Millie Mackintosh has opened up about the ‘stigma and guilt’ she felt after catching coronavirus and says the ordeal affected her mental health.
The Made In Chelsea star, 31, who gave birth to her first child in the middle of the pandemic in May, revealed that she had been ‘embarrassed’ when she caught Covid-19 a few months ago.
She revealed on Instagram: ‘A few months ago I had Covid – I had a cold which developed into flu like symptoms, and soon after that I lost my sense of smell, which resulted in Hugo and I both testing positive.
‘I felt upset with myself and embarrassed about contracting the virus, which is silly considering quite how contagious it is, but there’s a stigma and guilt around this illness that isn’t spoken of much.’
She revealed that her husband Hugo Taylor, 34, looked after their daughter Sienna while Millie was under the weather but she was anxious about possibly ending up in hospital.
Millie continued: ‘I missed not being able to go for a walk while we isolated at home but it wasn’t bad as I thought it would be, but I’d be lying if I said the experience didn’t affect my mental health.
‘When I started to develop a fever, coughing fits and shortness of breath I got really anxious I’d end up in hospital. I wanted to be fit and well to be able to take proper care of Sienna! (Luckily she only had cold like symptoms and Hugo didn’t feel too bad and did a great job of daddy daycare).
‘After a few days I felt much better but it took 2-3 weeks for my energy to go back to normal and my sense of smell has still not returned.
‘You realise what a joy it is to smell your coffee in the morning or dinner cooking in the evening and how much I took it for granted before! Has anyone else experienced this? Hoping it comes back soon!’
She urged her fans to follow the government’s guidelines and stay at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, adding: ‘I feel very lucky our experience with Covid wasn’t worse and I just want to urge people to follow the guidelines, our bodies aren’t immune to this virus.
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