Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati has revealed she STILL suffers from prolonged Covid after contracting the virus over a year ago
Shobna Gulati has revealed she is still suffering from long-term Covid, having first contracted the virus in March last year.
The former Coronation Street star, 54, took to Twitter on Monday to inform fans that she had to take antibiotics because she still had a ‘wheezing’ that left her feeling ‘terrible’.
She explained: ‘Long covid is no joke about another course of antibiotics – I canceled on Monday.. I feel terrible that the wheezing on my chest is real.’
Illness: Former Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati (pictured in 2013) revealed on Monday she STILL suffers from prolonged Covid after contracting the virus over a year ago
In March of this year, she reflected on her illness and said: ‘It has been almost a year since I suffered from a secondary infection in my case, pneumonia as a direct result of contracting covid 19.
“I just want to thank the young doctor who works after hours, who I believe saved my life despite the risk to himself. Thank you .’
In May, Shobna took to Twitter to respond to a tweet from journalist Kathryn Bromwich about her own lengthy Covid symptoms.
Unwell: Shobna took to Twitter to inform fans that she had to take antibiotics because she still had a ‘wheezing’ that made her feel ‘terrible’ (pictured on soap in 2004 with Jimmi Harkishin)
Honest: Shobna explained: ‘Long covid is not a joke about another course of antibiotics – I canceled on Monday.. I feel terrible that the wheezing on my chest is real’
Grateful: In March of this year, she reflected on her illness and said: ‘I want to thank the young doctor on duty who I believe saved my life despite the risk to herself’
Kathryn wrote: ‘Young people: please stay careful. I caught Covid last March and I am still unwell.
“I can’t exercise at all (not even yoga) or drink alcohol (even a small glass of wine and my mental health is all over the place. It’s painful, scary and v boring. You don’t want this.”
Shobna responded by saying she experienced something similar: ‘This is all very well known – it’s terrible that I had it last March and am still trying to get through it’
Staying strong: In May, Shobna took to Twitter to respond to a tweet from journalist Kathryn Bromwich about her own long Covid symptoms
The actress recently shared her Covid ordeal during an interview with The times, saying: ‘When I had coronavirus and couldn’t smell or taste it, it was depressing.
“I live in a small community that gathered around me. I was very hot; a temperature past menopause. For three months I couldn’t take a deep breath. I was exhausted. I had to crawl up on all fours.
‘I was diagnosed with pneumonia and was given three courses of antibiotics. I just couldn’t get rid of it. There were times when I thought, ‘If I die, I die.’
Recovering: The actress recently told The Times of her Covid ordeal, saying: ‘I couldn’t take a deep breath for three months. I was exhausted. I had to crawl up on all fours
It has been a rough few years for Shobna, with her recent Covid-19 battle and the sad death of her mother in 2019 from dementia.
Shobna revealed how her mother’s battle with dementia would “unlock files from her past” and help her see her mother “like a woman.”
Since then she has written the book Remember Me? describing her mother’s struggle with the disease, and how, while caring for her mother towards the end of her life, she would discover “other things” she never knew about her mother.
When she appeared in Lorraine in September, she said: ‘It’s really interesting, once you’re in a room with someone with dementia, they remember several things that you might not have known as humans.
“Instead of seeing your mother, you see a woman and I was fascinated. It was like unlocking a file of her past.
“They don’t tell you everything, they just give you random moments.”
Work: Shobna played Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street for 12 years until her character was killed in 2013