TV actor Stephen Amell reveals he tested positive for Covid-19, says it 'felt very much like I was in fog'


A filepic of Stephen Amell, who guests on a podcast recently to reveal Covid-19 diagnosis. Photo: Warner TV

Actor Stephen Amell revealed he tested positive for Covid-19 in early October on the podcast Inside You With Michael Rosenbaum.

After being in isolation close to three weeks, he told Rosenbaum that he is finally heading back to work again.

Amell, best known for playing the titular in Arrow, was in the midst of filming his new series Heels in Atlanta, Georgia when he tested positive for Covid-19.

He told Rosenbaum: “I had already been isolated from work, because there was a positive test on the show, and I repeatedly tested negative through the week.

“But, for whatever reason, I came down with the symptoms on Monday, got tested on Tuesday and came back positive on Wednesday. Got tested again... but at that point, I didn’t need a second positive test because those first couple of days, they really sucked.”

According to him, one of the first things he experienced was his right ear felt clogged. Although he didn’t have a fever, he felt hot and cold.

“For two nights, I was up every couple of hours vacillating between freezing cold and boiling hot.

“I would be freezing cold because I sweat through all my stuff. So, I get up, dry off, change my clothes, get back into bed, warm up, and then start sweating again, and the cycle would just repeat.

“That Tuesday and Wednesday, it felt very much like I was in a fog...

“But by Friday, I was feeling great, ” said Amell who recorded the interview for the podcast on Oct 20.

He also spoke about loss of appetite which resulted in him losing almost 7kg.

While he was worried the show would shut down as he’s No.1 on the call sheet, the set was only closed for one day. The crew shot other scenes not involving Amell while he recovered.

"What they were able to do is mind boggling, quite frankly," Amell mentioned. "It just goes to show that they were prepared for it, but not everyone has the luxury of taking two weeks off."

In Heels Amell portrays Jack, who plays the villain role (or the "heel") of the family-owned Duffy Wrestling Association productions.

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