Mel Gibson Spent a Week in L.A. Hospital After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

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Mel Gibson

The actor-director has completely recovered and is doing "great," after his brief stay in April, his rep says, adding that Gibson has tested negative "numerous times" since then.

Mel Gibson spent a week in a Los Angeles hospital in April after testing positive for COVID-19, his representative said Friday.

The 64-year-old actor and director has completely recovered and is doing "great," according to the rep. He also said Gibson has tested negative "numerous times" since then.

Gibson is the latest in a long string of high-profile figures to go public with COVID-19 diagnoses and recoveries including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, George Stephanopoulos and the singer Pink.

For most people, the new novel coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and even be fatal.

The U.S. has more than 4 million known cases of the coronavirus, with more than 140,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.