Ellen DeGeneres opens up on battling Covid-19

Ellen De Generes smiling in a black jacket and white shirt

That the production has to be halted because Ellen DeGeneres tested positive for the COVID-19 and prior to that, had to face certain controversies about her character, certainly fueled the rumors. She addressed the audience, which is once again virtual amid California's coronavirus crisis, and had on medical expert Dr. Sanjay Gupta to discuss the latest with the coronavirus. She was later put on a steroid pack as well, she said, adding that she has since learned that back pain can be a symptom of COVID-19.

"Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19", she wrote. "And then on the fourth day, I woke up with back spasms, and I thought I had pulled a muscle or had slept weird because I was in a different bed", Ellen shared. While her doctor put her on pain medication and a muscle relaxers, they "did not help".

During the opening monologue of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show", the amusing lady, who a year ago also battled allegations of a toxic workplace environment, spoke openly about the disease. "Some have not come back since", she explained. "I didn't have a headache, I didn't have fever, I didn't lose my sense of taste - although I did wear Crocs with socks for a day, so you be the judge", she joked. "That was it for me".

Ellen revealed that her COVID-19 experience was far from easy.

"I wear a mask, I wash my hands". "So it's a mystery to me, how that would happen".

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DeGeneres revealed that she tested positive for the virus "before the holidays", and was backstage getting ready for her show when her assistant told her the news. She said, "everyone around me ran away". "They told [executive producer] Andy Lassner and he ran at full speed off the lot, which is unbelievable - I didn't realise you could run". Another said she left the job after unending comments about her race, and many of them reported they were not allowed to speak to DeGeneres directly. They told Andy Lassner [the executive producer of Ellen] and when he heard he literally ran at full speed off the lot.

DeGeneres finished with a message to her viewers who are doing to tough during the pandemic. "My heart goes out to all of them", she said. This is how I felt - I finally understand how you feel. "Everything's clear", she reassured fans. I'm very blessed that that was it for me.

Knowing her fans are still anxious, she asserted that she's "all clear" and feeling "fine now".

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show resumed Wednesday - more than a month after the host's diagnosis and the show abruptly went on an extended hiatus.



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