Idris Elba praises Tom Hanks for instantly sharing coronavirus prognosis in Oprah COVID-19 interview – USA TODAY

Received questions on coronavirus? Do not fret: Oprah Winfrey is right here to assist.

The previous daytime talk-show host revealed Saturday that she’s producing a brand new streaming sequence dedicated to answering questions and dispelling myths about COVID-19.

“Oprah Talks COVID-19” is offered on Apple TV+ and might be seen in additional than 100 international locations, according to Apple.

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Winfrey’s first installment options FaceTime interviews with actor Idris Elba and his spouse, Sabrina Dhowre. Elba revealed lately that he’d tested positive for COVID-19 and Dhowre stated she realized the morning of the interview that she had examined optimistic as nicely, with out feeling any main signs of the virus. 

“Like hundreds of thousands of individuals everywhere in the world, I have been staying safer at residence for over every week now,” Winfrey tweeted. “I do know lots of people are feeling pressured, overwhelmed, & unsure. Bc of that, I wish to supply some hope & collect thought leaders & individuals going by way of it so as to add some perspective.”

Within the opening of the primary episode, she noticed: “This can be a large check for our humanity. We’ve got a possibility, within the midst of all our fears and disruption, to actually rise.”

The interview was an unique of kinds: Elba, who together with Dhowre, is presently quarantined in New Mexico, the place he had anticipated to start out filming a brand new venture. 

He stated he selected to speak to Winfrey so he might talk about his well being with somebody he considers a good friend, “but additionally somebody whose journalistic method to doing issues like that is in all probability top-of-the-line.” 

So why go public? 

“COVID-19 has come to a type of strain level proper now however for the final two weeks, it has been a speaking level and I actually felt that lots of people did not know what was going to return … It did not actually really feel relatable. There have been a bunch of theories going round: It is a conspiracy! Is it even actual?” Elba, 47, recalled. “And once I acquired examined and it got here again optimistic, it grew to become very actual. It was at all times actual for me however it grew to become very actual. And I simply felt compelled to inform those who that is very actual. Somebody like myself, within the public eye, can press a button and 30 million individuals will get a message the subsequent day, I feel is a extremely vital element within the messaging round COVID-19 proper now.”

Elba stated he was impressed to return ahead by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the first major stars to announce they had been diagnosed with coronavirus final week. 

“Tom being in a – I suppose – a excessive threat class, whereas being on set on a movie, got here out instantly, which was the correct factor to do, 100%,” he stated. “Movie units are incubators, basically … I feel Tom positively did the correct factor … I spoke to my spouse about it and stated, ‘I actually assume I ought to say one thing’ and he or she stated, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ “

By the use of an replace on his well being, Elba stated, “I really feel high quality – been checking my temperature each day.” (It seems he has not suffered from a fever, noting he has stayed across the regular vary of 98 levels.)

“I actually have not witnessed any main signs,” he stated, including that he is not positive how lengthy he’ll be in isolation however is aware of he’ll need to be examined once more in some unspecified time in the future. 

The silver lining in all of this: He is had an opportunity to catch his breath. “The remaining, if I am actually trustworthy, has been unbelievable – simply with the ability to sit nonetheless. I by no means sit nonetheless, and so from a psychological standpoint, I really feel fairly targeted and (have) been OK.” 

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Viewers can watch the primary episode at tv.apple.com with no subscription. Extra installments of “Oprah Talks COVID-19” will roll out every week, Apple stated.

Winfrey retired from daytime TV in Could 2011, after internet hosting her personal discuss present for 25 years. Since then, she’s targeted on OWN, her cable TV community, and plenty of facet initiatives.

Contributing: Jayme Deerwester and Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY

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