Alyssa Milano Reveals She Had COVID-19 and Felt Like She 'Was Dying'

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Alyssa Milano is opening up about her "horrible" COVID-19 symptoms. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, the 47-year-old actress revealed that she tested positive for antibodies, after taking three other tests that indicated she was negative for the coronavirus.

Milano explained that she had been sick for two weeks. She wrote that "everything hurt," she lost her sense of smell, couldn't breathe and "couldn't keep food in me."

"I basically had every Covid symptom," she wrote alongside a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask. "At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE."

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This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick. Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible. I basically had every Covid symptom. At the very end of march I took two covid19 tests and both were negative. I also took a covid antibody test (the finger prick test) after I was feeling a bit better. NEGATIVE. After living the last 4 months with lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise, I went and got an antibody test from a blood draw (not the finger prick) from a lab. I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies. I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers. I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying. I will be donating my plasma with hopes that I might save a life. Please take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance. I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.)❤️

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After still having lingering symptoms -- "like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise," she wrote -- she went to get another antibody test. After she got her blood drawn, she tested positive for antibodies.

"I had Covid19. I just want you to be aware that our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers," she explained. "I also want you to know, this illness is not a hoax. I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying."

Milano concluded her post by writing that she will be donating plasma in hopes that it might save a life. She also reminded people to "take care of yourselves. Please wash your hands and wear a mask and social distance."

The former Charmed star's post was quickly filled with well wishes and messages of support from her friends and followers.

Milano's post comes a day after it was confirmed that a Who's the Boss? sequel series is in the works. The actress is set to reprise her role as Samantha Micelli, with Tony Danza also reprising his role as Sam's dad, Tony.

"Who’s the Boss? was a very progressive show. A divorced mom, who owned her own business and had a free-spirited mother who made sex jokes, who hires a single dad to be her housekeeper," Milano said in a statement given to ET on Tuesday. "We were really a modern family in the 80’s. We look forward to making the sequel as thoughtful, smart and relevant to the times today. And make people laugh at the same time."

For more on the revival, watch below.

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