Newcastle-born actress Donna Air, who currently stars in the BBC drama The Split, revealed on her Instagram account last week that she had caught and since recovered from COVID-19. Stating she had "developed mild flu like symptoms" and as a result "tested positive for Covid19".
On Tuesday last week, Air shared a lengthy post with her many Instagram followers claiming she had contracted and tested positive for the virus. Since disclosing that she had tested positive but had then improved, Air has given her advice on how she recovered and how she was tested for the virus.
"Happy to answer questions on symptoms or give info on what I did to boost my immune system when I felt at my worst."
Sharing the selfie with her followers, the actress detailed being allowed to spend time with loved ones again after her GP had given her the all-clear and because none of them showed signs or symptoms of the virus.
After revealing she had been diagnosed with the virus many of her followers questioned how she was able to be tested for COVID-19. With tests being in demand nationwide and the government under pressure to expand the testing program, especially for NHS staff on the frontline fighting the virus.
"I am aware what a privilege it is to be able access tests privately, so I have donated some to friends working for the @NHS."
Since her Instagram post, Air received some criticism and backlash for being able to have such easy access to a test while key workers are without. Air then responded to the queries on her Twitter stating: "I purchased from Harley private medical centre and another supplier up north. Just looking for their details".
Following her statement the actress then shared a list of immune system boosters she said she had used while suffering from the virus which helped her to then evidently recover. She instructed her followers to take 3000mg of vitamin c, 2000 international units of vitamin D3, 40mg of magnesium, 20mg of zinc and 100mcg of selenium daily. Even though she wasn't sure she was able to improve purely with these immune boosters she claimed they did appear to make a difference to her symptoms.
Air, then urged everyone to stay home and save lives while the nation continues to battle the global pandemic.
Donna Air is amongst many other famous stars in the UK to have been diagnosed with the virus and to have detailed their experience on social media.