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Why do so many celebrities and politicians catch the virus?

From Ryan Tubridy to Tom Hanks, a large numbers of those in the public eye are prone to being infected, writes Celine Naughton

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks tested positive

Hollywood star Tom Hanks tested positive

Britis PM Boris Johnson

Britis PM Boris Johnson

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Self-isolation: Claire Byrne has broadcast her show from her garden shed in recent weeks

Self-isolation: Claire Byrne has broadcast her show from her garden shed in recent weeks

Dr Ciara Kelly at home in Greystones after being diagnosed with Covid-19

Dr Ciara Kelly at home in Greystones after being diagnosed with Covid-19

Ryan Tubridy has also tested positive for Covid-19

Ryan Tubridy has also tested positive for Covid-19

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Hollywood star Tom Hanks tested positive

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?