Debi Mazar Reveals She Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

by Kristine Cannon
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‘Protect yourselves and your loved ones. Build up your immune systems,’ Debi Mazar wrote on Instagram

Actress Debi Mazar has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Younger star took to Instagram on March 21 to alert her fans.

“I have just tested positive for Covid-19. I AM OK!” the caption starts.

Mazar explained that, about one month ago, everyone in her household, including her husband and two teen daughters, contracted an “odd bug” with symptoms that included low-grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ringing ears, and a dry cough.

“It cleared up quickly,” Mazar wrote. “Seasonal, I thought? But it felt unusual/different…”

She said that two weeks later, on March 15, she woke up with all of the same symptoms as well as “super intense” body aches and a 102.4-degree fever. “I figured, maybe I got the flu… or corona?” she said, adding that she had cocktails and smoked a few cigarettes the evening prior, so she thought she “jacked [her] immune system from having a fun night with friends.”

In an effort to get her hands on a coronavirus test, she called a doctor friend the next day, March 16. He turned her down, telling her she didn’t “meet the criteria” because she hadn’t recently traveled overseas nor had she been with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I found this kind of a crazy criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway, gone to the theater, the grocery store, the pharmacy, hair salon, etc. I was the mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies and bleach wipes, dry goods, extra food, etc.,” she said.

Mazar went on to express her concern over the lack of action taken, including the lack of closures, in New York, specifically.

“Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely, my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC and forbidding movement outside the home without permission, like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday, I hear, was jumpin’!”

After hearing that an urgent care in her neighborhood had test kits, she visited the clinic on March 17. She said she first tested for the flu, and that came back negative. Then, doctors tested her for COVID-19. Doctors instructed her to quarantine herself until she received the results, which, they told her, would take three to seven days.

“Well, today is day [five], and I just found out. I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already,” she said.

Mazar described her symptoms as “very ‘morphy.'”

“One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough. I can breath, and I’m going to heal here, in my own home! My family is under quarantine for 14 days. They have no symptoms. I think we all had it possibly already? Who knows.”

As she recovers, Mazar stresses everyone to stay home.

“Protect yourselves and your loved ones. Build up your immune systems. Good luck and god bless us all!” she said.

Many other celebrities have also test positive for the coronavirus, including Bravo’s Andy Cohen, The Bachelor‘s Colton Underwood, New Amsterdam‘s Daniel Dae Kim, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and more.

The New York Times reports that, as of Sunday morning, at least 24,380 people across every state, plus Washington, D.C. and three U.S. territories, have tested positive for the coronavirus. At least 340 patients with the virus have died.

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