Hugh Grant suffered 'embarrassing' sweating, eyeballs felt '3 sizes too big' from COVID

November 13, 2020
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    Hugh Grant has been a darling of the talk-show circuit for decades, but the actor, who is currently in London in the middle of a monthlong lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, has not done many virtual interviews during the pandemic.

    His virtual interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” this week was a first for the Brit, who said he was “hating it already” because there was no audience. But the biggest revelation from the “Love Actually” star is that he believes he contracted COVID-19 earlier this year.

    Grant shared that he tested positive last month for COVID-19 antibodies, but that he experienced symptoms of the novel virus in February.

    “It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat. It was like a poncho of sweat,” he shared, calling it “embarrassing really.”

    The uncomfortable symptoms continued from there, with Grant saying that his “eyeballs felt about three sizes too big, and a feeling as though some enormous man was sitting on my chest,” though at that point, Grant did not yet think it could be coronavirus.

    That changed when he also lost his sense of smell, a common side effect of the coronavirus that continues for several weeks for those affected.

    “I was walking down a street one day and I thought ‘I can’t smell a damn thing.’ And you start to panic, because by then people were just starting to talk about this as a symptom,” he said, sharing that he could no longer smell flowers, so he moved on to more pungent odors. “You get more and more desperate, I started sniffing in garbage cans, and then you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything.”

    Eventually, Grant says he “sprayed my wife’s Chanel No. 5 directly into my face. I couldn’t smell a thing.”

    The actor said that he is “rather proud” of his COVID-19 antibodies because he does not believe that he or his wife, who also had coronavirus, “are going to get it, I don’t think.” The latest research indicates that COVID-19 antibodies can last for around three to five months, but it is not known what level of protection they can provide from reinfection, reports Today.

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