Hollyoaks star Lucy-Jo Hudson opens up about her and her partner's COVID battle

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Hollyoaks star Lucy-Jo Hudson has spoken out about her and her partner Lewis Devine's terrifying experience with COVID-19 back in January.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, the Donna-Marie Quinn actress stated that the pair both contracted the virus and Lewis had it for around two weeks, with another week needed for recovery, while trying to look after their newborn baby.

"I was shocked at how badly we suffered from it," she said.

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"Lew had it first, then the next day I woke up with it. I was struggling to breathe and couldn't lift my head off the pillow. It was like extreme flu symptoms. Then my sense of taste and smell went, we both had pain in our eyes and Lew was coughing up blood.

"We did get the ambulance out at that point, but they told us he was OK and it wasn't severe. It felt severe to us, but it wasn't to the medics... The medics had seen some horrific sights and some people were suffering so badly, so it put it into perspective for us.

"We just had to ride it out and even though it wasn't nice, we knew we'd come out the other side."

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Lucy says she still has problems with her breathing and finds herself out of breath easier than usual, but has returned to work and is filming new episodes of the Channel 4 soap.

Of course, the star previously starred in Coronation Street before Hollyoaks, and next week will see another Corrie alumni join the show when Katie McGlynn joins the cast.

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.

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