KEY POINTS

  • Bryan Cranston confirmed that he had contracted the coronavirus despite strictly adhering to health protocols 
  • The "Breaking Bad" actor donated plasma at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center to aid coronavirus research
  • Cranston urged fans to follow safety measures when going out

“Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston has revealed that he battled coronavirus and urged his fans to follow proper health protocols to stay safe.

Taking to his Instagram on Thursday, Cranston shared a video of himself donating plasma at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center to aid scientific research, explaining that he had contracted and recovered from COVID-19.

"About now you're probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you're tired of this," he wrote in the post, adding, "Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience."

Cranston said he strictly followed the protocols and other safety measures, but that did not prevent him from contracting the virus.

The actor added that he was lucky as his symptoms were mild. "I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail - but ONLY if we follow the rules together. Be well - Stay well," Cranston said.

Aside from Cranston, several other Hollywood stars have opened up about their struggles with coronavirus and advised their fans to follow all safety measures when leaving their homes.

Anna Camp

"Pitch Perfect" star Anna Camp said she believes she contracted COVID-19 after the only time she went out without wearing a mask since the outbreak.

"I was incredibly safe," she wrote in an Instagram post on July 21. "I wore a mask. I used hand sanitizer. One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it."

Although she has since tested negative, Camp said she still has lingering symptoms from the disease.

Pink

Pink is another celebrity who has been vocal about her battle with the coronavirus. In April, she took to Twitter and Instagram to reveal that she had tested positive for the coronavirus two weeks prior and that she has recovered.

"This illness is serious and real," she wrote. "People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."

Idris Elba

The British actor contracted COVID-19 in March and suffered only mild symptoms of the virus. But he revealed that what affected him the most was the mental aspect of the illness. 

"I was asymptomatic, so I didn’t get the major symptoms everyone else got," Elba said in an interview with Radio Times. "Mentally, it hit me very bad, because a lot was unknown about it. I felt very compelled to speak about it, just because it was such an unknown. So the mental impact of that on both myself and my wife was pretty traumatic."

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is one of the first Hollywood actors to test positive for the coronavirus.

The "Greyhound" actor revealed on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" earlier this month that he and wife Rita Wilson experienced different symptoms during their bout with the coronavirus in March.

Hanks said his bones felt like they were made of "soda crackers" and that he experienced "bone-crushing fatigue" and soreness. Meanwhile, his wife experienced high fever and headaches and had lost her sense of smell and taste.

Bryan Cranston Actor Bryan Cranston arrives for the Time 100 gala in New York. Photo: Reuters