Tamannaah Bhatia, who tested Covid-19 positive while shooting in Hyderabad, gives herself another week to get back on the set

Last month, Tamannaah Bhatia tested positive for Covid-19 while shooting for her Telugu show and was admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad. The five-day hospital stay was followed by 15 days of isolation at her Hyderabad home which ended on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, the actress returned to Mumbai.

“It has been a crazy time. I was fine when, one day after ‘pack up’, I developed a fever. The next morning, I got myself admitted as there were other Covid symptoms,” she relays, confirming that no one else on the set tested positive. She advises people not to ignore any symptoms, be it fatigue or body ache, no matter what their age.

Towards August-end, Tamannaah’s parents had also tested positive for Covid-19 and she admits she had thought the worst was over. “When I tested positive too, it hit me really hard,” she shares, pointing out that there is a lot of information on what to do to prevent falling prey to the virus, but not much on how to deal with it. “There is a phobia about going to the hospital, but I’ve realised that the faster you react, the better it is.”

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Tamannaah admits that she’s relieved she wasn’t with her parents when she contracted the virus. “It would have been a hassle. Here my producer and the entire team were with me at each step,” she asserts. Her parents eventually did fly down to Hyderabad though she couldn’t meet them. “Their physical presence gave me mental security. There was a phase during my illness when I was all alone and had to tackle everything myself. Emotionally, seeing my parents suffer was draining, but physically, going through it myself, affected me more,” she says, applauding medical professionals who put her back on her feet.

For now, Tamannaah’s future course of action involves rehabilitating herself and building up immunity. “I am also figuring how and when I can get back to working out though I was doing yoga even in isolation. I want to get well completely before resuming work, but I don’t have the luxury of taking a long break. Also, given the kind of person I am, I don’t think I’ll be able to stay away from work for too long. I am giving myself another week to get back on set,” she concludes.