The 34-year-old designer and “Girls” star gave a detailed account on Instagram on Friday of what she said she experienced after testing positive for the coronavirus in mid-March, as did much of the country was closing due to the pandemic.
“It started with sore joints,” Dunham writes, “then the pain was accompanied by overwhelming fatigue. Then a fever of 102 years. Suddenly my body just revolted. ”
She went to isolation and had severe symptoms for three weeks, she said.
Dunham said she was treated by a doctor at her home and did not have to be hospitalized, and said she knew she was lucky to have exceptional health care and a flexible work.
She tested negative after a month and was able to see people around her again, but said she had lingering issues.
Dunham is from New York City, but did not say where she was when she contracted the disease and went into isolation. She was the lead writer and star of the HBO series “Girls” from 2012 to 2017 and is working on a film adaptation of the young adult novel, “Catherine, Called Birdy”.
Dunham said she was reluctant to tell her story, but felt compelled to do so after seeing the neglect with which so many deal with social distancing and wearing a mask.
“When you take the right steps to protect yourself and your neighbors,” she writes, “you save them a world of pain”.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, which go away within two to three weeks. For some – especially the elderly and people with existing health problems – it can cause more serious illnesses, including pneumonia and death.