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The actor, who recently revealed he tested positive for the virus, was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey via FaceTime and was asked about his thoughts on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus - which has currently killed more than 14,000 people globally.
"One of the upsides of this whole drama is that we are forced to think together as a race," Elba said, joined by wife Sabrina Dhowre, who also tested positive for coronavirus.
"Our world has been taking a kicking. We have damaged our world and it's no surprise that our world is reacting to the human race."
He 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."
Winfrey also agreed, saying she believes the virus is 'here to teach us, show us something about ourselves, as individuals and also as a world of people'.
Earlier this week, Elba revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19, saying on Twitter he has no symptoms but has been in isolation after suspecting he may have been exposed to the virus.
The star shared a video update on Twitter, writing: "This morning I tested positive for Covid-19. I feel OK, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.
"Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I'm doing.
Their son Chet revealed the good news, saying on Instagram: "A quick update on my folks - they're out of the hospital.
"They're still self-quarantined obviously, but they're feeling a lot better, so that's a relief."
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