A word of advice. Alyssa Milano urged her fans to take the coronavirus seriously after revealing that she recently tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, despite testing negative for the disease in March.
The Charmed alum, 47, shared a photo of herself connected to a fan via Instagram on Instagram on Wednesday, August 5, along with a screenshot of her test results.
“This was me on April 2 after 2 weeks of illness,” wrote Milano. “I had never been so sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like there was an elephant on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Mild fever. And the headache was terrible. ‘
The New York native said she was tested twice for coronavirus in March and also did a fingerstick test with COVID-19 antibodies, but all her results were negative. Milano explained that she felt persistent symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath and dizziness over the next four months.
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This was me on April 2 after 2 weeks of illness. I had never been so sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like there was an elephant on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Mild fever. And the headache was terrible. I actually had every Covid symptom. In late March, I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also did a covid antibody test (the fingerstick test) after feeling a little better. NEGATIVE. After living with persistent symptoms such as, dizziness, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, palpitations, shortness of breath, no short-term memory and general malaise, I went on to have an antibody test from a blood test (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to know that our test system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know that this disease is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. I felt like I was dying. I will donate my plasma with the hope that I can save a life. Please take care of yourself. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I did. Be healthy. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Only the nice people.) ❤️
The Who is the boss alum – with whom one is reunited Tony Danza in the upcoming revival series – recently decided to take another antibody test after a blood draw and her results came back positive.
“I just want you to know that our test system is faulty and we don’t know the real numbers,” Milano concluded. “I also want you to know that this disease is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. I felt like I was dying. I will donate my plasma with the hope that I can save a life. ‘
Reese Witherspoon supported Milano with an encouraging message that said, “Oh baby. I’m sorry you were so sick, but thank you for helping teach us. We need to learn more. ‘
Milan isn’t the only celebrity to make her diagnosis in an effort to encourage people to take the pandemic seriously. Lena Dunham said on Friday, July 31, that she tested positive for COVID-19 in March.
“The nerves in my feet were burning and muscles didn’t seem to be doing their job,” said the Girls alum, 34, wrote via Instagram. “My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises. I couldn’t sleep, but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome that keeps track of time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks such as getting a glass of water. Random red rash. A throbbing headache between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then led my wires to the wrong inputs. ‘
Dunham added, “The serious long-term health consequences of a COVID-19 infection is something that doctors are learning more about every hour. We’ve never been faster in medicine – we never have to – and experts do an incredible job of containment and prevention. But we don’t yet understand the long-term effects of this disease on people’s bodies and minds. ‘
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