Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has revealed that he's recovering from COVID-19, having contracted the virus despite being "pretty strict in adhering to the protocols".
The actor, who played protagonist Walter White in the iconic TV series, took to Instagram on Thursday (July 30) to talk about his experience, and urge his fans to "keep wearing the damn mask" and following other preventative measures as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
"About now you're probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you're tired of this," Cranston captioned the post. "Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience.
"I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still... I contracted the virus. Yep. It sounds daunting now that over 150,000 Americans are dead because of it.
"I was one of the lucky ones. Mild symptoms," he continued, adding that he'd suffered a slight headache, tight chest and lack of taste and smell.
"I count my blessings and urge you to keep wearing the damn mask, keep washing your hands, and stay socially distant. We can prevail - but ONLY if we follow the rules together. Be well - Stay well."
In the accompanying video, Cranston – who will soon be seen in The One and Only Ivan on Disney Plus – is stood outside the UCLA Blood & Platelet Centre as he explains that he's just donated his plasma (which should contain antibodies to help fight the virus) to be "used in scientific research studies".
According to the Trumbo star, the whole process took around an hour, but the time passed quickly as he was allowed to watch the movie A Face in the Crowd while the phlebotomist was drawing blood from his right arm.
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