8 celebrities who have long struggled with COVID
“I’m on a medical journey and I’m serious about getting answers,” said RHONY graduate Bethenny Frankel.
In the last three years, COVID has affected millions of people around the world. While many have thankfully fully recovered from the virus, others are still struggling with symptoms that have lasted for months — and sometimes even years. According to the CDCAnyone who “shows symptoms and conditions that persist or develop” more than four weeks after an initial infection could potentially have post-COVID illness, also known as Long COVID.
Unfortunately, many doctors don’t have answers as to why certain people are affected by COVID in the long term, and treatment options are still being explored. Even celebrities, who often have access to the best medical care, have been affected by Long COVID. Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Bethenny Frankel have been incredibly open about their journey — and hopefully, by finding answers, they can help others, too.
Find out what these stars had to say about Long COVID…
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Gwyneth Paltrow says “that after contracting COVID early in the pandemic, she began experiencing long-term symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog.” Gwyneth has been treating long-COVID for two years now, specifically through a very special diet. This includes fasting until noon and eating foods like bone broth for lunch and vegetables for dinner.
“I have Long-COVID and the way it manifests for me is that over time it becomes very inflammatory.” she shared on Instagramadding that she “did with Dr. [Will] Cole really needs to focus on non-inflammatory foods.
She continued, “This is based on my medical findings and extensive testing I’ve had over time…It really is exactly what has worked for me. It was very impactful and very positive.”
Bethenny Frankel has struggled with health issues for quite some time, starting with a fight with Autoimmune disease POTS. After contracting COVID, her condition apparently worsened, and she’s struggled with numerous other symptoms since then. Bethenny says that in addition to fatigue, dizziness, and a rapid heartbeat caused by POTS, she also experiences “severe pain” on a regular basis [her] After suffering a near-fatal allergic reaction to fish last year, Bethenny is now doing what she can to find answers.
“I’m on a medical journey and I’m serious about getting answers. From long COVID to body aches and dehydration to dark circles and autoimmune diseases, there is a lot to process and digest. I’ve learned that in life you take things one step at a time and ‘It doesn’t work in healthcare. I have to address this mystery,” she said wrote on Instagram. “I don’t care how I look. I don’t care how other people think I look. It is important to me how I feel and that I am healthy for my daughter, my loved ones and for you.
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After contracting COVID in 2022, Billie Eilish said it took her months to recover. Despite saying the initial infection was “miserable” and “awful” to deal with, she remained ill for nearly two months.
“It was bad. I mean, I didn’t die and I wouldn’t die, but that doesn’t change how miserable it was. It was terrible. I still have side effects. I was sick because of…” almost two months,” she said on “the howard stern show,“I added, ‘I think if I hadn’t been vaccinated I would have died because it was bad.’
4. Colin Farell
Colin Farrell has experienced COVID twice and says it took him months to recover when he was first sick. When interviewed shortly after his second infection, Colin said he planned to retire in hopes of avoiding long-term symptoms again.
“Both times I’ve had it, I’ve had a good hit for three or four days but it might be a bit intense. Just everything, temperature, headaches,” he said.cbs sunday morning,“I added, ‘I’m going to be doing very little now for a while…the first time I went out about a week after testing negative, I started walking again.’ I screwed up and I was like that for about six months Long contracted COVID.”
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5. Salma Hayek
At the start of the pandemic, Salma Hayek had a severe case of COVID that nearly put her in the hospital. While her doctor begged her to examine herself, Salma said she would “rather die at home”. Salma ended up having to isolate in a room in her home for seven weeks, and even after that she was still feeling symptoms. She spent much of 2020 recovering and wasn’t able to return to work until the following year.
“It kind of stopped. It took me a while to recover. I did, but then I had COVID for a long time. I was very tired until I got the vaccination. For some reason I’m fine now…I had a lot of heart palpitations.” “I thought it was anxiety. It turned out to be one of the COVID symptoms. Nobody talked about that part,” she said on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.“
Alyssa Milano’s journey with COVID began in early 2020 with an acute infection that left her with symptoms including shortness of breath, loss of smell and palpitations. Although her test came back negative after 12 days, she said she had symptoms all the time. In 2022, Alyssa shared that a CT scan revealed the small blood vessels in her lungs were only 30% full.
“I’ve always had every single symptom imaginable, so every symptom that they list, whether it’s of acute COVID or long-term COVID that I’ve had. Shortness of breath, palpitations, brain fog, exhaustion at 4pm, tingling in my hands and feet and just plain forgetfulness,” she said NBC New York.
While being treated, Alyssa says she’s still fighting in 2023.
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7. Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham has struggled with many health issues throughout her life, including once with Long COVID. After contracting the virus in early 2020 and being isolated for a month, she shared that she was still experiencing symptoms in July of the same year. She says she suffered from fatigue and a “constant migraine”.[s]and swollen hands and feet. Her doctor later found that her pituitary gland was “almost non-functional” and her arthritis was worsening.
“The serious long-term health consequences of Covid-19 infection is something doctors are learning more about by the hour. We’ve never advanced medicine so fast — we’ve never had to — and experts are doing 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,” she said wrote on Instagram.
8th. Dave Navarro
Dave Navarro first contracted COVID in December 2021 and shared five months later that he still had symptoms. In an Instagram post, Dave wrote that he was struggling with fatigue and didn’t know when he’d feel like he used to. In September this year, Dave had to pull out of a Jane’s Addiction tour as he was battling symptoms – and he still hasn’t returned to the band due to health issues.
“So yes, I’m one of those who got sick with ‘long-distance Covid’.” “I’ve been sick since December and will probably be back to my old self in…nobody knows how long,” he wrote in the meanwhile deleted post. “If any of you are still suffering long after your negative results, I’m just saying you’re not alone. The fatigue and isolation is pretty awful, but try to spend your time with those you love and stay creative.” That’s how I’m trying to get through this. Many spiritual exercises, meditation and yoga were also very helpful. I’ll be fine, I just don’t know when.”