D.L. Hughley tests positive for COVID-19 after passing out during Zanies performance

D.L. Hughley
Posted at 7:06 AM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 08:06:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Comedian D.L. Hughley said he tested positive for COVID-19 after passing out while on stage at Zanies Comedy Club on Friday night.

In an Instagram video, Hughley said he was released from St. Thomas hospital on Saturday night, where he was treated for extreme exhaustion and dehydration.

The comedian said he was tested for various things, but learned he was infected with the novel coronavirus.

Hughley said he was shocked by the test results because he isn't experiencing any of the well-known symptoms such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, cough or loss of smell or taste.

He returned to his hotel room in Nashville where he will self-quarantine for 14 days.


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.