Ellen had “excruciating” pain while battling COVID-19

Ellen Degeneres in a plaid shirt
Ellen DeGeneres in a plaid shirt Photo: Screenshot/Twitter

Ellen DeGeneres is currently recovering from the COVID-19 virus and told her fans that she experienced “excruciating back pain.”

“Didn’t know that that was a symptom, but I talked to some other people: back pain,” she said in a video posted to Twitter. “Who knew? How come? Back pain. Bad.”

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In the video, a visibly fatigued Ellen thanked “all the well-wishers out there.”

“I’m feeling 100%,” she said. “I feel really good.”

Then she played Connect Four.

A report from the World Health Organization earlier this year looked at over 55,000 cases of COVID-19 and found that around 15% of patients reported muscle or joint pain. While it wasn’t as common of a symptom as fatigue, fever, or a dry cough, it was more common than headaches, nausea, and a sore throat.

Ellen DeGeneres announced on Twitter last week that she had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.

“Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19,” she wrote in a statement, adding that she’s “feeling fine right now.”

“Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines,” she wrote.

Variety reported that production on The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be halted until at least the new year.

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