Lena Dunham’s Body “Revolted” After Being Diagnosed With COVID-19

Paulina Jayne Isaac
Photo credit: Lena Dunham - Instagram
Photo credit: Lena Dunham - Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

  • Lena Dunham recently opened up on Instagram about her experience battling COVID-19.

  • Lena says her body “revolted” after contracting the virus.

Lena Dunham is ready to share her story. She recently posted a lengthy message on Instagram detailing her very personal experience with COVID-19. She contracted the virus in March and said her body “revolted.”

“I’ve been reluctant to share this, having written and rewritten it anxiously. I don’t want to unnecessarily add my voice to a noisy landscape on such a challenging topic, as an unfathomable number of people have lost their lives to COVID-19—a phrase we didn’t even know in January,” she wrote. “But seeing the carelessness with which so many in the United States are treating social distancing, people jogging without masks and parties on Instagram, I feel compelled to be honest about the impact this illness has had on me in the hopes that personal stories allow us to see the humanity in what can feel like abstract situations. The fact is, the coronavirus kills people. We know that.”

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My Covid Story

A post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:04pm PDT

Lena admitted that at first, she didn’t think much about the symptoms she was experiencing because she deals with chronic pain. But they continued to become more severe. “I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell,” she continued. “A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes. 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.”

We’re so glad you’re feeling better, Lena.

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