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Lena Dunham says her coronavirus symptoms went on for weeks

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Lena Dunham shared her experience with Covid-19 on Instagram Friday, saying her symptoms lasted weeks.

(CNN)Lena Dunham shared her experience with Covid-19 on Instagram Friday, saying her symptoms lasted weeks.

"The fact is, the Coronavirus kills people," she said.

"It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs," Dunham said.

Although Dunham revealed last year that she has been diagnosed with a chronic condition called Ehler-Danlos syndrome, she said she was able to avoid going to a hospital for coronavirus because a doctor offered her guidance on how to care for herself -- a privilege she said most people don't have.

She tested negative for the virus a month later, but Dunham said many symptoms persisted and doctors don't know yet what her continued recovery will look like.

She said her experience with chronic illness helped her cope with the prolonged impacts.

"I feel blessed to have entered this experience as a 'sick' person; otherwise, I don't know how I would have tolerated crossing that threshold from well to unwell," Dunham said.

Ultimately, Dunham said she felt motivated to share her experience to encourage people to take the virus' spread more seriously.

"This is the biggest deal in our country, and in the world right now," Dunham said.

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