While Bryan Cranston experienced "mild symptoms" when he contracted COVID-19, he says he's still feeling the effects on his senses

By Jen Juneau
December 04, 2020 11:01 AM
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Bryan Cranston is still feeling some of the effects of COVID-19 almost nine months after he and wife Robin Dearden contracted the virus.

The Your Honor star, 64, opened up on Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show about his recovery, telling host Ellen DeGeneres that he is still lacking about 25 percent of his ability to smell and taste.

"The only thing that lingered, and still is to this day, is that I lost a percentage of my ability to taste and smell," said Cranston, whose illness lasted about 10 days. "I think about 75 percent has come back, but if someone was brewing coffee and I walk into a kitchen, I can't smell it."

"We were very lucky though, in all seriousness," the Breaking Bad alum continued. "We had a few days of achiness, but not enough to keep you in bed. I had a temperature of 99 for about three hours, and then just exhaustion for a week after that."

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Cranston revealed his diagnosis in July, sharing a video on Instagram alongside a statement in which he said he felt like he was "one of the lucky ones," as he'd experienced only "mild symptoms" before beating the virus that has claimed the lives of so many around the world.

"I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still ... I contracted the virus. Yep. It sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it," he said at the time.

"I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail — but ONLY if we follow the rules. Be well — Stay well," Cranston added.

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Cranston had gained 75 percent of his taste and smell back as of August, when he made a virtual appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan and discussed his decision to donate plasma to help others since his recovery, as he had COVID-19 antibodies.

He explained that when he went to donate plasma, he recorded the process, prompting doctors to ask him to do a social media post about the donation in hopes of encouraging others to do the same.

The six-time Emmy winner said that was when he also decided to go public and reveal he'd previously contracted the virus.

"I thought, 'Okay, this is a good reason for me to now out myself and say I had COVID-19 and I was very fortunate' and maybe if you had it and are fine now, maybe you can give plasma to those truly suffering," Cranston said.

Your Honor premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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