'Younger' star Debi Mazar tests positive for Covid-19

Debi Mazar (Photo: Getty Images)
Debi Mazar (Photo: Getty Images)

Younger star Debi Mazar revealed on Saturday that she has contracted Covid-19. 

The actor shared a lengthy Instagram message with fans following her diagnosis. In the post, Debi described her symptoms and the struggle of getting tested for the virus. 

"About a month ago my entire home (husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug – Low grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ears ringing and dry cough." 

The star says the symptoms seemed to clear up "quickly", only to return and intensify two weeks later.

When she made the decision to get tested for the coronavirus, Debi called up a friend who is a doctor, asking for advice. "He said No, I didn't meet the criteria." 

The actor says this was because she had not recently travelled out of the country and had not been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus. She adds: "I found this kind of CRAZY criteria for a NY'er", saying that she had spent time on the subway and had gone out to places like the theatre and hair salon. 

Debi eventually got tested after another friend recommended a place in her neighbourhood which had test kits available. 

"I went on 3/17. First I was tested for the flu – which was negative. Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results, which would take 3-7 days (in S. Korea it takes two hours). Well..today is day 5 and I just found out," she wrote. 

In recent days many celebrities, including Idris Elba and Andy Cohen, have come forward with the news that they have contracted Covid-19, sharing their stories and warning people to take precaution.

Several stars have also participated in the #IStayHomeFor challenge, which encourages people to practice social distancing in order to help curb the spread of the virus. 

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I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home(husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug- Low grade fever,headaches,sore throat,body aches,ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly.Seasonal I thought?but it felt unusual/different... Two weeks later,March 15th,I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches,and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona??? I had had cocktails the evening prior,and smoked a few cigarettes. I figured I had jacked my immune system from having a fun night with friends.I called a doctor/friend to ask if I could get the Covid-19 test on 3/16.He said NO,I didn’t meet the criteria.I hadn’t recently traveled out of the country&I hadnt been with someone who had actually tested positive.I found this kind of a CRAZY criteria for a NY’er as I had taken the subway,gone to the theater,the grocery store,the pharmacy,hair salon,etc.I was the Mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies&bleach wipes,dry goods.extra food etc. Because we have Italian family in Italy and we follow the news closely,my biggest panic was why were they not closing schools in NYC &forbidding movement outside the home without permission,like China and all of Europe? Prospect Park yesterday,i hear was jumpin’! A friend told me that CityMD/Urgent Care in my neighborhood had test kits,which appealed to me as I wanted to stay away from the hospital. I went on 3/17.First I was tested for the flu-which was negative.Then they tested me for Covid-19. I was sent home and told to quarantine myself until I had results,which would take 3-7 days(in S.Korea it takes two hours) Well..today is day 5 and I just found out.Im hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already.Its very “morphy”.One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal.Today my lungs are heavy,but I’m tough. I can breath,and I’m going to heal here,in my own home!My family is under quarantine for 14 days.They have no symptoms.I think we all had it possibly already?Who knows. Anyhow,stay home people!Protect yourselves&your loved ones.Build up your immune systems.Good Luck&God Bless us all! #alonetogether #physicaldistancing #stayhome

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