Steven Frayne, an English magician better known as Dynamo, has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing “severe symptoms”.
The 37-year-old TV showman, who is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, is believed to be one of the highest-risk groups for COVID-19, due to his Crohn’s disease, for which he takes medication to suppress his immune system.
Dynamo took to his social media page on Thursday to share a video in which he revealed his status to his nearly 2.1 million followers.
“Hi guys, hope you’re all keeping safe and well. It’s been a bit of a rough couple of weeks so wanted to give you an update. As you know I’ve had some health issues over last few years and underlying conditions make this virus particularly dangerous and very real,” he wrote.
“I’m incredibly relieved to be over the worst of it but wanted to let you all know what’s been happening. Please take this virus seriously and remember that by staying home, you are protecting so many others.”
hi guys, hope you’re all keeping safe and well. It’s been a bit of a rough couple of weeks so wanted to give you an update. As you know I’ve had some health issues over last few years and underlying conditions make this virus particularly dangerous and very real… 1/2 pic.twitter.com/9Y6A1cJ4Ib
— Dynamo (@Dynamomagician) April 2, 2020
In the video, he said that in the “past few weeks I’ve developed symptoms including a persistent cough, and lots of aches and pains.”
“I self-isolated for just over two weeks and took any necessary precautions.”
He also disclosed that he was advised to take a private test for the virus, adding that it was a decision made “by me and my team, for a number of reasons”.
“Firstly, because of my existing health issues and the fact I’m on immuno-suppressive therapy, I’m at high risk,” he said.
“Secondly, although I haven’t had a fever, my symptoms have been quite severe. And finally, so that I was able to inform those I’ve been in contact with so they can take their own relevant precautions.
“I’ve had my results back now and unfortunately, I have tested positive for COVID-19. This illness can affect anyone, it doesn’t discriminate and it can present itself in many different ways.
“We’re all genuinely at risk. Now touch wood, my symptoms have been gradually decreasing day by day and I’ve been feeling better. Hopefully I’m through the worst of it and I’m staying positive.
“But if you’re watching this, please stay at home. Keep away from others, protect yourselves, your loved ones, the NHS.
“And the keyworkers out there – the incredible NHS, the doctors and nurses, the reporters, the people keeping food on the shelves. And those working hard to keep our communities going.
“I think I speak on behalf of everyone out there when I say thank you so much for the incredible work you’re doing. You’re genuine heroes, and you’re in all of our hearts right now – thank you for everything you’re doing.
“People, please stay at home, stay safe, and thanks for watching this video.”
On Thursday, the number of coronavirus cases across worldwide reached one million.