Actor Idris Elba and his wife describe battle with coronavirus as “scary and unsettling”

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 16: Sabrina Dhowre Elba (L) and Idris Elba attend the world premiere of “Cats” at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

 LONDON – Idris Elba says he and his wife had their lives “turned around” after contracting the coronavirus.

The actor says getting COVID-19 was “definitely scary and unsettling and nervous.”

The British-born movie and TV star tells The Associated Press his diagnosis led to “a complete upheaval” of his life even though his symptoms were mild, as are most of the cases of the disease.

Elba says the pandemic is a reminder that “the world doesn’t tick on your time.”

Now that Elba and his wife are over the disease, they are working with the U.N. to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on farmers and food producers in rural areas.

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