Hollywood star Daniel Dae Kim diagnosed with COVID-19—and pleads for anti-Asian attacks to stop

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      A star from Lost and Hawaii Five-0 announced that he has the coronavirus.

      Daniel Dae Kim announced today (March 19) that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19 yesterday.

      He believes he contracted the virus while filming the TV series New Amsterdam in New York, in which he plays a surgeon during—believe it or not—a flu pandemic.

      He said he began to develop a scratchy throat as he was flying back to Hawaii to be with his family after the production was suspended.

      When he got home, he quarantined himself from his family and was tested in drive-through testing. While he tested positive, his family has tested negative.

      He also pleaded for people to stop the racism and brutality against Asians and Asian Americans, including random physical attacks on elderly and homeless Asian people, which he called “cowardly, heartbreaking, and inexcusable”.

      “Yes, I’m Asian and, yes, I have coronavirus, but I did not get it in China—I got it in America, in New York City,” he said. “And despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it’s from as important as the people who are sick and dying.”

      On March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump referred to American efforts as the “war against the Chinese virus”, which he has been criticized for being inaccurate and stigmatizing.


      Kim, who is of Korean heritage, is no stranger to Vancouver as he is an executive producer of the TV series The Good Doctor, which films in Vancouver, and he also starred in Always Be My Maybe, starring Ali Wong and Randall Park, which was also filmed in Vancouver.

      In addition, he starred on the TV series Hawaii Five-0 alongside Vancouver star Grace Park.

      Kim joins Hollywood stars Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson as well as U.K. star Idris Elba among celebrities diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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