AceShowbiz - Lena Dunham is still recovering after battling Covid-19 in March (20).
The "Girls" star revealed in a lengthy Instagram post on Friday (31Jul20), titled "My Covid Story", that she contracted coronavirus earlier this year, recalling, "It started with achy joints then the pain was joined by a crushing fatigue. Then a fever of 102."
"Suddenly my body simply revolted," Lena remembered, explaining she experienced serious symptoms for about three weeks, which she spent in isolation.
During her illness, she wrote that "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."
"It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs."
Lena, who suffers from a host of illnesses, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, said that she did not have to be hospitalised as a doctor treated her at home - noting that "this kind of hands-on attention is a privilege that is far too unusual in our broken healthcare system."
After a month, she tested negative for the virus - but is still experiencing health issues that she "did NOT have" before catching Covid-19, including swollen hands and feet, a constant migraine, and debilitating fatigue.
"Even as a chronically ill person, I had never felt this way," the 34-year-old wrote, adding she was compelled to tell her story after seeing the "carelessness" of people when it comes to wearing masks, social distancing or taking other precautions to ward off the illness.
"When you take the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your neighbours you save them a world of pain," she concluded.