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Lena Dunham details painful experience with coronavirus

The actress was diagnosed with Covid-19 back in March


Lena Dunham has detailed her painful experience with coronavirus.

In a candid Instagram post, the actress told fans she was diagnosed with Covid-19 in March – and her symptoms lasted for weeks.

Lena suffers from a chronic condition called Ehler-Danlos syndrome, and admitted she was initially unable to distinguish the symptoms from her existing illness.

She wrote: “I got sick with COVID-19 in mid-March. It started with achy joints, which I was unable to distinguish from my usual diagnoses, so I didn’t freak out. But the pain was soon join by an impossible, crushing fatigue. Then, a fever of 102.”


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“Suddenly my body simply… revolted. The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises.”

“I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes,” she continued.

“A pounding headache right between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs. This went on for 21 days… that blended together like a rave gone wrong.”

The Girls star said she was fortunate to have a doctor on hand to advise her, meaning she never had to go to hospital.


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After a month, Lena tested negative for Covid-19, but she still experienced symptoms of the virus.

She described her hands and feet being swollen, and suffering from severe fatigue and a constant migraine.

Lena finished her post by encouraging others to take the virus seriously, as it isĀ “the biggest deal in our country and in the world right now”.


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On the latest episode of Goss Chats, Goss.ie CEO Ali Ryan chats to Alan Hughes about life during the coronavirus pandemic.

The TV presenter admits working on Ireland AM has been a “life saver” over the past few months, and opens up about his fears over the future of his Cheerios Panto.

Goss Chats is sponsored by top aesthetic clinic Haus of JeJuve.


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On the latest episode of #GossChats @itsalirose sits down with @alanhughestv who opens up about hosting Ireland AM during lockdown, the future of his panto and spending extra time with his husband Karl Broderick. #GossChats is sponsored by @haus_of_jejuve

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