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George Stephanopoulos of GMA Slammed for Improper Social-Distancing after COVID-19 Diagnosis

Odette Odendaal
Apr 24, 2020
01:00 P.M.
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"Good Morning America" host George Stephanopoulos received backlash from neighbors for walking around in public without his face covered after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.


ABC's chief anchor announced that he tested positive for COVID-19 while hosting "Good Morning America" on April 13.

George only had himself tested because his wife, Ali Wentworth, had contracted the virus and didn't expect his results to come back positive as well since he was "basically asymptomatic."


However, when George got pictured strolling around the Hamptons with a mask swinging around his neck, a neighbor angrily accused him of putting others at risk by ignoring social distancing rules.

George's appearance in public came nine days after Ali shared her diagnosis on social media. And a Facebook rant reportedly seen by The Post from his neighbor Carrie Doyle before she deleted it, George didn't "care" about following guidelines he'd been broadcasting to others.


"If you know someone's wife has corona and the wife has been very, very sick with it, do you think that the husband should be out at pharmacies picking up prescriptions when the pharmacy delivers and does curbside pickup?" the now-deleted post reportedly read.

In his defense, George told the New York Times that went "nowhere near any people," and added that he went to the pharmacy over two weeks after Ali's symptoms first started - adamant that he followed the guidelines set out by the CDC.


However, in a message George posted on April 21, he excitedly shared that he had taken an antibody test that revealed he could help others suffering from the virus.

"Good news for me and my family. Last week I tested positive for COVID antibodies, confirming I cleared the virus after weeks without symptoms," George wrote. "I've also signed up for a clinical trial to donate my blood plasma and expect to make the donation in the coming weeks."


Ali's experience with the virus turned out to be the exact opposite. Body aches, fever, and sweating had her feeling "deathly ill" for three weeks, and she told Jimmy Kimmel that he turned out to be a real "rock star" while looking after her.

With a natural flair for caregiving, Ali said that George knew when she needed something to drink, or eat, or have her temperature taken, and due to George being so attentive, Ali is well on her way to full recovery.

Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos attend "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" Gala on November 14, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.

Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos attend "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" Gala on November 14, 2015, in New York City. | Source: Getty Images.


George Stephanopoulos's instincts when it comes to Ali goes back to when they first met in 2001. From the moment they met, he knew she was the one for him.

Six months after they started dating, the couple tied the knot in November 2001 in New York City and welcomed their first child and daughter, Elliott, in September the following year. Another three years passed before Ali and George welcomed their second daughter, Harper, to the family in June 2005.

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