Neil Patrick Harris, 47, revealed on the Today show that he and his family, including husband David Burtka (45) and 9-year-old twins Harper and Gideon, contracted COVID-19 infection earlier this year.
Harris and his family have recovered from the infection but he described the experience as unpleasant when recalling his coronavirus symptoms.
The comedian shared, “It happened very early [in the pandemic], like late March, early April. We were doing our best before, and I thought I had the flu, and I didn’t want to be paranoid about it. And then I lost my sense of taste and smell, which was a big indicator, so we holed up.”
According to a health organization in the UK, the loss of taste and smell appears to be one of the early signs of COVID-19. In fact, it was the most common symptom among COVID-19 patients in China, South Korea, and Italy.
Harris also spoke about how he and his family recovered from the deadly virus, stating, “It was not pleasant, but we got through it.” He went on to say that he and his family now “have antibodies and are feeling good.”
“We want to make sure everyone’s doing their best to slow this down every way possible, for sure,” the How I Met Your Mother alum added.
Harris and his family have been social distancing together with their two dogs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In May, Harris shared a video of his kids playing a card game with their grandparents online. He wrote, “My parents (aka Mamaw and Papaw) can’t physically be with my kids these days. But we still try to get together. Virtual Go Fish went surprisingly well!”
And a month later, Burtka shared how the family has been using this time to bond in a birthday tribute to Harris.
He wrote on Instagram, “I want to wish my incredible husband @nph a spectacular Birthday! Every celebration we spend together gets better and better. I am grateful for this quarantine because we’ve actually gotten to spend more quality time and it’s brought us closer together.”
“Thank you @NPH for being a fantastic father, a perfect spouse and an overall magnificent man,” Burtka added. So far, the United States officials have reported more than 6.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with over 200,000 deaths.