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    Updated on Mar 23, 2020. Posted on Mar 22, 2020

    Idris Elba Told Oprah He Believes The Coronavirus Is The World's Response To "Damage" By Humans

    "It is no surprise that a virus has been created that is going to slow us down and ultimately make us think differently about our world and ourselves."

    Idris Elba is sharing his thoughts after testing positive for the coronavirus, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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    In a recent FaceTime interview with Oprah, the actor suggested that the coronavirus pandemic is the world's response to "damage" done by humanity.

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    During the interview, his wife, Sabrina, also revealed that she tested positive and has been in self-quarantine with Idris.

    “One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race,” he said.

    Which is why I FaceTimed @idriselba & his wife Sabrina who are safely quarantined together after he tested positive for COVID-19. Idris fills me in on his journey and Sabrina reveals the result of her test after they decided to quarantine together.

    “Our world has been taking a kicking. We’ve damaged our world, and it’s no surprise our world is reacting to the human race,” Idris continued.

    “It is no surprise that a virus has been created that is going to slow us down, and ultimately make us think differently about our world and ourselves,” he added.

    The 47-year-old explained: "For me, that's a standout thing that's very obvious. This is almost like the world's cry-out ... like, 'Hey, hey, hey — you're kicking me, and what you're doing is not good, so I'll get rid of you ... "

    " ... as any organism would do, is try to get rid of an infection, and maybe this is it for the world," he theorized.

    "I think we all lose as human beings if we just think of this as a physical virus," Oprah replied.

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    “I think it's exactly what you just said, that it is here to teach us, show us something about ourselves, as individuals and also as a world of people. And this is the moment for our humanity to either rise or not," she added.

    You can watch their full conversation on Oprah's new Apple TV+ series covering the pandemic, titled Oprah Talks COVID-19, here.