Carrie Ann Inaba Shares Intense COVID Symptoms in Instagram Video

The "Dancing with the Stars" judge revealed her diagnosis while sequestering at home.

Just because some celebrities are working in controlled environments with strict testing and safety protocols, that does not mean that they are immune to COVID-19. In fact, that's far from the case, and one of the latest examples is of that is Carrie Ann Inaba, who shared her COVID diagnosis on Instagram. On Thursday, December 10, the Dancing with the Stars judge explained to her followers that she tested positive and is now quarantining in her home. She was also candid about the symptoms she's experienced so far, promising to continue sharing her recovery "journey" as it goes on.

"Hey everyone, it's me," Inaba begins her video. "I just wanted to come on and let you know I just tested positive for COVID-19. So, I am home and I am following the guidelines." She goes on to share more about her symptoms and encourage everyone watching to be as careful as they can. "Because you don't want this," she adds.

Read on to find out what Inaba shared about her symptoms and how her diagnosis is affecting her TV show The Talk. And for more on the current state of the pandemic, check out These States Are Locking Down Again Amid COVID.

Inaba shared the reality of having COVID symptoms.

Carrie Ann Inaba Instagram video
Carrie Ann Inaba/Instagram

While not everyone who has COVID shows symptoms—and not everyone who has symptoms has the same ones—Inaba is experiencing some of the more common effects of the coronavirus.

"I have a fever and bad cough and lots of aches and pains," Inaba says, while lying down. Her voice sounds hoarse, and she also coughs at one point in her video. For what to keep in mind as the end of the year approaches, This Is the Biggest Mistake You Can Make Holiday Planning During COVID.

She hopes her diagnosis encourages her followers to not underestimate the pandemic.

Carrie Ann Inaba wearing a mask to vote

"I just wanted to remind you all to stay vigilant, because I was following all the protocols in place," she says in the video, "and even then I caught it. So just friendly reminder to stay vigilant and take care of yourselves."

In her caption she added, "This is a friendly reminder to be extra careful this holiday season. Wear your masks, socially and physically keep your distance, and wash your hands." For the latest from the country's disease expert, Dr. Fauci Says You Need to Do This One Thing to Stop COVID.

The Talk went on without her—but one co-host stayed home to be extra safe.

The cast of The Talk
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On the Thursday episode of The Talk, host Sheryl Underwood opened the show saying, "As you can see, Carrie Ann is not here with us today. She found out this morning that she tested positive for COVID-19. Obviously, our thoughts are with her. We love her and we're praying for a full recovery."

Underwood then noted that Sharon Osbourne was recording from home "out of an abundance of caution" even though she had tested negative. Earlier this year, Osbourne also filmed at home while the others were in the studio after her young granddaughter, Minnie, was diagnosed with COVID. The show's fourth co-host, Eve, was already filming remotely.

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Inaba's Dancing with the Stars buddies are wishing her well.

Carrie Ann Inaba DWTS
Carrie Ann Inaba/Instagram

The comments on Inaba's Instagram video are full of well wishes from DWTS pros and contestants. The winner of the most recent season, Kaitlyn Bristowe, wrote "Thinking of you" with a heart emoji. Actor and contestant Anne Heche commented, "Hope you feel better soon!" Selling Sunset star and contestant Chrishell Stause shared, "Ugh so sorry -sending you lots of love your way!! Feel better soon! Xoxo." Professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd added, "Ah babe I'm so sorrrry! This is awful. I'm sending good thoughts your way! You will be ok!" For stars who were almost contestants, check out 17 Celebrities Who Turned Down "Dancing With the Stars."

She plans to share more of her "journey."

Carrie Ann Inaba Covid video
Carrie Ann Inaba/Instagram

Inaba is being open about her experience with COVID, and she wrote in her Instagram caption that we'll be hearing more from her about it. "Take care everyone," she concluded her post. "And I'll keep you updated on my journey." As for other celebrities who have tested positive, here are 7 Celebrities with Scary Long-term COVID Symptoms.

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Lia Beck
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