“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Camp took to Instagram on Wednesday to offer a warning to her follows: wear a mask because I caught coronavirus the one time I went out in public without one.
“Hi friends... I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19,” Camp captioned the photo of herself in her car wearing a pink-striped mask with illustrated panda bears.
“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,” Camp wrote. “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,” she said. “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.”
Experts have stressed for months how wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of coronavirus, advice that Camp echoed in closing her Instagram post.
“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.”
Camp can currently be seen “The Lovebirds” and “Desperados,” both streaming on Netflix.
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