In recent weeks a number of celebrities have revealed publicly that they’ve tested positive for coronavirus. Hollywood stars including Tom Hanks and Idris Elba have gone public to remind people of the importance of staying at home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now Natalie Horler — the vocalist and face of German dance group Cascada — has done the same.
“I’m afraid I have been tested positive for the coronavirus,” the Eurovision 2013 singer wrote on Instagram. “I’m still getting used to the thought, but saying that — nothing much changes about my everyday life really.”
“I’ve been self isolating for ages now anyway and now I’ll just not leave the house at all for the next 14 days and be in full blown quarantine. My case will most likely be mild, so the most important thing is to protect everyone else who may be at risk. So please continue to STAY HOME!”
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I’m afraid I have been tested positve for the corona virus…i’m still getting used to the thought, but saying that- nothing much changes about my everyday life really. I’ve been self isolating for ages now anyway and now I’ll just not leave the house at all for the next 14 days and be in full blown quarantine????My case will most likely be mild, so the most important thing is to protect everyone else who may be at risk. So please continue to STAY HOME! Lots of love, nat x #stayhome
In a series of videos on Instagram Stories, Natalie explained more of the backstory before her results came in.
After displaying symptoms earlier this week — including a fever — she contacted her doctor. But health services wouldn’t test her because she hadn’t traveled to any “high risk” areas or been in contact with a “confirmed case”. So she decided to spend 128 euros to have a test anyway for “peace of mind”. The result came back positive.
“I don’t have any sense of smell or any sense of taste,” she said. “It’s weird not having both because it really makes eating non-pleasureable in every way.”
Germany has more than 25,000 infections — that’s the fifth most in the world. But in recent days health authorities have revealed that the mortality rate in Germany from the disease is just 0.4% — far lower than in other countries.
The majority of confirmed cases in Germany are in people under the age of 60, which some say may explain the country’s lower mortality rate. Officials there are also testing and tracking cases rigourously.
Authorities have warned that the disease could easily begin to spread among the older population and are urging caution and restraint. Angela Merkel recently went into self-isolation after her doctor tested positive. The country has banned gatherings of more than two people to help stem the tide.
Sending Natalie love and positive vibes as she recovers. We thank her for raising awareness about the issue.