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“It Broke Me Physically”, Says Actress Malaika Arora As She Shares Her COVID Recovery Journey And Struggles

“Walking 2 steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself”, wrote actress Malaika Arora as she shared her COVID-19 experience

“It Broke Me Physically”, Says Actress Malaika Arora As She Shares Her COVID Recovery Journey And Struggles
Highlights
  • Malaika Arora tested negative for COVID-19 after three weeks
  • The fitness enthusiast says the recovery was ‘not easy’
  • After 32 weeks, Ms Arora is able to workout the way she used to before

New Delhi: “What defines strength?”, asked actress Malaika Arora through an Instagram post as she shared her COVID-19 experience and talked about the recovery phase at length. The 47-year-old actress had tested positive for COVID last year in September. Though the actress tested negative after three weeks but following that, the recovery phase was “not easy”. Ms Arora, a known fitness enthusiast, revealed that people assumed that the recovery “must have been so easy” for her. In response to that, the actress wrote,

Easy!? Boy! That, it was not. I tested positive on the 5th of September and it was really bad. Anyone out there calling a COVID recovery easy, is either blessed with great immunity or isn’t aware of the struggles of COVID. Having gone through it myself, ‘easy’ is not the word I’d choose. It broke me physically. Walking 2 steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself.

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Talking more about the post-COVID-19 phase, the actor said that she gained weight, felt weak and lost stamina. She further added,

I finally tested negative on the 26th of September and I was so grateful that I did. But the weakness stayed. I felt disappointed that my body wasn’t supporting how my mind felt. I was afraid that I’d never gain back my strength. I wondered whether I’d even be able to complete one activity in 24 hours.

Working out was quite a struggle for Ms Arora. However, the actress didn’t lose hope. She fought the weakness day after day; as a result of which, after 32 weeks of testing negative, the fitness enthusiast is back on track.

My first workout, was brutal. I couldn’t do anything well. I felt broken. But Day 2, I got back up and I told myself, I am my own maker. And then day 3 and 4 and 5 and so on. It’s been about 32 weeks since I tested negative and I finally have started to feel like myself again. I’m able to workout the way I used to before I tested positive. I’m able to breathe better and I feel strong both physically and mentally, she wrote.

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What kept her going? Well, as Ms Arora says, it was the four-letter word ‘hope’ that pushed her. “The hope that it’s all going to be okay, even when it feels like it’s not okay”, she wrote.

Concluding the post, Ms Arora thanked everyone for all the wishes that kept her spirits high and prayed for the world’s recovery.

I come out of this phase with 2 words – grit and gratitude, she wrote.

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Malaika Arora is one of the first few celebrities to take the COVID-19 vaccine jab as soon as the government rolled out vaccination for everyone above the age of 45. Ms Arora took the first dose of the vaccine on April 1 and shared a picture of herself getting vaccinated on social media.

I took the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Because #wereinthistogether ! Let’s go warriors, let’s win this #WarAgainstVirus. Don’t forget to take yours soon and a special mention to our amazing frontline workers, who were so caring and vigilant and also went about doing everything with a smile. THANK YOU and yes I am eligible to take the vaccine, she wrote.


Also Read: In Pictures: Actors Who Have Received COVID-19 Vaccination

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World

22,95,44,435Cases
19,20,52,504Active
3,27,83,741Recovered
47,08,190Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,95,44,435 and 47,08,190 have died; 19,20,52,504 are active cases and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 3:49 am.

India

3,35,31,498 26,964Cases
3,01,9897,586Active
3,27,83,741 34,167Recovered
4,45,768 383Deaths
In India, there are 3,35,31,498 confirmed cases including 4,45,768 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,01,989 and 3,27,83,741 have recovered as on September 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,27,629 3,131

44,269 960

63,44,744 4,021

1,38,616 70

Kerala

45,39,926 15,768

1,61,765 5,813

43,54,264 21,367

23,897 214

Karnataka

29,69,361 818

13,769 617

29,17,944 1,414

37,648 21

Tamil Nadu

26,48,688 1,647

16,993 9

25,96,316 1,619

35,379 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,40,708 1,179

13,905 483

20,12,714 1,651

14,089 11

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,693 13

194 0

16,86,612 13

22,887

West Bengal

15,62,710 537

7,741 69

15,36,291 592

18,678 14

Delhi

14,38,556 39

400 21

14,13,071 18

25,085

Odisha

10,21,216 462

4,844 103

10,08,226 560

8,146 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,120 26

297 0

9,91,260 26

13,563

Rajasthan

9,54,275 12

99 8

9,45,222 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,751 14

133 0

8,15,536 14

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,410 8

90 6

7,81,803 14

10,517

Haryana

7,70,754 8

328 12

7,60,618 20

9,808

Bihar

7,25,907 6

60 9

7,16,188 15

9,659

Telangana

6,63,906 244

4,938 53

6,55,061 296

3,907 1

Punjab

6,01,359 36

304 3

5,84,554 37

16,501 2

Assam

5,98,864 441

5,081 97

5,87,970 338

5,813 6

Jharkhand

3,48,139 14

65 10

3,42,941 4

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,405 12

249 18

3,35,765 29

7,391 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,28,214 145

1,450 11

3,22,345 154

4,419 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,17,403 263

1,715 99

2,12,033 162

3,655 2

Goa

1,75,690 107

886 76

1,71,507 29

3,297 2

Puducherry

1,25,618 101

922 55

1,22,864 46

1,832

Manipur

1,18,870 197

2,174 9

1,14,861 203

1,835 3

Tripura

83,956 51

353 7

82,794 44

809

Mizoram

82,815 1,355

15,363 223

67,184 1,127

268 5

Meghalaya

79,817 150

1,878 18

76,558 167

1,381 1

Chandigarh

65,195 7

44 3

64,333 4

818

Arunachal Pradesh

54,190 64

413 3

53,504 60

273 1

Sikkim

31,014 43

627 27

30,007 70

380

Nagaland

30,959 52

470 3

29,832 46

657 3

Ladakh

20,743 6

144 6

20,392

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

0 0

10,666

4

Lakshadweep

10,360 1

9 1

10,300

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,607 7

17 4

7,461 3

129

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