Three of our top broadcasters, Claire Byrne, Ryan Tubridy and Dr Ciara Kelly recently revealed they had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Health Secretary Matt Hancock and England's Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, all got it.
So too did Prince Charles, Prince Albert of Monaco and Arsenal football manager Mikel Arteta. The wave of household names with Covid-19 seems to grow with each passing day.
Famous individuals have no more immunity to the infection than the rest of us, but how come so many of them appear to be coming down with the illness?
Professor Luke O'Neill, immunologist at Trinity College Dublin, points to a simple mathematical correlation between social interaction and infection.
"The more people you meet, the more likely you are to get it - and celebrities mix with loads of people, but then so do butchers," he says.
"God doesn't pick on celebrities. Before the level of social distancing that's going on now, they just had greater opportunities to be exposed to infection through coming into contact with a lot of people. Think of Prince Charles on a royal walkabout, TV presenters meeting guests and audiences, or fans rushing to shake their hands and take selfies with them."
Famous people also tend to travel a lot. Tom Hanks was filming in Australia when he and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive.
"They could have picked it up in an airport," says Professor O'Neill. "There are so many flashpoints there - trays, trolleys, escalators with handrails… People touch infected things with a high level of contagion, as every cough is full of virus. Airports are filthy."
Yet another reason we might hear about stars with the virus is that they're more likely than the rest of us to be tested.
According to Anthony Staines, Professor of Public Health with DCU, it's unlikely Boris Johnson would have been tested if he wasn't the British PM, or Prince Charles if he wasn't a member of the royal family.
"For society, it's useful to know if they do test positive, because they're connected with so many people," he says. "Besides, in Prince Charles's case, his parents are in their nineties… They needed to know."
It was after the UK government imposed stricter isolation measures last month that Boris Johnson was diagnosed as having the virus and he and his colleagues went into self-isolation. But before then, he had faced strong criticism for the country's slow response to the pandemic.
"In my view, Boris Johnson took incredible risks," says Professor Staines. "I'm still reeling from the fact that Cheltenham went ahead. Cramming tens of thousands of race-goers into close contact was bound to spread the virus and that was completely avoidable. I hope Johnson and the other British cabinet members who have tested positive make a full recovery, but they must remember that people die from this. I hope they will take it seriously."
Meanwhile, due to a shortage of test capacity here, it's overwhelmingly likely that many people with Covid-19 are showing no evidence of infection because they are asymptomatic. But when well-known people display symptoms there's a certain pressure to get them tested, according to Professor Staines.
"It's the nature of their work that they meet more people in a day than most of us would in a week," he says. "That visibility makes them more prominent and consequently, people take more notice when a star tests positive than if it was Frank Jones up the road. If I were to get infected, perhaps only a dozen friends would know about it. When Dr Ciara Kelly, Claire Byrne and Ryan Tubridy got it, the whole country knew."
Psychotherapist Bernadette Ryan, who offers online counselling during the pandemic, commends celebrities for letting the public know when they have the disease.
"When the outbreak first hit, we got statistics about infection rates and deaths, but heard few reports from people who actually had the disease," she says. "It's not that long ago in this country that TB was considered shameful and families who had it were ostracised. It was the same with Aids. There was a danger that the coronavirus could be equally stigmatised.
"When celebrities started coming out about having tested positive, that helped to normalise it. People take consolation in the fact that if Tom Hanks can get Covid-19, anyone can. It made it OK."
At home, Dr Ciara Kelly was one of the first broadcasters to reveal she'd tested positive, followed closely by Claire Byrne and Ryan Tubridy. "These people have the ears of the nation," says Ms Ryan.
"They did a super job reporting on the pandemic and allaying people's fears about it, so when they tested positive themselves there was a genuine caring for them from the public.
"Celebrities' lives often appear bigger, richer and more fascinating than our own, but this pandemic has shown us that we're all vulnerable. We see that famous people are not as in control of things as we sometimes think they are.
"There is no certainty for any of us.
"Maybe when it's all over we'll focus on what's important in our own lives and obsess less about the lifestyles of the rich and famous."