Lena Dunham talks about living with COVID-19

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We can now add Lena Dunham to the list of celebrities who can offer first hand testimonials about what life can be like with COVID-19; the Girls creator posted on Instagram this weekend about her experience with the disease, noting that she was diagnosed in March, and that “It’s not like passing the flu on to your coworker. “

In his article, Dunham discusses what looks like three extremely unpleasant weeks of direct symptoms of the disease, writing that “Suddenly my body just… revolted. The nerves in my feet were burning and the muscles didn’t seem to be doing their job. I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A broken cough, like a metronome that keeps time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks such as drinking a glass of water. Random red washes. A headache pounding right between my eyes. I felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then my sons had been redirected to the wrong entrances.

Like other celebrities before her (including Bryan Cranston, Tom Hanks, and several others), Dunham wrote that she was speaking about her experiences to reinforce the need for people to take preventative measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus:

I’m reluctant to share this, having rewritten and rewritten with anxiety. I don’t want to add my voice unnecessarily to a noisy landscape on such a difficult subject, as an unfathomable number of people have lost their lives to COVID-19 – a phrase we didn’t even know in January.

But given the recklessness with which so many people in the US deal with social distancing, the people jogging without masks and parties on Instagram, I feel compelled to be honest about the impact this disease has had. on me, in the hope that the personal stories allow us. seeing humanity in what may look like abstract situations.

Dunham says that after about 21 days of symptoms, she recovered from the initial wave of the disease’s effects and shortly thereafter tested negative for COVID-19. But she also says she has a lot of symptoms that have not abated as a result of the “active” phase of the disease, and pointed out that doctors still struggle to understand the long-term impacts of the disease. . “It’s the biggest deal in our country,” she concludes, “Unnd in the world right now. When you take the right steps to protect yourself and your neighbors, you save them a world of pain. You’re saving them a journey no one deserves, with a million results we don’t yet understand, and a million people with varying resources and levels of support who aren’t ready for this tussle. -tide takes them away.

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