'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston still can't fully taste or smell 9 months after battling COVID


Bryan Cranston is still feeling the lingering effects from his bout with coronavirus.

The “Breaking Bad” actor contracted the novel virus back in March, alongside his wife Robin Dearden.

Now nine months later, the 64-year-old has disclosed he’s yet to fully regain his sense of taste and smell.

“The only thing that lingered, and still is to this day, is that I lost a percentage of my ability to taste and smell,” Cranston said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. “I think about 75 percent has come back, but if someone was brewing coffee and I walk into a kitchen, I can’t smell it.”

Despite not being 100% recovered, Cranston feels fortunate for not having had more serious symptoms.

"We were very lucky though, in all seriousness," the Emmy-winner added. "We had a few days of achiness, but not enough to keep you in bed. I had a temperature of 99 for about three hours, and then just exhaustion for a week after that."

It was back in July that Cranston first revealed he had battled COVID-19 “quite early on” in the pandemic.

“I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still... I contracted the virus,” captioned a post on Instagram.  “I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms. I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail - but ONLY if we follow the rules together.”

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