Linda Lusardi has returned home after recovering from coronavirus, as she opened up about her horrific ordeal.
The Dancing On Ice star had come down with Covid-19 around two weeks ago, and ended up in hospital fighting the effects of the deadly illness.
She shared a photo of her in her own bed at home telling fans: ‘So good to be home. Keep safe. Stay in and try to keep positive in this troubled time.’
Despite going to hell and back and being told she may not survive, Linda looked very glamorous as she snuggled up with her dog, and the smile on her face showed just how glad she was to be out of hospital.
She revealed to The Sun that she had been told she may not live through coronavirus, explaining: ‘‘I said to [the doctor], “Am I going to make this?” and he said, “You’re 61, I can’t guarantee anything. We don’t know what we’re dealing with here”.
‘To hear that was just dreadful and I just burst into tears.’
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Just wanted to say thank you for all your kind words. My beautiful hubby Sam @toffee1968 went home from hospital today to carry on recovering. We both tested positive with the virus. I still have a way to go yet but I’m holding in there. The NHS staff have been amazing so scary for them on the front line. Their kindness keeps making me cry. Love to you all and keep safe ❤️
Linda also revealed the horrific effects of the virus on her body: ‘I started to get a fever, [I was] feeling rough and carried on, but it got worse and worse.
‘Your head hurts, your brain hurts and you feel like an elephant is sitting on you.’
What does self-isolation mean?
Self-isolation means staying indoors and avoiding all contact with other people for 14 days, according to the NHS.
It means no going to work, school, the shops or even to the park for some fresh air, in order to minimise the risk of passing on Covid-19.
Public transport and taxis are a no-no and you shouldn’t have visitors over, even if you just stay at home.
Anyone in self-isolation is advised to ask friends, family and delivery drivers to pick things up for you and drop them-off. You should put a sign outside telling people you are self-isolating and everything should be left on the floor outside your front door to avoid the risk of further infections.
Those who are self-isolating are still advised to stay away from their pets as much as possible and to wash their hands before and after touching them.
If you live in a house share and have to self-isolate, the advice is to stay in your room with the door closed and only emerge to use communal kitchens, bathrooms and living areas if absolutely necessary.
Who should self-isolate?
The government advises anyone returning from Category 1 areas (Hubei, Iran, Italy and Daegu or Cheongdo in South Korea), to go straight home and self-isolate, even if they don’t display any symptoms.
Travellers should use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
Anyone returning from Category 2 areas should self-isolate and call 111 if they have Covid-19 symptoms. You can find the list of those places here.
Linda continued: ‘I remember crawling to the bathroom, putting my face on the tile floor and then almost trying to make myself sick to just get a light relief for five minutes afterwards.
‘I was leaning over the edge of the bed, coughing and spitting into a bucket. Your vomit is blue.’
Her husband Sam Kane also contracted coronavirus, but his symptoms were much milder and he was soon discharged from hospital, while Linda’s life hung in the balance.
Thankfully, she managed to pull through and thanked the NHS on Instagram, writing: ‘The NHS really did save my life. Such brave, incredible, doctors and nurses. And all the staff. Thank you.’
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