The coronavirus pandemic doesn’t just hit the elderly — it also hits the “younger.”
Debi Mazar, 55, took to Instagram to describe her symptoms and tell fans she’s OK after testing positive for COVID-19.
The actress, who co-stars with Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff on TV Land’s hit show “Younger,” wrote that her husband and two tween daughters felt the symptoms first, about a month ago.
“My entire home … 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 …” Mazar wrote.
Two weeks later, Mazar woke up with 102.4-degree fever and “super intense body aches.”
“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,” the Jamaica, Queens, native wrote.
Mazar called a friend of hers who is a doctor on Monday to ask if she could get the test for the deadly disease.
But she was denied the test because she didn’t meet the criteria — she hadn’t traveled out of the country or interacted with anyone who had tested positive, she wrote.
“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,” Mazar wrote. “I was the mom who was trying to prepare the home and get supplies and bleach wipes, dry goods and extra food.”
Mazar’s family followed news about the coronavirus closely because she has family in Italy. She said her “biggest panic” in recent weeks was Mayor Bill de Blasio initially refusing to close schools and officials allowing movement around the city.
“Prospect Park yesterday, I hear was jumpin’!” Mazar wrote.
Mazar eventually got tested Tuesday after another friend told her that CityMD/Urgent Care had kits available.
Doctors first tested her for the flu, but results came back negative. She was then tested for the coronavirus and doctors told her to self-quarantine while waiting for the results — which she received Saturday.
“I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already,” Mazar wrote. “One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough”
Mazar said she will continue to heal at home and that her entire family will be goodfellas and stay under quarantine for 14 days.
“Stay home people! Protect yourselves and your loved ones. Build up your immune systems,” she wrote. “Good luck and God bless us all!”