Australian actor Hugh Sheridan, from Packed To The Rafters fame has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 35-year-old took to his Instagram page to make the announcement, revealing he landed in Australia from the US and initially tested negative, however later he returned a positive test.
“I’ve been quiet for the last few days cause I’ve been feeling all the varied emotions about my positive Covid test,” he started the post.
“I haven’t felt like talking to anyone much yet. I had a negative result when I arrived, I now know all my friends including who took me to LAX airport are all negative so it’s been confusing for me, it’s scary, frustrating & lonely.
“I always preach that it’s OK to not feel okay & to let people know how you feel. So by writing my honest feelings I’m trying to help release stigma around guys talking about feeling blue.
“I realise that there are SO MANY people in far worse situations than me right now, it’s the main reason I haven’t wanted to talk publicly about my own situation.”
He went on to say he currently has no symptoms and hasn’t the whole time but warned that the coronavirus is “seriously clever.”
“Knowing now, that no one I saw back home overseas has it means I got it in a very short space of time (in transit or a surface) while I had minimal human contact,” he said.
“I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the quarantine staff for being so kind during this time, even if it’s just over the phone, u me help a lot! The RPA Virtual Hospital have also been amazingly informative & positive (emotionally).
“Thank u to to all the health workers out there working day & night for patients much worse off that me. I wanted to be honest with u because we all have good days & not so good days & without days like my last few the good ones wouldn’t feel as good!
“To everyone that received a positive Covid test, I now know how that feels, I wish we could all be together so we could offer each other a shoulder or even better a HUG!”
Hugh said he is taking a social media break while he recovers and has turned his attention to focusing on editing his script for The Dance, which he will be directing next year in Australia.
“This too shall pass. I AM OK!” he said.
Back in June, Hugh launched his own fundraiser for World Vision to help some of the world’s most vulnerable amid the challenging times of COVID-19.
Hugh said the inspiration behind the fundraiser came from a conversation he had with a South Sudanese woman he met at a Black Lives Matter rally in Sydney.
“Her story struck a deep chord with me, as she told me that her community’s best medical defence against COVID-19 – a population of 24 million people – comprised of just four ventilators and 23 beds,” Hugh said.
Hugh, who saw the suffering of communities first-hand when he visited World Vision’s rehabilitation projects in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake, said he felt a responsibility to help.
“Knowing that families and children do not have a lifeline to protect their loved from the virus due to a lack of adequate health services, water and sanitation as we do – speaks volumes to the injustice marginalised communities face,” he said.
“There is so much unrest and change happening in this world at such a rapid rate. And while it’s been a trying time for all us, I am hoping that we can still remember the communities who are the most vulnerable and at-risk to this deadly virus. Communities who do not even have access to clean water to drink – let alone to wash their hands with.”
A Goodwill Ambassador for Australia’s largest humanitarian organisation, World Vision, since 2010, Hugh will donate all money raised from his fundraiser towards the aid agency’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal.