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“Frozen 2” actress Rachel Matthews is the latest star to test positive for coronavirus.
The 26-year-old actress, who played Honeymaren in the Disney blockbuster, shared the news with fans in a Monday statement to Instagram.
“Hey guys, I tested positive for COVID-19 and have been in quarantine the last week. Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” Matthews wrote to her more than 137,000 fans.
Matthews said she has been “feeling better” but wanted to share some information with her fans and answer any questions they may have.
“Let’s be mindful of our decisions,” she told followers. “Now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another!”
In a series of Instagram stories, the Los Angels native provided fans with a timeline of her symptoms, which began with a sore throat, fatigue and headache. By the second day, Matthews said she developed a “mild” fever of 100.3, chills, “horrible body aches” a sharp pain in her lungs, cough and lack of appetite.
Matthews said her fever had subsided by the third day, but she continued to experience “minor body aches.” The actress said her “lungs got much worse” and she developed a “deep, dry cough” and was short of breath. Aside from still having no appetite, she experienced “major” fatigue.
On day four, Matthews’s said her symptoms “finally” became more mild, however she still experienced discomfort breathing and described her breathing as “heavy” and said she still felt short of breath.
“Also randomly lost my sense of smell and taste,” Matthews wrote. “Still no appetite.”
Matthews said she has been feeling the same for the past three days. “Feeling more like myself, still experiencing shortness of breath, loss of appetite, fatigue and no taste or smell but overall, doing OK.”
The “Happy Death Day” star issued another message to fans about how “insanely” difficult it was for her to receive a formal test for coronavirus.
“Our country is very behind and we don’t have much of a system in place,” Matthews wrote of the United States. “But receiving a test that show’s you’re positive really doesn’t change much. It’s not like you can take a specific medication once positive so please, if you have any symptoms at all but can’t find find a place, please just treat yourself as if you are positive (you most likely are).”
Matthews told fans the only thing they can do was to rest, stay hydrated and above all else self-quarantine.