Actress Debi Mazar revealed Saturday she tested positive for the deadly coronavirus and encouraged others to remain at home until the pandemic is better maintained.
The ‘Entourage’ star shared her story to Instagram and explained she woke up on March 15 with a cough, sore throat, body aches, and a 102.4-degree fever.
“I have just tested positive for Covid-19,” the 55-year-old wrote. “I AM OK!”
“I figured maybe I got the flu or… Corona?I had had cocktails the evening prior, and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends,” Mazar added.
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I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly.Seasonal I thought?but it felt unusual/different… Two weeks later,March 15th,I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?😬 I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16.He said NO,I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country&I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive.I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store,the pharmacy,hair salon,etc.I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies&bleach wipes,dry goods.extra food etc. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin’! A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits,which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17.First I was tested for the flu-which was negative.Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results,which would take 3-7 days(in S.Korea it takes two hours) Well..today is day 5 and I just found out.Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already.Its very “morphy”.One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I’m tough. I can breath,and I’m going to heal here,in my own home!My family is under quarantine for 14 days.They have no symptoms.I think we all had it possibly already?Who knows. Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones.Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome
After feeling symptomatic, Mazar consulted one of her doctor friends who said she could not get tested because she does not meet the criteria. She later went to an urgent care facility and was tested.
“I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days (in S.Korea it takes two hours),” Mazar stated. “Well..today is day 5 and I just found out.”
“One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal,” Mazar continued. “Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough. I can breathe, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home!”
Mazar also left her followers with a piece of advice during the coronavirus outbreak, telling them to “stay home.”
“Stay home people!” Mazar concluded. “Protect yourselves & your loved ones. Build up your immune systems. Good Luck & God Bless us all!”
Other Hollywood stars who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 include Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Colton Underwood, Rita Wilson, Kristofer Hivju, and Andy Cohen.