Apple’s Tim Cook and Eddy Cue may have been exposed to COVID-19

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue may have been exposed to COVID-19 after attending a birthday party for Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. After testing positive for coronavirus, Grainge has been hospitalized and is currently receiving treatment at Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center, Variety reports, citing multiple sources.

Tim Cook COVID-19. Image: COVID-19Matt Donnelly and Jem Aswad for Variety:

Word of Grainge’s illness has rattled West Coast power players who attended his 60th birthday celebration on Feb. 29 in Palm Springs, multiple industry insiders said.

The likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, veteran music manager Irving Azoff, and Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue attended the party 15 days ago as of Sunday, said sources. Symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and shortness of breath, can appear up to two weeks after infection.

The event was held at La Quinta’s Madison Club, an enclave of private residences on a pristine golf course… Communal facilities at the Madison Club have been shut down in response to Grainge’s illness, said two people familiar with the matter. This includes the lush golf course and club house, said insiders.

MacDailyNews Take: Or they may not have been exposed. That this was 15 days ago and presumably Cook and Cue are still negative, is a good sign. According to the Mayo Clinic, a COVID-19 infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, and shortness of break or difficulty breathing.

Because a person can be infected and not know it and because older people and those with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to complications from contracting COVID-19, that is why we now avoid mass gatherings, practice social distancing, wash our hands, etc. We must all do our part to help control the spread and depress the rate of infections so that our hospitals, respiratory equipment, doctors, and nurses are not overwhelmed. Until we all get past this, anyone going out to “party” in packed nightclubs, bars, restaurants, etc. that remains open now is either ignorant or criminally selfish.

If you haven’t already or if you know someone who’s in denial, please read/pass along the CDC’s guide on how to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 coronavirus.


  1. Yeah, anyone MAY be infected but only the tests will prove it as being so. There must be some people who are highly resistant to catching the virus as there are always those individuals who either beat the infection or don’t catch it at all. There were many people who survived the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic with no negative effects and their descendants may boast that same immunity to CoViD-19. Apple is being targeted for many negative things during this time because any article where Apple is mentioned always commands a lot of eyeballs and clicks.

    1. “There were many people who survived the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic with no negative effects and their descendants may boast that same immunity to CoViD-19”
      Again. Covid-19 is not related to the flu virus. In any way other than ‘virus’
      You’re spreading misleading info just as MDN is fully onboard. Thanks MDN.

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    1. Ironic that MDN income comes from Google ads, while MDN bashes Google at every opportunity. MDN regurgitates news from other sources — often cherry picking some very unreliable sources to make political statements — while always condemning the press like their hero the orange baboon does.

      If it wasn’t for a free press, there would indeed be less bad information. MDN wouldn’t exist. But so too would all GOOD information disappear. You would be reliant on the lies fed to you by the big bad evil government whose sole purpose, according to the extreme right, is to tax everyone to death and wage war.

      Somewhere in the middle lies a good compromise. To sad to see the polarized politics of the day run for their corners instead.

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