Alyssa Milano revealed she tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
The “Charmed” alum shared her results on Instagram on Wednesday, explaining that while she had “basically every COVID symptom” in March, she continuously tested negative for the virus.
"This was me on April 2nd after being sick for 2 weeks. I had never been this kind of sick,” she began alongside a photo of herself wearing a breathing machine.
"Everything hurt. Loss of smell. It felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t keep food in me. I lost 9 pounds in 2 weeks. I was confused. Low grade fever. And the headaches were horrible," she continued.
While all of her symptoms indicated that she contracted coronavirus, Milano tested negative twice in a row. She even got a negative results on the antibody test at the time.
According to the CDC, testing for antibodies will indicate if a person was exposed to or contracted the virus even if they were asymptomatic. However, the agency warns that the tests may not be accurate and could create a false sense of immunity that could put more people at risk.
Though Milano recovered and began feeling better, she said that she’s been living with "lingering symptoms like, vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise,” even four months after recovery.
Other COVID-19 survivors have noted experiencing similar symptoms in their recovery.
Milano couldn’t shake the feeling that she had COVID, so she decided to take another antibody test, this time at a lab where they draw your blood instead of using the finger-prick method.
"I am POSITIVE for covid antibodies," she wrote alongside the results. "I had Covid19."
The 47-year-old said she wanted to share her experience with fans to let them know that “our testing system is flawed and we don’t know the real numbers."
She emphasized that the “illness is not a hoax,” and urged fans to follow their gut if something feels wrong.
“I thought I was dying. It felt like I was dying," she exclaimed.
The actress revealed that she would be donating her plasma in the future for science in the hopes that she “might save a life.”
Tom Hanks, who was the first Hollywood actor to be diagnosed with COVID alongside his wife, Rita Wilson, has been donating his plasma for research since his recovery.
Milano urged fans to take care of themselves by washing their hands, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
"I don’t want anyone to feel the way I felt. Be well. I love you all (well, maybe not the trolls. Just the kind people.) ❤️,” she concluded.
In May, Milano faced backlash after she posted photos of her and her family, husband David Bugliari, son Milo and daughter Elizabeth, donning crocheted knit face masks with holes in them.
However, the mom-of-two explained that the mask had a filter inside. “Mask has a carbon filter in it. So, yes, it might be crochet but totally safe,” she wrote and included a link to purchase carbon filters.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Milano would join Tony Danza in the “Who’s the Boss” reboot. The series, which would take place 30 years after the original, would see them reprising their roles as father-daughter duo Tony and Samantha Micelli.