Abby Sciuto star Pauley Perrette has revealed she fell ill with a suspected case of COVID-19 in December last year. Detailing her symptoms on Twitter, the former CBS actress and her fans from her time on NCIS are still unsure if it was possible to contract the virus before a pandemic was officially declared in March 2020.
The first case of coronavirus was discovered in China back in December 2019, though the outbreak wasn’t officially labelled a global pandemic until March of this year.
Most territories subsequently declared a lockdown, and major celebrities such as Tom Hanks and, more recently, Antonio Banderas were confirmed to have fallen ill with the virus.
Pauley Perrette, best known for playing gothic forensic scientist Abby Sciuto for 15 seasons on NCIS, has become one of the latest film and television stars to voice fears of contracting the virus.
Perrette, 51, took to Twitter to detail some of her symptoms linked to a possible case of COVID-19.
She said: “So I’ve been saying for a while I think I had #COVID at the end of last year. Dec. 14. Now that I hear others say that, I’m wondering to people way smarter than me IS THAT POSSIBLE?
“I had every #COVID symptom, could NOT breathe and thought I was dying. NEVER been sick like that.”
The actress’s comments echo information issued by the World Health Organisation and indicated her experiences were worse than common flu symptoms.
Although unofficial reports have linked the virus’ origins to China, it is still uncertain where the coronavirus originated.
Meanwhile, other followers debated whether it was indeed possible to fall ill with the virus as early as December 2019.
One Twitter user said: “Some of the scientists are now saying COVID-19 did NOT originate in China and has been around in ALL parts of the world, waiting for the correct climate to ‘active’ itself.
“So, it’s VERY POSSIBLE you did have it. Do a little Googling about this scientific research/theory.”
Additionally, other followers also claimed they may have been an early contractor of the virus.