To back it up, earlier this week a phony Twitter account said that Radcliffe had tested positive for the illness that just shut down the NBA. In terms of fakes, you can actually understand how this actually got some people. Looks pretty real to the undiscerning eye:
As it turns out the fraudulent alert linked back to an old BBC page. Obviously it's unaffiliated with the real news agency.
On Wednesday, while speaking to Australian radio show Smallzy's Surgery, Radcliffe said that he got the news while sitting in a makeup chair.
“I walked into the hair and makeup room on a play yesterday, and the makeup artist was like, ‘My niece has just texted me and told me you’ve got corona,'” Radcliffe said, as reported by Entertainment Tonight.
He said that seeing the tweet put him in a state of disbelief. That's to say nothing of the makeup person. “I think it was on a fake BBC account, but then enough people saw it,” Radcliffe went on. “That is the internet.”
At that point he engaged in self-mockery. “I think it’s just because I look ill all the time, so you can believably say it about me. ‘Cause I’m very pale,” he said, prior to adding, “but, you know, flattered they chose me.”