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The 35-year-old reality star, best known for her appearance on season 6 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” took to social media to tell her more than 800,000 followers that she voluntarily went for coronavirus testing after experiencing several of the virus’s symptoms, including trouble breathing.
“I just got tested for coronavirus. I've just had this tightness in my chest for the past little while and it hurts to take deep breaths,” Fedotowsky-Manno told fans in an Instagram story posted on Sunday. “I've just been really run down and I've just had some chills so I just thought, ‘You know what, I'm just going to get checked to be safe.’”
The Hallmark Channel host said she had visited her doctor days before she received the test and received a chest X-ray which showed white spots on her lungs. After being prescribed antibiotics, she returned home to her husband Kevin Manno and their two children, three-year-old daughter Molly and 21-month-old son Riley.
On Saturday, Fedotowsky-Manno went to an urgent care facility in Los Angeles called Mend, which the star said is the one of the only places that would administer a coronavirus test without the presence of a fever.
“I was like ‘It’s not getting better. I still can’t hold a breath, can’t take a deep breath without coughing. It hurts.’” Fedotowsky-Manno said doctors chose to administer the test based on her previous X-ray and a full evaluation of her symptoms.
The star admitted that the motivating factor to ultimately pursue formal testing was her 65-year-old mother, who will be staying with Fedotowsky-Manno and her family for three months.
“I just would have stayed home and done a self quarantine - which we have been doing,” she said. However, because her mother will be staying for an extended period of time while working as a nurse in a local facility, she wanted to be sure she wasn’t putting her at risk. “I just felt like it was my responsibility to be smart and get tested, and the doctor felt the same way.”
In a separate post, she revealed she was told results would take approximately “48 hours to three weeks” but is hopeful it would not take that much time. Until then, Fedotowsky-Manno has been avoiding contact with anyone outside of her family, and has been wearing a face mask when she goes outside with her children, which follows recommendations given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Please take this seriously, do not go out, do not go to crowded restaurants and bars, self quarantine if you can, [practice] social distance,” she warned her followers.
“Just please please please take this seriously and of course - wash your hands.”