As if we needed more proof that COVID-19 can hit any one of us, none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson admitted earlier this week that he and his family and been battling against the virus.

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The wrestler-turned-actor posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday with the surprising news that he, his wife Lauren Hashian, and their 2 and 4-year-old daughters had all tested positive for coronavirus.

“I could tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family,” he said. “And for me, personally, too, as well, and I’ve gone through some doozies in the past.”

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Fortunately, Johnson says he and his family have all progressed to the other side of COVID-19. They’re all recovered, healthy, and said to no longer be contagious.

“We’ve gotten through COVID-19 stronger and healthier,” he said. 

But the Jumanji star is well aware such fortunate results aren’t always the case for everyone.

“I have had some of my best friends have lost their parents, their loved ones, to this virus that is so relentless and unforgiving, and it is insidious,” he said.

Going on to describe his family’s experience with the virus, Johnson says his daughters dealt sore throats for a few days, but otherwise bounced back quickly.

“But it was a little bit different for Lauren and I, we had a rough go,” he admitted. “There are a few takeaways that I want to share that I do believe will help you and your families.”

First, Johnson suggests we all need to be even more careful about who we socialize with during this time. His family caught COVID-19 from very close family friends who they trust, and who were unaware they were carrying the virus at the time. But now he plans to require any visitors to his home to be tested the day prior to coming over.

Unsurprisingly, his next suggestion is for everyone to make a commitment to wellness and boosting immunity.

“Antioxidants, taking our vitamins, staying hydrated — it goes back to a philosophy I have my own two hands, it’s we got to control the controllables,” Johnson said.

“Because here’s the thing, when you have a boosted immune system, when your immune system is strong, and it’s not compromised, then you got a shot. You got a shot at not getting COVID-19, but if you do get COVID-19, God forbid, or if your entire family gets COVID-19, like mine, give yourself a shot,” he added. “Have your immune system boosted so you can get on the other side of COVID-19, hopefully stronger and healthier.”

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And The Rock’s final piece of advice?

“Wear your mask. It is a fact. And it is the right thing to do. And it’s the responsible thing to do.”

You heard it here, folks. If possibly the biggest modern day action star can wear a mask without worrying about whether it will make him weak or look silly, so can the rest of us.
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*First Published: September 4, 2020, 6:07 am