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James Corden has spoken candidly about the way the ongoing Coronavirus crisis has impacted his mental health.

He began a special edition of The Late Late Show last night by telling viewers he’s felt “overwhelmed by the sadness” of the pandemic, which has now claimed more than 39,000 lives globally.

“I’ve found it tougher than I ever thought I would,” he said at the beginning of the special Homefest edition of his chat show, which was broadcast from his garage. “I found myself having these incredible sorts of spikes of anxiety and sadness when I’ve allowed myself to think about my family back home in England or my friends or the people I love. You feel so out of control in it all. It feels so beyond that comprehension, all of it, that I’ve found I just get so overwhelmed with sadness.”

Continuing, the 41-year-old actor, presenter, and father-of-three said he’s now reached the realization that “it’s all right to feel a bit sad” and “it’s okay to feel anxious” about what’s going on in the world.

He added encouragingly: “And the best thing we can all do is kind of try and breathe through that and try to put our minds in a positive place and think, ‘What can I do to help someone else who might be feeling like this?'”

You can watch James Corden sharing his thoughts on the Coronavirus crisis below.

High-profile figures who’ve been self-isolating after being diagnosed with COVID-19 include Idris Elba, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, the U.K.’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Charles, Prince of Wales, the heir to the British throne. Happily, the Prince’s office confirmed yesterday that he is now out of self-isolation and “in good health.”

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By Nick Levine