Actress Anna Camp Shares Her Experience With COVID-19

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In an Instagram post, True Blood and Pitch Perfect actress Anna Camp revealed that she recently contracted COVID-19. 

This week, Camp posted that she had previously tested positive for COVID-19, writing that she felt it was her responsibility to share her experience. Though her most recent test results are negative, Camp felt “extremely sick” when she first caught the virus, and even now she still has some symptoms.

In her post, Camp warns followers of the difficult symptoms she encountered, such as losing her sense of taste and smell, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Even three weeks later, Camp reported that she still only smells “about 30 percent” of what she used to detect. According to the CDC, these symptoms are common among COVID-19 infections. 

 

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Hi friends… I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19. 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. 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. 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. But people are. Please wear ur mask. It can happen any time. And it can happen to anyone. Even that one time you feel safe. We can all make a difference. Wearing a mask is saving lives. Thank you to everyone who reached out to check on me during this scary time. 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❤️

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Now that she’s mostly recovered, Camp wants all of her followers to know how bad the virus can be. She encourages people to wear masks in public. “Let’s all do our part and wear a mask,” she stated in her post. “ I don’t want any of you to go through what I did.”

Several celebs reached out in encouragement and support of Camp’s recovery, including former co-star in the Pitch Perfect series, Shelley Regner, and director/actor, Bryce Howard. 

Camp believes that she became infected after not wearing a mask one time when out in public. To stay safe and protect others, health officials recommend wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and maintaining social distance whenever you have to go into a public space.