Alyssa Milano Opened Up About Her ‘Debilitating’ Symptoms as a COVID-19 ‘Long-Hauler’

Alyssa Milano Opened Up About Her ‘Debilitating’ Symptoms as a COVID-19 ‘Long-Hauler’

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  • Alyssa Milano opened up about her lingering symptoms as COVID-19 “long-hauler” in a new interview on The Dr. Oz Show.
  • The actress said she’s still experiencing side effects of COVID-19 several months after recovering from virus, including brain fog, extreme hair loss, and overwhelming fatigue.
  • Milano stressed that her experience with COVID-19 has been a “rollercoaster.”

    Five months after coming down with COVID-19, Alyssa Milano is opening up about a multitude of symptoms and side effects she’s still continuing to experience. In a new interview on The Dr. Oz Show, the actress told Mehmet Oz, M.D., that she is a COVID “long-hauler.”

    “I’ve never been sick like that, Dr. Oz,” the 47-year-old explained. “It was a very debilitating type of illness. And it just seemed to move throughout my body and my mind.”

    Milano said she doesn’t believe other people are taking the spread of the novel coronavirus seriously, so she decided to share what she was going through on her Instagram, including her lingering COVID-19 symptoms.

    “I thought of it as a respiratory illness before, and I think because it also goes into your vascular system, it affects every aspect of your body, not just your lungs,” she said. “I would never think that an illness or a virus would continue on. I’m now five months out, and I’m still having debilitating symptoms on some days.”

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    “I think any time you don’t see an end in sight, it’s terrifying,” she continued. Milano is worried certain symptoms may never go away: hair loss, brain fog, and unrelenting fatigue.

    “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 explained. “Along with that also, I have the brain fog. I’m a very quick-witted, quick-minded person and there will be moments where I freeze and think, ‘What’s the word I’m looking for right now?’ 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 described her COVID-19 experience as a “rollercoaster.” The first symptoms she initially experienced in March included stomach issues, headaches, and overwhelming fatigue, lasting for about three days. “My first test came back negative,” she revealed. “Two days after that first test, [the virus] settled in my lungs, and that’s when it got really scary.”

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    “I had a high fever, a low-grade temperature. It felt like I had a corset and I had an elephant sitting on my chest,” she continued. After a few days of resting at home, Milano went back for another test, which also came back negative

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