7 Celebrities With Scary Long-Term COVID Symptoms
These stars are still struggling to manage terrifying symptoms, months after testing positive for COVID.
Celebrities are not immune to the dangers of COVID-19. Dozens of stars have come down with coronavirus, and some have been sharing their symptoms with the public in an effort to help raise awareness about the havoc COVID-19 can wreak. While many celebrities have recovered, a handful are still experiencing some pretty scary symptoms months after contracting the virus. Long-term symptoms have been widely reported by COVID survivors, proving that the coronavirus stays with patients long after their CDC-recommended two-week self-isolation period is up. From lingering coughs to hair loss, here are the COVID symptoms celebrities are still experiencing. And for more information on the long-term effects of the coronavirus, check out The 4 Worst Long-Term Effects You'll Have From COVID, Study Finds.
This was me on April 2nd after already being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. pic.twitter.com/X598YtqKbx
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 6, 2020
Charmed alum Alyssa Milano was diagnosed with COVID-19 back in April, but she went back to the hospital on Aug. 8 due to a "real heaviness" in her chest, she tweeted. The next day, Milano took to Twitter again to share a video that demonstrates the hair loss she's experienced from COVID-19 even months after her "recovery." Milano is not alone in having this startling issue—a recent survey from Indiana University School of Medicine found that 26 percent of COVID survivors experienced hair loss. And for more on this, check out The New Coronavirus Symptom That's Appearing Weeks After You Get Sick.
Actress and writer Lena Dunham detailed her experience with COVID-19 in a lengthy Instagram post on July 31. Dunham said she contracted the coronavirus in mid-March and experienced fatigue, numbness, fever, a cough, and a loss of taste and smell—but some of these symptoms persisted long after her diagnosis. After a month, Dunham said, she was cleared to leave isolation, but her symptoms weren't gone. "I had swollen hands and feet, an unceasing migraine and fatigue that limited my every move," she wrote on Instagram. "The serious long-term health consequences of a COVID-19 infection are something doctors are learning more about every hour…but we don't yet understand the long-term impact of this illness on people's bodies and minds." For more on coronavirus symptoms, check out 5 Strange New COVID Symptoms That Doctors Are Reporting.
CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo reported live through most of his battle with COVID in early April. But in mid-July, Cuomo said he was still suffering from COVID symptoms, although he had a relatively mild case of the virus. "I've got brain fog that won't go away. I've got an onset of clinical depression, which is not sadness, but it is depression. I never had it before. I have it now," he said. "I can't recover from workouts the way I did before." And for more on the way COVID affects the brain, check out 60 Percent of COVID Survivors May Be Dealing With This Forever, Study Says.
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Hi friends… I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19. I have since tested negative, but I was extremely sick for over three weeks and still have lingering symptoms. I was incredibly safe. I wore a mask. I used hand sanitizer. One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it. I believe it may have been because of that one time. People are saying it’s like having the flu, but I’ve had the flu, and this is absolutely not that. The panic of contracting a virus that is basically untreatable and is so new that no one knows the long term irreparable damage it does to your immune system is unbelievably stressful. Completely losing my sense of smell and taste without knowing when or even if they will return is extremely disorienting. I’m only smelling about 30 percent of how I used to now. Other persistent symptoms are (a month later) dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever. I’m lucky. Because I didn’t die. But people are. Please wear ur mask. It can happen any time. And it can happen to anyone. Even that one time you feel safe. We can all make a difference. Wearing a mask is saving lives. Thank you to everyone who reached out to check on me during this scary time. Please be safe out there. Let’s all do our part and wear a mask. I don’t want any of you to go through what I did. Even though it’s a little thing, it can have a huge impact, and it’s so incredibly easy to do❤️
In an Instagram post in late July, Pitch Perfect star Anna Camp told her fans she had COVID-19 and had been battling symptoms for a month. "I’m only smelling about 30 percent of how I used to now. Other persistent symptoms are (a month later) dizziness, extreme fatigue, impacted sinuses, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and fever," she wrote. Camp emphasized that the coronavirus was not like any other illness she's had, including the flu. And to see which stars have been pushing for face coverings amid the pandemic, check out 7 Celebrities Who've Urged Their Fans to Wear Masks.
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I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support over the last 24 hours. I have gone through so many emotions since learning of my diagnosis…mostly fear, anxiety, and embarrassment. The first and most important thing is I would like to publicly apologize to the people that I may have endangered. At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus . I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support. I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.
Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was the first professional athlete to test positive for COVID-19 in early March. The French-born NBA forward became something of a household name when he tested positive, which eventually led the NBA to suspend their season. And in a June interview with French-based sports outlet L'equipe, Gobert said he was still not fully recovered from COVID-19. "The taste has returned, but the smell is still not 100 percent. I can smell the smells, but not from afar. I spoke to specialists, who told me that it could take up to a year," Gobert said.
Broadway star Danny Burstein penned an article on Aug. 10 detailing his experience with COVID-19, noting that while his symptoms have largely dissipated four months after his diagnosis, some are still lingering "in subtle and, on some days, not-so-subtle ways." "I can suffer terrible exhaustion. I've had swelling in my hands and feet. I had a few weeks where I had short-term memory loss; that went away thankfully," wrote Burstein. "Sadly, it seems anyone who's suffered with COVID-19 has also had some kind of residual symptoms." And for more on COVID's long-lasting effects, check out This Is How Long It Really Takes for You to Recover From Coronavirus.
Prince Charles tested positive for COVID in March and experienced mild symptoms, saying he "got away with it quite lightly," according to the BBC. But the Prince of Whales recently told the outlet that he is still suffering from a loss of smell and taste months later. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.