Brooke Baldwin of CNN Recovers from COVID-19 and Shares Nasal Swab Test Video
CNN "Newsroom" host, Brooke Baldwin, set to return to work and help other virus-infected patients as she tests Negative for COVID-19.
Brooke Baldwin is "virus-free!" after battling with COVID-19 for over two weeks. She took to Instagram to share the great news with a video of her getting tested.
It was a nasal swab test which she didn't like very much, as shown by her reaction after the health worker took swabs from her nostrils.
The procedure had the journalist's followers feeling sorry for her, and some even likened it to a nasal colonoscopy.
Apart from confirming that she was no longer infected with the virus, Brooke also got the test done because she wishes to donate plasma for people who need it to fight the viral infection.
She also appreciated the health workers on the frontline and all her well-wishers in her video caption, which read:
"...Thank you again to the docs and the nurses on the frontlines doing the real work. Again 🙏🏼 THANK YOU 🙏🏼 for all your love..."
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*We can do hard things.* I’m a gal who needs tangible progress. I can get the sh*t knocked out of me— but then little by little, I know that I will recover. The tricky thing with #covid19 is... you think you’re improving and then your body gives you the 🖕🏼. Last night turned out to be my worst so far — aches, chills, highest fever I’ve had. Tears. It wasn’t pretty. But I woke up this morning after a monster night sleep (the length of sleep I don’t think I’ve had since junior high school) feeling rested and at peace. My husband (who thus far has proven to be Superman) brought me our little routine of toast and tea — neither of which I can smell or taste — and I sat here solo just brimming with gratitude. This will all be over soon enough. I’ll go back to joining the rest of you in zoom calls and virtual work outs 💦 and wondering when this will all end and what the net effect of it all will be. (That teachers and nurses need a serious RAISE.) But in the meantime, this past week I have heard from THOUSANDS of you. And in my lowest moments with this thing, what would keep me from completely spinning out, would be reading notes and texts and comments from you. Growing up in the South... the thing my mom would always be yammering to us kids: BE KIND. Turns out — it’s been YOUR kindness to me that has been 100% the most overwhelming part of this experience. And I just want to say from the bottom of my heart: thank you. ♥️ #community #kindness #gratitude #effcovid19 #nyc
The CNN host who announced that she had contracted the virus on the third of April will be going back to work on the 27th. Her diagnosis came three days after another CNN host, Chris Cuomo, also tested positive for the virus.
The 40-year-old came out with her Coronavirus diary, where she shared details about the ordeal.
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UPDATE — My 🦠 test just came back negative. I am virus free! I would like to DO SOME GOOD as a result of this: ideally donate my🩸plasma to those who are very sick. And in order to do that, I need an antibody test. And to get an antibody test, I needed a negative #COVID19 result. So... there ya go. Thank you again to the docs and the nurses on the frontlines doing the real work. (And if you watch this video... they call the coronavirus test a “brain tickler” for a reason.) Again 🙏🏼 THANK YOU 🙏🏼 for all your love and support and messages. #coronavirus #done #byefelicia👋 (Back on 📺 #CNN next Monday 1-3pmET.)
Throughout her illness, Baldwin documented the experience and shared it via her Instagram page. Brooke shared her second update after a week of illness when she thought she was getting better but suddenly started feeling sick again.
A few days later, she posted a picture of herself in a pink set with grey sneakers, which was taken on day 10. She got all dressed up to remember what it was like to actually leave her home.
By then, most of her symptoms, which included fever, chills, body aches, excessive sweating, and a swollen gland under her jaw had died down, leaving her with some remnants of a "head cold."
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On this rainy NYC Monday... I wanted to share with you my news: I THINK I’VE NEARLY BATTLED THIS BEAST. 🦠 🤞🏻 I snapped this shot of myself on Easter Sunday to mark the first day (on Day 10) in which I started feeling shades of myself. 💪🏼To mark this occasion, I put on actual sneakers and sunglasses to remember what it feels like to actually go OUT, as in leave my apartment, as in feel normal. (Obviously I didn’t but I told myself: “Soon enough, self. Soon enough.”) I haven’t taken Tylenol for the body aches in 36 hours... and my chief complaint right now is simply the remnants of a cough and what feels like a head cold. I am still sleeping 10 hours at night battling this thing. I still can’t fully taste or smell... but I caught just the slightest whiff of peppermint in my tea this morning. #progress My appetite has been small... toast, soup, tea... for the day. But I’m starting to feel curious about food again — a good sign. One of my friends whose family members had coronavirus used the best metaphor: “It just felt like their bodies were at the last rinse of a wash cycle. Like in a washing machine going hard fighting this thing. But then it stopped and they felt like clean clothes.” Y’all, I think I’m just a *few days away* from that full feeling... and I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT. Thank you again for your ❤️ and 🙏🏼. It massively helped. I’m. Almost. There. #coronavirus #cleanclothes #battle #nearvictory #rollercoaster #effcovid
Brooke has now recovered completely and will be back on the "Newsroom" real soon.
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