Neil Patrick Harris Reveals His Family Fought COVID-19 in Late March — Here's the Details

Joe Akins
Sep 18, 2020
04:00 A.M.
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Iconic actor Neil Patrick Harris recently opened up about the unpleasant experience he and his family had earlier in spring when they all contracted the novel coronavirus. Thankfully, they all survived and are currently doing "fine."


It has been more than six months since the novel Coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Since then, many have died due to COVID-19, while the world economy is still struggling to bounce back from a massive slump.

Even before the novel Coronavirus outbreak entered into full swing in the United States, actor Neil Patrick Harris, 47, and his family contracted the highly contagious virus. He recently opened up about the ordeal.

Neil Patrick Harris at Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" Red Carpet and Reception in 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


On Tuesday, September 15, during the 3rd hour of Today, the "How I Met Your Mother" star revealed that he and his husband, David Burtka, with their 9-year-old twins, Gideon and Harper, all battled with COVID-19 earlier in the year.

However, Harris confirmed that all four of them are now doing fine. While describing the experience, he said:

"We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn't want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator..."


The loss of sense of taste and smell is one of the common symptoms of COVID-19. Most people who have suffered the illness recovered from it within weeks of enduring its severe symptoms, while others linger for much longer. 

Last month, Dr. Sandeep Robert Datta, a Harvard neuroscientist, was a guest on Today, and he revealed that there are cases of people who got infected at the onset of the pandemic and still have not regained their sense of smell.

After months of self-quarantining, things are slowly beginning to return to normal in the US, albeit with a heightened level of caution.


Harris and his family are less likely to contract COVID-19 a second time because they have all gained some amount of protection due to developing antibodies during the illness.

Still, they would have to exercise caution as studies on immunity from COVID-19 continue to evolve every day. Harris, who was speaking from a vantage point, concluded by urging viewers to take the pandemic seriously.


Harris and Burtka tied the knot in 2014 after getting engaged years earlier. Even before exchanging marital vows, the couple enjoyed a long-lasting relationship and welcomed their twins, Gideon and Harper, in 2010.

Earlier in the month, the lovebirds celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary, and the comedic-actor took to his Instagram page to share a sweet post. Burtka also commemorated the special day by sharing an adorable picture of them at their wedding day.


Meanwhile, Harris is not the only public figure who contracted the highly contagious COVID-19 in the last six months. Other celebrities who have been infected include Natalie Nunn, Jillian Michaels, Usain Bolts, Carlin Bates, and many others.

Thankfully most of them have made swift recoveries and are doing very good. After months of self-quarantining, things are slowly beginning to return to normal in the US, albeit with a heightened level of caution.


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