Linda Lusardi and her husband Sam Kane are still experiencing the after-effects of the coronavirus months after being diagnosed, the former model has said.
The 61-year-old and her spouse of 22 years were hospitalised back in March with COVID-19 and while they now no longer have the virus, Lusardi has reported it has caused hair loss for her while Kane's heart has been effected.
“Sam’s had heart palpitations quite badly, and he’s under a cardiologist at the moment. They can’t see anything specifically wrong.
“I’ve had some hair loss which has been a bit distressing. I still haven't got the energy I had before although I'm getting there. Every week's a bit better,” she told The Sun.
Lusardi said the mental effects of the illness had been "very traumatic" for her family, including the two adult children she shares with Kane.
“I think we’re still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder a little bit," she disclosed.
Back in April after being discharged from hospital after a 10-day stay, Lusardi spoke on the symptoms she had experienced before being admitted.
“Your head hurts, your brain hurts and you feel like an elephant is sitting on you,” she said.
“I remember crawling to the bathroom putting my face on the tile floor, and then almost trying to make myself sick just to get a light relief for five minutes afterwards.I was leaning over the edge of the bed coughing and spitting into a bucket.”
She also tweeted at the time that both she and Kane had "never felt this ill".
Lusardi said that prior to her admission to hospital she rang NHS helpline 111 but was told she didn't have the coronavirus because she was suffering vomiting and diarrhoea.
These were not listed as symptoms by the NHS at the time and are still not considered an official 'main symptom'.
Currently, the NHS advises those experiencing either a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste to get a test as soon as possible.