Alyssa Milano is one of the many celebrities who have battled a COVID-19 infection. However, unlike others who have recovered from the virus—including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tom Hanks, and Pink—the Who’s the Boss? star is still feeling the wrath of the virus. The 46-year-old identifies as a “long hauler,” a group of coronavirus survivors who are still experiencing symptoms several months after their initial infection. During a Friday interview with Dr. Mehmet Oz, the actress reveals the scariest health issues she is still stricken with, 7 months after she first got the virus.
According to Milano, “brain fog” and “extreme hair loss” are seriously impacting her life. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus.
“It’s Hard,” She Says
“It’s hard, especially when you’re an actor and so much of your identity is wrapped up in those things, like having long silky hair and clean skin,” she revealed on The Dr. Oz Show. “Along with that also, I have the brain fog. Which, again, as an actress, as someone who has to memorize dialogue and be able to emote, and respond, and be on my toes, it’s frightening.”
Milano, who has been chronicling her health struggles on Instagram, first showed symptoms of the virus in March. She tested negative at the time, describing the initial symptoms to Dr. Oz as “really scary.”
“My first symptoms were stomach issues and a headache like I’ve never felt before in my life, and just overwhelming fatigue,” she says. “That lasted for about three days. So I thought to myself, I should probably just go get tested. First test came back negative. I would say, two days after that first test, it settled in my lungs and that’s when it got really scary. I said, ‘This is the moment. Do I go to the hospital, do I go to the emergency room or do I stay home?'”
However, in August she still wasn’t feeling better, battling “lingering symptoms like vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise.”
It was then that she decided to take an antibody test, which came back positive.
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As someone who has felt the wrath of the virus first hand, she is very disappointed with President Donald Trump’s reaction to getting infected.
“It still feels like he’s not taking this seriously enough,” she says. “We’ve now seen 20 members of his administration who are COVID positive. So obviously, this is a very contagious disease. I don’t know what it’s going to take to get some Federal leadership on this issue. But, 215,000 people have died. Cases are spiking right now, we are coming on to flu season, and he’s telling people to not be afraid and go about their lives.”
If you feel any symptoms like Milano, call a medical professional. And this goes for everyone: wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid crowds, don’t congregate with people indoors, get your flu shot—and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don’t miss these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.