Lena Dunham took to Instagram to share a detailed account of what she experienced after testing positive for Covid-19 in mid-March.
Dunham who is a native New Yorker, tested positive for the deadly virus in March when much of the nation was shutting down due to the ongoing pandemic.
“It started with achy joints, then the pain was joined by a crushing fatigue. Then a fever of 102. Suddenly my body simply revolted,” Dunham wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. She further shared that she then went into isolation and felt severe symptoms for three weeks.
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The 34-year-old creator and star of “Girls” was treated by a doctor in her home and did not have to be hospitalized. After a month, she tested negative and was able to see people in her inner circle again, but said she is having lingering problems.
Dunham was the lead writer and star of the HBO series “Girls” from 2012 to 2017 and is currently working on a film adaptation of the young adult novel, “Catherine, Called Birdy.”
The actress says she was not willing to share her story, but felt compelled to after seeing the carelessness with which so many are treating social distancing and mask-wearing.
“When you take the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your neighbors, you save them a world of pain,” she wrote.
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For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.