Actress Lena Dunham took to Instagram to describe her month-long battle with COVID-19, saying her body "revolted" to defend itself against the infection.
"It started with achy joints, which I was unable to distinguish from my usual diagnoses, so I didn't freak out ," Dunham wrote. "But the pain soon joined by an impossible, crushing fatigue. Then, a fever of 102.
"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."
The HBO "Girls" creator, writer, and actress experienced the gamut of reported COVID-19 symptoms, including loss of "sense of taste or smell," "hacking cough," "random red rashes," "pounding headache" and an "inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water," she added.
She "never had to be hospitalized" and ultimately tested negative, while symptoms of "swollen hands" and an "unceasing migraine and fatigue" wore on, she wrote.
"This isn't like passing the flu to your co-worker – 'Sorry, Brenda! Lunch is on me next time!'" she concluded. "This is the biggest deal in our country, and in the world right now. When you take the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your neighbors, you save them a world of pain."
Dunham, like many in Hollywood, has been a vocal activist for liberal causes, including Black Lives Matter.
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