Shirley Ballas has detailed her ordeal after being previously hit by the coronavirus, admitting at one point that she didn’t even “know my own name.”
Strictly Come Dancing’s 60-year-old chief judge contracted the virus in March this year, shortly after her first vaccination, and had to be bedridden for two weeks as a result.
And in a new interview with The sunShirley said she is undergoing medical tests to see if she has had covid long after “other problems” have developed since she was ill.
Struggle: Shirley Ballas detailed her ordeal after being previously hit by coronavirus, admitting at one point she didn’t even ‘know my own name’
About her experience, she said, “I’m doing some testing for that because some other issues have come up now. We both got Covid and we were both sick and we both had side effects from fatigue to certain bumps and bumps, and we have to deal with that.”
Long covid, also known as post-COVID-19 syndrome, is when people experience symptoms that last for weeks or months after the coronavirus infection has cleared.
She continued: “Although I didn’t have to go to the hospital, I was in bed for two weeks and didn’t know my own name. It was a bit scary. I couldn’t get my affairs in order, and I’m not like that. I usually get up at seven in the morning and go here and there.’
Shirley added that it was “quite an experience” for her and that she has had a “tiring effect”.
Sick: The strict judge, 60, contracted the virus in March this year, shortly after receiving her first vaccination, and remained bedridden for two weeks (pictured as she got her vaccine)
WHAT ARE THE LONG-LASTING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Most coronavirus patients recover within 14 days, develop a fever, cough and lose their sense of smell or taste for several days.
However, evidence is beginning to emerge that the virus’ telltale symptoms can last for weeks in “long transporters” — the term for patients plagued with lasting complications.
Data from the COVID Symptom Study app, by King’s College London and health company Zoe, suggest that one in ten people still have symptoms after three weeks, and some may suffer for months.
Long-term symptoms include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Increased heart rate
- to succeed
- Loss of taste/odor
- kidney disease
- Mobility issues
- muscle strain
The star shared how she got her first shot and was later struck by the virus. After she recovered, she recently had her second vaccination.
She then encouraged others to get their vaccinations, while expressing the hope that everything will be “sorted” by the time the new series of Strictly launches in September.
With the 19th series hitting the screen in a few months, Shirley shared how there have been a few “tweaks and turns” amid covid restrictions.
Last year’s show saw reduced audiences, social distancing, a shortened run and the Blackpool special being cancelled, as well as other strict protocols.
She added that the BBC show will be “excellent”, while teasing that the cast for the series is “fantastic”.
Another change this year is the departure of professional dancer Janette Manrara, who announced this week that she will be leaving to become the new co-host of the spin-off show It Takes Two, after Zoe Ball left the role.
Speaking about Janette’s exciting news, Shirley commented that she is “super proud” and “happy” for the dancer, noting that she will be “incredible” on the show.
Meanwhile, Shirley has been candid about getting in shape for the new series, having put on a little extra weight during lockdown.
She said, “I have some extras with me, but these workouts are four hours a day, plus my Peloton bike. I’m starting to get back in shape for Strictly. This show is all about focus and I think it kickstarted my better health regimen.”
She added that in the “slinky evening dresses” she so often wears on the show, she needs to be at her “normal weight,” noting that she loses weight in her face first.
Fears: And in a new interview with The Sun, Shirley said she’s undergoing medical tests to see if she’s had covid for a long time after having ‘other problems’ set in since she was sick
Trial: “I was in bed for two weeks and I didn’t know my own name. It was a bit scary. I couldn’t get my affairs in order and I’m not like that’
And the Queen of Latin remained coy about whether she will soon put on another important dress – wedding dress.
Shirley shared that she and boyfriend Danny Taylor, 48, are in a “great relationship” and “discussing” the idea of getting married, but that they’ve been so busy lately that we’ve had time to “focus on ourselves.” ‘.
While the star kept tight-lipped about her wedding plans, she let the couple’s sex life slip, suggesting that her toyboy lover needs stamina to keep up with her.
Exciting: With the 19th series hitting the screen in a few months, Shirley shared how there have been a few ‘tweaks and turns’ amid covid restrictions
She joked that even though Danny has “bundles of energy,” he’s the one who has to “keep up” with her between the sheets, adding that she thinks her beau finds her “quite tiring.”
The beauty then gave an inspiring message to older women seeking love, noting that there was “someone” for everyone.
She urged over-55s not to “shelf” themselves, saying they still have a lot of “life to do” and “love to give” before noting they should take her as an example.
Love: Shirley shared that she and beau Danny Taylor, 48, are “discussing” the idea of getting married but have been so busy lately that we had time to “focus on ourselves” (pictured in 2019)