Brian Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, donates plasma: ‘Keep on wearing the damn mask’


Brian Cranston stated that he contracted and recovered from Covid-19 and donated his plasma because it contains antibodies.

The actor, best known for playing the character of Walter White on AMC’s “Breaking Bad”, made the announcement in a video posted on Instagram on Thursday.

Cranston, 64, did not say properly when infected with coronovirus, but indicated it was “too early” in the epidemic. The mild symptoms include mild headache, chest tightness and loss of “all” sense of taste and smell, he said.

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“Hello everyone. I wanted to announce that I had COVID-19 some time ago. Very lucky, very mild symptoms,” Cranston told the camera, donating a face mask and sunglasses.

Cranston recorded himself inside the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center in Los Angeles, California. It donates plasma. He said the process took about an hour, during which he saw “A Face in the Crowd” starring Andy Griffith and Patricia Neal.

He admitted to being “a little nervous” and “unstable” before delivering the plasma. The video shows him interacting with a hospital employee who explains the process.

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In his caption, Cranston stated that he was “very strict in following protocol and still … I contracted the virus.”

Brian Creston accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for “Network” at the 73rd Annual Tony Awards at the Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019 in New York.
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The actor urged his 2.5 million Instagram followers to “dress up and hang out, wash your hands and stay away socially.”

Cronston joins several celebrities who have revealed their positive diagnosis for the novel Coronavirus. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first Hollywood duo to reveal they tested positive, with the “Cast Away” star also sharing her experience about donating plasma on social media.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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