Actor Daniel Dae Kim Shares He’s Positive For Coronavirus Call For An End To Xenophobic Behavior – Actor Daniel Dae Kim announced on Thursday that he was diagnosed the day before with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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Daniel Dae Kim said Thursday in a video announcing that he has tested positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim, best known for appearing on Hawaii Five-O and Lost, posted the 10-minute video, which describes his path to diagnosis step by step.
The 51-year-old South Korean American actor, Daniel Dae Kim said from his home in Hawaii that he had been filming a guest role on “New Amsterdam” in New York City, on which coincidentally, he played a doctor recruited to a hospital during a flu pandemic.
When the show halted production because of the threat of the virus, Daniel Dae Kim returned on a plane to Hawaii.
“I was asymptotic 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, so when I landed I called my family doctor,” Kim, 51, said.
Daniel Dae Kim said he self-isolated in a room in his home away from his family since returning. Later that night, began to experience chest tightness, body aches and a fever.
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Actor Daniel Dae Kim’s doctor advised him to get tested for Coronavirus.
Daniel Dae Kim did at a drive-through testing operation that had just opened up in Honolulu.
Kim described the test, which involves getting a swab stuck up the nose and down into the throat, as painful. “But it was worth it because of what I found out,” he said.
The “Hawaii Five-O” alum was not hospitalized and treated his symptoms with rest, liquids and medication. By Thursday, he said he was feeling close to fully recovered. His family has all tested negative for the virus.
“Though I had no way of knowing and I was trying to be as careful as I could, I feel terrible that I could have given this to anyone, let alone people that I value enough to spend time with,” Daniel Dae Kim said, “and this of course includes the cast of New Amsterdam.”
The Korean American actor subtly addressed President Donald Trump‘s decision to refer to COVID-19 as “the Chinese virus,” which many have decried as racist.
He said, “Yes, I’m Asian and, yes, I have coronavirus, but I did not get it from China. I got it in America in New York City. And despite what certain political leaders want to call it, I don’t consider the place where it is from as important as the people who are sick and dying.”
“If I did, I would call this thing the New York virus, but that would be silly. The point is, the name-calling gets us nowhere. What matters is how best to take care of ourselves and one another,” Actor Daniel Dae Kim said.