Ellen DeGeneres Spotted Out Without a Mask After COVID Diagnoses, Did She Break Quarantine?

2020 has proven that celebrities are not immune to pandemics.  Ellen DeGeneres was one of the latest talk show hosts to contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Health officials advise anyone with the virus to quarantine for 10-14 days at a minimum, so when DeGeneres was recently spotted out without a mask, fans wondered what was going on.

Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres tested positive for COVID-19

DeGeneres took to social media to announce that she had tested positive.

“Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” she wrote. “Fortunately, I’m feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I’ll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe. Love, Ellen.”

Prior to testing positive, she had had a few in-studio guests. Justin Bieber, Dianne Keaton, Lil Nas X, Bryan Cranston, and Leslie Odom Jr. were all in the studio within two weeks of DeGeneres testing positive.

Ellen was seen out

When someone tests positive for COVID, the CDC has recommended that they quarantine for a period of 10 to 14 days. DeGeneres was recently seen out with her face mask off while standing in an outdoor parking lot on Dec. 19, which was only nine days after her COVID announcement. No one was near DeGeneres in the photo.

A representative for DeGeneres told HollywoodLife that the talk show host had finished her quarantine and was getting tested regularly.

Other talk show hosts with COVID

DeGeneres isn’t the only talk show host to come down with COVID. Cohosts of The Talk Carrie Ann Inaba and Sharon Osbourne both have COVID.

“As you can see, Carrie Ann is not here with us today,” co-host Sheryl Underwood told the audience this week. “She found out this morning that she tested positive for COVID-19. Obviously, our thoughts are with her, we love her, and we’re praying for a full recovery. And, out of an abundance of caution, Mrs. O will be doing the show from home today, even though she tested negative for the coronavirus.”

Inaba made a video about her symptoms.

“I have a fever, bad cough, and lots of aches and pains and I just wanted to remind you all to stay vigilant because I am following all the protocols and have so many strict protocols in place and even then I caught it,” she said in a video on Instagram.

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“So just a friendly reminder to stay vigilant and take care of yourself,” she continued. “Wear a mask, please, and wash your hands a lot. Just be extra, extra careful, because you don’t want this. I’m taking good care of myself, so you don’t worry about me. Take care and be safe.”

Osbourne also took to Twitter to announce her results.

“I wanted to share I’ve tested positive for Covid 19,” she wrote. “After a brief hospitalization, I’m now recuperating at a location away from Ozzy (who has tested negative) while “The Talk” is on scheduled hiatus. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.”