Salma Hayek says she battled a near-fatal case of COVID-19

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 30: Actress/producer Salma Hayek accepts the CinemaCon Vanguard Award onstage during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards brought to you by the Coca-Cola Company at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on March 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon via CNN)

  (CNN) — Salma Hayek is opening up about her battle with COVID-19.

In a recent interview with Variety, the actress said she contracted the virus early on in the pandemic and almost ended up in the hospital.

“My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad,” Hayek told the publication. “I said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.'”

Hayek said she went on to spend seven weeks in self isolation at her home and that she was even put on oxygen.

Although she is back to work on Ridley Scott’s “House of Gucci,” she said she still doesn’t have the energy she once had.

Hayek is among the celebrities who has publicly shared their experiences with contracting COVID-19 in the last year.


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