“The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons has revealed he had COVID-19.
During an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Parsons shared that he and husband Todd Spiewak tested positive for COVID-19 early in the pandemic.
The actor said he initially thought he just had a common cold, but later experienced coronavirus symptoms including complete loss of smell and taste.
“Yeah, we had it. Tom and I both had it early on, it was like middle of March,” Parsons said. “We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. And then, it seemed less likely and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste.”
He was shocked that his taste and smell were gone, but disclosed that all he did in quarantine was eat.
"And when you're in quarantine, and there's really nothing to do but eat — oh, my God, that was brutal," he said. "I ate everything, but I just didn’t taste it. Definition of wasted calories."
Since contracting the virus, the actor has since recovered and shared that he tried several creative outlets in quarantine, including painting and creative writing classes.
Parsons, who is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on “The Big Bang Theory," also descirbed how he imagines how his germophobic character would have handled the pandemic.
“He was built for this,” Parsons said. “This is the moment he was waiting for. I was saying earlier, he, we had an entire episode which I didn’t think about until recently where he would have like a Shel-bot where he had like a video screen on a remote control wheelie thing. And that was when people still needed to get together in groups and so he would just send that out and sit in his room. Don’t touch me don’t sneeze on me."
He added: "And so, I guess, he’d be fine.”