Recently, Genelia Deshmukh has announced on social media that she had recovered from COVID-19 following a 21-day quarantine.
The actor reveals that the family, including husband Riteish Deshmukh, underwent tests at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, in the second week of August. “We were in close contact with someone who had tested positive, so we did the tests as a safety measure. I was sure I hadn’t contracted the virus as I didn’t show any symptoms. So, it was surprising when I was the only one in the family to test positive,” recounts Genelia.
The actor immediately moved out of their Worli residence to practice the 14-day quarantine in their suburban apartment. “Though I remained asymptomatic, I tested positive again after 14 days. So, I was recommended another week of quarantine.”
Genelia Deshmukh says the silence was initially unsettling. “My doctor had warned me that those quarantining feel bouts of loneliness. It was tough to be locked away from Riteish and the kids. Thankfully, Riteish, my mother and mother-in-law, Riaan, Rahyl and my friends would take turns calling me. They made sure I didn’t feel lonely.” She utilised the time to practise yoga and meditation, and ate clean. “I stuck to plant-based food and smoothies during this period.”