitely wear face masks, boost their immune systems and avoid considering this virus as part of a ‘political agenda’ in his Instagram post.
“It baffles me that some people out there, including some politicians, will take this idea about wearing masks and make it a political agenda, part of a political agenda, politicizing it, ” Johnson shared. “It has nothing to do with politics. Wear your mask. It is a fact, and it is the right thing to do, and it’s the responsible thing to do.”