Mel Gibson was hospitalized in April for COVID-19, representative says

Actor and director Mel Gibson spent a week in the hospital after being diagnosed in April with coronavirus, though he has since recovered, his representative told multiple news outlets Thursday.

The 64-year-old was hospitalized in California after he tested positive for COVID-19, The New York Times reported. A representative for the actor told The Daily Telegraph Australia that while he was hospitalized, Gibson was treated with remdesivir.

“(He) has tested negative numerous times since then as well as positive for the antibodies,” the representative said.

Remdesivir is so far the only drug therapy that’s shown to help coronavirus patients. The antiviral shortens COVID-19 hospitalizations by about four days on average, according to The Associated Press.

Gibson is the latest high-profile public figure to reveal a coronavirus diagnosis. Several others, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Prince Charles, have also tested positive for the viral infection and have since recovered.

The virus has claimed the lives of legendary country folk musician John Prine, Broadway star Nick Cordero and tens of thousands of others across the U.S.

The United States leads the world with the most coronavirus cases and the highest death toll. Since the start of the pandemic, officials have confirmed more than 4 million infections and reported more than 144,000 deaths nationwide, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, more than 15.5 million COVID-19 cases have been reported worldwide and more than 634,000 people have died of the viral infection, according to Johns Hopkins.