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

“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
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“It Broke Me Physically”, Says Actress Malaika Arora As She Shares Her COVID Recovery Journey And StrugglesMalaika Arora had tested positive for COVID-19 in September 2020
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.

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World

17,91,56,496Cases
5,81,68,051Active
11,71,06,212Recovered
38,82,233Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,91,56,496 and 38,82,233 have died; 5,81,68,051 are active cases and 11,71,06,212 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 3:45 am.

India

3,00,28,709 50,848Cases
6,43,19419,327Active
2,89,94,855 68,817Recovered
3,90,660 1,358Deaths
In India, there are 3,00,28,709 confirmed cases including 3,90,660 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,43,194 and 2,89,94,855 have recovered as on June 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,87,521 8,470

1,26,468 1,055

57,42,258 9,043

1,18,795 482

Kerala

28,29,460 12,617

1,00,881 746

27,16,284 11,730

12,295 141

Karnataka

28,15,029 3,709

1,18,615 4,541

26,62,250 8,111

34,164 139

Tamil Nadu

24,36,819 6,895

56,886 4,443

23,48,353 11,144

31,580 194

Andhra Pradesh

18,57,352 4,169

53,880 4,260

17,91,056 8,376

12,416 53

Uttar Pradesh

17,04,678 202

3,910 253

16,78,486 397

22,282 58

West Bengal

14,85,438 1,852

22,508 232

14,45,493 2,037

17,437 47

Delhi

14,32,778 397

1,918 78

14,05,927 467

24,933 8

Chhattisgarh

9,91,653 482

8,007 557

9,70,244 1,032

13,402 7

Rajasthan

9,51,393 137

2,388 303

9,40,101 437

8,904 3

Odisha

8,83,490 2,957

30,859 1,240

8,48,960 4,159

3,671 38

Gujarat

8,22,620 135

5,159 480

8,07,424 612

10,037 3

Madhya Pradesh

7,89,415 65

1,707 273

7,78,902 318

8,806 20

Haryana

7,67,726 146

2,200 137

7,56,231 263

9,295 20

Bihar

7,20,207 268

2,811 206

7,07,833 468

9,563 6

Telangana

6,15,574 1,175

16,640 606

5,95,348 1,771

3,586 10

Punjab

5,93,063 405

5,968 509

5,71,207 880

15,888 34

Assam

4,88,179 2,869

32,975 350

4,50,924 2,482

4,280 37

Jharkhand

3,44,775 110

1,417 72

3,38,256 180

5,102 2

Uttarakhand

3,38,978 171

2,896 68

3,29,030 231

7,052 8

Jammu And Kashmir

3,12,584 428

7,181 578

3,01,134 999

4,269 7

Himachal Pradesh

2,00,791 188

2,276 132

1,95,062 315

3,453 5

Goa

1,64,957 303

2,920 146

1,59,029 438

3,008 11

Puducherry

1,15,364 284

3,214 150

1,10,423 433

1,727 1

Manipur

64,993 575

9,214 84

54,714 649

1,065 10

Tripura

63,140 395

3,747 163

58,735 554

658 4

Chandigarh

61,467 23

278 33

60,383 56

806

Meghalaya

45,976 421

4,273 77

40,915 341

788 3

Arunachal Pradesh

33,664 289

2,548 9

30,956 279

160 1

Nagaland

24,438 64

1,757 87

22,204 149

477 2

Ladakh

19,871 33

360 5

19,309 38

202

Sikkim

19,458 137

2,430 18

16,732 152

296 3

Mizoram

18,409 430

4,424 197

13,900 233

85

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,520 4

61 1

10,455 3

4

Lakshadweep

9,504 33

315 4

9,142 36

47 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,425 10

103 6

7,195 4

127

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