Bryan Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, says he's now donating 'liquid gold' plasma
Bryan Cranston is revealing that he had coronavirus. Now, he says he's using his antibodies in hopes of helping others.
"I had COVID-19 a little while ago," Cranston, in a mask, tells fans in an Instagram video posted Thursday. In the post's caption, he writes that he got the virus despite strictly following protocols.
"I'm very lucky," he says, "very mild symptoms." Text at the bottom of Cranston's video describes the Emmy winner's symptoms as including a slight headache, chest tightness and loss of taste and smell.
Since recovering, Cranston explains that he has started giving plasma at the UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center, "because I have the antibodies." Text on the selfie video reads that doing so "will help people recover faster and be used in scientific research studies about this virus."
Cranston's Instagram video continues, following the actor inside the center, where he shows viewers what it's like to sit in a chair for an hour, squeeze a ball, have someone named Ron stick a needle in your arm and watch movies as body fluid drains into a bag.
After the donation is done, Cranston jokes that his 840mL of plasma is "liquid gold."
As Cranston notes, more than 150,000 Americans have died from COVID-19; more than 4.4 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there have been more than 662,000 deaths and 16.8 million cases.
"Hopefully it helps," he says.