Daniel Dae Kim revealed on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kim — best known for his roles on TV shows such as Hawaii 5-0, Lost, Angel and The Good Doctor — shared a post on Instagram announcing his diagnosis.
“Hi everyone- yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful,” he wrote, accompanied by a 10-minute video in which he details more of his experience. “Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy.”
In his video, Kim said that he was “ironically” in New York shooting a TV series in which he plays a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic. It wasn’t long before production on the series was shut down because of the real-life coronavirus pandemic, and he was on a flight back to Hawaii to be with his family.
“Now it’s important for you guys to know that I was asymptomatic during all of this time. But as the flight was close to landing, I started noticing some scratchiness in my throat, which is unlike how I usually get sick,” he elaborated. “So when I landed, I called my family doctor in Hawaii and he told me to monitor my symptoms. To be safe, when I got home I quarantined myself in a room in the house and tried to rest on my own. But later that night, I started feeling tightness in my chest, body aches and my temperature started to rise.”
He continued, “So, he then told me to get tested. So the next day I went to a drive-thru testing facility that had just opened here in Honolulu…The test itself was really awkward and painful because they shove a huge swab into your nose and into your throat but it was worth it because of what I found out.”
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