With more businesses starting to open their doors and more people going out in public, the COVID cases in the US continue to spike. Since the virus is highly contagious, it doesn’t take much to become infected, and Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp believes she caught the virus after not wearing a mask.
Hi friends... I felt it was my responsibility to share that I ended up getting Covid-19. I have since tested negative, but I was extremely sick for over three weeks and still have lingering symptoms. I was incredibly safe. I wore a mask. I used hand sanitizer. One time, when the world was starting to open up, I decided to forgo wearing my mask in public. One. Time. And I ended up getting it.
It’s good to hear that Anna Camp was able to recover from the disease. Other actors have not been as lucky. Considering all the precautions she took, Anna Camp’s message should certainly be considered, though it should be noted that it wasn't confirmed by a health professional if that one day of not wearing a mask did indeed lead to her contracting COVID.
In any case, Anna Camp continued by saying her experience with COVID-19 is different from having the flu, even though it’s been compared to that, and revealed some of the other symptoms and challenges it presents:
People are saying it’s like having the flu, but I’ve had the flu, and this is absolutely not that. The panic of contracting a virus that is basically untreatable and is so new that no one knows the long term irreparable damage it does to your immune system is unbelievably stressful. Completely losing my sense of smell and taste without knowing when or even if they will return is extremely disorienting. I’m only smelling about 30 percent of how I used to now.
Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the virus has been a hot topic lately. Many celebrities, such as Jack Black, have issued online PSAs encouraging people to wear masks. Tom Hanks, for his part, just came out and said everyone needs to do their part by washing their hands, social distancing and wearing a mask.
Regardless of the symptoms, Anna Camp’s message seems pretty straightforward: don’t take a chance, wear a mask.